Posts from the ‘Prague’ Category
Thanks to Christina Hegele’s kind nomination in her post, I’m participating in “7 Supershots”, organized by the folks at HostelBookers.
I’ve had a lot of fun with this exercise, as I’ve had to peruse and think, select and ruminate through a truckload of photos. I hope you enjoy my “super seven”!
1. “A photo that … takes my breath away”
This has always been one of my favourites, because the photo always evokes memories of the “open city that is the museum itself”. At night, the place calms down, and visitors and residents head back inside. In my view, the late hour is the best time to explore the beautifully illuminated parts of Prague.
2. “A photo that … makes me laugh or smile”
As the sun set over Hamburg harbour, I caught sight of this young family in silhouette on one of the bridges in the Sandtorhafen district. I like the juxtaposition of living people big and small with the mechanical cranes of the working port in the background.
3. “A photo that … makes me dream”
It’s summertime in Stockholm’s archipelago – long hours in the warm sun, beautiful blue skies, smooth calm waters, cozy cottages on little islands, with boats darting here and there. I dream of spending summers in Scandinavia – how about you?
4. “A photo that … makes me think”
When you hear the words “Sydney Opera House”, the curved shells which make up the roof come to mind. But you don’t often think about the details. The symmetry and geometry shown here come from the individual glazed ceramic tiles which make up the shell-roof surface.
5. “A photo that … makes my mouth water”
It seems all too simple: pork and shrimp dumplings, soft thin egg noodles, chopped green onions, all in a light savory broth. Once a favourite meal as a boy, I’ll now devour bowls of wun-tun noodle soup. That is, if I’m not distracted by the BBQ-pork rice-plate …
6. “A photo that … tells a story”
The “blind” skiier is at the top of the downhill run called “The Cut” (easy-level); their seeing-guide is in front and off to the left. Did blindness come early or later in life? Has this person always skiied? If not, how did they learn? What other senses are accentuated while skiing?
7. “A photo about which I am most proud (a.k.a. shot worthy of National Geographic)”
By experimenting with “focus-pull” on a zoom-lens and a steady tripod, I wanted to see how the lights in neighbouring Coquimbo would appear on photographs with minute-long exposure times. As you can see here, I was satisfied with the result.
What do you think? If you have any favourite(s), please take a moment and leave your impressions in the comments below.
Although they may already have existing requests, I’m still passing the torch to the following people:
- A Dangerous Business – Amanda Williams
- Cheryl Howard
- Monkeys, Mountains and Maultaschen – Laurel Robbins
- Nomadic Samuel – Samuel Jeffery
I made all of the photos shown above with the Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).
“Glass Theatre”, by René Roubicek : Museum Kampa
In one of many visits to Prague, I visited the art museum on Kampa Island on the west flank of the Vltava river, tucked underneath the famous and well-trodded Charles Bridge. Museum Kampa contains a collection of contemporary art with temporary installations frequently on display and a focus on work by artists from central Europe and the Czech Republic. With the large reflective silvered-sphere sitting outdoors near the entrance, this shot became obvious as soon as I held the camera up to my eyes.
The setting, the relative calm of Kampa Island, what I like about contemporary art – these are some of the many reasons why Prague remains “love story number 1”.
I made the photo above on 20 October 2008. This post appears originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).
As announced a few days ago, today’s Friday-photos theme is “festive”:
BREAKING: This week's #FriFotos theme is FESTIVE! I love this time of year! Pls RT & spread the word.—
Jonathan Epstein (@EpsteinTravels) December 13, 2011
I hope you enjoyed the photos above, as much as I enjoyed making them! More blog posts about Christmas can be found here.
This post appears originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com)
I wrote about the colours of fall in the German capital with photos I made in 2008.
I was very fortunate to have visited the Czech capital of Prague one year later; I awoke early before sunrise and “crawled” out to Charles Bridge to catch the light of sunrise on the city.
I don’t think there was enough orange or red …
I made all of these photos from Prague’s Karlův most (Charles Bridge) at sunrise on 7 October 2009.
I was a little tired the rest of the day, but seeing and photographing the warm sunrise glow on the old parts of the city made the early wakeup call completely worthwhile. Prague is a charming open-museum of a city all on its own, but the warm colours at sunrise combined with the changing colours from the deciduous trees magnified the visual beauty.
This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).
I love Prague.
After many visits to the city, I was missing one “standard” shot. So, I bundled up in layers and set out on the evening of December 30th (2010). I walked through the Old Town to the Vltava river, over to Little Quarter and Kampa Island, and crossed back over the Vltava again on the Charles Bridge to the eastern shore.
I completely underestimated the cold, as I “rated” what I wore to be sufficient to about -5C/23F. As I discovered later, the air temperature was -10C/14F, even colder in the breezy windchill. By the end of my walkabout, my fingers were not happy at all. However, I was very satisfied with the photographs, one of which is shown below.
I made the photo above with the Canon EOS 450D camera, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, and the following settings : 1/13s, f/2.8, ISO400, no tripod. This post is originally published on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).