Hradčany is the part of the city west of the castle. It’s mostly government and tourist territory, and here you find Joe’s Garage. Or bar 🙂
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 😀
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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 😛
That’s one of those typical images where I relish my camera’s depth of field. The colors are heavily pushed though. In reality it was exceedingly drab and I couldn’t stand it.
In such a situation, black and white is most of the time also a viable option. Actually I prefer color, but this may because the image is a memory for me as well. My memories tend to be colorful. Even of drab days 🙂