Photographer's Note

Beautiful, beautiful Prague... so picturesque, one hardly knows where to begin. But we all know WHEN to begin! Before the sunrise, during the dawn... get out of our tourist beds and hit the streets EARLY! It gives you at least two advantages -- you get the Blue and Golden Hours of the morning, AND there are not many other people out at those hours.

This foto was originally shot on 35mm Fuji Velvia. Given the dim light and the slight bokeh of the background, it was probably shot at 1/15 or 1/30 second, with the lens (a 105mm Soligor?) wide open at f/2.8. I acknowledge I deserve no points on originality here -- this is a common POV, just google for images! -- but I hope I have presented it in a manner that conveys the antiquity of the place.

This is the Golden Lane, at the north-east corner of Prague Castle complex. It was built during the construction of northern fortification at the end of the 15th century by emperor Rudolf II for his castle marksmen. As there were 24 marksmen and a lack of space, the houses had to be very small! The style is called "Mannerism," and the houses are made of stone, mud, and wood. The back wall of the homes is the castle wall itself.

By 1657 there were only 14 houses left and in later centuries they were used by artists and writers. Among the famous inhabitants of the Golden Lane was Franz Kafka. His house, no. 22, is the blue home at the left.

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