About Ivan Fodor
"The camera is my tool. Through it I give a reason to everything around me." My name is Ivan Fodor and I'm 38-year old photographer. Five years ago when I bought my first DSLR, photography became very important part of my life. My photos remind me where I’ve been and where I need to go next. Like the song, Moon River”, I’m a drifter off to see the world ”there’s such a lot of world to see.” On this website you can find some pictures I've taken during my travel. This website gives me the opportunity to share my travels with you. I hope you’ll enjoy my adventures as much as I do. In the gallery, you will find the selection of my best pics. If you want to see more photos, please contact me. If you find a picture you need or like, you can purchase high quality version. "Photography is the discovery of daily life. Images captured though the lens bring happiness and beauty into existence. Each moment in life is a fleeting time and precious. It is important to acumulate those discoveries in everyday life."
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Vietnam, Halong Bay 05/2012 (Vietnamese: Vinh Ha Long, literally: "descending dragon bay") is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Ha Long City, Cam Pha town, and part of Van Don district. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bai Tu Long bay to the northeast, and Cat Ba islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geological, geographical, geomorphological, climate, and cultural characters.
The railway bridge
Slovakia, Telgart 04/2013 The railway bridge near Telgart in central Slovakia was the first dissected arched structure made of iron-concrete in Czechoslovak railways. The viaduct of Telgart was built in 1931 on the track with inclination of 17 â€°. The bridge is 22 metres high in its centres and 86,2 metres long; , 3 570 m3 of masonry was used in its construction.
Slovakia, Banska Bystrica 04/2013 Banska Bystrica; German: Neusohl; Hungarian: Besztercebanya) is a city in central Slovakia located on the Hron River in a long and wide valley encircled by the mountain chains of the Low Tatras, the Velka Fatra, and the Kremnica Mountains. With 78 327 inhabitants, Banska Bystrica is the sixth most populous municipality in Slovakia. The present town was founded by German settlers, however it was built upon a former Slavic settlement. It obtained the municipal privileges of a free royal town of the Kingdom of Hungary in 1255. The copper mining town acquired its present picturesque look in the Late Middle Ages when the prosperous burghers built its central churches, mansions, and fortifications. It is the capital of the kraj (Banska Bystrica Region) and the okres (Banska Bystrica District). It is also the home of Matej Bel University. As a historical city with an easy access to the surrounding mountains, Banska Bystrica is a popular winter and summer tourist destination.
Wooden St. Paraskieva
Slovakia, Dobroslava 05/2009 Wooden St. Paraskieva was built in 1705, renovated in 1880. In 1932 the building was built to the two side chapels, and consequently changed the original three-building footprint, which now has the shape of the cross. It is a rustic, three-room building with a new boat to cross a high stone wall footing. The tower and stepped dome over the sanctuary and the boat is finished with mines, sheathe vertical plates and strips, covered with shingles. The interior is dominated by the iconostasis of the 18th century has been preserved in the form of restored Theme of New Testament figures of apostles, prophets and other saints. Interior supplement other artistically and historically valuable icons and objects.
Vietnam, Hue 06/2012 The capital of Vietnam throughout the 19th and early 20th century was Hue, in Central Vietnam. The nerve center of the Nguyen Empire still stands, at least part of it does - the Hue citadel palace complex, with its high stone walls and the refined palaces and temples behind them, were the center of Vietnamese governance and politics during the Nguyen Emperors' rule. The French conquered Vietnam late in the 19th century, but decided to leave the Emperors in place as puppet rulers beholden to Paris. Reigning with the consent of the French, the Nguyens ruled as figurehead monarchs at the Hue Citadel till 1945, when Bao Dai turned over the reins of government to the revolutionary government of Ho Chi Minh.
Slovakia, Bratislava 04/2013Slavin is a memorial monument and military cemetery in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the burial ground of thousands of Soviet Army soldiers who fell during World War II while liberating the city in April 1945 from the occupying German Wehrmacht units and the remaining Slovak troops who supported the clero-fascist Tiso government. It is situated on a hill amidst a rich villa quarter of the capital and embassy residences close to the centre of Bratislava. It was constructed between 1957 and 1960 on the site of a field cemetery, and opened on April 3, 1960 on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the city's liberation. The monument was constructed similar in kind to the Palace of Culture and Science in Stalinist architectural style. In 1961 it was declared a National Cultural Monument.
Manor House Betliar
Slovkia, Betliar 05/2012 The picturesque village of Betliar is situated seven kilometres far from the historical mining town, Roznava. The village is proud of the noble manor house with its original equipment and collections. Devastating World War II left only three manor houses in Slovakia untouched: those of Orlove, Hodkovce and Betliar. Unfortunately, only Betliar, the manor house of the Andrassy family, has been preserved until now. In the Middle Ages, Betliar formed part of an extensive feudal estate owned by the Bebek family. Assumingly, it was the Bebeks who had a small water castle built at the place of the present manor house. However, the Bebeks had to leave the territory of Upper Hungary in 1566. Their property became the possession of the imperial court and was administered by captains of the Krasna Horka Castle. In 1578, Peter I. Andrassy was commanded to Krasna Horka, whereby almost the four-hundred-year "reign" of the Andrassy family began in the region of Gemer. The Andrassys held the post of castle captains for many years, but Mathias II was donated the Krasna Horka castle and the Betliar estates to hereditary ownership in 1642 by Emperor Ferdinand III. At the end of the 17th century, the family property was divided and two family branches were established: the older one resided in Betliar, the other one, that of Dlha Luka (Hosszuret) or Monok, stayed at the Krasna Horka Castle.
Nepal, Kathmandu 10/2011 Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west. The Tibetan name for the site means 'Sublime Trees', for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. However, Shing.kun may be a corruption of the local Newari name for the complex, Singgu, meaning 'self-sprung'. For the Buddhist Newars in whose mythological history and origin myth as well as day-to-day religious practice, Swayambhunath occupies a central position, it is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it second only to Boudhanath.
St. Martin's Cathedral
Slovakia, Spisske Podhradie 05/2012 St. Martin's Cathedral (Spisska Kapitula) is a cathedral in Slovakia. It was built in the years 1245-1273. It's located in the town of Spisska Kapitula and it's the cathedral church of the Spis diocese.
Interior of the General Post Office in HO CHI MINH CITY
Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City 06/2012 The Central Post Office was constructed between 1886 and 1891 by Gustave Eiffel. It is located in heart of Ho Chi Minh city.The architectural design of this Central Post Office represents the French colonial style. It is no doubt the biggest post office in Vietnam and is an important commercial center of the Ho Chi Minh City.
Slovakia, Ploska, Greater Fatra 05/2013 Crocus (also commonly called crocus, plural: crocuses, croci) is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family comprising 90 species of perennials growing from corms. Many are cultivated for their flowers appearing in autumn, winter, or spring. Crocuses are native to woodland, scrub, and meadows from sea level to alpine tundra in central and southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, on the islands of the Aegean, and across Central Asia to western China.
In the Sky
Nepal, Gosaikunda, Rasuwa District 10/2011 The Gosaikunda area has been delineated as a religious site. Hindu mythology attributes Gosaikunda as the abode of Hindu deities Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri. The Hindu scriptures Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana, and the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata refer to Samudra manthan, which is directly related to the origin of Gosaikunda. Its holy waters are considered of particular significance during Gangadashahara and the sacred thread festival Janai Purnima when thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area. Gosaikunda is believed to have formed from the digging of the land by the Trishul (holy three-pointed sword) of lord Shiva after he drank the poison from Samudra manthan and desperately wanted cold water to quench the overwhelming heat.
Nufenen Pass 2478 m
Switzerland, Valais and Ticino 07/2012 The pass road from Ulrichen in canton of Valais leads to the Bedretto valley in the canton of Ticino, linking Brig to Airolo. It is not the lowest pass between the two valleys, as it is located one kilometre north of a slightly lower unnamed pass at 2,440 metres, which is traversed by a trail. The pass is of relatively recent construction, having been opened to traffic only since September 1969. To the east of the top of the pass is the source of the Ticino River. Towards the north is a spectacular view of the Bernese Alps, notably the Finsteraarhorn while there is a view over the Gries Glacier to the south.
Velky Choc 1611 m with Western Tatras
Slovakia, Choc Mountains 05/2012 The Choc Mountains (in Slovak, Chocske vrchy) are a range of mountains in north-central Slovakia, a portion of the Fatra-Tatra Area of the Inner Western Carpathians. The range is 24 kilometers long and on average only 4 kilometers wide. Highest peak is Velky Choc at 1 611 metres above sea level.
Slovakia, Spis 05/2012 The ruins of Spis Castle in eastern Slovakia form one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe. The castle is situated above the town of Spisske Podhradie and the village of Zehra, in the region known as Spis. It was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1993. This is one of the biggest European castles by area (41 426 m²). Spis Castle was built in the 12th century on the site of an earlier castle. It was the political, administrative, economic and cultural centre of Szepes(Spis) County of the Kingdom of Hungary. Before 1464, it was owned by the kings of Hungary, afterwards (until 1528) by the Zapolya family, the Thurzo family (1531–1635), the Csaky family (1638–1945), аnd (since 1945) by the state of Slovakia. Originally a Romanesque stone castle with fortifications, a two-story Romanesque palace and a three nave Romanesque-Gothic basilica were constructed by the second half of the 13th century. A second extramural settlement was built in the 14th century, by which the castle area was doubled. The castle was completely rebuilt in the 15th century; the castle walls were heightened and a third extramural settlement was constructed. A late Gothic chapel was added around 1470. The Zapolya clan performed late Gothic transformations, which made the upper castle into a comfortable family residence, typical of late Renaissance residences of the 16th and 17th centuries. The last owners of the Spis Castle, the Csaky family, abandoned the castle in the early 18th century because they considered it too uncomfortable to live in. They moved to the newly built nearby village castles/palaces in Hodkovce near Zehra and Spissky Hrhov. In 1780, the castle burned down, and has been in ruins ever since. The castle was partly reconstructed in the second half of the 20th century, and extensive archaeological research was carried out on the site. The reconstructed sections house displays of the Spis Museum.