Category Archives: City

Military and Transport Museum

It is becoming an annual tradition to go to the same places we visited last year. This includes Vilnius military museum which is free to visit now and has some new exhibits.Truck with a tankTruck with a same tank of which I took a photo last year.

MAZ emblemMilitary MAZ truck emblem.

Mobile radarsA couple of new exhibits – mobile radars. The marks on the ground show that they have just arrived.

Aiming mechanismThe front end of some sort of aiming mechanism, probably taken out of military ship.


Second and a last tank in this museum. Looking at its fairly good  condition I wonder if it would be able to participate in a battle.

Stop signalsStop signals of an APC (armored personnel carrier).

Glass labelSome sort of glass labeling.

Overgrown turn signalOvergrown turn signal.

APC engine bayEngine bay of an APC.

Pneumatic filterPneumatic filter on some truck.

Mrecedes Benz 911Side view of a Mercedes Benz 911 truck bonnet.

FlammableLabel of flammable cargo on a tanker truck.

Rear axleRear axle of some truck.

TrempexVolvo glass.


Broken mirrorSplit side mirror and other exhibits in background.

Custom deluxeCustom deluxe interior of a military Chevrolet C/K third gen.

Volvo badgeVolvo badge.

Energy and Technology Museum

Is a one of my favorite museums, full of interesting tech stuff: starting with steam turbines, control rooms and ending with antiquarian cars and motorcycles.

Turbine hall floor cut throughTurbine hall floor cut through to the basement, viewed from second floor.

Ignalina nuclear power plant  modelTurbine hall also has several power plant models like this Ignalina nuclear power plant and its RMBK Chernobyl-like reactor.

Kruonis pumped storage power plant modelAnd this Kruonis pumped storage power plant model.

Entrance hall art installationEntrance hall greets visitors with art installations and photographs.

Control faceNext to turbine hall is a control room full of indicators and switches.

Time relayOld soviet era time relay.

Stairs to basement floorStairs leading to basement floor.

Kerosene lampsBasement also holds the kerosene lamps display.

TelefunkenAnd some old German “Telefunken” radios.

Telefunken vacuum tubeTelefunken vacuum tube.

Vintage keypadsSecond floor also houses old tv and cash registers/calculators and other vintage stuff.

GearsGear works of some kind of mechanism.

Vilnius synthesizerThis one kinda surprised me, old “Vilnius” synthesizer.

Radio scaleRadio scale with radio station names.

Vintage decorated roomVintage soviet style decorated room.

Heidelberg pressHeidelberg press emblem.

Press stampPress stamp with Lithuanian coat of arms.

Circular meterSome sort of circular meter.

Jacobs ladderThird and second floor has many interactive contraptions, like this Jacobs ladder.

Car modelsThe museum has an additional hangar, with vehicle display.

Skoda trolleyOld Skoda trolley documents and instruction.


Old carsOld cars display with a favorite BMW 327 model.

zaporozec 968mFrontend of a Zaporozech 968M.

MotorcyclesMotorcycle display with a racing one in front.



Belmontas in Vilnius has many sightseeing places and features. This time I was interested in watery ones, because I wanted to test out new neutral density x8 and polarizer filters. It came not too bad and I will probably be using them as much as I can.



Also, I started using new raw development software called Darktable. It is linux-only and will help me in the process of getting rid of Microsoft from my workflow. Darktable is very similar to lightroom and even has more functions.

Belmontas dam closeup

In the fog

During the last minutes of 2010 January I took this photo. 2010 01 31 11:55:42 PM to be exact. And this is one of the first best of my photos, just as I started to get used to dslr, having it a little bit more than for one month. I can still remember that late evening. I was about to go to bed, walked to window and took a final peek to the outside through curtains and was quite astonished by this thick fog, so thick that the visibility was 10 meters at most. I hesitated for some time, but then decided to go out. It felt really magical to not be able to see anything further away, the sounds also were somehow strange. There was no sign of living creature, just street lamps and also small moon at the top. Luckily some cars passed by so I was able to photograph lamp traces and make this hazy photograph. As soon as clocks passed midnight, the fog evaporated in minutes.

Fading fog