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cahiers de Prague
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Copyright: Jose m brito e silva (mbrito) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-06
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): mbrito back in time, by himself [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-19 8:16
Viewed: 2777
Points: 102
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There were three brothers named Czech, Lech and Rus. One day, they decided to find for their tribes and themselves a new place to live, and so they all set out for a long journey across the Europe. After some days had passed, the brother Rus suddenly said. „This is the new home for me and my tribe!“ and so they stayed and founded Russia.

The two brothers and their tribes walked for many days, when they climbed up a hill that is now called Rip (Říp). There they had a wonderful view of the land that the forefather Czech called the „land of milk and honey“, and decided to settle here with his tribe.

To honour this great man, the people of his tribe started to call themselves Czechs. And they still do now. And brother Lech? He continued his journey with his people and settled in present-day Poland(*).


This is my first photo of a series made in my recent journey to Prague, known as the «city of 100 towers»;
I think that is obvious why...


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Jose, fantastic view of this city of many towers - a city I hope to visit some day!
Composition couldn't be better with the domed roof slightly off center.. The colors and clouds are fantastic .. fantastic timeless mood!
Great job.
Have a nice weekend :)

ciao Jose..
Prague is one of my favorite town..
its atmosfere is truly magic..
thanks for this beautiful moody capture.. you have taken its powerful spirit.. and this shot is so rappresentative of its architecture and atmosfere... my compliments
ciao Marco

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-06-19 8:28]

A beautiful city, lovely architecture and I like this b&w. The pp work is excellent. TFS

Boa tarde José,

I call Prague *city with a 100 faces*, because every time I was there (so far 3 times) I got to know a different side of this city (some nice and some...well not so pleasant). How did you like it?

This image is...enchanting...it pulls you in and you can't let it go. Atmosphere is...magical and also a bit 'apocalyptic'(maybe because of the sky and all that statues lifting their arms towards the sky). Excellent...it makes me want to be there *I am still sorry, I wasn't*

Powerful image...no doubt about that. Maybe because it comes from the camera of a powerful photographer.

Um grande abraço,


Boa tarde jose
Praha Stovezatá (The Hundred- Spired Prague) it self.
For me this the atmosphere of this beautiful town. You captured really well.
The note is very nice and I like the little touch of French in this wonderful melody that breath over PRAHA.
My regards

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-06-19 8:48]

Hi Jose,
A splendid architectural composition in monochrome of this fabulous city of Prague.
A nice play with wonderful lighting and glorious shadows.
Great details all over.
I love the greenish cast, it gives more impact to the scenery.
A clean presentation.
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

Your sharpness and levels on this shot is perfect Jose! I love how you did this! The photo is well balanced! Would love to see the color version! Very nice work, have a great weekend!

very dramatic sky nice nice shot, good color choice.


Ola José,
Impressive image of Prague, the contrast and brightness are spot on, creating a real dramatic clouded sky. All those statues and small towers are very well captured and creating a special view on this wonderful city. Great posting José!

Boa Tarde friend Jose.
Thanks for the pleasant note you wrote here.
The picture in BW is very moody.
Beautiful ingredients with wonderful sky.
Still, wonder how it will look in full colours ?
Bet, as good as is.!
Best wishes from Jan

Amigo Brito,

Outra vez tenho somente elogios para seu trabalho!
Perspectiva, luz, contraste e uma visão tridimensional belíssima!
Parabéns e um grande abraço,

Amimgo mb,

Não me canso de admirar a maneira como você trata suas fotografias. É, sem dúvida, trabalho profissional.
Imagem muito bem composta e rica em detalhes. Muito bom! Nota 10!
Meus parabéns e obrigado por compartilhar!


Hi Jose Bonjour,
Always a nice composition in Black in White ,
Excellent POV. and architecture of 'Prague',
beautiful contrast and wanderful dramatic sky,
great work, and very well done.
All my compliments and have a nice WE.

Hi Jose
Fantastic sky and clouds with great architectural details
The B/W mode works well here, Excellent point of view!
Best wishes, Alireza

Hello Jose,
Great rthytme and graphic expressiom. Crisp details and eye catyching light and shadow
Selahattin E

Hi Master
Wonderful capture and place
Amazing architectural details and light
Have a nice weekend

Hi Master
this work of great contrast and this special pov adds great value to the shot
perfect game of shadows and lights
well taken and good czech remind
Have a godo week end

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-06-20 5:57]

ciao Jose

A dramatic tonal range, in this superb b&w image, with good sharpness & framing. Good repetition of the statues & spires. Tfs!

Ciao Jose

Wow!. que conjunto arquitetonico mais bonito!
Esta é uma fine baixa exposição à luz,
mostrando acentuada detalhes na arquitetura!
Bom ponto de vista, o edifício está bem enquadrado,
rodeado pelos outros belos tambem ...
Eu posso ver que full detalhes em todo acabamento.
Belíssimo, eu me perco nestes detalhes,
minusciosamente eu olho um por um!



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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-06-20 10:44]

Hi Jose,

Wonderful and very appealing effect, the game of light and shadow is mastered perfectly here, the sky, those thick clouds portrayed an intense atmosphere, great towers and this huge dome and the graphics again in this shot looks quite amazing! We can feel the soul of Prague through this shot, the mood, the architecture and the colors… brilliant atmospheric and superb presentation as always..

Best regards and TFS Jose

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-06-20 10:50]


Grandisoe compo, quel effet, quelle ambianc, de merveilleux bâtiment, quelle architecture et toujour la patte de l'artiste, un merveilleux ciel, grandiose.

bravo et amitié


Beautiful light, Excellent architectural photography. Good monochromatic effect.

Hi Jose
Great point of view,fantastic capture.
Very good light and shadow,fine details.
Nice story :)

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  • kanton Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 5 N: 1570] (6756)
  • [2009-06-20 15:16]

Yasou José!
Wonderful and artistic view,to a charming city!
good choise in B&W,beautiful lighting and perfect contrast,nice architecture and great atmosphere! An excellent moody image!!
Regards and tfs

Olá José,
Grande foto. o P&B, aliado a essas nuvens e estátuas dá um meio "sombrio" à cena. Interessante POV, com todas as estátuas.
Muito boa, e a nota explicativa também é excelente.

Hi Jose,
I've been to prague and this is even more beautiful than I can remember !
Super capture with a super note.
Great presentation in b/w. The sky adds a lot to it.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-06-21 14:30]

Hello Jose.
Stunning light you had there.
Well managed composition shows us a powerful image.
Great detalis and effective sky as well.
Janek Kloss

Olá José.

Maravilhosa foto B/W do castelo de Praga. Você quase que reuniu as cem torres da cidade.
Parabéns pelo trabalho. Adorei o resultado. Muito bom.

Helo Jose
amaizing great shot...........
Thanks for sharing
Realy wondeful

Una imagen poderosa, bien lograda, con un efecto dramático en el cielo, aldefinicion y el contraste. Felicidades :)

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-06-22 1:00]

I love Prague and I love this superb interpretation of it !


Hi Jose!

Perfect shot! Very interesting PP! Nice toning and POV! Clouds are really outstanding!

Regards from the Netherlands,

Hello, Jose -
I never been to Prague but have heard over and over how beautiful it is -- no your image supplies the proof. Amazing vista of the towers, domes and statuary. Sharp details and dramatic sky captured in the background. The monochrome gives it a timeless historic feel. Great image.

Ciao Jose. Un viraggio eccezionale per una stupefacente proposta compositiva dove la gestione della luce risulta inarrivabile. In questo genere sei sempre il più grande amico mio!


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  • jitro Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 38] (536)
  • [2009-06-22 19:05]

Hi Jose,
beautiful picture with nice atmosphere!I like Prague.
Thank you.

Hola Jose,
A fantastic cityscape. I have always wanted to visit Prague and this posting intensifies my desire. The b& w rendition is super effective, there is good tone and contrast. Best regards...

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-06-23 10:53]

Hi Jose,

A fantastic monochrome composition.
Very atmospheric shot, amazing cloud formations.
Very good placement of the elements.


Ciao Jose, fascinating B&W with wonderful architectura, superb composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi MF Jose MB,

A superb capture from excellent POV withgreat DOF and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,


Welcome Jose,
fantastic sky on b&w photography, congratulations. Very good contrast and sharpness.
Regards - Slawek

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-06-24 12:16]

Could be out of a 1950s book Jose,I like the deep dark contrast of the figures standing around.
The different styless of building and the superb sky are making this picture perfect.

Ola Jose,
What a superb B&W photot vith excellent architectural view.TFS.


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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2009-06-24 14:12]

Hello Jose,
A marvelous organization, simply class. It is wonderful done with very good success.
Best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-06-25 0:38]

Hi Jose,
really a nice capture of the domes. The lines and textures are superbsly seen in excellent details. The colours are very well rendered and the effect in so exciting.
Well done - master of dramatic BW


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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2009-06-25 10:31]

hello Jose,
the black and white together with the sharpness makes this look a little like an architectural drawing.The light and the sky and all the fine detail give a sense of the place.

Hello Jose,

I like very much this view of Prague in B&W, this beautiful city looks great also in grey tones; impressive contrast and clarity in your photo. Congratulations!

Olá José,
A luz está espectacular e o ponto de vista está igualmente prodigiosos já que a linha do horizonte apresenta um recorte muito belo, eu diria que é quase um rendilhado!

Great BN !
Splendid concentration of domes and roofs.

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  • mi_per Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 215 W: 27 N: 369] (3825)
  • [2009-07-01 15:38]

Hello Jose
Amazing architectural shot.
Nice choice of B/W, great details and superb presentation of this beautiful city.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2009-10-23 12:31]

Hi Jose, Prague is often mentioned as a seriously beautiful city, and your image captures a lot of what i'd imagined in this regard. The multiple statures set high and the domes of various building are a good image. It is possible we'll have our next minerals meeting here in 2012, i hope it happens. TFS. Murray.

Beautiful city Jose
Well done.

cześć Jose!!!!

your story is very interesting but its not true:)
its only like a fairy tale a legend but not much truth in it..
The 3 guys are just imaginated.
The truth is that they name of lech comes from name of the tribe which settled down here the first and it was Lechici tribe.
thats what is true and thats what a found on Wiki:

anyway your story is nice as well the picture:)
Indeed land of honey and milk;)
Kisses from Toruń !


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