Vyšehrad at Night

This weekend I participated in photography workshop focused on night city photography. As I have always been a self-taught, the workshop helped me to understand why certain settings were better than other, I also learned how to set and adjust white balance in kelvins (and I was amazed at the difference between auto white balance and manually set white balance in kelvins). Fortunately, there were only two other workshop participants so the lecturer had more time for each of us and to advise us.

The below photos are those that I took during the workshop at Vysehrad.

A view to the Prague Castle. It was funny that one moment, this spot at the view was empty and only minutes later, there were several photographers (excluding our workshop group).

This was at the same viewpoint as above, only in opposite directions.

Basilica of St Peter and St Paul

The outer walls of Vysehrad. According to the legends, ruler Horymír jumped of the walls to the Vltava river while riding his horse Šemík and than they swam to the other side to save himself from execution.

Rotunda of St Martin, built in the 11th century

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Signal Festival 2017

Signal Festival that took place last weekend is a festival of light art. Mostly it is in form of light installations in streets and public spaces in the city, including famous historical landmarks. The below photos are of installation at Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad in Prague and it consisted of huge LED light panels, three sets of two vertical and one horizontal panels.

Lucerna terraces opened to the public

Lucerna palace is a building in the centre of Prague, very close to the Vaclavske Square. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century and it was designed as the first multipurpose building. It is a multilevel open air galleria that houses The Lucerna Music Bar and the Lucerna Theatre, a formal concert hall, in addition to an assortment of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Its terraces on the roof were closed due to operating reason but now they are being reconstructed and open to the public.

The view from up there is simply amazing
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Then look down to the courtyard. The floor is actually a roof of passage with shops and restaurants…
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…and then look up.
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But if you look closer, some parts still need renovating. Like these chimneys.
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Or roofing.
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This is the top part of one of the surrounding buildings.
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Btw, the czech word “lucerna” means “a lantern” in English. And there is actually a lantern hanging at one of the entrances to the Lucerna palace.

Trip to history – Kirnitzsch Valley Tramway

The Kirnitzschtal tramway, also known as the Kirnitzschtalbahn (Kirnitzsch Valley Tramway), is an electric tramway in Saxony in Germany. The line runs through the valley of the Kirnitzsch river in Saxon Switzerland, from the town of Bad Schandau up to the Lichtenhain Waterfall. Unfortunately, the waterfall was a bit dissapointing as it is only artificial and is active only once in about ten minutes. The line opened from Bad Schandau as far as the Lichtenhain Waterfall on Saturday, May 28, 1898 and it is still in use today.

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Fun fact: The first service was delayed by 45 minutes when the car derailed on its maiden trip.

The line was operated a tourist service from the beginning, with service from May to October. In the opening year 80,000 passengers rode the line.

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The initial vehicle fleet comprised six enclosed motorcars and six trailers. During the night of July 26, 1927, fire destroyed the depot and the entire fleet. Traffic was restored on August 12 and continued until October 31 using borrowed cars. In 1928, a new fleet of five motorcars and six trailers built.

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The Kirnitzschtal tramway was reconstructed from 1985 to 1990. The very serious flooding of the Elbe in 2002 caused services to be suspended as the line’s Bad Schandau terminus, along with the rest of the town, was under 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) of flood water. Reconstruction of the Kirnitzschtal road, together with extensive track replacement, again caused suspension in 2003. On August 7 2010, another heavy flooding in the Kirnitzschtal caused damage to both the line and its vehicles. The depot was flooded to the height of the tram floors, causing damage to the cars motors, gears and axles. The line did not operate again until Easter 2011.

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The line is 7.9 kilometres (4.9 mi) long, of metre gauge, electrified at 600 volts DC on the overhead line system, and uses four wheeled motor coaches and trailers. It has seven regular stops points in addition to the two final stops. The single track line has two passing loops, one at the depot and the other between the Forsthaus and Nasser Grund stops. Loops also exist at both final stops, to enable the motorcars to run around their trailers.

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The line is unusual in that it is mostly “gutter running”, a type of track layout once common on rural tramways in Germany. In the case of the Kirnitzschtal Tramway, the track is laid in the southern, eastbound, lane of the S165 Kirnitzschtalstrasse road. Thus westbound trams heading towards Bad Schandau travel against the normal flow of road traffic, requiring heightened attention from both tram and road vehicle drivers. Although some of the line’s tramcars are double ended, only the doors on the south side are used, as all the stops are on the south side of the road.

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Currently the line operates throughout the year. In the winter months it operates every 70 minutes, whilst in the summer months it operates every half hour. The winter timetable is typically operated by a single Gothawagen motor car operating on its own, whilst the summer timetable requires three such motor cars, each pulling one or two matching trailers.

52 Week Photo Project (update: week 16/52)

So I decided to submit 1 photo every week of this year, each week on different theme.

The first one was quite easy, as this period was a little bit longer (the 1st week of 2016 started on Monday 4th of January but I included also day from 1st to 3rd of January).

Week 1 – New
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New as in New Year Celebration. It is a tradition in our region to celebrate New Year with fireworks and when almost nothing else is usually celebrated in this way. The other idea for this theme was new moon but the sky was cloudy during the past week. I still could have taken a photo of a new moon behind the clouds though…

Week 2 – Cold
When the theme for this week is cold, the snow that fell last week is thawed. I will have to come up with something that does not include snow and ice.

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It started snowing again! The bird’s claws must have been really cold after making so many foot clawprints in the snow.

Week 3 – Breakfast

Week 3 - Breakfast
breakfast step by step 🙂

Week 4 – Macro
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Week 5 – Motion
And also a lesson in photo stealth.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/3 seconds, Aperture: F/5.6, Focal Length: 16.0, ISO 400)

Week 6 -Straigh Lines
Stright or not stright?
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(Shutter Speed: 1/40 seconds, Aperture: F/5.3, Focal Length: 58.0, ISO 1600)

Week 7 – Travel
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(Shutter Speed: 1/100 seconds, Aperture: F/5.0, Focal Length: 48.0, ISO 400)

Week 8 – Painting with Light
This was a hard one… and no, it is not blurry, it’s bokeeeeeh!
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(Shutter Speed: 1/2 seconds, Aperture: F/1.8, Focal Length: 50.0, ISO 200)

Week 9 – Black and white
It was pure luck that it started snowing when the theme was black and white… black branches and white snow!
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(Shutter Speed: 1/100 seconds, Aperture: F/5.0, Focal Length: 50.0, ISO 200)

Week 10 – Bridge
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(Shutter Speed: 1/500 seconds, Aperture: F/11.0, Focal Length: 16.0, ISO 100)

Week 11 – City
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(Shutter Speed: 13/1 seconds, Aperture: F/13.0, Focal Length: 56.0, ISO 100)

Week 12 – Spring
Annoying mahonia in bloom. At least the colours are nice.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/4000 seconds, Aperture: F/1.8, Focal Length: 50.0, ISO 100)

Week 13 – Technology
Cables and integrated circuits… I wouldn’t be writing this post without it.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/100 seconds, Aperture: F/1.8, Focal Length: 50.0, ISO 400)

Week 14 – Food
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(Shutter Speed: 1/400 seconds, Aperture: F/1.8, Focal Length: 50.0, ISO 800)

Week 15 – Shutter zoom
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(Shutter Speed: 1/8 seconds, Aperture: F/8.0, Focal Length: 25.0, ISO 100)

Week 16 – Windows
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(Shutter Speed: 1/640 seconds, Aperture: F/13.0, Focal Length: 45.0, ISO 100)

Jewellery Photos

It’s been a long time since I tried something new in photography so I decided to see what will happen if I take photos of jewellery. I set up small 100% DYI studio using and here are the results. Next time when I try this I would like to use some glass that doesn’t reflect the object twice like in these photos but this one was all I had.

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