The city of Brno certainly falls into that category of surprises.
When we visit these great countries, of course we have plans to see the major cities. Prague was a no doubter when traveling to the Czech Republic, but spending a couple days in Brno was equally great because we didn't know what to expect.
I still remember a local taxi driver ask us...why are you not in Prague?!
He was surprised to see tourists, he says 'everybody want to see Prague, why are you here?'
He was very kind, curious about Canada, curious about Canadians love for hockey, (he was a hockey fan too)and was happy to know we picked Brno as a destination.
As for this photo, I honestly don't remember the name of the Cathedral - which i feel so bad about but it happens i suppose. What I do remember is trying to fit this into the frame. It was an extremely narrow street, not a large open square. So this was basically the only way I could have photographed it.
The irony is that even if I were in a large open square I still would have chosen this angle anyways!
Hope you enjoy it
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krzychu30 (12777) 2013-10-20 0:37
the visual effect we would never achive with a regular zoom lens.Here in 8mm focal length the church looks amazing!I think because of the slight distortion and your upward perspective the effect is so eye-catching.
Superb presentation!(not only because of the wide-angle,but also because of so captivating light&ahades).
Have a nice sunday
papagolf21 (79598) 2013-10-20 0:44
Bravo pour le cadrage choisi pour valoriser l'architecture.
L'ensemble ressort à merveille sur ce ciel de toute beauté.
mesutilgim (73080) 2013-10-20 0:58
Hello dear Craig,
Wonderfull capture taken from a perfect pov and the result of cours; an overwhelming scenery.
Many nice details and great eyecatching effect.
TFS and have a nice weekend
lousat (64295) 2013-10-20 1:22
Hi Craig,i'm just been in Prague and it's very interesting to read your note,maybe the next time...why not...the pic is really beautiful,a very imposing persective,this facade looks a staircase to the sky,magnificent capture whit a very special light effect on the facade.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
jjcordier (67332) 2013-10-20 2:20
La prise de vue en contre-plongé donne une intéressante originalité à ton image.
snunney (72796) 2013-10-20 2:44
I like the tight framing and the almost vertical point of view, it works very well indeed. Something helped by the ambient light that brings out the detail in the façade to perfection.
timecapturer (37200) 2013-10-20 3:55
intriguing title and a beautiful shot. A trademark POV for you together with stunning clarity and detail. I love how the light caresses the surfaces here and makes all the relief so tantalising and almost 3D. Another European country I have not visited, really need to get my butt in gear with shots like this tempting me.
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
Jolly Hockey Sticks!
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-10-20 5:41
I love th angle and I can see why you would have chosen it anyway. That viewpoint makes this building look to me not like a relics centre, but like something room s horror film. It rises up into the sky like draculas castle, or perhaps house on haunted hill, and it's a wondful look. Th shot is really moody and dramatic, with beautiful architecture.
Thanks for your note too, it's always nice to remember that there is beauty to be found no matter where we find ourselves.
All the best
Fis2 (77066) 2013-10-20 7:32
A very interesting POV and composition.
Excellent colors and light.
adramad (30989) 2013-10-20 13:13
Magnificent composition in this angle shot of this interesting facade, this framework places great emphasis on the architecture of this beautiful facade, an image with strong contrast that highlights the ornaments of the facade.
Good image quality, sharpness is also great.
Enjoy a happy Sunday.
P/D. As I see by your comment your great interest in the work of Gehry, today I uploaded another image of these wineries, plus two pictures in the Workshop. Hope you enjoy.
saxo042 (33940) 2013-10-21 4:09
An interesting perspective here an an interestin bulding with this curved facade. The small clouds enhances this curve. There are many good deails here, everything against the deep blue sky.
marabu61 (5879) 2013-10-21 6:36
As a former ice hockey player myself, I was naturaly intrigued by your title. The Czech Repuplic is one of the great hockey nations indeed.
Impressive cathedral though, greatly enhanced by your upward POV.
have a great day
Kugart (1776) 2013-10-21 8:23
Very interesting POV you have used to shot the facade of this Cathedral as it makes it look a very intimidating building with the dark tones of the stonework at the bottom. Interesting to hear of your love for Ice hockey, we have a local team called the Belfast Giants that play in the British Elite league . Not up to Canadian standard I'm sure but it is very entertaining and they have some Canadians and North Americans playing for them.
fabbs99 (11218) 2013-10-21 19:53
I like your excellent Pov to shoot straight up from a nowhere kind of a position.You got the small statues look good as we look up the cathedral facade.Very well done,TFS.
jcpix (6640) 2013-10-22 20:29
I wanted to comment on this and your most recent post tonight, but just don't have ample time...and it was a tough call, but this won out. :)
What an awesome, break neck perspective! I feel like I have to tilt my head back just look at this on a flat screen monitor!?
What incredible light too, I love how it's darker and more "moody" along the bottom, and the sky is saturated a darker blue going towards the upper left corner...a really neat effect. I think it was smart to take this on a horizontal composition, using the curved ledges to accentuate the bend from side to side...and those long vertical lines heading upwards plays right into the strength of perception.
I know how much you enjoy clouds in a picture, to which I completely agree, and even though there are only but a small trace here to the right...wow, do they ever enhance that wide angle, virtual fish-eye effect from their presence. Smooth finish with sharp detail and texture. A terrific shot! Have a great day ahead.
Cheers from Az.,
tatadalou (3997) 2013-10-23 12:43
The low POV added to the lens give a spectacular picture of this cathedral. I do love the light on the façade, particularly in the upper part of the picture.
Really nice !
Highmountains (2251) 2013-10-24 22:36
Wonderfully captured facade. The details, the magnitude of the framing and the effect of the POV is overwhelming.
The clear blue sky with a line of sparkling white cloud is an appropriate background to this beautiful shot.
The eye of the viewer is automatically led from the door at the bottom up to the pinnacle of the building.
Thanks for sharing.
adores (30855) 2013-10-29 16:02
These churches are sometimes very difficult, specially on narrow streets! It was a great choice -I really like this upward pov. We get a very good view of the facade. Light and colours are perfect.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (45588)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-07
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-20 0:21