It seems like that Prague becomes a regular location for me to test new photography equipment. The last trip to Prague, I took the objects and accessories from bitplay and gave myself the challenge to shoot photos only with my iPhone. This time, we went to Prague to celebrate the New Year, I took my new Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark2; moreover, two Lens, 45mm 1:1.8 and 17mm 1:1.8. Trying to shoot with the lens of 17mm was a new challenge for me. Although I say it was a challenge, it made so much fun to try new things. Back to the city we had just visited in Summer, we could make a different sightseeing plan to discover the town. Moreover, to find out the best spots in town to get the better view for photo shooting. In this article, I would like to show you my favorite photos during the New Year trip. Let us take a look the winter view in Prague. (I actually expected it might snow.)
布拉格似乎成為了我測試新拍照工具的熱門地點（笑）。上次在夏天時造訪布拉格，帶的是bitplay手機攝影鏡頭與配件，挑戰以手機拍攝照片的新嘗試；這次在冬天到布拉格跨年，攜帶的是去年年底回台灣入手的Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark2這台相機，搭配45mm 1:1.8以及17mm 1:1.8這兩顆鏡頭的組合，挑戰的是17mm這顆不熟悉焦段的鏡頭。雖然說是挑戰，其實也很有趣；一方面舊地重遊，許多可以拍到滿意照片的地點都已經事先瞭解，再來，儘管同一座城市卻在季節變化中呈現出完全不同的面貌與風情，還可以探索上一次沒有機會拜訪的小店與景點，怎麼說都是一趟十足過癮的跨年之旅。還有，在一座充滿（擠滿）那麼多觀光客的城市裡垮年，瘋狂的程度光是回想還是令人心驚膽跳呢。那麼，這篇文章將呈現給你這趟旅程中所捕捉到的美好景色與畫面；一起欣賞布拉格的冬季景色吧（不過好可惜，沒有下雪呢）。
Prague, a city where is well-known for its sightseeing. No matter in which season you visit here, it is always crowded. It was worse than I had expected when we arrived before the New Year Eve; there were so many tourists came to Prague and had the same fun to celebrate. However, the europian architecture, old stone road, vintage style tram are the most beautiful details in the city that make me fall in love with it.
Shooting with the Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark2 was fun. The view of the lens 17mm 1:1.8 is similar to the sight of the human eyes. Which means if you would like to capture the view front of your eyes, it won’t get wrong to use the lens of 17mm. The 45mm lens is a kind of telephoto lens; it helps to catch some fine details of the landscape. From the images in this article, you can see the difference.
On the New Year Eve, the amount of the tourists came to the peak. Looking down from the top of the bridge tower, we saw only black spots on the bridge. However, the view is excellent as always that I will never get bored of it. The modern buildings in the new areas where people work and make their regular living. The view of the old town was charming as how Prague presents, romantic yet unique.
這次以Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark2相機，搭配45mm 1:1.8以及17mm 1:1.8兩顆原廠鏡頭出手。17mm 1:1.8的鏡頭幅寬與雙眼視角很接近，所以如果想把眼前看到的景致捕捉下來，使用焦段落在17mm的鏡頭就不會出錯，幾乎可以用一覽無遺來形容。相對來說，45mm 1:1.8就可以稱為小望遠鏡頭，輕鬆地把遠處的景致在觀景窗中放大，也因為輕巧、焦段適中，大大減少了手持拍照時晃動的機會，所以我也很常用來拍攝較為精緻的大景照片。
Celebrating New Year in Prague was the craziest experience we had; everyone was like crazy and changed to another personality. On the Charles Bridge, the most famous spot in town was full in the afternoon on the New Year Eve day; before the dinner time, it got worse; after dinner, the atmosphere seemed to get wilder and wilder. Not even to mention that it was too crowded to pass through.
Thinking about being safe, we changed our plan to count down on the Charles Bridge and moved to Leggi Bridge that is just next to the Charles Bridge. The Charles Bridge is the pedestrian zone; but cars and trams cross over the Leggi Bridge; therefore, if something would happen, we could still get a path to leave the bridge. Seriously? I know, we might take it too seriously. However, when all fireworks had started, people got so crazy; people yelling, the sound of firecrackers made us nervous.
Although, it was the best New Year celebration experience I had. As I heard from the local, the fireworks are from private on the New Year Eve evening; everyone can buy fireworks and make fun of it. The government makes the official celebration fireworks in the Platz of the Astronomical Tower on the first day of New Year. The scene of the private fireworks was incredible, non-stop shooting after counting down and last at least one hour long. The air was fuggy from the fireworks; it was like the movie, the day after tomorrow. What a great adventure.
Prague is crowded in any season; it is quite difficult to shoot photos without people in the background, or just beside you. When we had visited Prague in summer, I had not realized to get up earlier to take pictures. This time, I made a decision even before we started our trip, I wanted to get up early before anybody and get clear-background photos. I was wrong. I got up at 7 when it was still dark and arrived at the Charles bridge at around seven-twenty; there were already many people preparing for photo shooting. Why not being earlier? It was the deep winter; it just got a bit brighter at seven-thirty. Being earlier did not make any sense.
In the end, I still took some images that I am quite satisfied. The streets were quiet, and I had the opportunity to capture the view as I planned. Prague looked different in the early morning, especially on the first day of the year. It was so meaningful to me.
I had no idea about the John Lennon Wall when we had visited Prague in summer; this time, we looked for it. Turning around along the small streets, not long, we saw a lot of people; without any sign, we knew that we arrived at the John Lennon Wall. I read that the Graffiti is different every day; you paint something today, and tomorrow it might be covered by another color or pattern. If you are interested in it, here I edited a little story for you as below.
上次到訪布拉格完全沒有做功課，漏掉了John Lennon Wall這處景點；這次抱著半信半疑的心情繞著小路，不用路標就已經看到黑壓壓一片、站在塗鴉牆前方的人潮。據說每天都會有人拿著顏料過來圖畫，所以這片牆面的表情與樣貌天天都不同，前一天來做的記號可能在隔天就被另外一個顏色蓋過了。有興趣的人不妨閱讀下方我從維基百科整理的資料，很有趣、也富有意義的故事。偷偷說，剛開始另一半對於造訪John Lennon Wall有點興致缺缺，不過到了現場也被眾多人潮的精神所感動，一起拍下了在臉孔前跳躍動作的照片，不過正值青春期的女兒癟了嘴：「我才不要呢。」（第一張John Lennon Wall的照片都沒有人是因為早起晨拍捕捉到的畫面，不然的話真的不可能在牆面之前沒有任何人影呢。）
ABOUT 小百科 ｜ The John Lennon Wall 藍儂牆
is a wall in Prague, Czech Republic. Once a normal wall, since the 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs. In 1988, the wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime of Gustáv Husák. Young Czechs would write grievances on the wall and in a report of the time, this led to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge. The movement these students followed was described ironically as “Lennonism” and Czech authorities described these people variously as alcoholics, mentally deranged, sociopathic, and agents of Western capitalism. The wall continuously undergoes change and the original portrait of Lennon is long lost under layers of new paint. Even when the wall was repainted by some authorities, on the second day it was again full of poems and flowers. Today, the wall represents a symbol of global ideals such as love and peace.
位於捷克首都布拉格修道院大廣場，原本是醫院騎士團（Ordre des Hospitaliers）所有的一面普通的牆，1980年代起人們開始在這面牆上塗寫約翰·藍儂（John Lennon）風格的塗鴉以及披頭四樂隊（Beatles）歌詞的片段。1988年，藍儂牆成為捷克群眾發泄對於胡薩克共產主義政體憤怒的源頭。大批捷克青年在牆上書寫不滿的標語，最終在查理大橋附近導致了一場學生、警察之間的大規模衝突，共有幾百人被捲入。參與這次行動的學生被諷刺地稱為藍儂主義者，捷克當局把這些受過教育的和平人士分別誣衊成酗酒者、精神病患者、反社會分子和西方資本主義間諜。最初的藍儂肖像早就被一些新的塗鴉所覆蓋，儘管當局曾經專門找人來進行重繪，但每次就在重繪的第二天，牆面上又會被鮮花圖案和詩歌所填滿。在當代，藍儂牆已經成為表達青年理想——比如愛與和平——的一個象徵性符號。牆面的擁有者慷慨的同意這種形式的塗鴉繼續下去，促成了如今可愛的藍儂牆的新生。（資料來自維基百科，百科內容以 CC BY-SA 3.0 授權）
Our schedule was to leave Prague on the second day of New Year. Before we left, we would like to enjoy every moment of the trip; strolling in the city, enjoying coffee and delicious meals. I especially love the vintage trams in town; the atmosphere was romantic and impressive. We followed the locals and viewed the streets and windows as all tourists were still sleeping. We went into the locals’ daily life and experienced the ordinary happiness that I always look for and cherish.
I am quite lucky to travel around in Europe in different seasons and feel different lifestyles. Through my every camera, I hope to capture the best views that were once in front of my eyes and present the images to you.
I took my new Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark2 camera with me to Prague; together with two lenses, 45mm 1:1.8 and 17mm 1:1.8. When I had the first try during our trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, I felt unfamiliar with the new stuff. After Prague, I am getting forward with all equipment and can make satisfied decisions to choose the better lens depending on different occasions. It is a worthy investment, from the image quality to the camera functions.
新年到布拉格旅行時所攜帶的相機是回台灣時入手的Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark2；搭配45mm 1:1.8以及17mm 1:1.8這兩顆鏡頭的組合。在第一次使用這台相機大量拍照是在聖誕假期到羅騰堡度假的時候；那時候在兩顆鏡頭（45mm 1:1.8、17mm 1:1.8）之間的掌握還有些陌生。不過這次到了布拉格後，不管是在街邊更換鏡頭的速度、或是使用哪顆鏡頭的拿捏度都已經可以做出明確的判斷，拍到希望而且滿意的畫面。
在鏡頭使用上還是以45mm 1:1.8的鏡頭捕捉人像、食物等畫面，再以17mm 1:1.8鏡頭拍攝市景街景以及室內空間的影像。當然這兩顆小鏡頭拍大景（大範圍地景、市景）也都很合適，這次在布拉格登上橋塔之後便以兩顆不同鏡頭捕捉到很喜歡的成像，果然很值得。
This is a collaborated project with Olympus Taiwan.
Fanning Tseng, a self-taught photographer.
Fanning had studied Interior Design and hosted an interior studio in Taipei, Taiwan. Currently lives in Munich, Germany and works as a freelance photographer. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in Chinese online magazines Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.
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