Saturday, 29 October 2011

Astronomical Clock, Prague

Remember to put your clocks back this weekend.

I'm fascinated by clocks and Prague has one of the best. The Old Town Halls Astronomical Clock isnt something to tell you the time in a hurry; its a medieval marvel to linger over. It even shows the position of the stars in the sky. The three circles on the upper dial display Old Czech Time (Italian Time), Central European Time and, should you need it, Babylonian Time. As the hour chimes, the Twelve Apostles pass by and the cockerel at the top crows and quivers its wings. Isnt it wonderful?

Friday, 28 October 2011

Industrial sky at night

Industrial plants can come alive at night: the trick is to take the shot when there’s still colour in the sky before it turns inky black. This separates the subject well against the sky and creates a far more visually appealing image. I used a long exposure to record the steam as blurred streaks and I got it in time for the fading sun to add its hue, which I then enhanced in post production for added drama.