Catchup: Vienna

Earlier this year, I was in Vienna Austria. As I’m on a break from traveling, I thought I’d share some of the images.
The first image is of St.Charles church. We arrived there in good time, but the small lake in front of the cathedral was drying up. It was screaming for a head on shot, but I had to go for this composition to get the reflection. It also gives a nice contrast with the modern buildings to the left of the cathedral, and the sweep of the steps draws the eye. I think it works, but I welcome criticism in the comments.

St. Charles's Church, Vienna, Austria


The next image is of the ceiling of the National Library. This is an impressive building and I had to use handheld HDR techniques to get detail in the windows balanced with the rest of the image. I couldn’t get dead center, but I still like the image and the lovely detail of the ceiling. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Austria

 The final image of this set is from St. Stephens Cathedral. This is a interesting building with a colourful roof, a classic image from Vienna. I was lucky, the sky was a clear blue. This was the second attempt to get a detail shot of the roof, an earlier attempt was foiled by being too early in the day and the light was reflecting off the roof, washing out the colours. I’ve gone for a more cluttered composition in this case than the pure abstract commonly seen as I wanted something to give context.

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria

As you can see, there is a range of images that I made, all of typical landmarks of Vienna. Nothing terribly different or outstanding, but nice images all the same. I have St. Charles Church for the cities project, but really, when you think of Vienna, it’s the Vienna State Opera that is the icon for the city. I tried to capture an image that really hits the mark, but I found that getting a good image of the Stats Opera is very difficult. My best effort is below.

State Opera, Vienna, Austria

I’m not happy with this image. It’s not readily identifiable except by the caption. The issue was I couldn’t get something better because of renovations and a horrible awning over the entrance. Sometimes getting a good image just depends on luck. Being in the right place at the right time, with no construction and other ugly elements, beats any amount of talent and gear.

More to come….

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