13 Nov 17 Some of what I write today will apply to most all of the images I share from the trip. Five years ago Jan & I went on an ocean cruise to the Mexican Riviera. We had a wonderful time in part due to the first rate entertainment we enjoyed each night. One of the entertainers was an Elton John impersonator who was so good at what he did that Elton John, after seeing him perform, gave him a pair of his glasses, a point the entertainer was proud to share. On his first night's performance he opened the show with his all time favorite Elton John song. He shortly followed that song up with his all time favorite Elton John song, and followed that one up with his all time favorite Elton John song. During our 12 days touring central Europe I was constantly amazed at the structures and art we encountered. While I took over 5K images I realize now that I took far too few. I had purchased new equipment for the trip specifically for capturing the structures but left half of it behind and that which I did take I was virtually unable to use. The crowds we encountered made it virtually impossible to take the photographs I desired and when the people weren't the problem the weather or travel times were. So regrettably I didn't come back with the picture story I had hoped to share with you. I plan to do the best I can with what I did get, but understand in many places what I have to share is sorely lacking. In Praha (Prague) I had been told I needed to photograph two things in particular, the Charles Bridge and the Astronomical clock. I did both and today I'm sharing with you my all time favorite photo from the trip, the astronomical clock. It is located in the Old Town Square on the south side of the Old Town Hall. Here is a link to tell you more about it and I strongly encourage you to go read it as I won't be writing all the info here. It was built in 1410 and keep perfect time which tells you a bit about some of the old clock masters. Much of central Europe is being restored and everywhere we went we found building after building after statue after you name it surrounded by either scaffolding or some form of barrier where the restoration was underway. On two sides of the Old Town Hall this was the case and there was blue netting right up to the sides of the clock. In a few more months the clock itself will be surrounded by scaffolding as they being restorative work on it, so we were very fortunate to see it when we did. Getting a picture of the whole clock was totally impossible due to the behavior of the phone camera shooters who are among the rudest group of folks I've ever encountered. They found no problem in simply stepping in front of you to hold up their phones to take videos and just remain in your face!! So I did the best I could and grabbed several vertical sections of the clock from a distance and pieced them together with software. I also removed the crowd, the netting and did my best to also remove the distortion. Unfortunately the position I had to use to get the shot(s) left me too near an open air restaurant and unable to get the very bottom on the building providing support for the base of the clock. But the image shows all the important parts of it. Near the top of the clock are two blue windows that only open when the clock strikes the hour at which time the Apostles rotate across the windows. I'll leave the rest of the clock's description for you to read at the link. If you get to Praha this is a must see item for your visit!!
The images consists of 7 frames which I've stitched together, straightened up, and then tightly cropped. Otherwise this is a straight shot. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 800; 1/100 sec @ f / 8.