Staatsoper fountain #1

Staatsoper fountain #1

I came across this fountain outside the opera house on a glorious, hot, sunny June day. I liked the way that the midday sunlight was playing with the water cascade.

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A fast shutter speed (1/250) seemed to capture it pretty well – stopping the flow in its tracks.

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The sensational Secession

The sensational Secession

This might be my favourite building in Vienna. We visited to see Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze – which is stunning. But for me the building is the star of the show.

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The light was very harsh – midday, full sun. But I still like this image.

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The elusive Karlskirche

The elusive Karlskirche

On our second visit to Vienna, I was keen to get a decent shot of the wonderful Karlskirche. I had tried on our previous visit and failed. The classic shot incorporates the reflection in the pool in front of the church. This time… the pool was almost empty, probably due to the exceptionally hot weather at the time. So my quest for this image continues – a good excuse for another trip?

However, as we headed back into the heart of the city, I looked back and saw this view.

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I loved the combination of the art deco Karlsplatz cafe (former U-bahn entrance) and the dome of the church. It’s not what I intended to shoot, but I’m quite happy with it. I did fiddle about with ‘popping’ the green colour of the roofs, but I didn’t like it much. the simple B&W version is more elegant, in my opinion.

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Window shopping

Window shopping

The vibrant colours in this display were really eye-catching. However, the modern, pendant light was a bit out of character.

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Shooting through the window was a bit tricky for me, and only partially successful. Any hints or tips?

By the way, if you visit the Freyung Passage – or are anywhere near it – I’d recommend CaffèCouture. One of the best coffees ever!

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Ladies who shop

Ladies who shop

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be publishing more photos from our holiday in Austria. The second leg was spent in Vienna – a city that I adore.

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This one of the entrances to the Freyung Passage – a small, very elegant shopping arcade. The monochrome seems to reinforce the timeless beauty of the surroundings.

As regular readers will know, photographing people is not one of my strengths. So this is pushing me out of my comfort zone. Technically, I don’t think it’s a great image, but that’s part of the learning experience.

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Raindrops on… Calendula #3

Raindrops on… Calendula #3

Another macro shot of the calendula. I didn’t notice the rainwater collecting at the bottom of the flower until I saw the photo on my computer screen.

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I think it’s wonder-filled.

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