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survived the night before...

survived the night before...
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-19
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 35-280 - f2.8-4.2, @ ISO 50, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/279 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): ~~ Sunsets & Sunrises part I ~~, ~~ Clouds, Clouds and Clouds ~~, 40-49 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-03 19:46
Viewed: 6348
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Albania... or Shquiperia (as locals call it) - such a mysterious place... You don't see too much about it in TV, newspapers or even on TN. How many times I was thinking about visiting this country!? And finally this year I made it!!!

It was a journey through a country unlike any other in Europe, country full of picturesque places, interesting culture and open, friendy and extremely hospitable people!!!

In fact this picture I made during our last evening in Albania. And night before was undoubtly the hardest. We were far in these mountains in north-eastern part of the country. As usually in Albania the mountain road had no asphalt and was just one-car wide. Not even to mention it was winding a lot, on the left we had steep slope and on the right some 200-300 meter canyon. According to our map the road was just 35 km, but in Albania maps do not always say the truth.

Eventually it was getting dark and the rain came. Just some hours ago I got an sms from Greg (red45) who was at that time in Kotor, Montenegro (ca. 130 km away), about the heavy storms on the Adriatic coasts. In fact you may see them on his pictures. And clearly these storms were coming here as well. Our situation wasn't too good - absolutely no place to park the car off the road, and going such roads at night... well...

After some kilometers we have seen a mountain pass - a kind of a grassland saddle. Just perfect for a car and tents. The only problem was a high voltage powerline going above. But we had no choice... After some hours the storm really came and it was something I can tell my future grandkids about. The lightings were hitting the powerline and going down the wires. The light was so bright I could see almost everything through my tent. And the heavy rain simply flooded the grassland. Soon it appeared that the floor in my tent was pinched the night before so I was almost sailing on my sleeping matt. All keeping in mind the powerline and lightings. The storm lasted for some 3 hours. But it didn't stop raining later. We were quite devastated the following morning (see workshop 1).

And you know what - just when we got up, a highlander came out of nowhere with his old Mercedes and led us to a village bar for coffee and brandy to cheer up (see workshop 2)...

And the road appeared to be 78 km at the end.

The next night we spent on the coast of the Skadar lake, drying all our stuff, and observing that amazing sunset and stormy clouds raising again over these mountains...

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Hi Michal,
Very beautiful sky colors and amazing landscape. Great and very informative note. I also believe that more than 90% of citizen of this planet are nice and friendly.
Thanks for sharing this picture and your story.

Ben Lakitan

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-03 21:56]

Hello Michael,
Your note and your photograph sure made me start dreaming (nightmares ;-) about this place.Sounds like quite the adventure.
What a great shot, the POV is excellent. Incredible scenery and the textures and colors are fabulous. Great composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-04 1:16]

Hello Michal,
Wow, how dramatic, both your image and your adventure!! I hate thunderstorms and can imagine how you felt. The image is just like a painting by the great masters - the light is fabulous and the composition beautiful. Brilliant!!
Many thanks, Ulla

Czesc Misiu
Piekne zdjecie i fajna historia. Uchwyciles wspanialy moment.

Beau et puissant paysage.
Bonne journée.

Dear Michal,
my compliment for this marvellous moody, scenic picture. It is coming from another Albania traveller. From what geographical position did you take the shot? Your text deals mostly with weather and road conditions.
Cheers, Dietrich

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-04 3:46]

Hello Michal,
Magnificent landscape.POV,colors,details,framing and visual impact are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hi Michal

What a great shot. The clouds look menacing. Excellent POV showing an interesting scene. Great note too. TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-04 5:42]

Hello Michal and nice to see you back and posting :)
WOOW! What a story...what a night...what a picture!
How did you manage to sleep? i don't think i could have and i definately would have gone in the car to sleep there (nevermind the huge lights and thunders...but i can't sleep in water :) )
Anyway, the post is very interesting. I especiallu like the mood created by the dimm light and the excellent exposure. Also the colors and tones are lovely the composition great.
Very well done!
Bravo and TFS

PS: here is a comment for the Workshop 2 picture: Cheers!

Hi Michal,
WOW! A very beautiful and dramatic scene. The light and clouds here are amazing. Very good shot!

Hello Michal,
This is quite an adventure that you lived; I think this is a great human experience! I really enjoyed those pictures in WS and this one is very nice. This place seems to be amazing. You caught excellent details and colors, this sky and lightning are just beautiful. Good exposure and POV too. This is very well done and interesting. Thanks,

Hello michal, Excellent work, Great details, very crisp, Nicly composed and capture photo excellent work

TFS Kyle

Hi Michal,
What a story to go with the stunning photo. Thank you for sharing it with us. It almost felt I was actually in the storm as well. Your photo shows the storm perfectly. Just amazing how it hugs this huge mountain and makes it look so small. The storm did bring you some stunning colors and shaped clouds.
I also appreciate the two additional photos, show the friendly people of Albania.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-12-04 14:39]

Hi Michal!

Stunning, both of them! Picture is beautifull, it could be easily published in book about Albania. Great landscape with superb clouds, colours and light. Story is even better. It also could be very good in some kind of adventurers book. Albania must be great place and I'm really sorry that I hadn't time to visit it this year. But maybe in future...;-) Workshop pictures are also very interesting. Tough guys in bar. Nice car. And interesting pose on pictre with tents ;-)

Well that is really quite a tale, Michal! I have experienced lightening like that, and rain like that and "floating" tents like that and narrow roads like that but NEVER all at the same time. Sounds scary! I'm glad you made it through without mishap.

That is a really big thunder storm cloud that builds up over that mountain. Your photograph really conveys the size of it. I like very much the lighting in this photo. It is really well done. TFS'

Evelynn : )

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-05 12:57]

Excellent presentation Michal with three great images to complete the information about Albania.

I like it a lot: composition, color, POV, lighting, DOF, focus, sharpness, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

Great post... thank you for sharing... indeed.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-05 22:43]

Hello Michal

Amazing vista,with awesome cloud formations.The POV is wonderful.Excellent focus and colours.A very effective image.TFS


Hello Michal, well its a stunning capture.. The light is quite extraordinary here and there is great drama in the clouds. The small house at the bottom really gives scale to this. Really love to see a post like this on TN backed up by a great personal note plus WS. Very well done.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-07 3:22]

Hi Michel
Nice landscape shot and Nice sky colours. Good sharpnes, light, details, DOF and POV.
Well done Michel


Well done Michal.
I like this interesting sky and warm color, nice view..
Thank you for taking me along on this journey, with a great note and links..
I enjoyed the group photo and WS #1 with a view of your best side ;)

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-07 22:09]

Wow Michal such an amazing capture!
Excellent treat for the eyes!
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Michal,
You captured this very special atmosphere in the right way. Fantastic colours with great details in the clouds. Especially the small houses in the foreground gives a good impression of this place.
Regards, Ruud

wow...thats quite a story! Glad you hear you came out of it okay! What a photo too, great pov , seeing the teenie houses in the middle shows just how HUGE that mountain is..wow...what a beautiuful shot.. love the stormy color! TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments on my photo " The end of the Storm" :o) Guess we both have some storm stories! :o)

Hello Michal,
What an awesome view. Dramatic cloud effect along with some good colouring and sharpness. I like the soft light here, giving the scene a moody side.


Wow! Incredible shot.

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