ARCHER PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog en-us (C) ARCHER PHOTOGRAPHY (ARCHER PHOTOGRAPHY) Wed, 18 Aug 2021 20:15:00 GMT Wed, 18 Aug 2021 20:15:00 GMT ARCHER PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog 120 80 What to do in 48 Hours in Brasov, Romania  

In June 2021, I was fortunate enough to travel to Romania.  It was an extra special treat since the global pandemic had made leisure travel next to impossible for most of 2020.  I had been itching to get out of the country, and was even more excited about documenting my travels with my camera.  


My good friends at Wandering Puffin Travel created an amazing itinerary that helped make our travels smooth, and even more enjoyable.  We started out in the Transylvania region of Romania, which is famously the home of Dracula, who despite his bloodthirsty reputation, was actually a local hero!


Transylvania is the home to the medieval city of Brasov.  During our 2 days in Brasov, we packed in a load of amazing sights (and photos!).  Here are my recommendations of what to do in 48 hours in Brasov:


  • Visit the Peles Castle

    • Peles Castle embodies everything that is the fairy tale castle.  It is an absolutely amazing sight!  It was built in the late 19th century for King Carol I.  What a masterpiece of new-renaissance architecture!  It is considered one of the most beautiful castles in all of Europe.  

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  • Visit Bran (AKA Dracula’s) Castle

    • Bran castle has become known as “Dracula’s Castle” because it is the only castle in Transylvania that matches the description from Bram Stoker’s famous novel.  This stunning castle was built in the 14th century as a stronghold that overlooked a busy mountain pass between Transylvania and Wallachia.

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  • Visit Old Town Brasov

    • Among many other wonderful sights in downtown Brasov, be sure to check out the “Black Church.”  Also be sure to enjoy some time strolling the cobblestone streets in search of a delicious Romanian meal!

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  • Visit Rasnov Fortress

    • Rasnov Fortress sits on a rocky hilltop above the town of Rasnov, not far from Brasov.  This impressive structure offered refuge for townspeople in times of war.  

  • Visit Prejmer Fortified Church

    • Also, just outside of Brasov, the Prejmer Fortified Church is one of the 25 Unesco heritage sites in Romania.  It is the largest fortified church in southeastern Europe, and underwent an impressive 50 sieges.  While it is quite a site to see from the ground, it is even more astounding if you can score an aerial view!

  • Visit Harman Fortified Church

    • Just 10k outside of Brasov, Harman Fortified Church is another one of the 25 Unesco heritage sites in Romania.  This well preserved medieval monument is a must-see while visiting Romania.  It is known for rare and well-preserved pre-Reformation paintings.

The memories of my 48 hours in Brasov are captured in the photos from my trip.  Check them out in my gallery.  Romania is a beautiful country and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to visit.  Maybe you'll see a photo from my travels that would look great on your living room wall!


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Top 5 Things To Do In Latvia Top 5 Things To Do In Latvia

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  1. Check Out Town Hall Square in Riga

Town hall is the Business Center of the Capital City of Riga.  A lot of love and care has gone into restoring the Town Hall over the years.  In just a short walk you can see the majority of the most famous buildings in the city!

  1. Spend Some Time in Old Town Riga

Old town Riga sits on the Daugava River.  Here you can walk cobblestone streets and check out some of the many shops, museums, churches and of course cafes!

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  1. Visit St Catherine’s Cathedral Kuldiga

In the town of Kuldiga, you’ll find St. Catherine’s Cathedral.  This stunning cathedral was originally built in 1252, and named after the patroness of the town.

  1. Get out to the Water!  Gulf of Riga

Most of Latvia sits on the Gulf of Riga, so there are numerous opportunities to hang out by the water.  Grab a drink at a seaside cafe, chill out on the beach, take an excursion in a boat, whatever suits your fancy!

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Green Boat - Gulf of Riga

  1. EAT!!

One of the best things about travel is experiencing the local fare.  The town of Riga has many amazing cafes and restaurants, so be sure to try some of the local favorites while you’re there.  Check out this article by Nomad Paradise on Latvian food:


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Top 5 Travel Photography Tips As a traveller, you know that looking back at pictures from your trip takes you back to that time and place, and helps you relive those special moments.  Each new place you visit brings new sights, smells, feelings, stories and more.  The art of travel photography is learning to capture various subjects (people, architecture, landscapes, etc.) so that you can help others get a taste of what it is like to be in that place.  One great side effect is that you, yourself, also get the opportunity to enjoy the images every time you walk past them in your living room, or fire up your computer and see your favorite shot as your desktop background.  

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Taking the time to hone in on this craft will help you share your experiences with others in a way that storytelling cannot.  We hope when packing for your next big adventure, you make sure you have room for your camera!


Here are my 5 top tips to help you capture amazing photographs during your next adventure!


  1. Do Your Homework - Researching highly photogenic places prior to your trip can help set you up for travel photography success!  

  2. Be Prepared to Get Up Early And/Or Stay Up Late - Lighting conditions at sunrise and sunset make for the most incredible photographs.  On the contrary, taking a photo during high light (like noon or early afternoon) typically leaves a lot to be desired.  Arriving very early to high traffic sites can also offer you an opportunity to experience a place without many other visitors.  

  3. Pack a Travel Tripod - Utilizing a tripod can massively upgrade the quality of shot you are able to capture.  Nowadays, there are a lot more options available when it comes to packable tripods for travel.  Even if your camera is your phone, there’s a travel tripod out there for you!  Not only is there a wide variety of options, the prices also vary widely.  So set a budget, do a little research and make sure to leave a little space in your bag for the ever important tripod.

  4. Be Patient, That Great Shot Is Worth The Wait.  - You’ve heard the saying “patience is a virtue,” and there couldn’t be a more applicable statement for travel photography!  Sometimes it means waiting for the right lighting.  Other times, it’s waiting for other people to move from the scene you’re trying to capture.  Another scenario may be needing to try 20 or more shots before finding one that you like.  The great thing is, you’re likely in a beautiful place, having a great time, so don’t rush!  Sit back, enjoy the experience, and chances are you’ll get that shot you’re looking for.

  5. Don’t Be Afraid To Get Lost, In Fact Do It With Intention!  - trekking off the beaten path can take you to unexpectedly fantastic places, especially when it comes to photography.  If you find yourself in a place that is less travelled, there’s a good likelihood that you won’t have to compete for the perfect opportunity for a photo.  

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Top 5 Reasons Photography is the Best Hobby Top 5 Reasons Photography is The BEST Hobby


Hi, I’m Brent Kaire, and I’ve been a photographer for nearly 40 years.  Photography is an art that transcends the barriers of time and space.  It is a way to preserve an image for future generations to experience and enjoy. 

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Nowadays, we have the ability to share this art over the internet, and even via text message, with our friends who may be hundreds or thousands of miles away.  Photography has been an amazing gift in my life, and if you’re thinking about getting taking on a new hobby, here are my top 5 reasons photography is the best:


1.) It is a hobby that can be enjoyed by literally ANY person.  It doesn’t matter how old you are, how educated you are, or even how many hours per week you work, YOU can take great pictures, and have fun while you’re at it!  

2.) There’s consistent opportunities for growth.  There are so many ways to grow as a photographer.  You can start to attempt more difficult shots of animals in motion.  Maybe you decide you’d like to dabble in portraiture.  Not only that but the digital photography industry is constantly advancing.  There’s new technologies to try out, new courses to take to gain new skills.  I can’t think of anything more satisfying than seeing myself progress and grow, doing something that is FUN!

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3.) You can take it anywhere with you!  The average digital camera does not take up much space.  Most cell phones now have AMAZING cameras, so you don’t even need to take anything extra with you!  So, whether you are heading to your son’s soccer game, or flying overseas to hike majestic mountains, your camera can be there to capture the most magical moments.

4.) It is a way to share experiences with others.  A well thought out photograph is a way to share a special experience in your life.  Wedding photography is an easy to grasp example.  When you see the photo of the “first look,” or the mother/son dance, your heart swells, even if you weren’t there.  Same with travel photography!  You can give your friends and family a glimpse of the amazing experience you had while exploring new places.  

5.) It is something you can turn into a side hustle (or even full time job!).  Let’s say you enjoy photographing families, and are especially good at catching amazing candid shots.  Believe it or not, capturing those special moments is something that people pay good money for, so perhaps you could be a special event photographer.  Or maybe you have a knack for taking photographs of food.  Perhaps you could become a brand photographer that specializes in helping restaurants with photography for their websites.  The possibilities are endless!



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