Czech Republic

Small country in Central Europe and my homeland - that is the Czech Republic. While many mountain areas and the capital of Prague are covered in its own categories, rest is presented here. Both places that surround my hometown and places that are further but I do not visit them that often.

Frosty morning outside Pardubice
Frosty morning outside Pardubice

It is not often that the lowlands around Pardubice are engulfed by frost below -10°C. Two exceptional mornings right at the beginning of the year promise even more and also completely clear skies. During the frosty mornings, the landscape acquires a fairy-tale and dreamy dimension, which is worth the effort. I don't hesitate and set off for the only distinctive hill nearby - Kunětická Mountain with dominant castle sitting on its top. The thermometer reads -13°C, the castle hides in a fine frosty haze, while the sky slowly turns pink.

Frosty morning outside Pardubice

It is not often that the lowlands around Pardubice are engulfed by frost below -10°C. Two exceptional mornings right at the beginning of the year promise even more and also completely clear skies. During the frosty mornings, the landscape acquires a fairy-tale and dreamy dimension, which is worth the effort. I don't hesitate and set off for the only distinctive hill nearby - Kunětická Mountain with dominant castle sitting on its top. The thermometer reads -13°C, the castle hides in a fine frosty haze, while the sky slowly turns pink.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/30 s
  • Aperture: f/7.1
  • Focal length: 90mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jan 9, 2024 07:32:00
Evening by the lake
Evening by the lake

After a cloudy day, the sky cracks open in the evening and the golden sun illuminates the autumn-coloured trees on the lake's embankment. I choose a spot with five trees growing on a nearby ledge. They complement the otherwise flat horizon, while the clouds form a perfect counterbalance.

Evening by the lake

After a cloudy day, the sky cracks open in the evening and the golden sun illuminates the autumn-coloured trees on the lake's embankment. I choose a spot with five trees growing on a nearby ledge. They complement the otherwise flat horizon, while the clouds form a perfect counterbalance.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/25 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 20mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Nov 4, 2023 15:39:49
Trinity
Trinity

A group of lonely trees in the middle of high mountain pastures never disappoints. Here, the trees complement each other in shape, with the necessary mist adding to the atmosphere.

Trinity

A group of lonely trees in the middle of high mountain pastures never disappoints. Here, the trees complement each other in shape, with the necessary mist adding to the atmosphere.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/40 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 13, 2023 07:10:12
Colours of Highlands
Colours of Highlands

The air is getting colder and autumn is peaking. The Highlands are dressed in bright colours. The forest smells of damp leaves, while the meadows are enveloped in a brooding silence.

Colours of Highlands

The air is getting colder and autumn is peaking. The Highlands are dressed in bright colours. The forest smells of damp leaves, while the meadows are enveloped in a brooding silence.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/60 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 90mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 14, 2023 14:26:28
At Krkavčí skála
At Krkavčí skála

Autumn is slowly coming to the lower parts of the Czech mountains, even the trees of the Bohemian Central Highlands are slowly turning orange. The sunset is spoiled by a thin band of clouds, however, towards the south there are light clouds stretching out, which the sun manages to colour for a moment.

At Krkavčí skála

Autumn is slowly coming to the lower parts of the Czech mountains, even the trees of the Bohemian Central Highlands are slowly turning orange. The sunset is spoiled by a thin band of clouds, however, towards the south there are light clouds stretching out, which the sun manages to colour for a moment.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/25 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 20mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 21, 2023 16:35:02
Solitaire
Solitaire

Before sunrise the valleys in the Eagle Mountains are filled with fog. For a while there is more of it, for a while there is less, until finally it spreads out so that a rounded hill with a lone tree peeks out.

Solitaire

Before sunrise the valleys in the Eagle Mountains are filled with fog. For a while there is more of it, for a while there is less, until finally it spreads out so that a rounded hill with a lone tree peeks out.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/50 s
  • Aperture: f/10.0
  • Focal length: 90mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 10, 2023 05:17:06
Morning in the Eagle Mountains
Morning in the Eagle Mountains

As the sun rises above the horizon and bathes the landscape in a pleasant light, the fog in the valleys begins to dissipate. There is still just enough of it to allow the individual rows of treetops lining the vast surrounding meadows to rise above it.

Morning in the Eagle Mountains

As the sun rises above the horizon and bathes the landscape in a pleasant light, the fog in the valleys begins to dissipate. There is still just enough of it to allow the individual rows of treetops lining the vast surrounding meadows to rise above it.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/320 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 90mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 10, 2023 05:51:21
The witch tree
The witch tree

Immediately upon arriving at the vast meadow dotted with solitary trees, this half-dried and broken giant catches my eye. As the sun dips lower, I look for a composition near it. The eve of a May night in the White Carpathians.

The witch tree

Immediately upon arriving at the vast meadow dotted with solitary trees, this half-dried and broken giant catches my eye. As the sun dips lower, I look for a composition near it. The eve of a May night in the White Carpathians.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/15 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 20mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Apr 30, 2023 18:37:04
Morning in a rock city
Morning in a rock city

Central part of the rock city from the viewpoint U Lvíčka. The crowns of the trees, not yet awake in the early pre-spring, reflect the first rays of the cool morning sun, while a dark shadow lingers between the rocks.

Morning in a rock city

Central part of the rock city from the viewpoint U Lvíčka. The crowns of the trees, not yet awake in the early pre-spring, reflect the first rays of the cool morning sun, while a dark shadow lingers between the rocks.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/60 s
  • Aperture: f/14.0
  • Focal length: 20mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Apr 22, 2023 05:02:36
The Hrubá Skála rock city
The Hrubá Skála rock city

A quiet evening in a rock city. The trunks of old pine trees frame the view of the rock block, at the top of which grows a solitary tree.

The Hrubá Skála rock city

A quiet evening in a rock city. The trunks of old pine trees frame the view of the rock block, at the top of which grows a solitary tree.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/1000 s
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal length: 90mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Apr 21, 2023 17:29:04
Holý vrch
Holý vrch

Sunset from Holý vrch towards the highest peak of the Bohemian Central Highlands, Milešovka. The fog gradually descends into the valley as the evening progresses, so that the most prominent hills rise above it. So do the nearby trees dressed in autumn colours.

Holý vrch

Sunset from Holý vrch towards the highest peak of the Bohemian Central Highlands, Milešovka. The fog gradually descends into the valley as the evening progresses, so that the most prominent hills rise above it. So do the nearby trees dressed in autumn colours.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/40 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 20mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Date taken: Oct 22, 2022 16:48:46
Mosaic of woods
Mosaic of woods

Evening sun-drenched meadows around the village of Hlinná in the Bohemian Central Highlands. The smoke resembling veil of fog seems rather disappointing at first , but eventually it softens the landscape transitions towards the horizon quite well.

Mosaic of woods

Evening sun-drenched meadows around the village of Hlinná in the Bohemian Central Highlands. The smoke resembling veil of fog seems rather disappointing at first , but eventually it softens the landscape transitions towards the horizon quite well.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/160 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 90mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Date taken: Oct 22, 2022 16:15:04
Autumn in the Central Highlands
Autumn in the Central Highlands

Autumn-coloured forests and glades of the Bohemian Central Highlands. The evening sun penetrates a thin veil of mist and illuminates the mosaic of colourful treetops.

Autumn in the Central Highlands

Autumn-coloured forests and glades of the Bohemian Central Highlands. The evening sun penetrates a thin veil of mist and illuminates the mosaic of colourful treetops.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/100 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 90mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Date taken: Oct 22, 2022 16:16:21
Divoká Orlice
Divoká Orlice

Early morning in a wild river gorge. The chill of the departing night permeates the forest, while golden leaves drift silently down from the trees. Hints of mist creep between the trunks. A perfect peak of autumn on the Divoká Orlice River.

Divoká Orlice

Early morning in a wild river gorge. The chill of the departing night permeates the forest, while golden leaves drift silently down from the trees. Hints of mist creep between the trunks. A perfect peak of autumn on the Divoká Orlice River.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 25/10 s
  • Aperture: f/9.0
  • Focal length: 20mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 16, 2022 06:54:22
Podzim na řece
Podzim na řece

I came to the gorge by the river for the colourful autumn. And it did not disappoint this time. It created a light mist permeating the spruce forests and coloured the leaves in yellow-orange tones. Amongst all the leaves, my gaze is drawn to the river surface, over which an old crane leans with red berries.

Podzim na řece

I came to the gorge by the river for the colourful autumn. And it did not disappoint this time. It created a light mist permeating the spruce forests and coloured the leaves in yellow-orange tones. Amongst all the leaves, my gaze is drawn to the river surface, over which an old crane leans with red berries.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/100 s
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal length: 90mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Date taken: Oct 16, 2022 08:17:48
Mushrooms over the river
Mushrooms over the river

The slopes above Divoká Orlice river are covered with an incredible amount of autumn-coloured leaves. In the place where the oldest beech trees with massive trunks grow, I see a cluster of almost white mushrooms sticking out of the leaves. A clear signal to stop and look around. And within a moment I find another clump, with views directly to the river.

Mushrooms over the river

The slopes above Divoká Orlice river are covered with an incredible amount of autumn-coloured leaves. In the place where the oldest beech trees with massive trunks grow, I see a cluster of almost white mushrooms sticking out of the leaves. A clear signal to stop and look around. And within a moment I find another clump, with views directly to the river.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 4/1 s
  • Aperture: f/18.0
  • Focal length: 20mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 16, 2022 07:21:58
Zemská brána
Zemská brána

The Eagle Mountains are rather low wooded hills, so I usually prefer other locations. However, one cannot deny them a certain genius loci of the former Sudetenland. Moreover, one place is almost a sure bet in autumn - the rocky gorge through which the Wild Orlice River leaves Poland and flows into the Czech Republic.

Zemská brána

The Eagle Mountains are rather low wooded hills, so I usually prefer other locations. However, one cannot deny them a certain genius loci of the former Sudetenland. Moreover, one place is almost a sure bet in autumn - the rocky gorge through which the Wild Orlice River leaves Poland and flows into the Czech Republic.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 5/1 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 20mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 16, 2022 06:33:46
Hřensko
Hřensko

Contrary to popular belief, I do not like Czech Switzerland very much. Too much infrastructure, too many people. I'm only attracted by the presence of freshly burned sites. Finally, however, one classic catches my eye - the building of the former gasworks in Hřensko, crouching off to the side in the forest among the rocks.

Hřensko

Contrary to popular belief, I do not like Czech Switzerland very much. Too much infrastructure, too many people. I'm only attracted by the presence of freshly burned sites. Finally, however, one classic catches my eye - the building of the former gasworks in Hřensko, crouching off to the side in the forest among the rocks.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/13 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 20mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 9, 2022 12:00:13
Hraničky
Hraničky

Spring comes suddenly and abruptly to the mountains, the forest spreads out into a fragrant meadow. At first glance, it looks quite ordinary, rippling through the wooded slopes. Only a second glance at the flowering trees, the neatly tended copses and the overgrown foundations of long-gone houses reveals that there used to be a remote settlement here - Hraničky.

Hraničky

Spring comes suddenly and abruptly to the mountains, the forest spreads out into a fragrant meadow. At first glance, it looks quite ordinary, rippling through the wooded slopes. Only a second glance at the flowering trees, the neatly tended copses and the overgrown foundations of long-gone houses reveals that there used to be a remote settlement here - Hraničky.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/250 s
  • Aperture: f/4.0
  • Focal length: 90mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: May 7, 2022 18:01:34
Smokescreen
Smokescreen

The woods on hillsides slowly disappear, while the acrid smell of smoke wafts through the air. No, it's not fog, but smoke rising from the spots where branches and scraps of wood are burned. Only the last few trees remain, mostly pines, their crowns standing out against the white veil.

Smokescreen

The woods on hillsides slowly disappear, while the acrid smell of smoke wafts through the air. No, it's not fog, but smoke rising from the spots where branches and scraps of wood are burned. Only the last few trees remain, mostly pines, their crowns standing out against the white veil.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-7C
  • Exposure time: 1/800 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 90mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Date taken: Feb 12, 2022 13:31:39
Frýdlantské cimbuří
Frýdlantské cimbuří

Clouds stayed over the mountains, but the bright strip of sky just above the horizon still promised hope of good light. Arriving to this lookout, it was obvious that the light would be absolutely exceptional. The clouds darkened while golden light flooded the landscape. In combination with the autumn-colored trees, the conditions were simply ideal. 9 portrait images stitched together.

Frýdlantské cimbuří

Clouds stayed over the mountains, but the bright strip of sky just above the horizon still promised hope of good light. Arriving to this lookout, it was obvious that the light would be absolutely exceptional. The clouds darkened while golden light flooded the landscape. In combination with the autumn-colored trees, the conditions were simply ideal. 9 portrait images stitched together.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/15 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 24, 2020 17:31:44
Vodopád Černého potoka
Vodopád Černého potoka

About halfway up the the valley, in a jagged gorge, Černý potok forms a 7 meter high waterfall. With the trunk fallen directly into the riverbed and the autumn-colored trees around, this place cannot be simply missed during this season. 6 portrait images stitched together.

Vodopád Černého potoka

About halfway up the the valley, in a jagged gorge, Černý potok forms a 7 meter high waterfall. With the trunk fallen directly into the riverbed and the autumn-colored trees around, this place cannot be simply missed during this season. 6 portrait images stitched together.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/1 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 24, 2020 16:29:17
Spring dream
Spring dream

First thing that made me stop on this place was light - it just could not be better. Soft late afternoon light dispersed by tree branches shining just where I needed it. Those branches were the second and definitive thing to make me to stop and take the shot. Emerging from the endless ocean of flowers like an isle it was just right icing on the cake of composition.

Spring dream

First thing that made me stop on this place was light - it just could not be better. Soft late afternoon light dispersed by tree branches shining just where I needed it. Those branches were the second and definitive thing to make me to stop and take the shot. Emerging from the endless ocean of flowers like an isle it was just right icing on the cake of composition.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/250 s
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Apr 9, 2018 17:44:24
Woodland meadows
Woodland meadows

In early spring lowland forests are between the first places booming with colours. Wild anemones create nice floor cover while the trees are still leafless. I chose ultrawide lens for this image to emphasize the closest soft leaves while maintaining full view of large colourful carpets.

Woodland meadows

In early spring lowland forests are between the first places booming with colours. Wild anemones create nice floor cover while the trees are still leafless. I chose ultrawide lens for this image to emphasize the closest soft leaves while maintaining full view of large colourful carpets.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/100 s
  • Aperture: f/5.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Date taken: Apr 9, 2018 17:13:52
Summer night
Summer night

It has been a long time since I first saw this tree in the middle of the fields. However, it is only now when I found some time and will to plan on shooting there. Passing clouds made me worry about visibility of the Milky way, but when this hole in the skies apperared I was prepared. Light pollution kind of strikes here, altough camera being pointed towards less inhabited areas of Czech Highlands. 8 exposures median-stitched for the skies and ground separately. 1 dark frame.

Summer night

It has been a long time since I first saw this tree in the middle of the fields. However, it is only now when I found some time and will to plan on shooting there. Passing clouds made me worry about visibility of the Milky way, but when this hole in the skies apperared I was prepared. Light pollution kind of strikes here, altough camera being pointed towards less inhabited areas of Czech Highlands. 8 exposures median-stitched for the skies and ground separately. 1 dark frame.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 25/1 s
  • Aperture: f/2.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Date taken: Aug 1, 2016 23:02:27
Sunflower field
Sunflower field

Waiting for the clouds to pass I got lucky with this bloody sunset. So I switched to my new Samy ultra-wide and tried to capture some of its colours. Despite some concern I kind of like its 6-blade aperture and effect it has when shooting to direct light.

Sunflower field

Waiting for the clouds to pass I got lucky with this bloody sunset. So I switched to my new Samy ultra-wide and tried to capture some of its colours. Despite some concern I kind of like its 6-blade aperture and effect it has when shooting to direct light.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/8 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 1, 2016 20:34:35
Winter wonderland
Winter wonderland

During descent from Lysá hora the sun was already down enough to paint the landscape with orange colors. View towards nearby Travný mountain and further towards Slovakia; shot at -15°C accompanied by freezing wind.

Winter wonderland

During descent from Lysá hora the sun was already down enough to paint the landscape with orange colors. View towards nearby Travný mountain and further towards Slovakia; shot at -15°C accompanied by freezing wind.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/400 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Dec 30, 2014 14:56:54
Frozen forest
Frozen forest

The sun was setting down in warm colors which contrasted with blueish ice on trees. I was prepared to crop the image to emphasize branches texture but finally default setting seems the best with closer white branches framing the view.

Frozen forest

The sun was setting down in warm colors which contrasted with blueish ice on trees. I was prepared to crop the image to emphasize branches texture but finally default setting seems the best with closer white branches framing the view.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/40 s
  • Aperture: f/9.0
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Dec 30, 2014 15:22:03
Morning dew
Morning dew

Morning light led me into the meadows of Czech highlands where spiders strained their webs on thistles. Intentionally overexposed in order to boost fresh morning atmosphere.

Morning dew

Morning light led me into the meadows of Czech highlands where spiders strained their webs on thistles. Intentionally overexposed in order to boost fresh morning atmosphere.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/320 s
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 6, 2014 07:25:26
Old times witness
Old times witness

Classical harmony in Czech countryside. Wheat fields lined with old trees and crosses. Centered composition was my intention as red poppy makes sufficient distraction from center.

Old times witness

Classical harmony in Czech countryside. Wheat fields lined with old trees and crosses. Centered composition was my intention as red poppy makes sufficient distraction from center.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/125 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 15, 2013 20:15:59
Last wish
Last wish

Shooting in spring forest finally ended up with finding best angle to take picture of still frozen stream. Taken in national Reserve Ransko.

Last wish

Shooting in spring forest finally ended up with finding best angle to take picture of still frozen stream. Taken in national Reserve Ransko.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/13 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 37mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Mar 30, 2013 15:35:01
Frozen field
Frozen field

January 2013 is not one I´d like - it´s not cold. However, I found this frozen "lake" few days ago. Luckilly it remained there altough temperatures were high above zero so I hurried purposefully to it when I expected colorful sunset.

Frozen field

January 2013 is not one I´d like - it´s not cold. However, I found this frozen "lake" few days ago. Luckilly it remained there altough temperatures were high above zero so I hurried purposefully to it when I expected colorful sunset.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/100 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jan 2, 2013 16:52:15
Strange winter
Strange winter

Noticed interesting light and went out for a bike ride. Sunshine broke through the sky and played nice game on the trees and over the fields.

Strange winter

Noticed interesting light and went out for a bike ride. Sunshine broke through the sky and played nice game on the trees and over the fields.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/100 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jan 5, 2013 16:09:28

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