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Gallery 24 Prague, Czechia 2019

We visited Czechia in May 2019 for a culture-filled week with my artist sister Tigris. Prague is the historical capital of Bohemia, a kingdom of the Holy Roman Empire, so you can imagine it did not disappoint on the history front either. Prague is home to the largest ancient castle in the world, covering 7 hectares (17 acres) on a hilltop overlooking the city. Its first church was built in 870 CE, and two additional basilicas (including one established by the St Wenceslas of Christmas carol fame) have been added over the past millennium.

Beyond and despite the castle and cathedrals, most of our days were spend touring forward-thinking pop and modern installation art galleries and enjoying the street performances - very pleased with the bubble photos. :-) The three of us ended up inadvertently stalking a hurdy-gurdy player, encountering him twice in two different locations. He remembered us too, given how long we sat listening on both occasions! If you'd like to hear what this unusual, bright yet haunting instrument sounds like, click here.

One particularly new experience was the multi-level packed grotto of Reon Argondian's fantasy art of huge canvases, each of which took years to paint, and covered every surface. Sadly the deep dark cavern did not lend itself to photography! The mirror maze of the Museum of Senses, twisted creatures of the substantial Salvador Dali exhibition, and plethora of puppets filling every market and shop all added a zest of surrealism to the week - and thankfully were in bright enough lighting that I could capture them.

There was also a lot of gingerbread.

So please enjoy this collection by clicking on the image above or:

Enjoy! :-)

~ Vientiene

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For any photography enthusiasts or professionals reading: I use a Panasonic G5 (micro four-thirds), a 20mm f1.7 pancake and 42.5mm f1.7 portrait lens (that's a 40mm FF and 85mm FF field of view equivalent). From 2013-2017, I mostly used the 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens and a 45-200mm f4-5.6 OIS (FF equivalent 28-84mm and 90-400mm). In early 2017 I replaced the kit lens with the 20mm prime, and due to weight and size I abandoned the telescopic in 2018 adding the 42.5mm portrait with its narrow depth of field. In 2018 I added the tiny 9mm prime fixed-F8 bodycap lens, far from sharp but fun to capture fish-eye wide shots. The best camera (and lens) is the one you have with you!


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