Beautiful, beautiful Prague... so picturesque, one hardly knows where to begin. But we all know WHEN to begin! Before the sunrise, during the dawn... get out of our tourist beds and hit the streets EARLY! It gives you at least two advantages -- you get the Blue and Golden Hours of the morning, AND there are not many other people out at those hours.
This foto was originally shot on 35mm Fuji Velvia. Given the dim light and the slight bokeh of the background, it was probably shot at 1/15 or 1/30 second, with the lens (a 105mm Soligor?) wide open at f/2.8. I acknowledge I deserve no points on originality here -- this is a common POV, just google for images! -- but I hope I have presented it in a manner that conveys the antiquity of the place.
This is the Golden Lane, at the north-east corner of Prague Castle complex. It was built during the construction of northern fortification at the end of the 15th century by emperor Rudolf II for his castle marksmen. As there were 24 marksmen and a lack of space, the houses had to be very small! The style is called "Mannerism," and the houses are made of stone, mud, and wood. The back wall of the homes is the castle wall itself.
By 1657 there were only 14 houses left and in later centuries they were used by artists and writers. Among the famous inhabitants of the Golden Lane was Franz Kafka. His house, no. 22, is the blue home at the left.
More info? http://www.prague.net/the-golden-lane
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tatadalou (6083) 2013-04-16 13:42
Traditional but efficient POV. This street is very picturesque and attractive by its colours. The slight bokeh gives some more depth to the street but makes the houses on the left part lose sharpness.
Noel_Byrne (24269) 2013-06-01 8:50
I love this for a lot of reasons, not least of which is the traffic jam of ducks wandering up the cobbled street! The houses are beautiful, all styles and designs and colours to please the eye. I could easily see this being a scene from Lord of the Rings such is the ancient magical quality of it.
All the best
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-06-04 18:28
what a charmer this is, russ ~ a real fairy tale!
i love how bold the colors are to the left, fading as they go down the lane into water color, so atmospheric and lovely.
and, are they ducks or pigeons? whatever, i love these little guys marching along and giving a sense of life to an otherwise lonely scene.
rogerl (1544) 2013-10-18 11:30
Russ, when we were there a couple of years back, we visited Golden Lane at about noon. As you say, it was very crowded, and difficult to get a decent photo. I particularly love the birds on the street in this shot. Thanks.
Miguel82 (23367) 2013-10-23 11:28
Hello Russ, this is a cold and moist little cobbled street of Praha, the houses have vivid colors, a drinking fountain, no body in the street except some pigeons, good dof and resolution, all the best, good evening
jcpix (13658) 2013-10-26 21:16
I couldn't agree more about getting out of bed early for photography...and this is coming from a guy that would prefer to stay up late and sleep in until lunch!? :) There's just something magical about the first light of the day and the atmosphere it brings with it. Even with today's PP advances, there's really no way to duplicate those moments. Not to mention, the photog would always know better anyway, which I think would greatly devalue his/her own satisfaction.
What a great benefit and result from having awakened with the roosters...the moment you captured with the empty street, and what appears to be a slight fog, has given a very mystic and fascinating "old world" ambiance to this street scene. Then of course there's the bonus of pigeons walking along. Who would have ever thought pigeons would be something of interest!? It's as if they're on patrol. The deep colors are bold and the compositional perspective is a beauty. This does feel to step back in time, and I'm half expecting a horse and cart to come strolling through the cobbled street at any moment with the days fresh produce. A really neat vibe from this shot, I like it! Enjoy the day ahead. Take care.
Friendly wishes from Az.,
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (1922)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1996-10-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikkormat FT
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Maisons typiques / Typical houses, Prague, Romantic Prague, To the Prague ..., Beautiful Prague [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-16 8:19