Up!

Up!

This photo is taken near the entrance to the funicular railway (Festungbahn) that wheechs you up to the castle.

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I was trying to capture the steepness. As an added bonus you can see the sign above the entrance. These are very common for shops in Salzburg. So it’s fitting that it’s been added to the Festungbahn.

I also like the clouds, although they did bring some heavy rain when we were at the highest point of the castle!

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Dominating

Dominating

My eyes (and my feet) were regularly drawn to the Hohensalzburg Festung in Salzburg.  But, while it dominates the skyline, life continues in the marketplace. I’m sure there’s an analogy to be developed here. But this is a photoblog, so I’ll resist the temptation.

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I frequently find that converting an image to black and white adds to the impact of an image. I feel that this is the case with this shot. The coloured version can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.

Ready-ish, aim a bit, fire

Ready-ish, aim a bit, fire

The title of this entry popped into my head when I spotted this cannon in the Hohensalzburg Festung (castle). It’s a phrase that I’ve heard Michael Bungay Stanier use (in a completely different context). To my untrained eye, it looked like the cannon was aimed straight at the cathedral. Perhaps, a bit more care was needed here!

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Photography doesn’t have to be serious all of the time. Leave room for some whimsy.

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Candlelight #2

Candlelight #2

Once again, I’m deviating from my normal weekend routine. This isn’t an alternative treatment of yesterday’s image. It’s an alternative shot of the same subject.

 

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When I was taking these photos, I couldn’t decide which focal point I preferred. So, I took several shots of both. I think I prefer this one because of the bokeh effect behind the focused foreground. But there’s not much in it for me.

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Candlelight #1

Candlelight #1

Continuing the theme of candles, this shot was taken in Salzburg cathedral.

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The rows of flickering light captivated me. As I stared at the candles for a few seconds wondering how to capture the image, I only realised that the red was quite dominant. So, I decided to frame the shot as tightly as I could – to exclude the background and concentrate on the limit colour range and subject matter.

For this one, I allowed the camera to determine the focal point. With the limited depth of field, most of the image is out of focus. And I like that.

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Inside the cathedral

Inside the cathedral

The real beauty of Salzburg cathedral lies on the inside. The decoration is stunning. And the atmosphere is awesome.

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I didn’t want to use my tripod in a place of worship – and it was being used by worshippers – so all my shots were hand held. Given the low light, I had to use my 25mm prime lens to get a suitable aperture. This shot was taken at 1/60; f = 2.5, ISO = 320.

I’m pretty happy with it. But, frankly, I don’t think any photograph (or photographer) could do justice to the beauty of this place. Some things need to be experienced in person and in the moment.

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Framing the cathedral

Framing the cathedral

In yesterday’s entry, I mentioned that you could access Salzburg cathedral from several directions. Approaching from the university area, we came across this view with the archway providing a frame for the cathedral towers.

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Throughout our stay in Salzburg, tiered seating was being installed in front of the cathedral – presumably for an imminent event. The Domplatz was a construction site. So it wasn’t possible to get a photo of the full frontage. Nevertheless, I quite like this photo.

Maybe I’ll get the full shot next time we visit!

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