Monday, September 30, 2013

Hradisko Monastery

It's time to post photos taken in Olomouc.

Taken by infrared camera

It was my second visit to the Hradisko Monastery last weekend. The first visit was one week after my arrival in Olomouc (11 months ago). I had an appointment to see a doctor for health check and I was taken to this Monastery... Hradisko Monastery has been served as Military hospital since 1802, according to Wiki. Now it's open to non-soldiers.

While wondering "A Japanese citizen visiting Monastery to see a doctor???", doctor - aged over 80 with complete white hair - appeared and asked questions.

Doctor: How tall are you? 
Me: 173 cm

Doctor: Your weight? 
Me: 53.5 kg
Doctor: Oh, you are Bantamweight.  
He, who appears to belong to WBC Heavyweight class, must be lefty as his slow jab came from his right hand and left upper with a pen...

Doctor: What is your blood type?
Me: O

Doctor: Do you smoke?

Me: Never in my life.
Doctor: Very well.

He opened a book for color blindness test.

Doctor: Can you see the number?
I answered what was seen.

Doctor: OK, you can drive a car in Czech Republic if you have a driver's license. Have a good day, Bye bye.

He did not examine heart rate, blood pressure, no blood and urine tests, no X-ray, nothing but I was proven healthy... It was a bizarre experience, though the building was awesome.

Since my current apartment is located just across the river, I decided to visit there again. With camera not as a patient.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Trip to Brno Part Three - St. James Church

We then headed to St. James Churchwhere the second biggest European ossuary was rediscovered in 2001. Number of people buried underneath the Church was estimated to be over 50,000! We did not explore this as we were already fed up with corpses in the first place...

Please visit this for more information.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Trip to Brno Part Two - SPOOKY!

This is a part two entry of our trip to Brno, Czech Republic.

For those who are very sensitive and naive to explicit photos of corpse - mummy, this is the link for you.

For those who have a habit of browsing over eating, keep off from this entry. Instead, here is the link for you.

Our first destination was Capuchin Crypt in Brno and this was the biggest highlight in this trip (at least to me). More information in terms of this spooky place can be found here.

I was bit reluctant to post photos I've taken there in this photoblog, however, I had to do so solely due to an enthusiastic request from Cintia - a visiting student from Argentina...

So here we go.

It costs 60 CZK (adult) and additional 30 CKZ for taking photos there.

From young to old when they were mummified, 24 mummified bodies of Capuchin monks are laid out in rows on the ground.

with a pile of bones...

Some are kept in coffins with glass lid. So I had to attach circular polarizing filter to the lens in order to reduce reflection and it really worked out fine.

This entry is dedicated to Cintia! I hope that she can enjoy photos posted here.

To be continued

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Trip to Brno Part One

Once again thanks to everlasting hospitality from my colleagues I had a chance to visit Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic. It took us around an hour and half to get there by train.

We've had a very startling experience there. Although I've taken quite shocking and explicit photos, I would post photos taken by customized Infrared camera - Olympus CAMEDIA C-2020Z in this entry.

I bought it three years ago through YAHOO auction. It cost 5 USD. As I mentioned, it was customized by the previous owner for taking infrared photo only. If you are curious about Infrared photos, please visit this and this.

The weather was beautiful and I like shooting plants with this camera when it's sunny.

To be continued.