National Library 1

National Library 1

When you move from Micahelerplatz through the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, you come out at Heldenplatz. Here you will see the wonderful National Library building. It’s designed in a semi-circle and fits with Vienna’s ‘imperial grandeur’ style.

We seemed to arrive at this point several times during our stay. On this occasion, I was drawn to the dark clouds gathering above the library. There’s nothing fancy about the processing – almost straight out of the camera.

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Michaelerplatz

Michaelerplatz

This image was taken in the same location as the preceding entries. But, instead of looking towards the Hofburg, I chose to cross the square and capture the view looking away from the imperial residence. I was the only person taking photos from this angle… And but I think that’s a good practice to adopt.

Don’t go with the crowd, use your eyes and your feet to see alternatives.

Hofburg #1

Hofburg #1

One of the unintended consequences of re-starting this blog is that it’s encouraging me to tackle the (very large) backlog of photos that I’ve taken, but not processed. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be dealing with images that were taken while on holiday in Vienna in June 2016.

This one is a panorama taken in Michealerplatz. This is a very popular place for tourists as one side of the square is dominated by the Hofburg (imperial residence).

I almost discarded this image, because of the graininess. (It was taken at 2100 hrs, with my iPhone, which set the ISO at 1000.) But as I looked closely at the image and its potential, I felt that the grain enhanced the image. What do you think?

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Sunset snap

Sunset snap

I’ve categorised this image as ‘opportunism’. I had gone to the beach with the intention of photographing the sunset. But, I’d been distracted by the Pilot House (see yesterday’s post). So when I arrived to take my sunset shots, the sun was already very low. I didn’t have much time to move around to find the best angle. In hindsight, I would have liked to be a bit lower and try to have the sun immediately behind the marker in the sea.

I guess there’s always a trade-off when you see an unintended opportunity!

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The pilot house

The pilot house

This is a building that fascinated me as a child. It sits at the mouth of the harbour in Irvine, and used to provide an automatic indication of the tide/depth of the channel. When it functioned, a series of balls rose from a mast at the top of the building. The more balls that were visible, the deeper the water in the channel. It hasn’t worked for many years.

I still find it fascinating – even without the mast and the balls.

This image is pretty much as it was shot. I straightened the lines a bit, but haven’t tinkered with it in other ways. (You will find some alternative treatments on my Flickr site, if you’re interested.)

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Leadenhall lessons #1

Leadenhall lessons #1

The final batch of photos from our December trip to London was (almost) the first that I shot. We set out on our first morning to visit Leadenhall market. I had heard that it was lovely … and it is. But I was pretty disappointed with my images. Today and tomorrow I’ll post the best of a bad lot.

On reflection, I made two fundamental mistakes. Firstly, I didn’t think my way through the shots; I assumed that beautiful surroundings would somehow lead automatically to great results. Secondly, I tried to exclude people from the photos. It’s a market, so I should have celebrated and grasped the activity.

There will be other opportunities!

St Paul’s #2

St Paul’s #2

So, a different treatment of yesterday’s photo. My first thought was to create a black and white version. And I like it.

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But then I thought that if I added layer mask, I could pick out the golden decorations and clock face. I really like this one. And I couldn’t resist picking out the light on the crane! (To see it, you’ll need to click through to get a larger image.)

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