Hol18: Slovenia – Ljubljana 2

Away from the crowds and walking tours there are many quieter streets and walks in the centre of Ljubljana to indulge in a bit of street photography and to try and capture the look and feel of the city, even around the Triple Bridge when it isn’t so crowded..

 

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The river – Ljubljanica

 

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The old Franciscan church 

 

 

 

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Ljubljana cathedral spires

 

Ljublijana kiosk
European cities excel in their wee kiosks

 

 

 

Ljublijana Library
The stand out stone work of the city library

 

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One of the Triple Bridge (s)

 

 

 

Ljublijana market
government offices..  and the main market
Ljublijana morris column
Morris Column and scooter – staples of all smart European cities

 

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Valentin Vodnik –  poet, journalist and priest
Ljublijana street scene
a quiet street in the cathedral area

 

 

Ljublijana street scene
an overcast street in the cathedral area
Ljublijana street scene
residential arches

 

 

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more Slovenians on another bridge
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Union Beer – Slovenia’s finest

All shot using the Ricoh KR5 and Fomapan 100

 

Hol18: Slovenia – Ljubljana 1

I had no real expectations regarding Ljubljana having little knowledge of the city or indeed of Slovenia beyond the usual photos of Lake Bled.  It was however one of the friendliest, relaxed, photogenic and enjoyable cities I’ve been to in Europe,  and there seemed to something going on at every junction along the river.

The area around the Triple Bridge can attract the artists and the crowds.

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Shredding sax and drums
Ljublijana busker
Dylan / Neil young tribute act
Ljublijana busker
maker of … sounds
Ljublijana protest
Animal rights protesters

There is a statue of France Prešeren, Slovenia’s greatest literary figure near the bridge which is a general meeting point – and the starting point for the excellent Free Walking Tour.

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France Prešeren – national poet and Julija obsessive

 

And in direct line of sight from Prešeren is a little wall statue of his unrequited love and subject of many a poem, Julija Primic.

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Julija Primic – object of Prešeren’s desire

 

And of course if you’re hungry there’s many food vendors.

Ljublijana food stand

All shot on the Ricoh KR5 and Fomapan 100.

Hol18: Pula, Croatia

Pula was an hour’s bus ride from Rovinj and is a great spot for a day trip with a bustling old town, Roman ruins and plenty to point the Ricoh at.

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Tourist info – Pula

Pula has its own amphitheatre, a wee colosseum.

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Pula Amphitheatre
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Pula Amphitheatre
pula wall
old building with 3 owners embedded
pula rain
refuge from the rain – it can get wet

Croatia of course has a fascinating recent history, particularly during the second world war where as well as being occupied by Nazi Germany, it had its own collaborating dark side – the fascist Ustaša which was resisted and subsequently defeated by anti fascist Yugoslav movements.  There are a number of memorial to anti-fascism and Pula has a large memorial garden alongside the main harbour.

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Anti-fascist memorial
Pula Tito
Tito
Pula memorial
anti-fascist memorial
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Ruza Petrovic – partisan blinded by fascists

Back in the old town the town-hall is on a old Roman site
Pula ruins

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some old buildings of course become bars

And various remnants of old walls and portals into the old city

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archway into old town

 

pula James Joyce
and of course, there is the Irish presence – a James Joyce bar

Shot on Rollei RPX25 and Fomapan 100.

 

 

Hol18: Rovinj, Croatia (Hrvatska)

My first moments in Croatia (I find Hrvatska a bit difficult to pronounce) were getting off the ferry in Rovinj,  and Rovinj is very, very easy on the eye.
It’s got a very nice town square.

Rovinj town square
Rovinj town square

It’s got very pleasant bars – all decked out with the very recognisable flag.

Rovinj Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo bar
Rovinj steps
with seating down to the sea

In its old town centre, there is a baroque church overlooking the bay – the Church of St. Euphemia (she was from Byzantium, apparently)

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Church of St. Euphemia
Rovinj church
Church of St. Euphemia

Around the town, there’s no shortages of places to have a drink or to photograph.

Rovinj taverna
 Taverna, Rovinj
Rovinj ruins and house
House among some ruins

 

Rovinj old town
Old town
Rovinj at the Copa Pizza
At the Copa..  View from the bay

While I was here, I tried for the first time some Rollei RPX25 film, it was pretty bright after all.  And the RPX25 is the most grain-free film I’ve shot. 

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Rovinj in the evening
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Man in window of pizzeria.  It’s like a basic advent calendar
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decorative house, Rovinj

Rovinj was nice introduction to Croatia and a base for a relaxing few days.  It’s not the most dynamic of places, but a good entry point travelling by ferry from Italy.

Camera:  Ricoh KR5 with Fomapan 100 (the grainier shots) and Rollei RPX25 (no grain)

Tokyo: Asakusa

The Asakusa district in Tokyo is a real tourist trap, traditionally a ‘pleasure quarter’ – we don’t have many of those in NI.. – it’s a great day trip for the temple and the market.

Photographically I arrived with an  Olympus Trip 35 / Fomapan 100 which had a broken meter so was shooting manually on 1/40th – and a Nikon F60 loaded with Tri-X.  On probably the brightest sunniest day of the year.  Probably a case for digital..

Anyway  – the Sensoji temple

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Sensoji Temple – Olympus Trip 35 / Fomapan 100

 

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Sensoji Temple – Olympus Trip 35 / Fomapan 100

 

A Chōzuya,  for pre-worship purification

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Chōzuya.  Nikon F60/Kodak Tri-X

Then for shopping, there is the Nakamise arcade area.

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Entrance to Nakamise, Nikon F60/Kodak Tri-X
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Posing in kimonos while shopping.  Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X 
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Souvenirs.  Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X

It’s a smallish area but you can still be sold the guided tours

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Tour guide. Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X
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Random music parade.  Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X
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Kimomos and umbrella.  Olympus Trip 35 / Fomapan 100
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Just the umbrella.  Olympus Trip 35 / Fomapan 100
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Just the kimonos. Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X
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Quieter moment.  Nikon F60/Kodak Tri-X
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Covered arcade. Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X
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Information.  Nikon F60 / Kodak Tri-X

The magic of travel is that at home two of the least likely things I would do would be worship and shop. With or without the camera.

Olympus Tripped.

When the meter finally goes….

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Meter no more

The inherent risk of bringing your 40 year old film camera on holiday is of course that it decides to call it a day.  Before loading the Trip, I always give it a quick check to ensure that it responds reasonably appropriately to light – particularly that the wee red underexposed marker appears in the viewfinder.  Day 2 of a trip to Tokyo and before the Fomapan was loaded, it was clear that the Trip meter had finally given up the ghost.  However, before putting it back in the suitcase and relying on the Nikon F60, I remembered the manual aperture settings – a quick check showed these to be responding.

So, a pretty useless 1/40th constant shutter speed in a bright summer Tokyo day and it was Sunny 22 to see how the Trip would go on manual only.  F22 for the bright outdoors and guess for the shade and indoors.

And…  it went ok.  Fomapan 100 is pretty forgiving anyway and with the bright harsh sunlight and deep shadows, I couldn’t really complain with the results from a 40 year old malfunctioning compact and a £3.50 roll of budget Czech film.

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Kimonos, Asakusa – a great range of detail captured by the Trippy

It would have been a challenge getting any sort of shadow detail here given the contrast between the umbrella and background.

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Posing

Of course, with an aperture setting now to consider on the Trip,  there was the added risk to forget about adjusting the zone focussing from “mountains” to “2 blokes“.

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Bookstore.  Blur unintentional..
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Orange Street. In black and white
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Incense

 

asakusa lady
Simultaneously shot on her own phone and my dodgy Trippy

The Trip of course, is a great street camera, all you have to remember is to set the zone focus.  My immediate reaction when the meter went was to retire the Trip and have a look on The Bay for a replacement.  But doing a quick Sunny 16 setting of the Aperture is no problem, and you can learn to live with the constant 1/40th shutter.  The lens is as sharp as ever (after remembering to check the focus) and frankly there is no better looking 35mm compact out there.  My meter-less Trip hasn’t had its last holiday just yet.

More Trip/Foma100 photos on the Flickr.