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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Salzburger Dom

Salzburger Dom

During our visit, I became quite fond of the Salzburger Dom (Salzburg cathedral). It’s not the most elegant, extravagant or attractive building. But its location in the old town and its accessibility create a sense of it being the heartbeat of the city.

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This image was taken from the Festung Hohensalzburg (castle). One of the features of the cathedral is that it has open spaces on three sides. So, you can get different perspectives by wandering around it.

The processing here is another B&W conversion with a layer mask to pull through some of the colours and highlights.

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Jubilee Bridge setting 

Jubilee Bridge setting

This shot was taken from the Victoria Embankment. I wanted to capture the Palace of Westminster as a backdrop to the Jubilee Bridge.

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As I was processing this one, I realised that desaturating all of the blue and cyan would emphasise the golden-ness of Westminster.

With a bit more perseverance, I might have found an angle that would have framed the tower better – maybe next time!

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Jubilee Bridge detail

Jubilee Bridge detail

Walking across the Jubilee Bridge on a gloriously sunny evening, I was struck by the patterns of the structure.  The wires seem to be set at unconventional angles – I’m sure there must be a technical engineering term for this.

Anyway, as well as looking ahead, I took the time to look up. This seemed to create a range of images that highlighted the complexity of the structure.

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To compensate for the bright sunlight – especially when looking upwards – I used a neutral density filter. Beyond that, this is a simple conversion in Photoshop Elements. The black and white option seems to draw attention to the clouds, as well as the bridge structure.

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The Scoop

The Scoop

Strolling and discovering… a lovely way to spend time. This ‘find’ came as we were having a post-dinner walk along the Thames.

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I subsequently discovered that the Scoop is used as an amphitheatre, so we’ll need to visit again at a different time to see what’s happening. I’d also like to invest some time looking at different angles and perspectives – I think it offers lots of opportunities.

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Design features

Design features

I’ve shown these images of Blackfriars Bridge to highlight the clever design of the underpass. I like the way that the pedestrian route under the road bridge picks up the red arcs from the bridge’s design.

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The lighting in the underpass was a wee bit tricky. But it was a beautiful sunny morning, and I did a bit of manipulation in RAW and Photoshop to lighten it a bit.

 

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The colour red

The colour red

This photo captures two of the themes that I’ve noticed about my London pictures – Blackfriars Bridge and the colour red.

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With the number of red buses in London, it would be difficult (but interesting?) to avoid it. This photo celebrates it, bringing different shades together in one image. Processing consisted of desaturating most colours to leave the reds prominent.

As you can see, I had some problems with the verticals in this shot, but I don’t think it detracts too much.

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An emerging obsession

An emerging obsession

Now that our daughter lives in London, we’re visiting several times a year and becoming more familiar with parts of the city. As I’m processing my photos, I’m spotting some common themes – some of them bordering on obsession!

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The bridges at Blackfriars definitely fall into the ‘obsession’ category. I love these pillars from the old railway bridge – that have a timeless elegance that captivates me.

I’m sure that I’ll keep playing with them for a while. So, I’m open to suggestions about other angles or compositions.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)