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 – from the inside

Riesenrad colour – from the inside

As the Riesenrad slowly turns, you get an opportunity to move around the carriage. We were fortunate that our carriage was relatively quite – six of us in total. This meant that I could shift my attention from the panorama to the structure and back again without being too annoying (I hope).

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It was inevitable that I would do a ‘pop out’ B&W conversion – how could I resist?

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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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Prater Riesenrad

Prater Riesenrad

As regular readers of this blog will know, I have a tendency to get a wee bit obsessed with some subjects. That is certainly the case for the Riesenrad (giant Ferris wheel) in Vienna. Images of this iconic structure will feature here for several days.

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When we visited in June, we experienced different weather conditions. Initially, the sky was blue and the sun was strong. Then the clouds came, which offered this opportunity to create a silhouette of the structure. Sometimes you just get a bit lucky!

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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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