3885 – The Windows of Saint Vitus Cathedral III

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Jun 092017
 

And how does it look from the outside? Well, what did you expect? Gorgeous as well. In fact I can’t remember any other church with such beautifully gilded windows. But then, this may be due to my failing memory 😀

Jun 082017
 

Let’s have some more of those gorgeous glass windows, shall we? In many cities in central Europe, glass windows have not survived World War II. This is especially true for most of Germany and Austria, but it’s also true for much of the occupied territories. It may also be true for parts of southern England. Aerial bombardments and glass windows make for a bad match.

I am not completely sure, but I think these windows are old. Prague has been occupied, but it was largely spared the bombings that devastated so many of our old cities.

You see it. Prague looks older than, for instance, Vienna, and it has a density of sights that is far greater. Yes, from communist times you have a lot of unpleasant architecture at the outskirts, but at the center it is extremely beautiful. By contrast, in Vienna you have regions at the center that had been hastily rebuilt after the war, and the architecture used was cheap as well. But that’s how it is and that’s why we have to be thankful for being able to live in peace. I’m quite sure the people in Aleppo would have loved it as well.

Jun 032017
 

Saint Vitus Cathedral is not a particularly beautiful church. I mean, it’s big, it’s old, it’s impressive, but it is not all too different from other big gothic cathedrals.

Among the things that stand out are the beautiful windows.

Most of them seem to stem from the 19th and early 20th century, but nevertheless they are gorgeous. I’ve taken images of a few of them, and thanks to DxO I could even pull out some detail of the shadows, without cutting off any highlights and without drowning in noise.

3860 – A Fancy Garden I

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May 152017
 

Vtraba Garden is built into the steep side of a hill. Terraces are connected by stairs, and the whole ensemble is a microcosm of baroque taste.

There are few baroque gardens that I like. Most of them favor size and control of nature over actual beauty. Think of Versailles or Vienna’s Schönbrunn. This one’s the exception.

When you enter the garden, it is extremely steep and it looks very small. It’s a work of Art though. Each view is carefully designed, everything is controlled, but in a very playful way. When being in Prague, this is truely a place that must not be missed.

3840 – The High Window

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Apr 252017
 

It won’t have escaped your attention, I was in Prague last year, and you can be sure there’s more to come.

Weather was much less than ideal, far from how beautiful it was in Lisbon the year before, but I still got away with a lot of material. I finally ended up with 104 processed images. I won’t strech them one per post until mid-summer, but I suppose we’ll need almost two months to wade through.

3786 – The Old Window

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Mar 022017
 

Here are two more details of yesterday’s old house.

And what else? Nothing new photography-wise. I’ve taken a few usable images so far this year, but most of them on two or three days.

Instead I work and … play computer games. I haven’t done that in many years, and from time to time it is great fun 🙂

3774 – Between the Windows

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Feb 182017
 

Blog-wise we are still in E-P5 territory. These images are half a year old and in the meantime I have upgraded both cameras. The E-P5 and the E-M1 share a shelf in a closet, the PEN-F and the E-M1 MkII are what I use these days. Or rather should use, I might say.

In reality I rarely take images at all, and if I do, I use the PEN-F. Last time I went to Vienna, I decided to take the E-M1 with me. Maybe with the 7-14/2.8 and the 12-40/2.8 only?

I grabbed an old, small Sony shoulder bag that I had originally bought for the E-P2, and really, I could pack the 7-14 and E-M1 MkII with the 12-40 mounted into that tiny bag. Even the 40-150/4.0-5.6 fit in. Cool!

But still too heavy. I replaced the 7-14 with the 9-18 and kept the 40-150. Nope. Off went the 40-150.

Didn’t make much of a difference. The 40-150 is a featherweight anyway. Basically the culprit was the 12-40. Dammit!

The next idea was a small kit with 12-32, 9-18 and 40-150. That’s what I had on the E-M5 when I was at Lago Maggiore a few years ago. In terms of weight this was much, much better, but neither the Panasonic 12-32 nor the Oly 40-150 focus particularly fast. Much more the opposite. They are hardly the right lenses to use on one of the fastest cameras on the planet.

9-18, 25/1.8 and 45/1.8? That’s what I finally packed. Mission accomplished, although in a somehow unsatisfying way. So unsatisfying in fact, that what I went out of the door, I found the other bag with PEN-F, 12/2.0, 17/1.8 and 75/1.8 hanging from my shoulder 🙂