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Praha: a favourite place to return

Above/featured: U Kasáren from Loretánská, Hradčany – 30 July 2016 (HL).

On a personal level, the impact of this city can’t be gauged, measured, or quantified. What I know is I’ve roamed this place over countless little cobblestones. The sum of all strides led me to jumping continents and traversing nations with steps as large as my imagination could entertain and overcome.

And so, after the twelfth, fifteenth, or twentieth visit (I’ve lost count), I look at these images and ask why I surrender to the pull, why I return, and why the Czech capital city feels familiar. It’s about the old and the new, a colourful combination replacing what I’ve lost and amplifying what I’ve gained.

Prague is a favourite place of return.

summer sunrise, sunrise, summer, Karluv most, Charles Bridge, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Daybreak and a halo for St. John of Nepomuk, Charles Bridge (Karlův most) – 28 July 2013 (HL)

National Monument, Vítkov, Zizkov, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Over the city to the west from the National Monument on Vítkov (Národní památník na Vítkově), Žižkov – 2 August 2013 (HL)

Muzeum, stanice metra, metro station, DPP, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Metro line C commuters at Muzeum station, Vinohrady – 8 November 2016 (HL)

Ginger and Fred, Fred and Ginger, Dancing House, Tančící dům, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Dancing House (Tančící dům) with streaking northbound streetcar, Nové Město – 6 November 2016 (HL)

I wrote a “love letter” to Prague, which as many have discovered also includes “the night watch.”

I made all of the above images in 2013 and 2016. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bCs.

Staromestske namesti, Old Town Square, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Old Town Bubbles (Prague)

Countless visits to the Czech Republic’s capital city mean that there’s a real possibility of getting too much of a good thing, especially where the stretch of “royal mile” between Prague Castle and Old Town Square is concerned. But if there’s one thing I’ve promised to do more is to observe and photograph people in a variety of public settings. On an overcast morning, I push myself towards Old Town Square, and by mid-morning, the square is full of people as expected. The addition of a gentleman blowing soap bubbles for change is a welcome one. If only I can find a visitor taking a picture, “trapped” inside a bubble …

I made the photo above on 6 November 2016 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 zoom, and the following settings: 1/500s, f/8, ISO1000, and 47mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9hU.

Alfons Mucha, Slavic Art Nouveau

ABOVE: “Amants” (1895), poster for actress Sarah Bernhardt and her Théâtre de la Renaissance in Paris. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg – 5 Dec 2015 (HL).

One of my favourite artists from the Art Nouveau period is Czech artist Alfons Mucha (“MOOTZ’kha”). He loved strong women, or at the very least, he loved drawing and painting images of strong women, from the unique perspectives of a professional nature (above, Sarah Bernhardt) and a personal nature (below, “The Slav Epic”). I also associate Mucha with Prague, and it’s fitting the Mucha Museum prominently features his 1911 painting of “Princess Hyacinth.”

The meeting at Krizky, The Slav Epic, Alfons Mucha, Narodni Galerie, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Part of “The Meeting at Křížky” (from “The Slav Epic”, 1916). National Gallery Prague – 30 July 2013 (HL).

Princess Hyacinth, Alfons Mucha, Mucha Museum, Praha, Prague, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Princezna Hyacinta” (Princess Hyacinth, 1911). Mucha Museum, 31 July 2013 (HL).


I made all of the photos above in July 2013 and December 2015. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8S5.

Letenské sady, Letná Park, Vltava, Moldau, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: “Touha”, Praha Letná

“Touha”.

A longing or deep desire.

“Sehnsucht.”

The picture above is a west-facing view of the Vltava (Moldau) river as it winds through the Czech Republic’s capital city of Prague whose historic centre on both sides of the river is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I am here in Praha, with as much love I can spare for the city.

I made the photo above on 5 December 2008 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/6-sec, f/5.6, ISO200, and 55mm focal length (88mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-92x.

Fraser River, Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

World Rivers Day: an RTW selection

Above: Fraser River, east from Port Mann Bridge, between Coquitlam and Surrey, BC (HL).

Every year, the last Sunday in September is World Rivers Day. The University of Oxford’s Dictionaries defines ‘river‘ as:

“a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river.”

A river has always been water supply and demand: daily use and consumption; farming and agriculture; and where the waste goes, often back into the same supply. A river has always been about transport: trade and delivery of goods; shuttling people between places; and with people travelling, the exchange of language and culture. Throughout history, the establishment of towns and cities and the subsequent development of rivers have been about a mix of urban and rural elements, and about the relationship and interactions between people and their waterways.

Here are 41 rivers, above and from the ground, near and far, from around the world (RTW). Asterisks indicate UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  1. Alster, in Hamburg, Germany
  2. Boate, in Rapallo, Italy
  3. Cam, in Cambridge, England
  4. Capilano, in North Vancouver, BC, Canada
  5. Courtenay, in Courtenay, BC, Canada
  6. Danube, in Regensburg*, Germany
  7. Elbe, in Magdeburg, Germany
  8. Elqui, between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile
  9. Fox, at Fox Glacier*, New Zealand
  10. Fraser, in Richmond, BC, Canada
  11. Gera, in Erfurt*, Germany
  12. Guadalquivir, in Seville, Spain
  13. Havel, in Potsdam, Germany
  14. Iguazu*, at the Argentina-Brazil border
  15. Inn, in Passau, Germany
  16. Isar, in Munich, Germany
  17. Loisach, from Zugspitze, Germany
  18. Main, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  19. Mapocho, in Santiago, Chile
  20. Mississippi, in Minneapolis, MN, USA
  21. Moselle, in Koblenz*, Germany
  22. Neckar, in Heidelberg, Germany
  23. Neisse, on the Germany-Poland border
  24. Parramatta, in Sydney, Australia
  25. Potomac, in Washington, DC, USA
  26. Rhine, stretch* between Mainz and Koblenz, Germany
  27. Río de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  28. Sâone, in Lyon*, France
  29. Singapore, in Singapore
  30. Spree, in Berlin, Germany
  31. Swan, in Perth, Australia
  32. Tasman, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  33. Thames, in London, England
  34. Tiền, near Mỹ Tho, Vietnam
  35. Trave, in Lübeck*, Germany
  36. Vltava, in Prague*, Czech Republic
  37. Waiho, at Franz Josef Glacier*, New Zealand
  38. Wailoa Stream, Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawaii
  39. Waimakariri, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  40. Weser, in Höxter, Germany
  41. Yarra, in Melbourne, Australia

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