Bridge memorial

Bridge memorial

This was another ‘stumble on’ find in Salzburg. As we walked across the Staatsbrucke I stopped to take some photos of the castle. When we started to move again, I noticed the reflective block at the end of the bridge. Looking closer, I realised that it was a memorial to the prisoners of war who were forced to build the bridge during the Second World War.

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I like the elegance of the memorial design; the simplicity and depth of the words; and the way that life around reflects back at you as you look at it.

It was a hand-held shot at night, so I’m surprised that it worked at all.

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Towering reflections

Towering reflections

My initial interest here was the contrast of ancient and modern – The Tower of London and the Shard.

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But… when I got home and started to process this image, I realised that the setting sun had caused some reflections on the Tower’s walls. Looking at it more closely, it dawned on me that they were reflections from passing vehicles, including a double-decker bus.

It’s not the best photo that I’ve ever taken, but it does show that sometimes you don’t see what’s there until you take the time to look properly/reflectively.

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Little Venice

Little Venice

During our recent London visit, we walked along part of the Regent’s Canal, taking in ‘Little Venice’. The combination of leafy suburbia, canal and general tranquillity was perfect for a Sunday stroll.

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I was taken by the reflections in the canal. Especially with a little movement on the water creating an almost Impressionist scene.

I used a neutral density filter to overcome the effect of the strong sunlight and control the exposure.

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Urania reflections – variation #1

Urania reflections – variation #1

I’ve decided to use an image that I posted earlier this week for my weekend ‘processing variations’.

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This is a simple conversion to black and white. While the reflection is still evident, I find the image is a bit flat and lifeless. But I had a feeling that there was something to be extracted from the monochrome treatment. So I gave it another go… which you’ll see tomorrow.

 

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A missed opportunity

A missed opportunity

This is one of those images, that doesn’t quite work. I visited the Karlskirche several times, but I wasn’t happy with any of them. this is about as good as it gets.

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I’d like to go back and give it another go – make more of the reflections and the people who gather around the edge of the water.

Sometimes you know that there’s good image there, but you just can’t see it. or is that just me?

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On reflections #2

On reflections #2

I’ve decided to follow yesterday’s entry by returning to our trip to Vienna last year. On the last afternoon of our holiday, there was a heavy rainstorm. We lazed about in our hotel room, but when the rain passed we decided to go for a walk. We strolled along the Danube canal and kept going and going. We arrived at the Urania building – an art nouveau observatory (partially reconstructed after World War 2). I think it’s a stunning building – and you’ll see more of it here soon.

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From this angle, I really liked the colourful graffiti beneath the building. However, my primary interest was in the reflection in the puddle. The blue sky after the rain provided a contrast to the striking monochrome of Urania.

Like many photos, it captures a memory for me, as well as an image.

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On reflections #1

On reflections #1

After sheltering from the cloudburst, I noticed that there were a couple of advantages – silver linings – arising.

Firstly, the wet surfaces offer an opportunity to capture reflections. In this image, the wet asphalt outside the Tate Modern building provided a great backdrop for the bright orange banners advertising the some of the exhibitions in the building.

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The second advantage was that the crowds had disappeared. I assume that a lot of people had gone inside to avoid the rain. This gave me a clear field for this shot, with a few brave souls bringing an element of life to the image.

 

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