Symmetry

Mill Colonnade

It always amazes me to find new places to explore. Places that are simply amazing, but you didn’t even know existed. In 2013 I visited in Karlovy Vary (or Karlsbad ) in the Czech Republic. I didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by a charming town with brightly colored buildings and large hotels.  Known as a spa town, there are several springs and the tourist shops sell tiny jugs that you can use to sample some of the water. The spring I sampled tasted like when you bite your lip and bleed in your mouth – the water had an extremely high iron content. This photograph is of the Mill Colonnade. It was built between 1871 and 1881 to allow visitors to enjoy the springs even in bad weather. It encompasses 5 springs.

Research has shown that we humans find symmetry attractive. I was drawn to this picture because of the symmetry. The long narrow repetitiveness of the columns really impressed me. It took a lot of patience to wait until no people were around to get this shot. At first, the plants on the right side bothered me because they break up the symmetry. But now I actually like the fact the plants disrupt the symmetry and add a bit of color, giving the hint that there is a world beyond.

I had the camera on P mode with a low ISO and zoomed in. This is the largest colonnade and it is actually much longer than it looks in this picture.

Camera: Canon 600D o
Lens: EF-S18-55mm at 55mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/160
ISO: 200

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