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.

Prague Wildlife

During last year I took to geocaching and I also realized that photography and geocaching are two activities that can be easily combined and matched together. Taking photos can be a great disguise or excuse to get close to the cache. Geocaching helps me discover new amazing places. And that’s how found that there are kingfishers in Prague in an area where I would never expect them.

Even though its name is common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis in latin), this bird is all but common in the Czech Republic. Here it is very rare and stricly protected species and therefore I was really suprised I saw it in recently revitalized area in Prague near industrial parts of the city.

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Catch me if you can…
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On the other side, grey heron (Ardea cinerea) is very common in Europe. In the Czech Republic, this species is also protected, but not as strictly as the kingfisher, due to the fact that it was being hunted in the past.

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And finally, the eurasian teal (Anas crecca), also called common teal.
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Exotic Butterflies in Prague Botanical Garden

“The Lightness of butterfly’s wings”, that’s the name of current exhibition in greenhouse Fata Morgana in Prague Botanical Garden. For about 5 weeks, the greenhouse is full of various species of exotic butterflies. I spent about two hours in the greenhouse and took lots of photos but due to not so good light conditions not many photos are as good as I would like. There were more species than is shown in this post but not all of them were willing to sit down where we could see them.

BTW, in my next article I will also post photos of flower from this greenhouse 🙂

I also tried to look up what are the species of butterflies on my photos, so you can find more information about them.

Caligo eurilochus
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Morpho peleides
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Idea leuconoe
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Morpho polyphemus

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Parthenos sylvia lilacinus
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Graphium agamemnon
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First day of Winter

As most of Prague residents were dealing with unavailable public transport and terrible traffic due to winter weather that came suddenly yesterday evening, not many of them noticed that the ice covered not only roads and rails, but also trees and shrubs. So I grabbed my camera and went out a bit earlier to be able to take some photos on my way to work in the morning.

It would be great if this weather conditions were during weekend. I would have all day to take photos, not only about 15 minutes in the morning. Maybe next time.

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