Hallstatt is just beautiful

Hallstatt is just beautiful

A view over the lovely and beautiful town of Hallstatt, Austria…

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Snow over Hallstatt

Snow over Hallstatt

A light snow began falling while I was shooting in Hallstatt, Austria...

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Two views of Hallstatt

Two views of Hallstatt

Two photos from Hallstatt, Austria today...such an inspiring little town, and so beautiful!

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A moody look at Hallstatt

A moody look at Hallstatt

The beautiful village of Hallstatt, Austria under moody and menacing skies (that dumped some snow on me).

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A lovely view in Salzburg

A lovely view in Salzburg

I accidentally found the view I was looking for in Salzburg...

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A quick stop at the Plansee

A quick stop at the Plansee

A beautiful alpine lake that I came across by accident in Austria!

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St. Michael's Church, Vienna

St. Michael's Church, Vienna

I just don't get tired of shooting all the beautiful churches that I come across in Europe.  I found this one in Vienna, Austria by accident - sometimes I get lucky!  I'll take it!

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Morning in Vienna

Vienna is a beautiful town - have you been?

I have been to Vienna, Austria a couple of times in my life.  Once as a kid, which I barely remember and once a year or so back, which I definitely remember because I shot like crazy there!  In my limited experience, it's a very beautiful town.  I wandered around a LOT (even though I was only there about 18 hours or so) and took many shots.  It's just what I do.  :-)  

My best results were on the morning of my departure.  I got up early and wandered the streets during sunrise.  Luckily, I was close in to all the key sites, so even though I didn't have enough time to shoot them all, at least I was able to get street scenes like this one with very little people in them.  That's one of my favorite reasons for shooting sunrise in distant cities (or any city for that matter).

This is the Graben, which is one of the famous streets in the historic city center of Vienna.  It's all pedestrian and full of shops and restaurants, so while not a totally authentic, cultural experience, it's still a beautiful walk, especially when you can get it mostly empty.  I walked along here the night before to find dinner (and take a few shots, of course), and it was CROWDED.

Vienna is definitely a place to see, assuming you are nearby.  I would love to get back someday.  Fingers crossed on that one. :-)

Blue hour on the Graben

The Graben is a large pedestrian thoroughfare in the historic center of Vienna, Austria.  As you can probably imagine (and as you can see in this photo), it gets very crowded around the dinner hour.  I was only in Vienna for one night, so I made sure to get out and photograph the place as much as possible.

I went out photo-walking as I made my way to find dinner.  I strolled along, shooting this and that.  I feel no hurry to eat when I find such lovely light and perfect subject matter.  The light only lasts for a little while, and I can get food anytime.  You see, I just love European streets, even when they are crowded.  I thought the blue hour light was really beautiful, and I liked the shapes in the building, how they curve into the distance, and the criss-cross pattern on the ground.

So, I just set up right in the middle of the crowd and fired away.  I didn’t want to remove the person on the left that ghosted his way through the shot – I thought it fit the scene. 

A fountain in Vienna

As you have probably read here before, I love to wander on back streets in cities - there are always interesting things to point a camera at.  I was somewhere in the historic part of Vienna, Austria and doing that wandering thing.  I came across this fountain which was tucked into a courtyard, so of course I just walked in there like I belonged there.  Though that behavior has backfired on me in the past, this time I was alone and able to grab this shot.

Things like this are one of the reasons I enjoy going to Europe.  Little fountains tucked into courtyards - you just don't find that much here in the US.