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 structure

Riesenrad structure

I was fascinated by the structure of the Riesenrad. The supports and cables formed intriguing patterns – offering opportunities for the photographer!

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The tower to the right of the image is the Donauturm. It also offers wonderful, panoramic views of Vienna. But if I had to choose between them, I’d definitely opt for the Riesenrad.

 

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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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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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