Thirteen Photos from Prague, Czechia

In October 2009 I made my first trip to gorgeous Prague, CZ. I had no idea the impact this trip would have on my life. During the visit, I saw cathedrals, Old Town Square, spires and buildings of the like that I’d never experienced. It was breathtaking and I was angry. My photography was abysmal. Utter frustration. When I returned home I was determined to suck less at photography. For Christmas that year I received my first camera with manual functions-a Canon Powershot S90. I knew that anything larger than that pocket-sized camera would be left at home. The S90 looked like a plain point and shoot camera, but it was groundbreaking at the time. A fast f/2.0 lens, an oversized sensor, full manual controls in a pint size prevented me from excuses. Watching YouTube videos, reading online and practicing, I started to suck less. I memorized the technical aspects of photography when it came to aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Knowing these basics allows anyone to use nearly any camera. In 2012 I made a crazy request to Olympus to send me a camera and lenses, which they did after a humorous call. Then in 2013, I was invited into a group of wonderful photography influencers, much more skilled than me, to participate as a Samsung Imagelogger. An incredible gift! I met photographers and new friends from all over the world and we shot photos in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Marbella, Spain. I still can’t believe it. The Imagelogger program has since been disbanded after Samsung left the camera market, but I’m still shooting with the gear. Speeding forward to 2017, lovely Deya and I planned a two week trip to Europe that had special meaning for both of us. I needed to go back to Prague for unfinished business – photograph this beautiful place with her and she needed to get to Paris, a lifelong dream. I hope you enjoy my thirteen photos from Prague, Czechia.

Deya at Charles Bridge at Sunset

Prague Castle from Charles Bridge

Church of Our Lady before Týn

Tram Near Wenceslas Square

Memorial to the Victims of Communism

Strahov Monastery Library

Deya with Bubbles in Old Town Square Prague

St. Vitus at Sunset

French Bulldog - Stitch the Frenchie

Charles Bridge at Sunset

Jan Hus Memorial in Old Town Square Prague

Old Town Hall Prague


Enjoy the entire set:

Prague, CZ | May 2017

Communism and Corporate Culture

Wenceslas Square | Prague

Recently, my wife and I traveled to Europe.  One of our favorite places that we visited was Prague in the Czech Republic.  The city was magnificent and we’re dying to return.  I did notice a few differences while there and after our return.  The most interesting was how quiet the people were while walking in the streets.  If you walk San Francisco, New York or San Antonio, you’ll overhear conversations between people at coffee shops, on their cell phones or with the other people walking along.  Interestingly, in Prague, even on the busy Wenceslas Square, you primarily heard foot steps and doors opening and closing.  Rarely did you overhear conversations.  I later found out from my friend, John, that it was rude to ask Czech’s about their lives prior to 1989, before the fall of Communism.  Interestingly, Communism also helped shift a city that was formerly the capital of the Holy Roman Empire with some of the most beautiful cathedrals we’d ever seen, to 61% of the population becoming Atheists.

Interestingly, I find that companies are similar.  We’ll notice in some companies that people are more matter-of-fact with their way of presenting thoughts and ideas, while others are more diplomatic.  In some, the people are chatty, while others, like Dave Ramsey’s company have a no tolerance policy against gossip (one warning, then you’re fired).

Whether you realize it or not, your office and your company has a culture.  It may be affected by a leader that is no longer there, but people remember “the good ol’ days” or how they felt when the one person was there that made it miserable for the rest of the team.  It’s important to keep this culture in mind especially during hiring.  Nearly all new recruits will second guess their decision for coming to work at a new company within the first thirty days.  Have you taken a step back to evaluate the culture that your company keeps?  Is it one that’s kept with pride?  Are there things that need to be changed to better fit the goals of the company?