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The Water Wheel…at Night!

As you walk along the Charles Bridge in Prague and pass the main water way make sure you stop and look at every nook and cranny on either side. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful little scenes.

This water wheel was turning and it took me a few tries at different exposure settings to get the image, 15 secs at f6.3.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, architecture, Charles Bridge, Night Photography, long exposure, water wheel

 

Crossing the Charles Bridge

Maybe I should have titled this post Cinderella’s Castle but this isn’t Disneyland. Crossing the Charles Bridge during the day is like fighting your way through the crowds in Best Buy on Boxing Day. I thought a nighttime stroll might be quieter and it was but not by much.

This was a long exposure and you can see the ghosting of the people walking though. I decided to leave them in as it gave the sense of motion. I really didn’t do much to this image except for applying a little clarity and vibrance in LR.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, architecture, Charles Bridge, Night Photography, long exposure

 

Watching the Crowd Pass By

This image was taken whilst walking around the old city of Prague.

It was a very sunny day and I wanted to make sure that I exposed properly for both the crowd who were in direct sunlight and the architecture under the arches. I took a series of 5 brackets and then processed them in Lightroom using the Photomerge HDR function.  I was quite pleased with the result. I then converted the image to black & white using Topaz Black & White Effects.

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Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, walkway, architecture, moorish, black and white, travel

Follow the Light

I was in Prague at the end of September of this year and I thought that it would be a great time to go as the city is usually packed with tourists in the summer. Well it wasn’t as quiet as I had hoped. The city (especially the old city) was teeming with people.

I mean really, who can blame them, Prague is an incredible city  and once you get past the beauty of it you can then dive into its history but I’ll leave that for another post.

My husband and I walked across the Charles Bridge and found a small restaurant where we stopped to have lunch. While he was paying the bill I did what I do best, explore with camera in hand. I came across this small street and to my amazement it wasn’t packed with people.

This was such a great scene, the light, the shadows, the beautiful building at the end of the street. I knew then that this would be a good image to do a little digital painting with.

I processed this in Lightroom then brought it into Photoshop and used Topaz Impression to create the final image. Don’t forget you can get 15% off any Topaz Labs product with the code ELPHOTO.

Prague, Czech Republic, street, building, architecture, shadows, light, digital painting, travel photography

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