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Fall morning, Petrin Hill, Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic,

Fotoeins Friday: Autumn morning on Prague’s Petrin hill

Orange light during the “golden hour” provides an exceptionally warm glow over fall foliage. Looking out from Prague’s Charles Bridge to the western flank of the Vltava river, Petřín hill seems to come alive with “fire”, dressed with the leaves’ changing colours. There aren’t many people around at this early morning hour, and aside from a few joggers and other visitors, the view belongs entirely to me. Kampa Museum on Kampa Island appears in the foreground to the lower left. The medieval defensive wall, the Hunger Wall, appears at top-centre in the background, running down diagonally to the lower-left.

I made the image above from the Charles Bridge on 7 October 2009 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi), EF 70-300 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/200s, f/11, ISO200, 70mm focal length (112mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Summer dawn over the Vltava : Prague, Czech Republic - 606am, 28 Jul 2013,

Fotoeins Friday: morning threshold over the Vltava in Prague

A morning on any clear day seems to have the power to unveil itself, as the gentle dark of night cedes its cloak to a brand new golden dawn. That’s what you, I, or anyone will see from the east flank of the Vltava river in Prague, with the buildings of Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter) on the other side and Hradčany (Prague Castle) on the gentle western rise. A proclamation of an eternal Czech nation also rises with the new day, the message which I’m sure the legendary Libuše and the Přemyslid people would approve.

This is merely one of countless reasons why I’m in love with Prague

Just after 6am on 28 July 2013, I made this image at Křižovnické náměstí (Square of the Knights of the Cross), at the eastern or Old Town approach to Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

My Prague: autumn colours by morning light

I’m happy to be inside the Czech capital of Prague whenever the opportunity arises. With great timing of an early-October visit and a very positive weather forecast, I’m awake well before scheduled sunrise, and I stumble out to Karlův most (Charles Bridge) to catch the light of sunrise on the city. Seeing and photographing the warm sunrise glow on the old parts of the city makes the early wakeup call worthwhile. Prague is effectively an “open-air museum”; the warm colours at sunrise combined with the changing colours of the surrounding deciduous canopy magnify the visual intensity.

And no, I don’t think there’s enough orange or red to cover this UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Love story number 1

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.

Vltava, Charles Bridge, Mala Strana, Prague

Northwest over the Vltava river, past Charles Bridge, towards the Castle – 30 December 2010.

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 (

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 (

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