Alyosha also known as The monument of the unknown soldier is an 11-metre tall reinforced concrete statue of a Soviet soldier in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The statue has a 6-metre pedestal lined with granite. The memorial commemorates Soviet casualties incurred during the Turkish occupation of Bulgaria.
Bunardzhika is one of the seven hills of Plovdiv. The hill is popular with the name Alyosha, because of the monument at the top. Bunardzhika is the second highest hill in the city - 108 m above the sea level. Its name comes from the Ottoman word Bunar meaning a well, because of the numerous waterways located there. In Roman times it was also known as "Hill of Hercules" as there was a large statue of the mythical hero. At the footsteps of the Bunardzhika hill there is a restaurant, park and summer theater.
Since my first attempt to capture the Milky Way near the Stone mushrooms area located next to the town of Kardzhali was a complete failure, I decided to go back and make another attempt. The other reason for my return to the Stone mushrooms is that this place has great potential for astrophotography. Located in relatively low light polluted area, which is rarely seen at this altitude. The natural phenomenon is a unique landmark and the chance to capture the Milky Way in the background creates prerequisites for great photos.
Inspired by an article about the 27 chapels that protect Momchilovtsi village I decided to do a series of photo stories about them or at least most of them. I think there is something mystical and unique about so many chapels gathered in such a small area around one village. The other reason is that the area of Momchilovtsi where all of the chapels are built is one of the least light poluted ares in Bulgaria, creating very good conditions for astrophotography. For a long time I wanted to do some good photos of the stars and the Milky way galaxy, and when you have an foreground object such as the Chapel of the Holy Transfiguration, this is a prerequisite for a truly wonderful photos.
This year thanks to the wedding of my friends had the opportunity to visit the rock phenomenon Meteora in Greece. The area is simply a paradise for landscape photographers. Meteora is located next to Kalambaka (known also as Kalampaka). The town lies at the foot of the rock formations and the view from the streets of Kalambaka is incredible.
Recently, lavender has become a symbol of photography in Bulgaria. Photos of lavender fields flooded the internet especially in June and July. So I decided to do something different and to organize a photo shoot with a model in lavender field.
I am always very impressed by rock formations created by mother nature over thousands of years. The Stone Mushrooms near the village of Beli Plast are one of these natural phenomenons. They are also known as Rock Mushrooms.