A 180° VIEW

When a photographer sees a balcony with a 180° view of the sea (that happens to be their balcony for the entire ten day vacation), the feeling is mega thrilling. Our apartment was almost at the top of the hill and yep, with a hard core incline. But, as you can see, it was all worth it. I could spend hours on that balcony, day or night. Ok, maybe not so much during the day as there is no shade. I’m talking about early mornings and twilight/night time. Plus, as we were a bit higher, there was a constant breeze in the air that just felt right. I took a lot of photos, from that balcony. Fair enough, of the same subject but the atmosphere was different, as well as the time of the day. Don’t expect a 180° panoramic shot, there is none as it’s not my thing.

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As you can see, there are a lot of planes in my photos. That is because we were so close to the airport and these silver birds were our daily observation subject. You just had to look up.  There were times when they were landing one after another, in shot intervals. And, there were also moments when there weren’t almost any for a long period of time.

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Don’t get me wrong, our balcony was a setting for the equal amount of family time and just goofing around with my, almost 14 year old, cousin. I’m 29.

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The fact that we were on the more higher ground meant a lot more of those super cliche bokeh’d city at night/dusk photographs. To our left was Okrug Gornji, as you can see, a place so densely packed with apartment complexes. I like that church, on the top of the hill. So, basically, bellow you can see both focused and unfocused versions of the area. I mean, obviously, the second one is more of the shore. But, it is to the left!  Hehe.

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In case you might think I only shot at night or at dusk time, I have a couple of shinny, sunny photos for you. I just love that hill above Trogir, especially when covered with sunny and shady areas. I love the last photo (of the three) as it has some pretty cool cloud formation. It almost looks mirrored, surrounding the entrance to Heaven.

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And then, when the legit night fell, I could capture some long exposure moments. I’m curious to see what the scenes would look like if there were no moon in them. Moon was our companion during this whole trip. I think I could have had a better view of the stars, in such case.

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I didn’t have to go anywhere nor felt the need. The distant city lights were good enough for me, to watch them and just enjoy the moment. I could spend hours that way, thinking of scenarios of what’s happening behind, bellow those lights; streets, homes, different stories … It is a fun thing to love, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Just give me a higher ground, city to observe and I’m the happiest on the planet.

God bless and have a good night (if you are in my part of the world).

SUNSET ON THE OKRUG GORNJI BEACH

It feels weird posting a beach post when the weather, where I am, is cloudy, dull and it gives me a headache (for real). Days like this  really make make cherish days on the beach more, now that I’m back home. A photographer is always on the run and for me, a person who stays at home a lot, recent vacation was a blessing.

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The beach in Okrug Gornji (a place on the island of Čiovo) looks amazing at night with the stunning view of the west and the setting sun. During the day, it is a shadeless beach and, for me, not so tempting. But, during the night, it comes alive with all those beach bars, literally by the water.

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I really love this little fishing dock, always rocking on the waves. I think I could have stayed there for hours but, I wasn’t by myself and you can’t always expect from people to understand your photography and why you have to stay there and shoot a bit longer.

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In the end, let me finish this post with an overpriced ice cream. I mean, pricey but omnomnom good. I think I’m not even half way there, with my summer photos. But, then again, I could be. Don’t know what is up with me today, can’t tell my right foot from the left. Haha. I’ll go now. God bless.

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ONE THURSDAY

You know how Marijana, Mirko and I get together from time to time (due to the fact we all live in different cities and countries), well, this time was no different. We met again, in Zagreb, last Thursday. The weather was unbearably hot and humid but, we still managed to walk around and just hang out.  All four of us (as Marijana’s boyfriend, Ivan, was with us) spent the majority of time just sitting down and chatting about photography and bicycles, typing without looking down at your keyboard and so on. We love random. It’s seems to always be that way; We chat more than we photograph – it’s because we don’t see each other too often. Even though we type back and forth all the time, it’s no comparison to a real, eye to eye, chat.

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Ok, so you might notice there is no one else beside Marijana, in my photos. I guess we were just in the zone. And, her outfit was very Pinterest like. The photo above is of when Mirko challenged Marijana to type without looking at the keyboard. Kids.

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We met in Zagreb’s botanical garden, arriving one by one (as I said, Marijana + Ivan). We spent a couple of moments there (shooting) and then continued toward the town’s center. Let me tell you, if you live in the city, botanical gardens are a must during those mega humid and sunny days. Even more so than just regular parks as the trees are all over the place providing a nice hideout from the sun. I wish we photographed more, there. It might not be as colorful as it is during the Spring but the summer green is pretty, too.

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Don’t you just love Marijana’s Ona bag? It is gorgeous and can hold a fair amount of geer – it is huge! This kind I wouldn’t recommend to a petite person as it is that big. On the other hand, Marijana is supermodel tall so, no aesthetical weirdness there.

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We made a stop in front of Mimara (a musem in Zagreb) and Marijana twirled (for the photo purposes, not just randomly, guys!). I almost thanked her for dressing the way she did. Haha. So photogenic, right?

Man, I just feel sad for not living closer to them. Some people could live door to door and still care less about each other. I would love to be able to hang out with them on a daily or, at least, weekly basis. Or even monthly! It is just not fair we have to wait so long to see each other. And, we all met online. Huh. Internet is a blessing, if you use it right and for the things that benefit you (random youtube videos not included as they are crucial for boredom).

We parted ways after a couple of hours of fun. The moment I left them, I began to suffer from a headache and nausea. Yep, my body has this weird habit to overheat when the weather is humid and hot. On my way home, I really tried to cope with the hard core road curves as almost each and every one was a challenge - to live through without vomiting. But, the memory of that faded the moment I got better and all was left with were good memories of that entire day. I love my friends! God bless.

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AROUND TROGIR

I know, I created this huge hype about my new blog design and the new blog overall that I somehow forgot the most important thing – to write a new blog post. A few days ago I came back from my summer vacation that I spent in Trogir, on the island of Čiovo. I had a cool and relaxing 10 day vacation which I spent taking a fair amount of photos that even the landlord noticed the clicking noise coming from our balcony. I just tweeted about loosing my ability to categorize, after I finally confronted such an amount of photos. So, with that in mind (the categorizing part), I’m gonna show you some snaps I took around Trogir only. I mean, if I don’t do it in sections it could easily result with an epic photo overload.

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Nothing changed since my last visit to Trogir. Tourists are still all over the place. You can’t just walk around while looking other than in front of you. Otherwise, you will bump into ones camera, or step on a dog. I mean, I am a tourist, too. I like to say I’m a tourist in my own country. Don’t get me wrong, I love my country is visited so well but, like I said in my last Trogir post, the town should be experienced at least as late as May or early as September. That is, if you want to take your time and not worry about knocking over someone’s child, in all that tourist rush.

This time, I wanted to point my camera mostly up, as you can tell. Also, details were a non stop camera magnet, as usual. But, there were a couple of moments when the streets were empty even though, I must admit, those weren’t the streets in the strict town’s center. So, I did manage to pull out some no-people street photos.

Trogir is one of the most beautiful towns in Dalmatia, it is not too big and not too small. Its old town in on the UNSECO list, the airport is near, Split is near. What more could you ask for? This has been my 3rd time visiting and I have a feeling I’ll come back again, someday, with someone. God bless.

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HI, IT’S ME

It feels weird having to introduce myself  on a blog that already has more than 200 posts of mine. As you might have noticed, I finally said goodbye to the Blogger platform and started a new blog journey here, on WordPress, following with a new design + porfolio. That is something I was eager to do since I stared my blog through Blogger, in 2011. I am so happy to be here as it offers me so much more that Blogger just couldn’t. I was always unhappy with the design and the never ending mess with the html codes that sometimes just didn’t work.  Now it’s just the way I want it. Minimalist, clean and white.

I want to thank Mirko and Mario (who encouraged me to do so) for the help during the whole blog migration. Also, I’d like to thank everyone who followed my old blog and I hope you will continue to do the same over here. I mean, the domain is still the same. Don’t know what will happen to my inesperkovic.blogspot.com just yet but I plan to shut it down, eventually. So yeah, here I am – still shooting stuff around my house. God bless.

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DXO LABS – FILM PACK 3

Around 10 months ago I bumped into this tweet saying DxO Labs are giving away a free Film Pack 3 software. I must admit, up to that tweet I never knew they existed. I downloaded the software because who turns down free stuff, really?
At first, I wasn’t really impressed with the film effects. And it remained that way for a few months. But then, as time passed, I got used to it and actually learned how to use it. The software is a pretty good alternative for the ever so famous VSCO Film. Here are some of my favorite effects. God bless!
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A BUNCH OF PHOTOS FROM DAYS LIKE THIS

In the spirit of not posting anything for almost two months, I thought I’d share a couple of random, everyday images with you. They are in no particular order, whether the place or time. Some might be of two years ago, actually.
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The next few snaps are from my trip to Dubrovnik where we were attending the Croatian Catholic Youth Day. I love my country and always love to surprise my lens with such scenery. This time, Adriatic sea, mountains surrounding Neretva valley and the area around Dubrovnik, including Mokošica.
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The last few snaps are from two years ago, taken during my stay in southern Dalmatia: Marušići, Makarska, Brela, …

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I wish I could be more frequent with my blog post. Actually, I wish to be more frequent with photo taking. in general. High hopes for this summer. God bless!

DID YOU HEAR ME, JESUS?

You guys know I write about faith which is a big part of my life and if you check out my About me page, you can read all about it and what is my testimony. Now, you simply can not enumerate all the blessings God has provided you with, as there are many. But, this one I’m about to share evolves photography. Photography? Yes, photography. I was debating whether to post this or not but I just kept feeling the words Do it, do it, do it! And, I am at peace now so it was a good decision.
At the end of my second year of college (2008.), I had huge problems with one of the exams and if I was not to pass it, I’d loose the right to study. I just couldn’t pass the exam. Now that I think of it, I don’t think I really went all out with the studying for it. But, I guess that is life and my laziness provided such horrible moments.
I remember sitting in my room and crying because I failed the exam, once again. I turned to Jesus and just asked him I don’t need anything, I just wanna know that you heard me! I don’t remember what happened next. I probably cried some more. Now, I wasn’t testing out if God existed, I think I just wanted to feel the compassion He had for me, in my time of despair. And I forgot about it.
Days later, I had my birthday and, at the time, it was obligatory to post a birthday photo to Flickr. I asked my dad to help me hold a few balloons in the air for me to take a shot of it (he climbed the ladder). They were in blue and pink (yer know, Flickr colors). And I took the photo, processed it and uploaded to Flickr. Nothing strange, nothing new. Oh yeah, I only rotated the photo prior to uploading. Us photographers do that, sometimes. Hehe.
A couple of days later, someone sent me message saying that either he was going mad, or that there is a face on my balloons (he said that was me). I went to check it out and….there He was. You may believe it or not. But, I immediately thought of what I said to Jesus, days earlier. I was left stunned and in the super hyped mode Oh, I see what you did there! Like, why the face isn’t the same intensity and visibility on each balloons, rather it looses sharpness with each next balloon? As if someone is standing close to the first balloon and the image just fades away on the next one and so on. You might say it was the play of light and shadow but, for me, it isn’t. Just can’t be. That IS a face of a long haired guy! Tilt you head to the right and it will make more sense. By the way, this is the rotated version, this is the original. It was the best birthday present I could ever have and if someone didn’t pointed out about the face on it, I’d be blind to see it. I seriously would, up to this day. But, I know He heard me and, whether people agree with me on this or not, I believe that was a true and legit portrait session with my Lord. His sense of humor goes beyond. Like, balloons? Really, God? How do You expect me to explain balloons?! Hehe. Well, I speak from the heart no matter if I sound crazy or not. I don’t know..I guess it’s balloons then. Hehe. Oh man! May God bless you through this Holy week.
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SUNSETS AND FIELDS OF GOLD

I’ve been doing this photography thing for what, 7 or 8 years now and I thought I really wandered thorough every bit of the place I live in. I think I’ve been to every street, every corner, every field or open space. But, I guess I haven’t. Well, I had to go to the well known down the street to take a few photos of the bright rapeseed fields. Usually, people sow rye or corn there but this year, they decided to sow rapeseed and it looks amazing!
Then we went a bit further down the street and turned to a small path by this line of huge fields with the view on 5 tall poplar trees. Also, the sun was setting so we happen to catch a few warm and pink colors of the sky against the poplar trees and rapeseed.
On our way home, we noticed some misty fog filling the little channel. And of course, how could we miss a chance to document that? The atmosphere really was beautiful. I don’t know, sometimes I really dislike living where I live (photography wise) but I guess you just have to be somewhere at the right time to actually see how your everyday, boring stuff can be portrayed in a prettier way. God bless.

EVEN THE SMALLEST PERSON…

… can change the course of the future. That beautiful quote by J.R.R. Tolkien. I find it quite suitable for what I’m about to write. In my country, during Lent, there is a prolife 40 day prayer going to end the abortion. I don’t think I’ve ever written about such a strong and important subject. I know a lot of you will agree and a lot of you will disagree with me.
I am prolife. I just can’t stand and write nothing, no matter of the fact my blog is a photo blog and mainly focuses on sharing my photography. But, like I said, I have to write about this.
Being a pro-life is a strong personal opinion and foremost, it is the love for the unborn, the most weakest and defenseless of us all. I think and feel that one becomes a person from day 1, the moment it is conceived. That little, microscopic boy or a girl receives a soul. A new life started, no matter of the conditions and by conditions I mean being in momma’s belly. I don’t see the difference in calling one a person whether it is 2 days, 8 months or 25 years old. I just don’t see the point in calling one a person only when it is born. That baby, still in the belly, breaths the same air as we do and feels safe being close to his mom. The only difference is the way of breathing and being close to his/her mom. I know I am not all medical but I really write from the heart. It feels right like nothing else in this world. Every person deserves to live, no matter if it is wanted or not. From what I can read, from all the testimonies about deciding not go through with the abortion, their children became a huge blessing to them.
I truly believe God can turn even the most horrid situation into blessing for each and every person, no matter of the age. Our God always has the final word in everything and no matter what situation it is, He will get you thorough it and give you peace. I strongly believe God wants that little baby, He wanted it from ages and ages before. I know some babies are conceived in horrid situations and I am NOT stating God wanted that ! The only thing I’m stating He does LOVE that baby and wants to make wonders with her/him, He wants to give that person a dignity in life which we all have. In the end, we are made to do small things with great love. Some are born to do great, world changing things and some are born only to make the person next them happy and guess what – in God’s eyes, both deeds and people doing them are worth the same.
Also, no matter of the sin, He forgives. The greater the sin, the greater His mercy is. After all, He allowed His only Son to die for our sins and resurrect so we could be born again in Him. I can’t argue with that, if that isn’t the proof for true love, I can’t imagine what is. If you look at  the profiles of the greatest people mentioned in the Bible – they all had something wrong with them, they all had something in their past (even murder! St. Paul, hello?). After you read about God’s mercy in their lives later on, you can only say Oh, I see what You did there! It is never too late to do the right thing, it is never late to let God heal you, no matter if you did wrong or the wrong was done to you. May His love shines upon you, forever. God bless.
How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.
~ Blessed Mother Theresa
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