Fantasy at the opera

Fantasy at the opera

The Opera House (Staatsoper) in Vienna is a magnificent building – so it will feature here for a few entries.

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The front of the building is decorated with five statues. This one, apparently, represents fantasy.

The ceiling behind the statue is brightly and richly coloured. But I felt that the wire mesh (presumably to deter birds) was very intrusive. So, I opted for a monochrome approach. But rather than converting the image to black and white, I desaturated some of the colours. This preserved the steely blue tinge of the statue, which I liked.

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This church is brought to you by our sponsor…

This church is brought to you by our sponsor…

This church – the Votivkirche – was one of our first views in Vienna. It’s visible from several parts of the city.

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Despite that, I didn’t quite capture the essence of it. This isn’t a great photo, but I was tickled that the scaffolding seemed to be sponsored by a soft drinks firm. I wonder if that might catch on in the UK.

 

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Multicoloured… but better in B&W

Multicoloured… but better in B&W

In Vienna, I stumbled across this memorial to the Soviet Army, who liberated Vienna from the Nazis. It’s not an aspect of history that I’m familiar with, so I’ll refrain from commenting on it.

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What fascinated me was the fountain (which is not part of the memorial). At night, the fountain is illuminated with different colours. Despite many efforts to capture the colourful display, I feel that the black and white version is the best image. Maybe it has a more sombre, subdued feel that seems fitting. Also, the best of my coloured version featured the fountain with red lighting, which seemed like a bit of a cliche with the Red Army memorial in the background.

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Urania reflections – variation #2

Urania reflections – variation #2

Having converted this image to black and white, I felt that it had something to offer.

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So, given my limited Photoshop skills, I added a layer mask to bring the colour through on the reflection only. I really like this version. Then, I confused myself by reversing the idea.

Now I don’t know which version I prefer. Any thoughts?

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Urania reflections – variation #1

Urania reflections – variation #1

I’ve decided to use an image that I posted earlier this week for my weekend ‘processing variations’.

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This is a simple conversion to black and white. While the reflection is still evident, I find the image is a bit flat and lifeless. But I had a feeling that there was something to be extracted from the monochrome treatment. So I gave it another go… which you’ll see tomorrow.

 

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A missed opportunity

A missed opportunity

This is one of those images, that doesn’t quite work. I visited the Karlskirche several times, but I wasn’t happy with any of them. this is about as good as it gets.

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I’d like to go back and give it another go – make more of the reflections and the people who gather around the edge of the water.

Sometimes you know that there’s good image there, but you just can’t see it. or is that just me?

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The passing darkness

The passing darkness

This photo was taken shortly before yesterday’s. My attention was drawn to the dark clouds – as the storm headed away –  contrasting with the light colours of the building.

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But I also like the silhouettes of the cyclists. Capturing these was accidental, but a happy accident as far as I’m concerned.

 

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On reflections #2

On reflections #2

I’ve decided to follow yesterday’s entry by returning to our trip to Vienna last year. On the last afternoon of our holiday, there was a heavy rainstorm. We lazed about in our hotel room, but when the rain passed we decided to go for a walk. We strolled along the Danube canal and kept going and going. We arrived at the Urania building – an art nouveau observatory (partially reconstructed after World War 2). I think it’s a stunning building – and you’ll see more of it here soon.

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From this angle, I really liked the colourful graffiti beneath the building. However, my primary interest was in the reflection in the puddle. The blue sky after the rain provided a contrast to the striking monochrome of Urania.

Like many photos, it captures a memory for me, as well as an image.

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On reflections #1

On reflections #1

After sheltering from the cloudburst, I noticed that there were a couple of advantages – silver linings – arising.

Firstly, the wet surfaces offer an opportunity to capture reflections. In this image, the wet asphalt outside the Tate Modern building provided a great backdrop for the bright orange banners advertising the some of the exhibitions in the building.

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The second advantage was that the crowds had disappeared. I assume that a lot of people had gone inside to avoid the rain. This gave me a clear field for this shot, with a few brave souls bringing an element of life to the image.

 

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