Short days, long nights and low temperatures tend to slow down everything around us. Everything looks a little bit greyish and dirty, so it is easy enough to take 2-3 lazy days in the row and not feel any guilt about it.

Thinking about that and wanting to come out of that state I started to scroll through my library of photos to find something which will cheer up these cloudy days and give me some inspiration for February trips. While searching through the gallery two photos marked with 5 stars appeared to be wonderful for this “therapy”.

Both of them are taken in Labin, a small town in the centre of the east Istria which is county in Croatia. Labin has a vibrant arts scene and it is perfect place to stay if you want some calm place from where you can visit Pula and Rijeka very easly. Only 5km away there is small town called Rabac which is turistally even more atractive because of a coastline and a big number of hotels and restaurants.

What is the most interesting about these photos is that I took them last year in febraury. While walking through the old part of town these colourful houses will give you an impression of the summer even in the coldest and windiest days.

I could not resist the feeling of emtpinest with all shops, museums and art galleries closed waiting for a tourist to come and see what they are hiding inside of their walls. But, that emptiness of the place gave me a lot of time to take these photos where there are no people. I think that this is impossible to do in the summertime when there is big crowd of tourists in this region.

Old street in Labin - Croatia
Old street in Labin – Croatia

While taking these photos I was using Cannon 1200D and 18-55mm lens that is coming with it in a kit. Postproduction is done in Darktable. Small and simple program which is serving as a free alternative to lightroom.


    • Thank you Tina for your comment. It was a mix of emotions for me to do these photos. Seeing town this empty is a little bit sad but at the same time, I got perfect photos.


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