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 gardens #1

Schönbrunn’s gardens #1

Earlier this week I posted some patriotic flowers from Schönbrunn’s gardens. Toady I thought I’d show you the big picture. Although it’s not my cup of tea, it’s quite an impressive front garden.

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I found my way behind the fountains to try to get a sense of size and layout of the flower beds. We were there quite early, so there weren’t many people wandering around. Ninety minutes later, it was pretty crowded.

Lesson – the early photographer gets the shot.

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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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Sitting in the shade

Sitting in the shade

We came across this statue of Copernicus on a very hot day. It seemed appropriate that he was sitting in the shade of the tree to do his thinking. My wife thought that was a good idea, so she joined him, while I went off to play photographer.

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I really liked the way that the strong sunlight was being filtered by the leaves of the tree, and the way that image was mainly green. Monochrome doesn’t always have to be black and white! I haven’t processed this image much – just tidied it up a wee bit.

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

Mirabell Gardens (the first of many)

Mirabell Gardens (the first of many)

I can’t imagine anyone going to Salzburg and not visiting the Mirabell Gardens. (Let me know if I’m wrong.) They are laid out as formal gardens, but there is a wonderfully relaxed feeling to them.

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I realise that this is a strange image to use for the first post about the gardens. I wanted to use my imagination to come up with some less predictable shots.  Future entries will contain more straightforward shots.

This is taken from the classic viewpoint for the cathedral and castle, but I thought that the rose deserved to have the starring role. It’s a simple B&W conversion, with a layer mask to pull through the colour.

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