Diary of a Rock Balancer :: 

Stone Balance Art created and photographed by Michael Grab — 22 May 2016 — Istria, Croatia ::

All the tourist folk are beginning to flood the croatian coast. My challenge lately has been avoiding the people traffic and finding quiet places to work. Especially while also searching for leeward rock spots and views in the right direction at the right time. Luckily i had some advice from a local friend, which led me to this coastline exploring for criteria-worthy rockspots, and ended up here, far more remote than I anticipated. But my mission was ultimately successful. Bumpy ride on the scooter, nearly inaccessible by car. . . So i spent the whole afternoon stacking rocks, ass-naked, running around like a wild animal, soaking up every photon of sun — and it was pure awesome. Found some surprisingly nice rounded rocks here too! Also quite a fresh adventure navigating my way back out in the moonlight…! 

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  1. Love the rocks you found to create this piece. Looks like the advice from the local on where to go paid off! Love seeing a full moon reflection on the water…I think this has become my favorite Croatian creation:)

    1. the largest horizontal rock was was quite heavy, linear measurement of the side facing the camera is maybe 35-40 cm? and shaped a bit like pancake looking from the top. and no sub stacks are involved… i just gather more rocks than i need within arms reach, and it’s kinda of a one shot process, one rock at a time, holding everything until the last 1 or 2 tiny ones at the top. it requires all the weight for the counterbalance to work. very difficult process. especially with a smaller bottom contact like this.. quite difficult to estimate the proper position of the bottom rock, with so much weight above it.

  2. This reminds me of mud patties. Maybe its the rounded shapes…but I see the top rocks as big drips of muddy clay….(or poop. :)
    I love how the sun and its reflection form an upside down exclamation point!

  3. The composition in this one is very interesting. The smooth rocks standout against a couple jagged ones very nicely. Then their placement on the huge rocks of totally different colors. This one is very pretty and peaceful.
    So… Naked, huh? Be careful. I’d imagine a fella could get hurt doing what you do while he’s naked…

    1. camera setting: 112mm, f/7.1, iso200, 5sec … not sure what’s causing the horizontal dark blue ripple … but either way it’s all natural. thanks! :)

    2. Gravity Glue The blue riple is caused by wind I guess, the rest of the sea is flat as a mirror! :) When you have the chance of going on a speedboat at night you’ll be amazed, the sound of the engine combined with the water sound is hypnotising! I’m getting goosebumps just typing this! :P

    3. Dieter Kepler wind usually seems the case. Prolly here too but it also seemed strange since the evening felt completely windless. And I rarely see just a thin strip like this… Normally I see a line where the wind starts hitting the surface over after a leeward spot and then continues … But ur prolly right, wind is all I can imagine it being a result of

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