This is my photo of the famous historic bridge, the Charles Bridge. I saw it for the first time recently on my trip to the Czech Republic and it didn't disappoint. During the day it is a bustling touristy spot full of people, entertainment and souveniers. It was beautiful to explore, as there are lots of architectural details, including statues along the edges of the bridge. My favourite way to photograph the bridge, however was to get away from the crowds and head down beside it to find this POV. Nobody was around and I could shoot to my hearts content. I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I did.
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PaulVDV (25519) 2012-08-20 17:54
Indeed, no crowds of tourists visible on this picture.
The atmosphere is even very quiet. I have the impression that you waited till the moment everyone has gone to sleep. (I do not know if this ever happens in Prague)
The bridge leads us nicely to the beautiful towers and domes at the other side of the river. The water reflects the lights nicely over its entire surface.
Best regards, Paul
serp2000 (42480) 2012-08-20 19:57
I just take off my hat... Outstanding night view of the Charles bridge!!! I know this point of view, excellent exposure, very nice colours and perfect sharpness. TFS!
Greetings from Russia!
Hanssie (10465) 2012-08-20 22:40
Brilliant night-shot !
Very clear, light and stars in the lanterns are romantic and the reflections
makes a wonderful foreground, a brilliant night-shot !
dkmurphys (54417) 2012-08-21 0:56
Lovely charming scene. I like your perfect management of lights and the chosen POV. Good shot!
lregoli (481) 2012-08-21 4:39
Great night view of this famous and beautiful bridge. I like how the lights came out by choosing a rather narrow aperture, and the reflections on the water are terrific. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
janraiski (558) 2012-08-21 5:12
very nice night view to Charles bridge, so clear and so sharpness, very well done.
daddo (26334) 2012-08-21 5:53
Hi Tosca.The scene is dreamlike with its soft lights and the glass-like reflections. Lovely mood. Best wishes. Klaudio.
mirosu (15794) 2012-08-21 6:04
Marvelous night photo of famous historical Charles Bridge (Karlův most) in Prague. Excellent viewepoint from the Leser Quarter side towards Prague's Old Town side. Perfect deep DOF and great light reflections. Excellent photo!!!
timecapturer (49288) 2012-08-21 6:50
a superbly executed night shot, with such an exquisite light. The golden glow here is so compelling and I love the star-bursts along the length of the bridge. The sharpness and detailing here are perfect and the overall image is one of real quality and beauty. Excellent work!
Regards - Brian.
macjake (63128) 2012-08-22 3:49
I knew you would upload this one!
You certainly had a more productive photoshoot than i did, so good on ya!
the 2 best parts of the photo are the lights under the arches, and the starbursts from the lightpoles.
love the reflections, depth and unique POV.
keep them coming
fabbs99 (17129) 2012-08-22 22:59
Such clarity in a night image is rare to see,but u have excelled to capture that moment with such finesse its hard to believe.I can say its Out of the world kinda feeling in viewing this masterpiece'
kato (11630) 2012-08-23 3:32
You're capturing well this bridge by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the beautiful with light-up and old atchitectures /cathedral in behind. It's impressive in the sequence of pole's light on bridge. And, the reflection projected to the river draws out a good atmosphere as romantic mood.
Have a nice week.
batalay (37441) 2012-08-23 5:16
I would expect no better vantage point than the one you chose to photograph the famous bridge and the great architecture on the other side of the bridge. Since you used a tripod, I wonder if you could have closed down the aperture to f/22, and expose the image about 3 times longer to get a better depth-of-field. It's a good photo, where the positive far outweighs the negative.
Incidentally, welcome back to North America. You must know from Craig that we were in Vancouver about the same time you were in Eastern Europe.
mkamionka (33601) 2012-08-23 7:33
welcome back! I mean not only back from your trip. I did not realize that you are back on TE. I am glad to see you, although I am probably not as frequent as I would like to be.
This is a spectacular photo! The bridge is of course beautiful and the time of the day (or night) my favourite. It was a great idea to select this POV, I have never seen it before, it is really impressive with the bridge creating the diagonals. The exposition is perfect with the lights making nice stars, reflection in the river so smooth and the buildings across the river well lit.
It really motivates me to go to Prague (again).
lousat (85018) 2012-08-24 5:30
Hi Tosca,i liked your comment about my night pic from Budapest but your is fantastic too.I seen your pics from Prague on FB and this will be one of my next town to visit....hehheeh....magnificent capture of the Charles bridge,perfect exposure and great details and colors,and i know how isn't easy..ehehe....have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
abmdsudi (48705) 2012-08-24 9:38
Such a delightful night shot remarkably done with excellent diagonal lines, really have captured so well with fantastic details. Lovely clarity achieved, and so wonderfully exposed with some good highlights in the shadow areas in nice illumination from the surroundings. The vibrant cpolors of silky water finishes it off perfectly. A great night scene well captured. TFS
josepmarin (58085) 2012-08-24 10:11
a good capture at the blue hour, in a very attractive composition.
It is an effective framing to emphasize the perspective of the bridge, its arches and its reflections on the water that seems of silk because of the long exposure time.
The architecture of the city in background provides a good graphism and a high aesthetical level in its contrast with the sky.
I like the nice star-effect in the luminous points, thanks to the utilization of a high f value.
williewhistler (15785) 2012-08-24 10:33
the exposure settings work very well in this shot,nothing burnt out and no heavy shadows,well done.
The composition is lovely and detail very sharp,it`s a fine photograph,well conceived and presented.
Best regards Les.
adores (42217) 2012-08-24 14:29
Another good one!The exposure is just perfect and I like the blue sky and the reflections on the water. Good pov and perfect star effect along the bridge!
This city must offer some great great photo opportunities!
Silvio1953 (133654) 2012-08-25 13:46
Ciao Tosca, fascinating blue hour, great view of lovely bridge, beautiful composition, excellent clarity, fascinating reflections, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
kwekwekan (1078) 2012-08-26 7:47
Two things really stand out in this photo: the silky smooth waters of the Vltava river and the beautiful golden hues illuminating the famous bridge. Great blue hour image overall, with a pleasant composition. TFS
nikkitta (17064) 2012-08-31 12:49
What a very good night capture of the Charles bridge!
Like the POV you choose to show it with the reflection on the water and the domes at the BG
Good management of light
Greetings and TFS
kasianowak (7723) 2012-09-05 1:47
Beautiful colours and light. Long exposure makes the wonderful reflection to be shown at its best.
thebest (4276) 2012-09-11 23:03
WOW!!! What a beautiful photo & the reflections on the water are wonderful - a very sharp image with great colours - the bridge is beautiful - the photo is excellent.
CLODO (32958) 2013-04-21 7:46
Happy birthday to you!
Nice blue hour picture with the imposing bridge and the golden lights.
- Copyright: tosca lueks (westcoastgirl1) (666)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax 17-70mm
- Exposure: f/13.0
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-20 14:36
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