Prague, Praha. Photo tips for a beautiful city.

September 13, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

Prague is almost over the top with all it’s Baroque and Gothic architecture.

Prague Old Town Square spires

And there is alto of that to see in Prague. Indeed a feast for the eyes. I’ve spend 7 days in Prague. Not because I had to nurture hangovers from visiting too many of the bars and clubs, but just wondering the street and narrow allay ways and looking at all the marvelous architecture. Prague Barogue ArchPrague Barogue Arch Prague Street view_05Prague Street view_05

 

I’m not going to bore you by trying to describe what I saw or the history, but instead just show you with pictures which you can see in my gallery, and tell you how and where to take them.

 

The Prague Castle dominates the city skyline and it’s easy to take good pictures of the castle. Good views can be seen from Charles Bridge,

Prague Charles Bridge and Castle_02

or from the east bank of the Vltava river, south of the bridge. Just hang around till a few minutes after sunset, get your tripod out and snap away. Even if you use the Auto function on your camera, the results should be fairly good.

Just make sure you have the castle in the bottom third of you picture. Unless you have a good reflection on the river you wish to include.

Prague Castle & Charles Bridge_02

As soon as the sky turns black, STOP! There is my first real photo tip. Don’t take photos of a black sky. For the purple sky in my photos, I just simply switch the white balance of my camera to fluorescent.

 

A really nice view of all the bridges, Vltava river and the east side of Prague is from the Hanavsky pavilion. That’s on the northern side of Prague, close to the Metronome. 

Prague view over the river Vltava

Go a few hours before sunset and chill out in the beer garden (also has great views of the city from there) before you head to the pavilion for your postcard pictures. Remember, no black sky. There will be alto of unwanted stuff in the bottom of your pictures, but once you get them on your PC, crop the best one to a panoramic landscape.

 

To get good photos of Charles Bridge will take more effort and dedication. Naturally the bridge will be very busy and bustling with tourists for most part of the day. You may choose to take your picture like that, but if you want a nice clear view of the bridge you will have to get there before them. I got up at 4:30am and arrived on the bridge around 5:30am. The time will depend of the time of year you visit, so check sunrise times online. Aside from wanting to take photos of a clear bridge, it was a great feeling being the only one on the bridge.

Prague Charles Bridge_looking east_Cold_01

You have the whole place to yourself to choose your composition. By the time the sun came over the buildings, I was finished and the bridge had quite a few other photographers showing up. All standing in line not to spoil the each others photos. A bit late in my view. By then the lights on the bridge was already switch off.

 

In short, photographing a city, or anything else for that matter, is all about timing. You probably heard it before - the best time is twilight, but rules are made to be broken. Sometimes.


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