Autumn in Schönbrunn III

21.10.2017 | Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria

Happy Thursday dear friends,

Christmas is just around the corner…So here is one more autumn themed photo 😀

Camera: Canon 60D (Settings: HDR, f/5.6, ISO-160, 10mm)
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

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Autumn in Schönbrunn II

21.10.2017 | Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria
21.10.2017 | Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria

Dear friends,

please have a seat and enjoy the sea of golden leaves 😀

Camera: Canon 60D (Settings: 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO-160, -2 step, 10mm)
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

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Autumn in Schönbrunn I

21.10.2017 | Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria

Hello my dear friends,

autumn might be already over, I had the feeling that it was really short this year, did you also think so?

Well, since I’m not a Christmas fan and Vienna with all the glitter and decorations doesn’t inspire me I’ll be posting some autumn photos for the next days, I hope you don’t mind! We can actually use some color right now when nature is muted and dark, unless of course it snows…then it’s another story 😉

Camera: Canon 60D (Settings: 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO-160, -1 step, 10mm)
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

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Warmth in the heart of the winter

Warmth in the heart of the winter by V-Light Photography
05.01.2016 | Palmenhaus Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria

Hello my lovely friends,

   2016, started with snow in Vienna.❄ It started to snow exactly when the year changed but didn’t last long. Then on the 4th it snowed again and this time transformed the city in a white wonder. Viennese people seem to always complain when it snows cause it gets all yucky and brown very quickly, especially on all the main streets and parks. That’s why, one must either wake up early and go out before all the other people ruin the peaceful scenery, or just go to places where not much people go anyway.

   I thought i would revisit the Palmenhaus in Schönbrunn (click here and here to see it in its summer glory). I hoped the snow would still be fresh there, since you are not allowed to step on the grass and i was right 😀 Of course many people were there, visiting the Palmenhaus but i found my angle and a garden with no footsteps and voila 😉

   When it’s so cold, where do you find comfort? What do you like to do? Obviously, i go out and take photos as i silently scream when i’m not able to bend my fingers under the gloves anymore and successfully press the shutter-release button but still smile cause my warmth and comfort comes from knowing i’m going home to a warm cup of tea and that i also created some nice photos i can share with the world.

   Snow fascinates me! Maybe it’s because where i grew up in Greece it rarely snows and when it does it’s very little. Or maybe it’s because snow makes everything look so much different and all becomes so quiet… 😍

V-Light in the snow
Walking around the Schönbrunn gardens 😎

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The Palmenhaus Part II

Palmenhaus by V-Light Photography (2)

  The Palmenhaus Schönbrunn is a large greenhouse in Vienna, Austria, featuring plants from around the world. It was opened in 1882. It is the most prominent of the four greenhouses in Schönbrunn Palace Park, and is also among the largest botanical exhibits of its kind in the world, with around 4,500 plant species.

Palmenhaus by V-Light Photography (5)

  Built of steel, the Palmenhaus is 111 metres long, 28 metres wide and 25 metres high, and has 45,000 glass tiles.

Palmenhaus by V-Light Photography (4)

  A heavy bomb attack on Schönbrunn Palace in February 1945 destroyed most of the glazing of the Palmenhaus. Many plants died, although some were saved by being transferred to the nearby Sonnenuhrhaus. The rebuilding began in 1948, and the Palmenhaus was reopened in 1953.

Palmenhaus by V-Light Photography (3)
The gardens around the Palmenhaus are glorious as well…

Palmenhaus by V-Light Photography (6)

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The Palmenhaus

Palmenhaus by V-Light Photography

  A little taste of the magnificent Palmenhaus and the surroundings. All the info about it and many more photos on my next post! 😀 Stay tuned!

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The Gloriette Part II

Hello my dear friends,

  Here are a few more photos of the glorious Gloriette, before we move to my favorite part of the Schönbrunn gardens… The Palmenhaus!!! You will love it, trust me! 😉 For now enjoy some other views of the Gloriette and have a happy weekend! 😀

Gloriette II by V-Light Photography
The water was weirdly colored that day…looks really metallic…


Gloriette IV by V-Light Photography
Getting low and closer…


Gloriette III by V-Light Photography

The front face of the Gloriette bears the following inscription:


(“Erected under the reign of Emperor Joseph II and Empress Maria Theresa, 1775.”)

Gloriette V by V-Light Photography
Side view


Gloriette VI by V-Light Photography
The guardians of the Gloriette


Gloriette VII by V-Light Photography
The Gloriette has eyes that watch you from high above… o_O


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The Gloriette

Gloriette by V-Light Photography
The Gloriette in the Schönbrunn Palace Garden, Vienna, Austria


  A gloriette (from the 12th century French gloire meaning “little room”) is a building in a garden erected on a site that is elevated with respect to the surroundings. The structural execution and shape can vary greatly, often in the form of a pavilion or tempietto, more or less open on the sides.

  The largest and probably most well-known gloriette is in the Schönbrunn Palace Garden in Vienna. Built in 1775 as the last building constructed in the garden according to the plans of Austrian imperial architect Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg as a “temple of renown” to serve as both a focal point and a lookout point for the garden, it was used as a dining hall and festival hall as well as a breakfast room for emperor Franz Joseph I. The dining hall, which was used up until the end of the monarchy, today has a café in it, and on the roof an observation platform overlooks Vienna. The Gloriette’s decorative sculptures were made by the famous Salzburg sculptor Johann Baptist von Hagenauer. The Gloriette was destroyed in the Second World War, but had already been restored by 1947, and was restored again in 1995. Source: (

Ducking Around The Gloriette by V-Light Photography
Ducking around the Gloriette


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Hello Schönbrunn!

Hello Schönbrunn by V-Light Photography

  A different view of the Schönbrunn palace, taken from inside a water fountain with my new ultra wide angle lens 😀 Did i already say how much i love it? If not, i really do! More photos of the Schönbrunn palace are coming up! Have a great weekend my friends!

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Welcome to my garden

Welcome to my garden by V-Light Photography
“Welcome to my garden, human!” | Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria


Hello my dear friends,

  I know i disappeared again, might have a good reason for it or not 😛 I recently purchased a new lens, the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and i’ve been out every day shooting and exploring the city from scratch with my new ultra-wide eye! 😀 For such an affordable lens, i’m very impressed by its quality! I’ve been wanting an ultra-wide lens since forever and i cannot tell you how happy i am that i could finally get one! It has opened a whole new world of photographic possibilities and you are in for a treat! 😀 Hope you’ve all been doing well, will do my best to catch up again! ^^'

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