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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Power lines #1

Power lines #1

Do the power lines (for the electric buses) enhance or detract? I guess it’s a matter of opinion. I like them. The mixture of order and chaos appeals. These lines frame the Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Holy Trinity Church) in Salzburg.

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The church looks fascinating from the outside, but I didn’t explore it properly. Maybe another time. (But that’s a long list now!)

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St. Sebastianskirche

St. Sebastianskirche

I’m confident that we passed this church, at least once, every day that we were in Salzburg. I noticed its spire several times, but only photographed it once – on our last evening as we walked back to our hotel.

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I was attracted by the colour of the sky. Only when I looked at the image afterwards did I realise that the floodlights had created a shadow of the shop sign on the wall of the church. I like that!

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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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