This jolly man was in a park in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. He really seemed to enjoy what he was doing, and people were giving him lots of coins. I snapped a picture of him and was able to capture a bit of his personality or the mood he was conveying at the time. It looks posed, but in reality it was just good timing. He wasn’t actually looking at me nor was he posing. Lucky shot! I took this at a time when I decided I wanted to get better shots of people and moved closer to him than I had been to other subjects in the past. I think this helped both the picture, and helped me get more comfortable.
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.