Czech Republic & Prague Photo Tour Details
• April 29 to May 7, 2020 (8 nights)
• Group size: min 5, max 11
• Cost: $3,995 single supplement $700
• Tour starts and ends in Prague
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Join us on this 8-day Czech Republic & Prague Photo Tour. Included are 3 nights in intriguing Prague, 3 nights in Moravia’s rolling hills, 2 nights in magical Česky Kumlov and more.
Prague, a fascinating gem of a city, fairytale Česky Kumlov and the rolling wheat fields of southern Moravia are all fantastic photo tour destinations.
The timing of our Czech Republic & Prague Photo Tour is scheduled to coincide with the intense spring green of the rolling wheat fields of Southern Moravia at the end of April. This countryside resembles the popular rolling wheat fields of the Palouse in America’s Washington State, except it’s a bit steeper which allows us to capture excellent graphic compositions with our cameras. Combine this with four days in Prague, one of Europe’s most magical cities and two days basing out of Bohemia’s fairytale medieval town of Česky Kumlov and you have the makings of an exciting Czech Republic & Prague Photo Tour adventure.
Join us for this ten-day Czech Republic & Prague Photo Tour for an experience of a lifetime in a region that you will not want to leave!
- Three nights in Prague, photographing its cobbled lanes, grand village-like castle, bridges and amazing architecture which includes Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Splendidly restored Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings are plentiful throughout the city and perhaps the finest we have seen in Europe.
- This tour is timed to coincide with the spring green of the rolling spring wheat fields of southern Moravia. This is a great area to use a mid-range zoom to capture colorful and graphic images. We spend three nights in a quaint small village right in the heart of this lovely region.
- We will spend 2 nights based in the fairytale small town of Česky Kumlov in southern Bohemia. National Geographic has called Česky Krumlov “One of the World’s Greatest Places.” We couldn’t agree more.
- We will photograph and visit the medieval city of Kutná Hora and Bohemia’s Unesco-protected Telč which features one of the country’s most colorful and well preserved old town squares.
- We will also take time each day to share images and learn post processing and in-the-field techniques.
- In addition to great photography opportunities on our Netherlands Photo Tour, we will be lecturing (mostly in the field) on photographic topics including:
- Digital Workflow
- Panoramic Photography
- Depth of Field calculation
- Focal Blending
- Blue Hour Photography
- Filters, Neutral Density and Neutral Density Grads
- Photoshop & Lightroom Tips and Tricks
- Nik software
Our Czech Republic & Prague Photo Tour will begin at 3 pm at our hotel which is conveniently located right next to the Charles Bridge. We will take this time to get to know one another, go over the tour agenda and to do a shake down of our equipment to make sure that we have the essential camera settings dialed in.
We will have dinner as a group (not mandatory but always fun) at a nearby restaurant and enjoy a leisurely evening to ease into the week ahead.
We will spend this day exploring and photographing the magical city of Prague. There will be one early morning and two evening blue hour sessions.
Today we head SE to southern Moravia. Departure for the 3-hour drive to Kyjov, our home base for the next three nights is at 9 am. Afternoon photo session in the amazing rolling wheat and canola fields.
May 2 & 3
We will spend these two days exploring the countryside capturing amazing graphic patterns of rolling fields of green wheat and intensely yellow canola fields. Mid to long telephoto zooms are very useful here. The 70-200 on a full frame or better yet the 100-300 or 100-400 (Canon) or 80-400 (Nikon) are recommended.
10 am departure for Česky Kumlov. On the way, we will stop to have lunch and photograph colorful Telč. The colorful Renaissance houses surrounding the amazing historic town square are wonderful subjects for great images. You will feel as if you were on a set for an opera by Mozart. After arriving in Česky Kumlov we will have time to explore the town before an early dinner followed by a blue hour photo session.
We have a whole day in delightful medieval Česky Kumlov to explore and photograph its narrow lanes and second largest castle district in Europe. This is a great setting for morning and evening blue hour images.
9 am departure with a stop in route at Kutná Hora, a Unesco World Heritage site featuring a beautiful cathedral with an amazing spiral staircase. Photo sessions and lunch in Kutná Hora before continuing on for the remaining 1.5-hour drive back to Prague. Sunset and blue hour photo sessions before our last dinner together in this charming city.
Our tour ends after breakfast. Easy transport is available to the airport.
Dates: April 29 to May 7, 2020 (8 nights)
Cost: $3,995 | single supplement $700
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What is included on this Czech Republic & Prague Photo Tour?
- 8 nights lodging
- All breakfasts
- Daily van transportation to photo locations
- All entrance fees and tolls
- Jim’s & Magrit’s expertise in guiding and photographic instruction
Level of physical difficulty: 2 out of 5
There is not a lot of uphill walking on this Czech Republic & Prague Photo Tour with exception of one 15-minute uphill walk in southern Moravia. In Prague and Česky Kumlov we will travel mostly on foot. In Prague we may walk up to 3 miles a day.
For some of the Czech Republic Photo Tour we will be traveling in a 9 passenger van (once we leave Prague) and you must be physically able to step in and out of the van under your own efforts. The step up into the van is higher than a typical stair step.
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Czech Republic & Prague Photo Tour Personal Items, Weather Conditions, Camera Equipment Special Notes. *
* For the rolling fields of Southern Moravia you will want a long telephoto zoom. I use a 100-400mm on a full frame sensor and Magrit uses a 70-200 with a 1.4 converter on a crop sensor Canon. Without one of these lenses you will most likely be disappointed.
Temperature range for this time of year: 50º to 70º F.
Average monthly rainfall for this time of year: 2″. We have experienced some torrential afternoon showers and thunderstorms. During the April 2017 Czech Republic Photo Tour we experienced some unseasonably cold temperatures with some light snow. With this in mind, I suggest a stocking cap, gloves, a warm jacket in addition to the items listed below.
Please pack light, as we will not have room in the van for more than one piece of luggage plus a camera bag for each of us. Magrit & I both travel for 4-5 months with 25-26 inch Travel Pro Max Lite luggage. Most airlines are now charging for more than one piece of checked baggage. Keep in mind that laundry service is usually available. You will appreciate the lighter load when you have to haul your luggage up steep streets or stairs.
Two pairs of shoes: One sturdy pair for in the field that you can get wet and muddy. One pair for evenings.
Small umbrella for rain and shade. I use an umbrella often to block the sun from hitting the front element of my lens. Black is best.
Sweater or light jacket for possible chill on early morning shoots. A light layer underneath a rain jacket can be surprisingly warm.
Light weight rain jacket and rain pants. You don’t have to go all out here, but if we have some wet weather and it is not raining too hard we can still go out and get some good photos. * I really suggest a rain jacket if nothing else. We have worn cut open Hefty bags as skirts and they work great when we did not have rain pants. The rain gear will keep you dry when walking in tall, wet grass.
Hat for sun and rain protection.
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