Riesenrad – from the outside #2

Riesenrad – from the outside #2

And, finally, from the Riesenrad and our trip to Austria… another ‘pop out’.

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The next time we visit Vienna, I might try some motion blur and/or night images.

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Riesenrad – from the outside #1

Riesenrad – from the outside #1

Looking up at the Riesenrad from Prater park gives an indication of its scale. If you’re interested, you can find technical details here.

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I like the simplicity of the colours and design from this angle. I particularly like the soft forms of the trees and clouds as a contrast to the linear engineering elements.

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Riesenrad – from the inside

Riesenrad colour – from the inside

As the Riesenrad slowly turns, you get an opportunity to move around the carriage. We were fortunate that our carriage was relatively quite – six of us in total. This meant that I could shift my attention from the panorama to the structure and back again without being too annoying (I hope).

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It was inevitable that I would do a ‘pop out’ B&W conversion – how could I resist?

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Riesenrad carriages

Riesenrad carriages

The Riesenrad is not a thrill-seeker’s fairground ride. It moves sedately to allow you to enjoy the views. The whole experience has a feeling of elegance – very fitting for such an elegant city.

The carriages reminded me of old-fashioned train carriages. And I loved the colour, especially against the blue sky.

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Patriotic flowers

Patriotic flowers

Usually, I have a strong aversion to ‘municipal bedding’ in gardens.

Unusually, I was impressed by the formal gardens at Schönbrunn Palace. I liked the use of the Austrian flag colours and design in these beds. The curve of the beds gives the impression of a flag flowing in the breeze.

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To emphasise the colours in this bed, I converted the image to B&W, then ‘popped out’ the red and white. Obviously, the white of the flowers was tinged with cream/yellow and the green foliage came through as well.

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Window shopping

Window shopping

The vibrant colours in this display were really eye-catching. However, the modern, pendant light was a bit out of character.

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Shooting through the window was a bit tricky for me, and only partially successful. Any hints or tips?

By the way, if you visit the Freyung Passage – or are anywhere near it – I’d recommend CaffèCouture. One of the best coffees ever!

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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.

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Abstract blossom #1

Abstract blossom #1

After I spotted the ‘blossom snow’ – see Thursday’s entry – I started to see a few shots.

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This one grabbed me. The wind had blown a pile of blossom into a pile. So many shades of pink. I liked the way that some of the petals were beginning to decompose. It seemed to add a degree of grim reality to a fluffy bundle of airy pink-ness.

 

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Red

Red

As I was taken my photos of Blackfriars bridge, I noticed the red bus approaching. It occurred to me that the bus and the cranes matched and provided a contrast to the colour of the bridge and the pillars of the old railway bridge. So, I de-saturated all colours apart from red.

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The lamposts, scarf and buoy (can you spot them?) add to the effect – even if I didn’t notice them as I took the image!