In-formation

In-formation

I spotted these two ducks swimming towards me. But I didn’t have time to change my lens.

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I wanted to capture the way that the second one was following in the slipstream of the leader, creating a single wake. But with my wide angle zoom on the camera, I knew that I would have to wait until they were quite close. As they were moving towards a larger group, I guessed that there would only be one chance to get the shot. It was going to be a hit or miss – all resting on one image… and this is it!

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

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Kerr Drive blossom

Kerr Drive blossom

There’s a street in the town where I grew up that is lined with blossom trees. So, when I recently visited my Mum, I couldn’t resist trying to photograph it in full bloom.

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The problem was… the weather. It was dull, grey and windy – not ideal for capturing blossom images. While walking up and down the street, I wasn’t ‘feeling it’. No angles were grabbing my attention; everything felt flat.

Then I noticed that the wind was blowing the blossom from the trees. You’ll have to zoom in to see it, but it looked a bit like snow falling. Not a  great photo by any standards, but a lesson in being patient and staying with it – even if it’s cold and windy!

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

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.

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

The thing about museums…

The thing about museums…

… is that you’re often not allowed to take photographs inside them. So, as I reflect on my recent entries (and some that are coming up), I realise that I’m focusing on the buildings rather than their contents.

That applies to today’s photos of my favourite museum in Vienna – the Albertina. I like the building – where the traditional, elegant structure has been enhanced by the addition of a modern twist. Inside it is light and airy, and there is a feeling of spaciousness. Oh, and the exhibits were fascinating. As with many museums, too much to take in at one visit. So I will need to return one day!

National Library 1

National Library 1

When you move from Micahelerplatz through the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, you come out at Heldenplatz. Here you will see the wonderful National Library building. It’s designed in a semi-circle and fits with Vienna’s ‘imperial grandeur’ style.

We seemed to arrive at this point several times during our stay. On this occasion, I was drawn to the dark clouds gathering above the library. There’s nothing fancy about the processing – almost straight out of the camera.

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Leadenhall lessons #1

Leadenhall lessons #1

The final batch of photos from our December trip to London was (almost) the first that I shot. We set out on our first morning to visit Leadenhall market. I had heard that it was lovely … and it is. But I was pretty disappointed with my images. Today and tomorrow I’ll post the best of a bad lot.

On reflection, I made two fundamental mistakes. Firstly, I didn’t think my way through the shots; I assumed that beautiful surroundings would somehow lead automatically to great results. Secondly, I tried to exclude people from the photos. It’s a market, so I should have celebrated and grasped the activity.

There will be other opportunities!