Charles Bridge @ Prague (Czech Republic)
The Charles Bridge is almost always filled with tourists, street artists, musicians, buskers and vendors. I generally dislike people appearing in my photos and therefore came back during dawn, which has a very different mood. It would be ideal if it was foggier.
The photo below is a view of the bridge and its pedestrians (a few hours later when the city wakes up). Prague castle is in the background. Post-processing in black and white is unlikely to appeal to most people, but I don’t have to please everyone and I like how it turns out 🙂 I was overlooking from the Old Town Bridge Tower. Most towers or observation decks are usually crowded and expensive. Agree? But not this one! It is relatively empty and cheap. I could even setup my tripod without bothering anyone. Very strange for such a cool vantage point … probably Prague’s best kept secret?
This is a very ordinary picture. In fact, it is not even a good example of street photography because despite capturing a moment on the street, it doesn’t really tell a story.
However, this shot has given me great satisfaction at a personal level. For a few years, I had numerous failed attempts with “panning”, which is a technique of sweeping the camera along in time with the moving subject and to get a relatively sharp subject but a blurred background with horizontal streaks. It freezes a moment and yet gives a feeling of movement and speed. I never nail it until this one.
By the way, panning comes from the word panorama.
Classic, Post-modern, Contemporary … Facades @ Barcelona (Spain)
Catalan Gothic and Modernisme architecture may be the mainstream in Barcelona, but the city has a variety of other architectural styles to offer too. I intentionally included the trees in the foreground to highlight that these facades are actual street view, which otherwise look like a Photoshopped collage.
Bulguksa Temple @ Gyeongju (South Korea)
A triple-arched stone bridge spans a pond at Bulguksa Temple (a UNESCO World Heritage).
The bridge was quite crowded until it started drizzling. I took shelter under a willow tree and was drying my camera gear when a couple strolled into the frame.
Sunrise @ Varanasi (India)
I intended to shoot the sunrise and was pleasantly surprised to see the silhouette of a horseman.