Lucina in Prague

by Luther Photographer November. 01, 2017 1000 views

On the last stop of my Eastern European tour, I finally wanted to succeed in capturing the beauty of both the city and a female resident at the same time.

I met Lucina in a café on a Saturday morning in July. That place offers really tasty freshly ground coffee, which I really like. I had chosen the district of Zizkov because this former working-class area is thriving and very appealing in terms of its variety of individual shops, nice cafés and pubs. Even though it is the home to two of Prague's most popular landmarks (you will learn about them later), there are not many tourists roaming the streets, which I find to be a big benefit, especially when I want to do a photoshoot.

Lucina is enjoying her coffee while I am already working :-)

Lucina is enjoying her coffee while I am already working :-)

After be both had our coffee, we were ready for the shooting / city tour. Right next to the café is a church named Kostel Nejsvetejsího Srdce Pán which has an impressive clock.

This shot was very demanding in terms of dynamic range. In editing, I decided to expose Lucina's face correctly rather than the clock. Can anyone read the time?

This shot was very demanding in terms of dynamic range. In editing, I decided to expose Lucina's face correctly rather than the clock. Can anyone read the time?

Again, we did not have to walk far for the next shooting location. It should have the famous TV tower in the background, the first of the earlier mentioned landmarks. I was told it is either loved or hated by the locals, no indifference about it here.

The main subject of this picture is of course the lady in the bottom left corner!

The main subject of this picture is of course the lady in the bottom left corner!

As with Laura in Budapest(second last shot), we were also accosted by people in passing cars during these two shots.

I was somehow reminded of the Monty Python sketch that culminates in vicious gangs of keep left signs.

I was somehow reminded of the Monty Python sketch that culminates in vicious gangs of keep left signs.

A little bit further westwards is Riegrovy park. Right at the entrance to it, Lucina posed for another shot with the beautiful Krkonošská street behind her.

We risked our lives for this shot (just kidding, the street ends just behind Lucina).

We risked our lives for this shot (just kidding, the street ends just behind Lucina).

We went on to another park named Svatopluka Cecha. Lucina posed at the corner of it to secure a spot for an impressive building in the background.

Dreaming Lucina

Dreaming Lucina

After that, it was time for a little hiking tour that took us all the way from the southern to the northern end of Zizkov, where the Vitkov hill is located. On top of it you can find the National Monument with a statue of Medieval battle hero Jan Zizka, who gave the district its name. This was the only place on our tour where we met tourists, so we went a further on the widespread top of the hill until we found a little flower garden that struck Lucina's attention.

Does this insect know what it is doing?

Does this insect know what it is doing?

Still on top of the hill, I found a spot that nicely overlooks the district of Zizkov we had been shooting in.

In the background: district of Zizkov with the Church of St. Procopius.

In the background: district of Zizkov with the Church of St. Procopius.

Walking down the hill, we found another nice spot overlooking the other, northern side. It took many shots to finally balance framing, angle and exposure to get a shot that satisfied my demand stated at the beginning of this post.

Overlooking the Florenc area of Prague (the camera, not Lucina).

Overlooking the Florenc area of Prague (the camera, not Lucina).

At the end of our tour, we walked into the centre of Prague. We chose a bar/restaurant ship on the Vltava river to be our last shooting location.

The shooting ended as it started: with a drink. You can roughly recognize Prague Castle with St. Vitus Cathedral.

The shooting ended as it started: with a drink. You can roughly recognize Prague Castle with St. Vitus Cathedral.

Finally, I got what I wanted. Not the great tourist spots, but some lovely parts of the city of Prague, garnished with the wonderful Lucina. It was a fun day on which, btw, I used exactly the same equipment that proved suitable for the shooting with Laura in Budapest.

I decided to edit all the photos of this shooting in black and white as it supports the fantastic look of the city. I also used a few more tricks to give the images a special look. Do you like it? Please tell me in the comments. This is also the place to share expertise on photo editing, especially about the kind of editing I used here.

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