Hot Spring Colonade at Karlovy Vary it's a place very busy with many tourists around all over the months yearly. It's not so easy to take a good shot of this impressive building without the human present but it's a rule of "game" to include people in this kind of photos.
The weather was very very cold and the sky full of black and "angry" clouds, so I prefered to make this composition in B&W tones to increase the details.
Some infos about this colonade:
Karlovy Vary is a city of colonnades. The best-known colonnade, which every spa visitor is sure to see, is the Hot Spring Colonnade. Over the time of the city's existence, it has changed its appearance several times. The original wooden garden-house over Hot Spring itself and the wooden troughs across the Teplá distributing the thermal water to separate houses in Tržiště vanished long ago. The fine and delicate colonnade in the Empire style has disappeared as well. Also the imposing colonnade of cast iron was removed thanks to WWII. It towered over the Teplá River bank from the end of the 19th century. The present colonnade conforms to the time when it was erected. The glass body of the massivecolonnade of today, much too robust and not really matching the delicate environment of the spa, is awaiting a general renovation that is to take place shortly. It should convert the colonnade into a temple of health, corresponding to the local atmosphere. Included in the revitalised site of the colonnade will be an already-operated excursion route into the old cellar, where visitors can learn some of the secrets of the Karlovy Vary thermal water and other facts that are not usually in travel guides.
>> Infos taken from Karlovy Vary Official Site
>> Relative photos: Photo 1 - Photo 2 - Photo 3
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manny (21833) 2005-08-02 4:03
Somehow, I like the busy-ness and motion blurs in this picture. A good contrast tyo the solid posts. Good decision to convert to BW. More pronounced texture and patterns.
supereira (9576) 2005-08-02 6:27
Great shot.I like it.Good composition and point of view.Good contrasts,light,textures and sharpness.I like the detail of the persons.Good B&W choice.Well done!
jhm (139094) 2005-08-02 6:40
I find the people a excellent added, the gallery give perfectly depth, the construction of this wonderful old building is very nice. Interesting note too!
jjbach (9324) 2005-08-02 7:31
Καταπληκτική φωτογραφία και πολύ ωραίο καδράρισμα. Η προοπτική που δίνουν οι καμάρες είναι μοναδική. Πολύ καλή η ιδέα για το ασπρόμαυρο, όντως αναδεικνύει τις λεπτομέρειες. Πολύ καλή δουλειά.
kebek (5438) 2005-08-02 13:03
Serwus Mpampis !
I have travelled quite a lot through out the Czech Republuc but unfortunately never been to Karlovy Vary.
Saying honestly this is my aim for the near future to finally arrive at this ancient resort and drink "Mattoni" from the torrent :)
But.. I feel like I was there thanks to Your beautiful Works.
This one is very special. Your choice of b/w version was great. We can admire the view of excellent architecture and feel the winter mood of the street-life. Also we got here amazing depth with blurred forground.
Very good Image.
All the best,
bertolucci (13358) 2005-08-07 7:52
Kalispera Mpampis, another fine B&W capture with lotsa engaginh architectural elements and the people, nicely captured with motion blur, to make it also a capture brimful of daily life. Very good.
Regards from Rotterdam, Bert.
phampl (63) 2005-08-24 4:21
I have been born in KV and spent some time there. Its colonades are my beloved place. I like your photo very much because it displays very concisely both the architecture and the life in it. The BW mode i find very helpful, although it was mainly due to the weather.
The vertical lines could be corrected, but maybe you have let it intentionally. Probably intentional is also the border touching roof at the right side. The difference of perfectly sharp building and blurred moving people I find very pleasant.
jojay (28) 2005-09-15 15:12
B&w brings this shot alive, and you can almost feel what the weathers doing.
- Copyright: Mpampis Mantoukas (Xalkida) (11744)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-12-26
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: SONY DSC-P10, Sony 2.8/8-24mm, Memory Stick 256mb
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: My Christmas trip to Prague
- Theme(s): !My Christmas 2004 Trip to Prague, !My own favorites, !My B&W World [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-01 14:54