Opera at the Estates Theatre, which had a starring role in the film "Amadeus". The theater opened in 1783 and is almost unique in Europe in being preserved in its original style. Mozart's Don Giovanni was premiered here in 1787 and the Czech National Anthem “Where Is My Home?” was first played here in 1834.
Prague – Photo Tip

In photography, places are interesting people as well

Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Prague – Photo Tip In photography, places are interesting people as well

The magnificent Prague Estates Theatre feels like the warm living room of a thoroughbred Bohemian town. Prague, the city of Kafka, has a lot of charm but also a colorful history and I wanted to capture some of that here.

Jurjen Drenth
Jurjen Drenth Travel Photographer

I was in Prague when two friends I knew invited me to the theater for an evening performance. I was lucky enough to have a first-class balcony seat where I could see the whole audience. Near to my box was this group and I tried as unobtrusively as possible to capture the atmosphere with them in the foreground.

With everyone’s attention focused on the stage, waiting for the performance to start, I was free to discreetly take a few different compositions. For hand-held photography with such a wide angle lens, the minimum speed I could use without camera shake was 1/15 sec, so I pushed my ISO to 800 to use the available lighting from the house lights.

I tried to have the couple on the edge of the image and keep the rest of the hall in proportion. The important part is the auditorium as it has witnessed so much, both onstage and in the audience, that it is a major character itself.

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The Estates Theatre opened in 1783 and is almost unique in Europe in being preserved in its original style. It is where Mozart's Don Giovanni was premiered in 1787 and the Czech National Anthem “Where Is My Home?” was first played in 1834. Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Canon EOS-1DS

Aperture
ƒ/28/10
Exposure
1/20
ISO
800
Focal
24/1 mm

The Estates Theatre opened in 1783 and is almost unique in Europe in being preserved in its original style. It is where Mozart's Don Giovanni was premiered in 1787 and the Czech National Anthem “Where Is My Home?” was first played in 1834.

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