What To Do In Vienna Austria

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This day was a weird photography day for me. The forecast said it was supposed to be raining on and off all day along with the next day. I typically like to shoot either around sunrise and sunset, but since it would probably be overcast all day, I decided to start shooting in the middle of the day.

The first location that I found was Maria Theresien Platz in Vienna, Austria and I liked how there were two identical buildings on the side of this large statue. I am more of a logical thinker and so I tend to like symmetrical photos. So I decided to photograph the statue in the middle while the buildings are on the side. I could have gotten both of the whole buildings in the shot by stitching together a panorama, but I decided to shoot it within one frame.

There were also a bunch of people walking around, so I thought that it would be best to try to blur the people as much as possible with a slow shutter speed. I also noticed that there was a decent amount of clouds in the sky so I wanted to keep as much detail as possible in the sky. So I had to shoot two exposures, one that would expose for the buildings and the blurry people, and a second for the sky. I would then bring both photos into photoshop and blend them together where I wanted.

I was also using a Peter McKinnon Polar pro 6-9 stop variable ND filter to help being the exposure down so that I can have a longer shutter. 

For the final image, I am not completely satisfied because I wish there was better dynamic lighting. I do like the clouds in the sky, but the rest of the scene does look bland to me. If I were to shoot this again, I would wait until I had sun and then decided what direction would be best for the sun to come from.

The next location that I found was St Stephen’s Cathedral. I did really like this building and wanted a really good photo of it, but I think I shot at the wrong time of day. I did something similar to the last photo where I used a slower shutter speed to blur the tourists, but I think the lighting on the building is not how I liked it.

I did shoot multiple exposures especially to help bring out more detail on camera right of the building, but I think the lighting just fell flat for this image.

I also noticed that there was a bunch of birds flying around this building, so I wanted to capture a closeup a bird mid flight with the building in the background. I did not realize that it was going to be tricky. I first had to find a bird flying, and then try to look through my camera and track the bird to capture it in flight. I did not get an image that I was really happy with, but I did like the image below of the bird walking with people all around it. I now give major props to any bird photographers.

Photographers do not always have amazing photography days especially if they are not in control of most of the elements. To me, I view it as that I was photographing the wrong subject that day. Since lighting was not in my favor for the buildings, I should have found looked elsewhere for another photograph. I feel like I am learning quickly though, so my photography should get better with more practice.

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