A change of perspective

A change of perspective

Another image of Salzburg – but from a different vantage point. This photo was taken from a hill called Moenchsberg.

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The change of angle gives an overview of the Old Town in Salzburg. I like the way that the Sun’s rays emerge from the clouds.

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Padlock bridge #2

Padlock bridge #2

So, this entry is a bit different to my usual Sunday entry. It’s not a different version of Saturday’s image. It has the same subject, but a different focal point.

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When I took this shot, it didn’t occur to me to use it as one of my ‘weekend comparisons’. The thought came to me as I started to sift through the photos from our trip.

In hindsight, I wished I’d used my tripod so that the images would have been replicated. I keep telling myself to do it… and I keep ignoring myself!

I quite like this version, but I prefer yesterday’s image. What do you think?

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Padlock bridge #1

Padlock bridge #1

Actually, it’s a bridge in Salzburg. It’s one of those bridges that the romantically inclined adorn with padlocks.

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It’s fair to say that I’m not really a fan of this phenomenon, but it does offer some photo opportunities. This pedestrian bridge is very busy, so it was tricky to compose any shot without a group of tourist stopping directly in front of me to take their own photos.

In the end, I got the shot that I wanted. I was also surprised by the extent of the bend in the bridge. Maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention to my surroundings, as I focused on photo opps.

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Jubilee Bridge setting 

Jubilee Bridge setting

This shot was taken from the Victoria Embankment. I wanted to capture the Palace of Westminster as a backdrop to the Jubilee Bridge.

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As I was processing this one, I realised that desaturating all of the blue and cyan would emphasise the golden-ness of Westminster.

With a bit more perseverance, I might have found an angle that would have framed the tower better – maybe next time!

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Jubilee Bridge detail

Jubilee Bridge detail

Walking across the Jubilee Bridge on a gloriously sunny evening, I was struck by the patterns of the structure.  The wires seem to be set at unconventional angles – I’m sure there must be a technical engineering term for this.

Anyway, as well as looking ahead, I took the time to look up. This seemed to create a range of images that highlighted the complexity of the structure.

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To compensate for the bright sunlight – especially when looking upwards – I used a neutral density filter. Beyond that, this is a simple conversion in Photoshop Elements. The black and white option seems to draw attention to the clouds, as well as the bridge structure.

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An Eye for detail

An Eye for detail

This shot was intended to capture half of the London Eye. I wanted to look at the structure without any other contextual information. I was fascinated by the criss-crossing cables (and I liked the background of clouds).

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But when I look at the photo now, my eye is drawn to the people in the pods. And now that I’ve mentioned that, what do you see?

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Tower Bridge #1

Tower Bridge #1

Earlier this week I posted a photo taken while walking across Tower Bridge.

I’ve tended to view the Bridge from the banks of the Thames (and once from the Shard). These more traditional views let you see the bridge as a whole.

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But shooting from a different angle allowed me to frame the tower in a different way – using one of the arches of the bridge itself.

Seeking alternative perspectives really does make a difference in photography – and other aspects of life.

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Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition

Yesterday’s entry about the peace garden was focussed on the garden. Today’s focus is on the backdrop. From the angle of this photo, you see both the pillar leading to the Peace Garden and the giant guns at the front of the Imperial War Museum. It highlights some of the tensions in our world.

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The pillar contains a message from the Dalai Lama, which includes these words:

“We human beings are passing through a crucial period in our development.

Conflicts and mistrust have plagued the past century, which has brought immeasurable human suffering and environmental destruction. It is in the interests of all of us on this planet that we make a joint effort to turn the next century into an era of peace and harmony.

May this peace garden become a monument to the courage of the Tibetan people and their commitment to peace.

May it remain as a symbol to remind us that human survival depends on living in harmony and always choosing the path of non-violence in resolving our differences.”

If only…

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Peace Garden

Peace Garden

I was delighted to stumble across the Peace Garden at the Imperial War Museum in London. I hadn’t noticed it previously, and only came across it because we approached the museum from a different direction. There’s a wee photography lesson in that… about considering different angles and perspectives.

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The garden is a wonderful combination of planting and structure in perfect harmony. Just like a garden should be.

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