Krakow at night

Discussion in 'City & Urban Scapes' started by Ken Rennie, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. Ken Rennie

    Ken Rennie Well-Known Member

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    I don't usually photograph cities and seldom visit them but Krakow is different. The city centre is small and all of the sites are within walking distance of each other. Thankfully largely undamaged in WW2 although the same can not be said of the population. Ken
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    For a person who does not do cityscapes. those last two are excellent.
     
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    Nice nighttime shot of the city. I especially like the last one. Nice work with the perspective on these.
     
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    Beautiful views of the city! Number 3 is my favorite.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Hey Ken, I will agree with Ben that for not being into cityscapes you sure nailed these.

    My favorite is #1. I really like when reflections show something that's not visible in the rest of the image. In this case the water reflecting the towers is almost like a magical mirror. Great job there as it allows the imagination of the viewer to be pulled into this one.

    #2 is my next favorite as I like that view of the towers and I like the faded reflection in the water. Well done with that.

    #3 is great from the stand point of seeing a wider view now of the town center. It's nice to end with an overview, but artistically it doesn't draw me in like the first two.
     
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    Congrats on the Daily Featured Post Ken!

    @Ken Rennie
     
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    All very well done. Have you thought about cropping the first to just show the ground and reflection (eliminating the other lights and people)?
     
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    This is already a crop but your more radical crop sounds good. I will repost when I have time.
     
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    First one cropped _DSC8872-1.jpg
     
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    Very nice set Ken, like the others have said for someone who doesn't do cityscapes you nailed them. And the redo crop is much more attractive to my eye. And congrats on the feature.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the very nice comments. Taking photographs in Krakow is rewarding. There are beautiful buildings and cobbled streets after some rain just makes it easy. I really would have liked to have started photographing an hour earlier when there was a bit of light in the sky but food got in the way. Photographing towns IMO is no different from photographing landscapes apart from keeping cameras level to avoid the worst aspects of leaning verticals. What do I want to take? Where do I place it in the frame? What do I surround it with? Almost everything else is done by the camera. Another thing about Poland in general and Krakow in particular the people are friendly and helpful, prices are low and quality is high but the language is impossible. Ken
     
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    Those are very nice Ken! Thanks for sharing. I like that cropped version a lot.
     
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    Ken,
    Beautiful job on these. Looks like a great place to walk around and shoot. The lighting is really fantastic .
    I like both versions of the 1st.. with the inclusion of the surrounding plaza it gives a little more context to the scene but both work extremely well.The perspectives are captured so well that my immediate thought was that you must have used a tilt shift lens..but after reading your comments it looks like you took your time and kept your camera level:)
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    Thanks for the comment Dean. I have wanted a tilt shift lens for a long time but really can't justify the expense. I looked at the "cheapish" Samyang/ Rokinon 24mm but the quality wasn't terrific, similarly the Nikon 24mm although better still isn't a stellar performer, not in the Canon class. The Nikon 19mm fits the bill exactly but, and a big but, it is far too expensive for me to justify buying it. I also tried all sorts of software solutions to overcome leaning and converging verticals but couldn't find a solution that satisfied me. So I now ensure that my camera is perfectly level and compose with just a portion of the image. If I am shooting a tall building I zoom out enough to contain it and ignore the large amounts of unused foreground, similarly I often crop large amounts of sky when I am interested in what is below me when standing on a crag looking into a valley. This means that I "waste" between a quarter and a half of my pixels but I start with 36Mp so usually have enough. It is difficult to stop myself composing "properly" and tilting the camera as the brain doesn't "see" tilting and converging but with man made structures I am always disappointed with the results obtained with non level cameras even if it is only a farmhouse in the corner of an image. Ken
     
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    Ken, I am with you all the way. I have owned both the Canon 17 and 24 TSE lenses. I was never good at getting focus so many were tossed. But when they were focused, nothing beats them. I sold both and now have a 11-24 that has very low distortion and great image quality. So I can level the camera and crop as required. I hate post processing corrections as it stretches pixels too much for my taste.
     
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    Feels like home. I was born in the area and spent the first 20 yrs wandering around. There are many smaller & cheaper towns in the area that have quite a nice architecture and feel, too. Few examples for your next trip if you haven't seen them yet(?): Tarnow, Zalipie, Wieliczka (beautiful salt mine), Kazimierz Dolny.
     
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    Thanks Artur we were at a wedding in Krakow but spent a week in the surrounding area and down in the Tatra mountains, thoroughly enjoyable. I did cause a bit of a sensation wandering about in full highland dress but wrapped in the 24 ft of wool that makes a kilt in the Polish Summer heat takes a little getting used to. Ken
     
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    I see that you survived the Polish wedding :) Some of these events can be pretty hard on your stomach...and balance, of course! Cheers!
     
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    Yes huge amounts of food and Vodka. I lost count of the number of courses and the many hours spent eating and drinking. For me something strange about being served a rich meat stew well after midnight and iced Vodka on every table. Ken
     
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    Very cool edit of that first one Ken. Kyle had a great suggestion there.
     

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