Sharing some vacation pix from Krakow, Poland

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  1. Jeremy Z

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    I decided to leave The Big Boy at home this time, and bring my new Canon S90 instead. I love this little camera. Flash is hardly EVER needed, with the f/2 lens and OIS. I can almost pass for a local, if I don't open my mouth. :er:

    1) Easter Market in the city center. Krakow has the largest city center of any old city in Europe. The tall, decorated poles are traditional decorations here:
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    2) A portion of the old city wall that is still intact, including a couple of watch towers. The locals tore down most of it in the 19th century, as it wasn't much good against cannon fire. They filled in the moats, built walkways, and planted gardens instead.
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    3) Interior of St. Anne's Church. A great example of baroque church architecture:
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    4) Inside of Collegium Maius, founded around the year 1000. Nicolaus Copernicus was a student here in 1490:
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    5) The front of the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul. (church of St. Mary is a few blocks up. ;) )
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    6) Looking into the courtyard of Wawel Castle:
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    7) A different view into the courtyard of Wawel Castle:
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    8) On the exit road from Wawel:
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    9) Entrance road to Wawel. Normally, I prefer B&W for architecture shots, but the late afternoon sun was a nice color and seemed to add a bit to this one:
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    Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful city...

    By the way, #6 is a great photograph!
     
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    :biglaugh:

    Looks like a beautiful trip!

    BTW...the big barrel in #1...Beer?
     
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    YES! Tyskie. (if you like beer, give it a try some time) It might just be because I'm near Chicago, (a Polish stronghold) but the larger grocery & liquor stores are starting to carry it.

    However, it is not full of beer. There is a guy sitting on a stool inside with a few kegs & a tap on one side, and a huge jug of gluwine (hot, spiced red wine) on the other side.
     
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    Interesting, I'll have to look for it at Tipsie's sometime! :thumbup:
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    These are very pretty impressions of what looks like a town worth the while going there one day (I've never been to Poland, though it is a neighbouring country...), and I particularly like Photos 4 and 6. Both of them have pleasing lines that lead the eye.
     
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    Oh how nice of a visit! I like #6 as well... the people and shadows.
     
  8. Jeremy Z

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    Here's another batch, all with the S90, no tripod. Cropped, and corrected for saturation, highlight, and shadow changes in iPhoto.

    1) Statues of the 12 Apostles in front of Sts. Peter & Paul Church:
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    2) Juliusz Slowacki Theatre. Modeled on the Paris Opera House, which I also hope to visit one day. There are no balcony seats; only main floor and boxes. Super-nice.
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    3) Interior of the Basilica of the Order of the Friars Minor. (not in Krakow) This church has the second biggest organ of any church in Poland, next to the one in Gdansk. (Danzig to the Germans) No matter how I try, there is no way to convey the awe of these ancient churches with photography:
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    4) Storks' nest in the countryside. The locals consider themselves blessed when a stork chooses their area to build a nest. They are some BIG nests too. It looks like they built a little platform on top of the power pole so they don't build it on the wires and get electrocuted:
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    5) On the grounds of Sieniawa, a property owned by two noble families in the 17th century. The park is 60 hectares (I have no idea how big that is in acres) and is paved with granite paving stones on the main paths.
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    6) Our doglet, Floyd, is leading us on a walk through the woods. Off to the sides, maybe you can make out the flowers that come up through the dead leaves each spring, watered by the melting snow...
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    7) This tour doesn't look very fun maybe, but educational at least!
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    8) Here is a street accordionist in Krakow dressed in the traditional garb of the Zywiec region. (which also makes excellent beer)
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    9) Panorama. St. Catherine's church in the background:
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    Jeremy
    Great shots and good history. Lots of fun viewing your shots. Really impressive with the camera you chose to use. It just proves it is not the camera, it is the photographer!
     
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    Great photos, thanks for sharing.
     
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    3) Interior of the Basilica of the Order of the Friars Minor. (not in Krakow) This church has the second biggest organ of any church in Poland, next to the one in Gdansk. (Danzig to the Germans) No matter how I try, there is no way to convey the awe of these ancient churches with photography:
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    I agree with the comment...next time you will just have to take us with you. :mrgreen:

    This is my favorite shot of the group!!!
     
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    Wow...that last picture is amazing. Looks like an incredible time!
     

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