News Update from Rick Hulbert Photography
November 2018
“fostering friendship and trust among photographers”
Rick Hulbert Photography
I have just returned from a 10-day photographic journey to the Czech Republic with Professional Photographer Gabriela Sládková. Gabriela’s first home was Prague, and she was very familiar with that amazing city and the surrounding countryside. While Gabriela is noted for her expertise in Architectural and Real Estate Photography, and is currently based in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, her contribution to our collaboration while in the Czech Republic was immeasurable. Prior to our departure, Gabriela was able to gain exclusive access to locations and structures, both indoors and outdoors, that I would have otherwise missed.

Gabriela secured photographic assignments at the Prague National Theatre along with two separate Palaces allowing us full access on days when they were closed to the public. This meant that we could use tripods in spaces where photography was not otherwise allowed. Her knowledge of Prague and the surrounding environment ranged from picturesque 800-year-old Castles nestled in glorious landscapes, to small towns and villages offering a rich palate of sights. Her language skills allowed me the luxury of thinking only of trying to make images worthy of the scenes we experienced.

Between the two of us, we had enough gear to open a boutique camera store. Our arsenal of 4 cameras and a dozen lenses were all employed during our stay. The following collection of images will be included in an overall presentation I am preparing for my lecture circuit along with my future workshops on Travel Photography. Having Ms. Sládková as a Professional Partner, once again, reinforced the multiple benefits of collaborative photography.
(Click on any of the photos below to view higher-resolution versions)
The Charles Bridge, a 13th Century link between “Old Town” and “Malá Strana” recorded around 4:30 a.m. to avoid the crowds of tourists that want to experience the historic route in the heart of Prague.
A late afternoon view of the East Bank of the Charles River forming the edge of Prague’s “Old Town.”
The National Theatre of Prague commands a riverside location with significant on-grade transit access as evidenced by the tram light trails.
Gaining access to Prague’s National Theatre was a highlight, courtesy of the effort and planning of Gabriela Sládková. We hope to see the fruits of our efforts published in marketing materials promoting the National Theatre in the future.
An example of the art and engineering of “ceilings” that embrace what seems like an endless array of houses of worship that form an integral part of the history of Central Europe. This is the 40-meter-high cupola capping the Baroque Church of St. Francis of Assisi.
Viewing straight up is not a natural position for the upright human body to assume. The main staircase in the House of the Black Madonna, discovered by Gabriela, is one of those places where a vertical view can be worth the effort.
The Jerusalem Synagogue is described as embodying an Art Nouveau stylization of Moorish Architecture. The dual-level structure features a skylit sanctuary that is quite remarkable in its detailing.
This handheld telephoto picture of St. Vitus Cathedral was recorded with Nikon’s newly announced “compact” 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR lens. My Nikkor 500mm f/4 lens, in near mint condition, is for sale, so let me know if you are interested in this absolutely stellar lens.
Prague’s surrounding countryside offers a stunning bounty of natural vistas.
The Czech Republic’s rural housing is especially romantic in nature when complemented by the morning fog.
A small section of the wall that leads to and surrounds Prague Castle that reminds me that the shadow of an object is part of that object.
The town of Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been touted by National Geographic Magazine as “. . . one of the most beautiful historic sites in the world . . .”
Český Krumlov Street Photography. One key to Street Photography is to recognize that the context drives the image.
The best words to have on your mind when photographing people, in this case in Český Krumlov, is to think about capturing “a slice of life.”
One of the many locations we photographed is Karlstein Castle, a Mid-14th Century collection of structures. Depicted is a ceremonial gate along with a hint of the incredible surrounding landscape.
A view of an upper window detail from within Karlstein Castle which more than hints at the thickness of the exterior solid stone façade.
Sometimes, fine art is in plain view just waiting to be discovered.
A telephoto view of the Prague Castle Complex featuring the 14th Century St. Vitus Cathedral that took 600 years to complete. While I normally don’t favour photographing after dusk, this seems to work. In the spirit of education, the moon was actually off to the right of the scene, but recorded a few minutes earlier with my 500mm lens and later inserted. 😃
(Click on any of the photos above to view higher-resolution versions)
Fine Art Colour and Black & White Digital Printing Workshop:
I have recently scheduled a workshop on how to print your photos on February 7 - 10, 2019 in Vancouver! You will learn everything you need to know to consistently make beautiful prints of your photos in both colour and black & white.

My co-instructor for this course will be Marc Koegel. We will teach you not only the technical skills necessary for making prints, but we will also discuss aesthetics, differences in perception, how the human eye views a colour print differently from a black-and-white print and how this knowledge will change the way you shoot a scene for final output.
Click here to learn more!

Ultimate Travel Photography Workshop Series . . . Portugal:
I’m pleased to announce that I will be returning to Lisbon, Portugal for another week-long photo workshop in October 2019, once again co-instructed with Fernando Piçarra and Marion McCristall of Pictours Portugal.

Lisbon and its surrounding areas are a photographer’s dream, with both historical and modern architecture, stunning natural landscapes, and old-world villages and towns to explore and photograph. The last workshop was a wonderful time that resulted in many great photographs, so be sure to check it out. . . . Click here to learn more!
In addition to the new workshop on Printing and the Travel Photography workshop in Portugal, the following workshops are still available for registration:
Speaking of collaborations, if any of you are in or near a target-rich environment that would make a great location for a photography workshop, let me know. I might be able to offer you a deal that you would find hard to refuse.

Good Light and Good Luck,

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