Czech Republic | Prague Skyline

Czech Republic | Prague Skyline

A view of Prague’s skyline – shot from one of the bridges crossing the Vltava River, looking towards Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. Taken at blue hour using a Hoya NDX400 filter and a 3 minute exposure.

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Austria | Salzburg Blue Hour

Austria | Salzburg Blue Hour

The city of Salzburg sits on the Salzbach river, near the border with Germany. The old town sits on and around the Salzburg hill (literally “Salt Fortress”). From the river there are beautiful views of the city and surrounding mountains. This shot was taken at blue hour during my visit last summer.

Potsdam | Schloß Sanssouci Blue Hour

Potsdam | Schloß Sanssouci Blue Hour

Yesterday I went to the 19th edition of the Potsdamer Schlössernacht – an evening where the gardens of the palaces in Potsdam are open and there are various musical and theatrical performances. The highlight is seeing the palaces lit up at night, and at the end there is a firework display as well. Unfortunately it draws massive crowds (unsurprisingly), so it can be difficult to photograph without thousands of people in the shot!

This picture was taken with a 1 minute exposure using a Hoya NDX400 filter – this way as people move they don’t appear in the frame (unless they don’t move of course!) and it always accentuates the beautiful colors at blue hour.

Hot Air Balloon over Trakai

Hot Air Balloon over Trakai

Trakai is located just over half an hour by bus from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.  It’s main attraction is a beautiful restored castle on an island in the middle of the adjacent lake.  It’s worth spending a night in Trakai – to see the sunset and sunrise and to see the town without all the day-trip tourists!