Sunday, August 3, 2014

Visiting Sibenik [Part 2/9]: A Night in the Old Town

In the second part of the new travel series I will show you the old town of Sibenik, it's historic center as well as the various paths and streets. The atmosphere in Sibenik is youthful and lively. Little streets lead to many squares where modern shop windows unite with the old architecture of the past centuries.

What I really like about the city is that everything is within walking distance. From bus station to the old city center it takes only five minutes to walk. You can get to all sights on foot, and the furthest are within half an hour walk. My sister and I made a nightly visit and I was able to get into the small streets and corners and capture the more intimate sights of the city.

This is a multi-part series. Other parts include:
Part One: Morning in a Seaside Town
Part Two: A night in the old town of Sibenik
Part Three: Stormy day on the Beach
Part Four: Dusk in the Solaris Beach Resort
Part Five: Night in the Solaris Beach Resort
Part Six: Stroll through the Sunset Forest
Part Seven: Inside the Fortress of St. Nicholas
Part Eight: Remnants of the Past
Part Nine: Golden Hour in the Bay


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We started our visit around 9 in the evening, the afterglow of the sun was still lingering in the sky, and gave some great color to the city and its surroundings. As we parked our car in the harbor parking lot, we started our trip, beginning with the walking lane along the sea.




Sibenik has a big harbor that is being constructed right now, and across the walking lane, only smaller ships and yachts are docket, which gives you a nice vantage point when shooting them.


One of those yachts was the "Blanca", a luxurious small cruiser that was awesomely lit, and made you daydream about going out to sea with it and exploring the nearby islands.


The city at night is always busy.



The Sibenik Museum shown in the picture below was founded in 1925 to celebreate the thousand year anniversary of the Kingdom of Croatia, and is located in the former Prince's Palace. It's a complex type of museum, and consists of archeological, cultural-historic and ethnographic departments.





These side streets offered up many great spots for portraits and some quiet, in the otherwise very busy city.



Then I saw these hanging doors right on the entrance to the old town center of Sibenik. Later I found out that these doors used to be functioning doors of the church behind them, but over time, as the city got reconstructed, they were literally left hanging in the air.


Next up; Left: My sister Jasmina, stopping to take a picture of me, taking a picture of her. Right: Her camera phone result :)









The restaurants in the inner city are always filled with tourists. The food can be on the pricey side with them, but we ate in one, and it was all very delicious.



Sometimes you just glance and walk past these views, but I really tried to take it all in. There are so many details and unique structures in these little narrow streets. I like all of the matching doors and windows.



Above: A lone kitten strolling the side streets of Sibenik. Below: A golden lit fountain in the city park bursting with water.


End of Part Two
To be continued...

In the next part the weather started to shift slightly, and some dramatic and dark clouds rolled into the seascape. Even though we got restricted in swimming, we got some great seascapes, here is a preview shot and I will see you in the next part.


46 comments:

  1. Mersad, it is such a pleasure to see your images. You are so very talented. Your subject this time is a favorite of ours - seaside towns. Some of your shots remind me of Villefranche Sur Mer. I have a similar cat picture on steps of an arched doorway in Villefranche. Ah, yes....

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lois. I looked Villefranche Sur Mer up. It's beautiful.

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  2. I love the way your photos GLOW with colors.. number 7 speaks to me.. and the Blanka is just gorgeous.. your skills with human portraits are amazing to...

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    1. Thank you Sandra for visiting.

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  3. Wunderschöne Nachtsaufnahmen. Für mich bist du schon ein richtiger Fotokünstler. Ich kann so was nicht. Liebe Grüße

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    1. Danke Flögi. Freut mich das Dir die Bilder gefallen.

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  4. Mersad, what a beautiful city. I love the colors and lights at night, beautiful shots. Your sister is a lovely model.. Enjoy your new week ahead!

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  5. my connection is being awful again this morning. but what i saw was beautiful. love the old brickwork in the light.

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    1. Thanks for vising anyway. I hope it wasn't because of the many images.

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  6. Gorgeous night shots! That's a beautiful town with great buildings. I like the stone work!

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    1. It's a really neat city. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. The shots in the narrow spaces between buildings, the lighting, the textures all combined to really put me there. Very fine, Mersad. Also loved the monochrome shot of Jasmina!

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    1. Thanks Bill. There are a lot of narrow streets with many details in the old part of the city, which gives you lots to shoot and explore.

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  8. I do love your night shots, Mersad, but then I love all of your captures -- every day! A lovely city, wonderful stone work and you do have great models! Hope you have a wonderful new week!!

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  9. I'm enamored of the shadows in the narrow streets!

    Ancient Shadows

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  10. Beautiful night shots... Sibenik is a lovely city...no doubt...

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  11. Das ist natürlich klasse wenn alles so in unmittelbarer Nähe ist und man gemütlich zu Fuß alles anschauen kann. Tolle Aufnahmen hast du mitgebracht. Ich liebe ja solche Gassen die dann am Abend so herrlich beleuchtet sind.

    Besonders beeindruckend emfpfinde ich heute deine schw/w- Aufnahme/Bearbeitung. Da kommt die Gasse und die Türe besonders gut zur Geltung.

    Herzliche Abendgrüsse

    N☼va

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    1. Schwarz weiss eignet sich ja immer wenn es um dunkle Strassenszenen dreht. Danke für deinen Komentar.

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  12. fabulous night time images. I love all the stonework and old world feel of the buildings.

    Wonderful portraits of you and your sister.

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  13. Such beautiful images of beautiful things.
    Love them all...
    Happy Shadows

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  14. The colors, the architecture ... you've done an excellent job of sharing them with us.

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  15. It is a wonderful old town. I'm enjoying your holiday.
    The chap in the blue shirt is carrying a very big umbrella.......Ha, Ha.

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    1. You noticed it as well :D Framed that one neatly :D

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  16. Sandra is right, your images do glow. You are also an expert in portrait/people photography. You should specialise.

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  17. So many lovely pictures you showing as :)

    Have a nice day!

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  18. Hi Mersad,

    Please add the link for Blue Monday.

    http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a Happy 1st Blue Monday!

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    1. You're fast. Beat me to it :)

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  19. I can well see why the cafés are filled with tourists: pricey or otherwise.

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  20. Lovely series....well thought out blog♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/view-to-a-sunset/

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  21. Jaw dropping ... every picture was a delight and your portraits are beautiful (I would love to know how you go the second subtle image on your portrait). I do believe this is my first vist to your blog and I promise you, it won't be my last. A travelogue through the eyes of a true artist. I loved all of it ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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  22. Hi Mersad, I'm back for my one-day-a-week post and commenting. Thanks for hanging in there with me. We LOVED the Bison Range! Your line-up of photos today is fabulous. I always enjoy tagging along on your photo shoots. The night photography is SPLENDID!!

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  23. Your photos are simply stunning. The colors are so brilliant and the scenery so gorgeous. I can't believe how clear the water is.

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  24. The narrow stone streets and ancient buildings are so charming, what a cool place to visit. It must be exciting in a rainstorm. Twilight is my favorite time of the day, I love the glowing lights and deep blue sky.

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  25. Wunderschöne Fotos! Ich mag die beleuchteten Strassen und Plätze sehr - die Farben sind dann ganz speziell! Das S&W-Foto mag ich aber auch sehr!

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  26. Wow, it is hard to take this all in. Each image more impressive than the ones before. But in the end, that one with the cat in the alley really sticks out for me as extra special.

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  27. Beautiful shots. I love the light you captured in most of these photos.

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  28. Such a beautiful city and what great photographs! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your sister is beautiful. A fascinating blog I wish I were young enough to visit there -- but then there are SO many places that would be wonderful visit. I guess I am blessed to have seen as many as I have.

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  29. Enchanting scenes of the city by night. Love the narrow areas where you see the features of building walls in a line and the lone cat walking acrosss one of them almost begs for a story of mystery.

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  30. Oh, what a magical place! The side streets amid the buildings, with all that gorgeous stonework, take my breath away! Your photographs are incredibly beautiful! All I can say is WOW!

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  31. Another fantastic portrait of your sister!

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  32. Bin eben wieder durch die Altstadt von Sibenik geschlendert. Viele Bilder sind mir sehr vertraut. An der Kathedrale saßen wir viele mal und haben dem Treiben da zugesehen. Bei dem anderen Platz ist eine Eisdiele, da haben wir es uns auch schmecken lassen. Nur war das nicht in der Nacht.
    Am Wasser entlang schlendern und die Luxusjachten bewundern, die Sonne ging da gerade unter, herrlich das,

    LG Paula

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  33. Mersad, I finally have time and enough internet to look at this series of photos. Your night photos are luminous! You have found the right technique to bring light into the scenes.

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  34. Nice shots, love the colors! Croatia is wonderful.=)

    //Scaniatjejen
    http://www.scaniatjejen.se

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