Krkonoše

Krkonoše (in english commonly known as Giant Mountains) are the highest mountains in the Czech Republic with Sněžka mountain reaching 1602 m.a.s.l. The highest part of Krkonoše (except Sněžka) is actually flat and bitterly cold with many meters of snow cover in winter while on the edge of mountain ridge avalanches fall quite often. There is no glacier in the Czech republic but in Krkonoše you can find place where snow may remain all year round - for its shape it´s called Map of the Czech Republic.

Dawn in czech tundra
Dawn in czech tundra

Dawn in czech tundra

Personally I do not like clear skies as it does not add anything interesting to composition and everything has to rely on colours. During this dawn the Sun was rising just behind the opposing Sněžka mountain creating nice gradient. While it was still below the horizon, the light was so strong that it diffracted around both slopes of Sněžka.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/5 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 13, 2018 07:06:35
Autumn in the valley
Autumn in the valley

Autumn in the valley

Bílé Labe creates many wonderful cascades on its way through deep valley, definitely more spectacular than this one. However I wanted to have as many colourful trees as possible included in the image to contrast with cold water as possible. When distant trees lit up with first sunshine and these colours reflected in the river, I knew I am on the right spot.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/4 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 13, 2018 09:03:53
Pielgrzymy
Pielgrzymy

Pielgrzymy

Returning to Pielgrzymy with intention to capture this composition at two specific conditions: in autumn with red rowans and in the evening when light hits both the oposing and close rocks from the right angle. However, in autumn the Sun hides quite soon below hillside nearby so to have the pots lit I had to shoot this sooner than expected.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/10 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 12, 2018 16:59:50
Mały Staw
Mały Staw

Mały Staw

After night spent on the ridge in altitude of 1400 meters, my steps led me down to the Mały Staw lake where I hoped for morning shot like this. However, I have never experienced wind as strong as there - even tripod stabilised with heavy backpack was moving a little so in the end it was not an easy job.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/8 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 8, 2016 05:57:13
Słonecznik
Słonecznik

Słonecznik

I spent many hours around rock formation Słonecznik waiting for the darkest part of night. Freezing wind which almost knocked out my tripod didn't make upcoming shooting easy. One of polish colleagues who were shooting stars there as well was painting the rocks with flashlight which suited my vision of this image. I took three shots for further stitching as I could not step backward and get the right composition directly. The Milky way and its details were clearly visible by naked eye out there 1400 meters above sea level.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 25/1 s
  • Aperture: f/2.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Date taken: Aug 7, 2016 23:00:32
Evening dream
Evening dream

Evening dream

Evening light made me switch lenses and focus more on lowlands of Poland with shining ponds. I based the composition on triangle formed between the lakes, stone in the foreground and sunlit hill. Rock formation Pielgrzymy is visible in the middle of the picture.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/20 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 19mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 7, 2016 20:15:47
Wielki Staw
Wielki Staw

Wielki Staw

Waiting for the last light above Wieki Staw lake in polish part of the mountains. I tried to get proper composition balance between stones in the foreground, lake itself and sunlit mountains in the background. Exposure bracketing for saving the lightest part of the sky.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/8 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Aug 7, 2016 20:18:32
Autumn on Rýchory
Autumn on Rýchory

Autumn on Rýchory

View from meadows at Rýchory towards main Krkonoše maountain range with Sněžka mountain visible among the clouds.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/320 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 18, 2015 11:22:50
Rýchory woods
Rýchory woods

Rýchory woods

As the fog started to disappear more and more light got down to the forest. Even then some mysterious atmosphere remained between trunks in this remote area. Used polariser to get more saturated colors.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/8 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 18, 2015 10:10:36
Wicked forest
Wicked forest

Wicked forest

With the arrival of October I started checking weather forecasts. As it promised some low clouds in the area, I expected fog to add some mystery to forests and headed to old woods on Rýchory. In reality the weather was only slightly but just enough foggy to emphasize these crooked beeches.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/4 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Oct 18, 2015 10:06:30
Endless plains
Endless plains

Endless plains

I went further on the way towards border with Poland to wait for the sunset second time and found this incredible place where plains seemed endless. The colors of sunset were even more vivid than the previous day and the purples were not tweaked during postprocessing of this shot. Rods marking the way to Sněžka mountain are visible on the right.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/20 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Feb 11, 2015 17:12:45
Incoming night
Incoming night

Incoming night

Sun was already down but reflected remaining light prepared best out of contrast on icy contours. Finding right foreground was hard though. Some areas were too scattered while others were unreachable or simply trampled. I found the best place just above Luční hut with a view to incoming dark night and Sněžka mountain. 7 stitched shots.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/4 s
  • Aperture: f/9.0
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Feb 10, 2015 17:17:22
Shade of the mountain
Shade of the mountain

Shade of the mountain

The only sunlit object in the area remained pyramid mountain Sněžka as the night and cold were quickly coming. Curved shadow on the mountain cast nearby Studniční mountain while lowlands of Poland were hidden under dense inversion clouds.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/30 s
  • Aperture: f/9.0
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Feb 10, 2015 16:59:03
Autumn mood
Autumn mood

Autumn mood

This shot of Black mountain brook was mainly based on the colors of leaves in the background, fallen tree and naturally also on the small cascade. I noticed the foam circle later when I controlled the shots and found it well filling the empty space of the shot. 4 vertical shots.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 32/10 s
  • Aperture: f/9.0
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 28, 2013 14:02:35
Black mountain brook
Black mountain brook

Black mountain brook

Shooting this torrent was quite tricky, even getting to this location over torn stony slope was. Standing half on slippery stones and half directly in the water I decided to focus my shot on prolonged rock on the right side and to fill foreground only with foam circles (Getting some stones into the foreground I would get overall worse composition). 5 vertical photos.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 5/1 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Sep 28, 2013 12:30:00
Mužské kameny
Mužské kameny

Mužské kameny

As I planned I spend the evening on top of the Mužské kameny (Male Stones) trying to capture the mountains. I could hear voices from nearby mountain huts but I was absolutely alone on the summit.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 4/10 s
  • Aperture: f/7.1
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 23, 2013 21:19:16
Full Moon
Full Moon

Full Moon

The exact moment when the sun went down the Moon came out on the opposite side directly over Sněžka. Altough I missed some telephoto lens, it was ok to crop this image.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/5 s
  • Aperture: f/9.0
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 23, 2013 21:05:22
Śnieżne Stawki
Śnieżne Stawki

Śnieżne Stawki

I woke up early in the morning to catch dawn in Snowy Pits in the Polish part of Krkonoše mountains. Morning sunrays and reflection on the surface of small lakes made this shot.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/13 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 24, 2013 05:21:10
Śnieżne Kotły
Śnieżne Kotły

Śnieżne Kotły

As I was leaving small lakes in Snowy Pits I came across this stone field. Foreground hiding in shadow and sunlit rocks of Great Snowy Pit were just ideal to capture - I shot 5 vertical photos and stitched them. As it was around 5 am there was noone except me down in the Pits.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/30 s
  • Aperture: f/9.0
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 24, 2013 05:41:27
Medvědí brook
Medvědí brook

Medvědí brook

I tougth photography was over when I was returning from the trip to Snowy Pits. Crossing ugly concrete bridge over Medvědí (Bear) brook and turning around I just spotted this nice place with old man made cascade.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 2/1 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 24, 2013 09:25:56
Snowstorm approaching
Snowstorm approaching

Snowstorm approaching

Last light on Vysoké Kolo. A few moments later i got caught in white darkness.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/400 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Feb 7, 2013 14:32:30
Footprints
Footprints

Footprints

in other words, must shoot...

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/2000 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Feb 7, 2013 13:45:33
Loner´s path
Loner´s path

Loner´s path

Only one person before me trod in snow on this path. Somehow I felt melancholy there.

  • Camera used: Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • Exposure time: 1/30 s
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Feb 7, 2013 15:31:36

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