Prater Riesenrad

Prater Riesenrad

As regular readers of this blog will know, I have a tendency to get a wee bit obsessed with some subjects. That is certainly the case for the Riesenrad (giant Ferris wheel) in Vienna. Images of this iconic structure will feature here for several days.

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When we visited in June, we experienced different weather conditions. Initially, the sky was blue and the sun was strong. Then the clouds came, which offered this opportunity to create a silhouette of the structure. Sometimes you just get a bit lucky!

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Schönbrunn’s gardens #2

Schönbrunn’s gardens #2

Today’s ‘alternative treatment’ is a favourite of mine – the black & white conversion, then pull through some colour.

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This one was a bit intricate and took a lot longer than I’d intended. But, I think it was worth the effort.

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Schönbrunn’s ruin

Schönbrunn’s ruin

While in Vienna this year we visited Schönbrunn palace. more accurately, we visited the grounds of the palace. The main objective was to see – and photograph the Gloriette. I was disappointed with my photos of the Gloriette. They were OK, but there was no feeling in them. They were – at best – tourist snaps.

However, I was fascinated by this Roman ruin. It seemed ironic to me that the Habsburg dynasty would commission this piece to reflect the fall of another empire. (In this case, the Roman conquest of Carthage.)

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I think this is a picture that tells a story – of pride coming before a fall; of over-confidence; of lack of insight and self-awareness. Maybe that applies to all of us, not just to imperial dynasties.

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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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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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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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