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Illuminating the void

The following may be familiar to some …

Mala Strana Prague

Míšeňská, Malá Strana, Prague

This is one of my favourite photographs I’ve made in the Czech capital; the setting for this photograph is only 200 metres from the western end of the Charles Bridge. The photo highlights how beautifully illuminated little side streets in the old parts of town can appear, how empty these places are in the evening and early morning hours, and how rewarding it is to sneak away from the tourists’ well-trodden tracks.

I made this photograph at about 1am (local time) on 9 October 2009 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF-S 18-55mm kit-lens, and no tripod; the camera settings were 1/10s, f/5, ISO800, 44mm. This post is originally published on Fotoeins Fotopress (

6 Responses to “Illuminating the void”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Christy.

      It does, doesn’t it? It really is more beautiful than eerie; please take my word on that. 😉

      The thing is after having visited Prague a whole bunch of times in the last few years, the city is by most comparisons a very safe place to walk at night. In particular, it really is quite safe in the Old Town, New Town, or the Little Quarter, even through to the early hours of the morning. The only sidebar to this is avoiding the roving bands of drunkards, which with declining economies have lessened over the years, and as I also know where they usually go and are, I’ve not really been around those parts much.

      Prague is a beautiful city to visit and photograph, at any time of the year, and at any time of the day.


    • fotoeins

      Hi, Angela!

      Thank you for your kind comment!

      Nighttime or low-light photography can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. The image stabilization technology on the kit-lens makes the above shot accessible without a tripod. On the other hand, longer exposures (greater than about one-quarter second) will require a tripod.

      I’ve found your blog (as well as your Flickr and g+), and I’m intrigued by your posts from the Middle East. That’s one area of the world which holds great mystery to me and one I’d like to see for myself some day.

      Thanks again for reading!


    • fotoeins

      Hi, Katie. Your comments are precisely the sentiments, the feelings I wanted to express and have come across to the viewer. If you haven’t been to Prague already, I hope you will go soon; if you have, I hope you will go back, perhaps with a different eye. 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!


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