As much as i enjoy sunny weather, when it comes to my photography i prefer this kind of weather! Gloomy, about to rain and really dramatic! ☁ ☁ ☁ I cannot help but feel that it gives another dimension to otherwise not so interesting themes. What do you think? Am i the only one who gets inspired by this kind of weather? Let me know if i’m crazy or not! Hahaha! XD
Lately, i found myself taking the same path over and over again on my afternoon walks… I don’t enjoy crowds and noise, so instinctively i was drawn to a more quiet part of the city, where you can hear the birds chirping and lose your thought in the reflections and the ever-changing street art. Indeed, walking along the Donau canal has proven a very soothing and inspiring experience and i can guarantee you this, there will be at least one new graffiti every day you pass by, you just have to keep your eyes open! So, what have i been doing in Vienna? Observing, soaking it all in, making it mine… 😍
Have a great week you all! 😀 😀 😀 And don’t forget to smile!
After all the colorless and snowy photos, i felt the need to upload something warmer and vibrant. I’m still searching for my Vienna, but at a moment like this one, when the sky burns and colors explode into a crazy dance that changes its tune every few minutes, to eventually fade away as the darkness takes over…This, this is when i feel i’m getting closer to my goal…
Winter has been going on strong for some weeks now in Austria. After Christmas it has snowed a few times inside Vienna as well and of course i was out taking photos every day. The reason why you haven’t seen any of these photos yet, is because i need to reinvent my editing process to make it suitable for snow. Snow is something new to me so i need to find new ways to capture it as i envision. I took some days off to refresh my brain and eyes and now i’m back to work! 😀 Brace yourselves! Winter photos are coming!
Let’s start with something recent! This is a panoramic photo i took yesterday, 9 vertical frames, handheld. It was snowing at the moment and one thing i noticed as a newbie about this kind of weather is that when you have such a gray sky it’s really hard to make it look nice. But until now i didn’t have the luck of having a nice blue sky with fluffy clouds while the earth is still snowed! So this will do 🙂
Also i wanted to say a big thanks for all your lovely comments on my Hazy Sunset photo. You really gave me some food for thought and all of your suggestions were actually great! I’m very thankful to have such amazing and caring followers on my blog! ♥ Hope you are all having a nice start in 2015! Cheers! 😀
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So this is one of those photos, where no matter what editing style i choose, something just doesn’t sit right in my perfectionist eye. I still like the composition and it’s my first panorama using my new tripod, so i had to upload it 😛 I tried to turn it into black and white since the colours here are not that great but it still didn’t sit right…What do you think? Do you like it?
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I love panoramic photos because they can give you a better sense of the surroundings. You’ve already seen Urania and Uniqa in previous posts but now you can see them together, isn’t that cool? That was a handheld panorama and unfortunately no matter what software i used some parts didn’t connect that smoothly. You can click on the image to view it in a larger size and there it is more noticeable. I bought a new compact tripod that i can carry with me so i will try to make some better panoramas for you to enjoy next 😀
In one of my first walks in my new neighborhood, this is the building that stood out in my eyes… There is a sign on the other side with the name Urania, which is actually a greek word translating as sky but also the name Urania refers to the muse of astronomy as told in the Greek mythology. So i wondered what this building is, since it has a very peculiar architecture style. After doing some research online i found that it was actually built to be a public educational institute and an observatory. Urania, was built in 1910 by architect Max Fabiani. This Art Nouveau building, is also said to resemble a weirdly shaped ship, which i guess you can kinda see in the photograph below 😛
During World War II, it got severely damaged resulting into a completely destroyed dome and observatory. Thankfully it was all reconstructed and with an even improved observatory, the Urania reopened in 1957. Today, the Urania hosts a wide-range of classes and lectures in the seminar rooms, the annual Viennale film festival that screens in the movie theater and a puppet theater originally created by Hans Kraus. In 2003, a contemporary cafe bar/restaurant was also opened on the lower deck offering a great view at the Donau Canal.
When you think about Vienna, you think classic and romantic but Vienna is making a move towards the new era. Skyscrapers and modern glass buildings are making their presence known in the Vienna skyline and i think they blend rather well with the rest of the environment.
The Uniqa Tower was build in a little less than 3 years (October 2001 – June 2004) by the architect Heinz Neumann. It’s not one of the highest buildings, at 75meters it ranks number 28 in the list but i still think it’s quite impressive. We will visit many, if not all of the top ranked buildings in the Vienna highest list in future posts. I cannot lie, i’m a sucker when it comes to shiny reflecting things! 😀
Here i am again, i know my absence was too long and i’m really sorry for that. Reason is, i just moved to a new neighborhood in Vienna. My previous residence was only temporary and i had to move out by the end of October. The stress i was under was really big cause it seemed impossible to find something affordable, with roommates that we would get along and in such a short period of time. It literally happened the very last day…just when i was ready to give up and think that maybe Vienna was not meant to be. Now i’m staying in a really big but also super affordable apartment with 2 really cool and creative roommates, in the center of the city, still close to nature and the river, what more could i ask for? 😀
It’s now time to focus on my blog, my photography and reconnect with all the friends that i missed dearly. Thank you all for staying with me and being patient with my prolonged disappearances!