May 232017

The hill with castle and cathedral is Hradčany, or actually that’s the name of the quarter connecting on its western side. From Petřín Lookout Tower I took the way down towards north-west to Strahov Monastery.

This image at 24mm (48mm effectively) has a very natural perspective, this is what it looks like to be up there. Nice.

May 212017

And here’s the reason why you should climb Petřín Lookout Tower (or take the elevator): you have an impressive view over the city. Don’t forget your long lenses and (in case you use Lightroom) don’t forget to play with gradient filters, dehaze and painted masks. That’s exactly what these tools were created for.

May 112017

Standing in such a big church with a long, well stabilized lens, you have almost endless possibilities.

The golden patron saint is a detail from the main altar, the other image is from somewhere on the ceiling. I could have gone on and on, but somewhere you have to stop. One more post and then we’re out of the church 😀

May 092017

Yeah, I know, don’t tell me: I’m milking Saint Nicholas. At least this will be the last wide-angle image of the church 🙂

But then: isn’t it beautiful? It took quite some preprocessing, I’ve played a little bit with the colors, but basically that’s what it feels like to stand up there and looking across this gorgeous hall.

May 082017

Today’s the 8th of May, for some among my fellow citizen still a controversial date. It’s the day Nazi Germany surrendered in 1945.

Almost every city has a street named after the date, but for many it was always seen as a Day of Defeat rather than the day Austria got back its freedom. Every year we still see functionaries of the so-called Freedom Party (FPÖ) gather that day to “remember the victims”, which is a mostly a euphemism for remembering the “Good Old Days”.

May 072017

Rectilinear lenses are so much easier to use than fisheyes. They exaggerate the corners, while the view through a fisheye comresses everything near the edges. This makes it much harder to compose precisely. A good viewfinder helps (and the E-M1’s is very good), but when viewing a fisheye image on the monitor, you’re almost guaranteed to find flaws.

May 052017

This is the same church as yesterday’s but today we are inside. And again: the fisheye is exceedingly well suited for baroque architecture, especially when you shoot just straight up into a cupola.

Interestingly enough it works as well when straight lines begin to bend. There are so many curves, it doesn’t matter if we have some more.

By the way, both of these pictures have been processed with “Edit / Skew” in Photoshop. Standing in the church, bending backwards and trying to get a perfectly symmetric shot is so hard that I prefer to add perfection after the fact 😛