Photographing Architectural Beauty in Vienna, Austria

Fountain, Vienna, Austria.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 32mm. ISO 400 1/320 second @ f5.6.

A lovely summer's day found me happily wandering the streets of Vienna, Austria's capital and a historically important city in Central Europe. This photo was simple enough to make. It was a fairly straightforward response to the late afternoon sun raking, at a low angle, onto the walls of these lovely buildings and the fountain that fronts them.

What Draws Your Attention?

Actually I'd say this photo is more about the background buildings than it is about the fountain in the foreground. And that, if you think about it, is fairly unusual. Outside of landscape photography, featuring distant views, the background is usually subservient to the foreground: considered the primary focal point or subject within the photo.

I suppose the other exception is when you're standing in front of a unique structure or an awe-inspiring landscape and you feel a need to photograph your companion in front of said wonder. The now infamous selfie appears to be the latest incarnation of this phenomena, albeit with more emphasis on the me rather than the he or she.

Speak to Me of Color

I love the soft, golden light on the stone almost as much as the red window frames contrasting with the blue and aqua colors in some of the windows. Do you see the subtle connection between some of those windows and the sky? The color blue is linking two otherwise disparate elements and, thereby, creating cohesion and balance.

I had to be careful not to include too much grass in the picture. It's a fact that including more than three colors in the average photo makes the process of viewing the image overly challenging for most folks. Instead of achieving harmony you risk creating discord. Fortunately the green rooftops help to connect and balance the top and bottom of the image. I think I got away with it. Hush!

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru