About attention to detail and rumbling trams

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About attention to detail and rumbling trams

Prague isn’t called the Golden City for nothing. The metropolis on the Vltava offers many colours and countless photo opportunities, even on grey days. Caroline Lohrmann from the travel blog “Shavethewhales“ was out and about with the Tamron 16-300mm travel zoom in the Czech capita. Here she talks about her highlights and reveals which motifs are really worthwhile.

Anyone out and about in Prague should always have their camera at the ready. A travel zoom such as the Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC, with which a large focal length range can be covered, is exactly the right choice for a photographic city stroll. There is so much to discover in the Golden City. For example the world famous astronomical apostle clock on the south wall of the old town hall. It’s hard to believe, but it was already constructed in 1410. 

I am standing awestruck in front of the huge masterpiece and view the countless figures and shapes. On every full hour, the little doors open, the apostles come out, death tinkles its bell, and after a few seconds the spectacle is already over. The many details in the facial features and the golden digits can be shot well with a focal length up to 300mm.

Charles Bridge in the morning fog

The famous Charles Bridge is not far from here. It is usually full of tourists during the day. Here, you can take the best photos in the morning, especially in fog. Getting up early is worthwhile. The bridge is also a wonderful motif in the evening during the blue hour. The beautiful promenade on the Vltava offers many opportunities to set up a tripod for long exposures.

Even the old town market is a rewarding motif. The colourful, richly decorated houses stand out beautifully against the boring grey of the sky during my visit. I stop again and again at onion domes and flourishing railings and lift the camera. The architecture of Prague is playful and always offers new, fascinating details for the eye, even during repeated visits.

Small cast-iron figures adorn the doors and walls of many houses. Stone reliefs decorate the mighty bridge arches. The telezoom helps me to find all these details. You can really spend hours to discover new shapes and colours again and again and to record them format-filling with the camera.

A wonderful example for the attention to detail of the city is the Cross Club, a mixture of restaurant, pub and concert location. Even from the distance, you notice the many thousands of cogs which rotate in front of the building. It’s like entering a clockwork. Although I am here at noon, I am determined to come back at dusk. The construction then glows colourful in the darkness. The club then appears even more impressive and offers a perfect motif for photos at night.

Address: Plynární 1096/23, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice

The Petřín hill is located centrally and is known for its beautiful view of Prague. It can be climbed easily on foot and many pretty photo motifs already arise for me on the way up. The hill is like a giant park. Many benches can be found within flower gardens, which offer a place of rest for tired walkers. Once at the top, the whole city spreads before me. I use the wide angle function of my objective here.

Another attractive photo point is the Prague TV tower in the district Žižkov. It is quite controversial due to its architecture and was voted the second most ugly building in the world by the American travel portal VirtualTourist. But just this makes it so interesting photographically. The tower is made of grey exposed aggregate concrete and houses several viewing platforms inside. But its exterior is worth seeing: giant babies of stone crawl up the tower.

Mahlerovy sady 1, 130 00 Praha 3

One of my favourite touristic highlights is the Prague tramway. At weekends and on public holidays, the historic line 91 regularly makes a nostalgia trip. It rumbles through small alleys and passes many sights. It is fitted with narrow benches on the inside and a conductor in historical costume sells tiny paper tickets.

My tip for visitors of Prague: on weekdays, line 27 passes all touristically interesting places of the city. The tram is however often overcrowded. If you want to drive on this line, you only have to buy a day ticket for the equivalent of 4.50 Euro. By the way, some of the underground stations and tunnels are also wonderful photo motifs.

The person who walk through Prague with attention will surely be rewarded with beautiful images in any season.

About the author: Caroline Lohrmann

Caroline Lohrmann (30) travels the world from Hamburg and writes her very personal stories about this in her blog Shavethewhales.net. She thereby gives valuable tips, is humorous and profound at the same time, and shows a great sense of photography and design. She creates her impressive images of people, landscapes, animals and architecture with a Nikon D5100 – preferably equipped with the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical. If Caroline is not on the road for her blog, the communications scientist works as a translator and as a guide on international automotive events.

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