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Lombard Street

[San Francisco, California, USA]
Lombard Street light painted.
Lombard Street is known for one of its sections, which has eight sharp, consecutive turns, making this street the most winding street in the world. The street’s design arose from the idea (dated 1922), to make hill’s natural grade of 27% less challenging for vehicles and pedestrians.

Centro Habana

[Havana, Cuba]
Hard to believe that this picture was taken in 21st century.

Laval

[Quebec City, Quebec, Canada]
Laval’s University courtyard.
Canon 5D + M42 Pentacon 30 f/3,5.

Green maverick

[Jeju Island, Korea]
Inside Sunrise Peak crater.

Multi level

[Nikko, Japan]
One of the most beautiful wood-carvings I’ve ever seen, created as multi-level construction, with amazing level of details, being somehow unusual for Japan culture – therefore belonging to Japan’s “must see” list.
On this picture: wood-carvings located under temple’s roof construction in Nikko complex.

Pink scarf

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Wedding’s frontman: photographer.

Foo Lion

[Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong]
Chinese guardian lion, also known as Foo (or Fu) Lion – it was believed that it has powerful mythic protective powers. Foo Lin’s have traditionally stood in front of e.g. temples. Some of them, have a single large pearl in mouth, which are opened only partially, so that the pearl can roll inside the lion’s mouth but it is sized is such a way, that the pearl cannot be removed.

Passageway

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Montreal’s subway station passageway – somewhere under Place Bonaventure.

Tough challenge

[Seoul, Korea]
Although this situation might look somehow dramatic, this picture was taken out of the context as the parent was standing just out of this frame, trying to convince this little boy to keep smiling, as there were family photo session ongoing.

Spiral decor

[Odawara, Japan]
Odarawa castle gate’s roof: amazing balance between level of details and simplicity.

Focus

[Hakone, Japan]
After few minutes of staring through the window at the archers practice, I was invited to their premises, to be able to take some pictures. The atmosphere was really amazing: I was afraid to take pictures and to interfere archers ritual with camera’s mirror clapping. Shooting ritual was felt to be treated almost like sanctity. Uncommon, amazing experience.

Teamwork

[Dublin, Ireland]
Rugby game on Dublin’s University sports field.

Salut Gilles

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Tribute to Gilles Villeneuve at Montreal’s circuit start line (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve).
Gilles Villeneuve was F1 driver in years 1977-82. He died in crash during 1982 Belgium GP qualifying session – see more at wikipedia.

New bright idea

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Message of this picture can be described by one word: contrast.

Bag-mascot

[Tokyo, Japan]
Subway is exciting – you never know whom you can meet there – especially in Tokyo.
It was hard not to stare at this young couple and their mascot. Yes – it was alive. Yes – it was wearing a scarf.
I love Japan!

Orange cab

[Tokyo, Japan]
I have no idea that is the message of the sticker placed next to the rear doors of Tokyo’s taxi, but those eyes suggest something rather serious and unpleasant.
I have skipped this taxi and taken the next one…

Bay Bridge

[San Francisco, California, USA]
Night photo session on jet-lag, once again: this time under the bridge.

1941 Packard 110 Special

[Holbrook, Arizona, USA]
1941 Packard 110 Special pictured in Wigwam Village#6 (more info on Wigwam motels: wikipedia).

Tree Energy

[Seoul, Korea]
Once I’ve noticed this older man in one of Seoul’s parks, first thought was that he must be “tree energy drainer”, as he was standing still like this for a longer time. Even though it might sound funny, try to google “tree energy” – plenty of people can feel it, actually. Have you ever tried?

Tokyo International Forum directions

[Tokyo, Japan]
In case you get lost: go ahead!

Rusty number

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
This is definitely not the most representative picture of Montreal – which is nice city for sure. Anyway, such details make memories from your journeys more lively.
This picture was taken few blocks from Montreal’s old town.

The Wall of Champions

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Turn #12 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: first of two narrow turns in the final chicane just before the Wall of Champions (in background).
Wall of Champions became famous after 1999 Canada F1 GP, when Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve ended their races on that wall.
The curbs of the depicted chicane were modified in 2005, by making them higher and less visible, what has further increased difficulty in those turns. Looking at the picture, those curbs look definitely more challenging that you might get impression after watching F1 GP in TV.

38th parallel north

[DMZ, Korea]
Vista point at Korean DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) between North and South.
Korean DMZ is a 4km wide strip of land between North and South Korea, crossing the 38th paralel north and serving as buffer area.
This is the most heavily militarized border in the world.

This spyglass was pointed towards North Korean fake-city: nice attempt to convince tourists that North Korea is wealthy and well prospering land of happiness.
Price: 500KRW (~0.33Euro)

Hotel’s bride

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Just before checking out, I’ve spotted this last minute photo session in hotel’s corridor.
Canon gear in use: 5D + 24-70 + 580EX.