Fall Colors, Picture 1, Edited Version, Haje, Prague, CZ, 2013

Prague Without The Trains or the Cameraphone

Among Jon Searles' albums

Vaclavske Namesti In The Rain, Prague, CZ, 2007

31 Aug 2007 1 2 329
This is part of a larger experiment with loading my Ikoflex with color film. This roll was badly underexposed, though, because of the shutter having no intermediate settings between 1/100 and 1/300, and of course my lack of skill. I'm wondering if the batteries in my Gossen Polysix lightmeter are a problem, too. I've also got a bit of a blue cast over everything, which I've noticed to a lesser degree with other photos taken with a Zeiss, and I've got vignetting ala Holga or Lomo, although the vignetting is something I've experienced before with underexposed Ikoflex shots. I also had considerable light leaks on this roll, although I doubt this is the camera, as I mishandled the film several times, and we know how 120 is. The issues with the film, I sense, also inhibited the lab from doing a good scan. Any tips on how to get the most out of color in an Ikoflex or other old Zeiss-lensed TLR would be welcome. :-)

Rowboats In The Vltava, From Palackeho Most, Pragu…

31 Aug 2007 1 1 236
I just saw this photo and decided that it was perfect. My only regret was that I was carrying my Lomo and not my Ikoflex!! :-)

Contrails Over Jindrisska, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 266
I just spotted all of these contrails illuminated by the sunset off to the left of the photo, and liked how they looked. They do serve as a reminder that there is a lot of air traffic coming in and out of Prague, even if it's nowhere near to what you would see in London or New York.

28 Rijna In The Sun, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 228
28 Rijna is not an address, but a street named for a date, the 28th of October. I took this photo because I liked the way the blazing sun that day had illuminated the street, and the action.

28 Rijna In The Sun, Picture 2, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 300
Same as the previous shot, I took this one for the sunlight, worried that my camera had malfunctioned on the first shot. In reality, this shot is more notable for the shadows in the foreground and the apparent light leak in the upper left. That light leak comes and goes on my Lomo 135, and I have yet to pinpoint the cause.

Converse Sign On Narodni Trida, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 279
My Dad really likes this shot, given its illustration of globalization, even if Converse has been a world brand for decades.

Hotel Zlata Husa, Vaclavske Namesti, Prague, CZ, 2…

01 Sep 2007 261
I do have other photos of this hotel and its neighbors on Flickr, but this is one of my best, I think.

Pedestrian Tunnel Under Legerova, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 224
This was sort of one of those Lomo moments when I was walking to the Muzeum tram stop behind the Narodni Muzeum. The shot just looked good, so I took it.

Mestan Pivovar, Holesovice, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 304
Mestan is a 19th Century brand of Czech beer that is now the cheapest brand name beer you can buy in Prague, with a half liter bottle sometimes going for less than 4Kc, which comes out to less than 20 cents. This is the original Mestan Pivovar, or brewery, if I'm not mistaken, opened in 1898. Nowadays, though, Mestan is brewed at the equally historic Staropramen Pivovar in Smichov, and this old brewery has become an office complex on the upper levels, with an Arnold supermarket in the basement.

Mestan Pivovar, Picture 2, Holesovice, Prague, CZ,…

01 Sep 2007 222
This is another, brighter shot of the old Mestan Pivovar.

Mestan Pivovar, Picture 3, Holesovice, Prague, CZ,…

01 Sep 2007 207
Here you can see a little bit more detail on the Kommunardu (that's a street) side.

Mestan Pivovar, Picture 4, Holesovice, Prague, CZ,…

01 Sep 2007 224
Here you can still see the original lettering on the pivovar, which I think was probably kept for historic purposes.

Pankrac, Dark Bracket, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 276
This is one of two photos that I took of Pankrac, in uncertain lighting conditions, so I ended up bracketing even with the Lomo. This one I shot at f11 and 1/250, I think, which made it too dark technically, but better in some ways than the f11 1/125 bracket, which was the other one.

Pankrac, Light Bracket, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 230
This was my "proper" shot of Pankrac, with appropriate exposure.

Steps And Sky, Sidliste Haje, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 206
This was a strictly experimental shot that I took in Sidliste Haje, like so many of my experimental shots there. I had to bracket this to get it right, and I think I ended up settling on f16 and 1/125, although I could be misremembering. I don't keep a notebook for the Lomo.

Bohemia Bagel, Belehradska, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 217
This is the smallest of Bohemia Bagel's Prague restaurants. Actually, come to think of it, it isn't really a restaurant, but a kiosk, as you can't sit inside. In the summertime they have tables on the sidewalk, though.

Buildings By Manes Restaurant And Nightclub, Masar…

01 Sep 2007 172
I just saw the light and shot this. I like how it looks. :-)

Bratrych, Tylovo Namesti, Prague, CZ, 2007

01 Sep 2007 180
I'm 90% certain this sculpture dates to the Communist era. Why else would it have workmen and the word "Bratrych?" For the Czech speakers: is that "brothers," or "brotherhood?" I don't actually know since it's not in my dictionary.

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