Saints Row || Prague, Czech Republic

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The Charle's Bridge is an extremely iconic place here in Prague. Luckily I had it to myself for about 15 minutes, otherwise I would have never gotten this shot as this place filled up quick.  But there is a reason this place is so popular.  Look one way you have bohemian statues leading you to towers and cathedrals.  Look the other way you have quint houses and cathedrals situated on the hill overlooking the city.  This is one of those locations where I can't wait to explore more in the years to come.   

But for that short period of time I was able to fully take the place in. That's one of my favorite things about photography is you get to truly appreciate the beauty and the mood of the locations you are shooting.

Technical Stuff: 

CAMERA:    Sony A7R

LENS:    Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 - Shot at 35mm

TRIPOD:    RRS TVC-24L w/ BH40 Ballhead

HARDWARE:    11' Macbook Air Wacom Manga Tablet

SOFTWARE:    Capture One 9 - Photoshop CC 2015.5 - Nik Color Efex Pro 4


Base - ISO 50, 30 sec at F/8

Super Highlights - ISO 50, 2 sec at F/8

Sky - ISO 50, 1/3 sec at F/8

TAKEN:    August 16, 2016

TECHNIQUE: When shooting cityscapes I have a pretty consistent workflow.  Capture the base image, sky, and then a dark exposure to ensure the highlights are not blown out.  Using the "sky" exposure I pulled the luminosity mask and blended that with the "base" exposure.  Afterwards I used the "Super Highlights" exposure to manually blend in things like the lamps and some of the windows.  When shooting RAW alot of times the image is dull compared to the way it was in real life.  For the sky this was the case, so some color adjustments were needed to pull the sky to the way that it was.  

TIPS:     Always get to your location 30 mins to an hour before you need to start shooting.  For this location had I been 20 mins late to this location it would have been full of people and I would have not been able to capture the "base" exposure without having ghosting from tourist.  So always get there early, this allows you to survey the area and find your composition without having to rush and potentially miss that perfect moment.