Beauty in the Rain, Salzburg, Austria

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Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 65mm. Exposure Details: 1/400 second @ f8 ISO 400I loved my time in Salzburg. I only had a few days there and, despite the fact that it rained during most of my stay, I found photo opportunities everywhere. In fact I'm almost certain to include Salzburg in my next visit to Europe. With luck I'II be able to extend my stay there to a week which, as well as allowing me to explore some of the surrounding countryside, should provide a range of weather and lighting conditions.

The old town of Salzburg is full of old world charm. Gardens and cobbled streets abound, as do grand churches and lovely, picturesque cemeteries. While it rained during my stay I certainly didn't let that stop me from making photos. In fact wet surfaces shine with vibrant color once the sun shines through. This is one of the reasons why photographing on the edges (either side) of bad weather often provides the most amazing light.

Composition is Key

The photo above features an architectural foreground element on the edge of a pool of water backed by trees in one of the cities major public parks. You'll notice how the statue balances nicely with the building high up on the hill overlooking the park. This provides a strong link between the foreground and background with the trees adding texture and color through the mid ground.

Notice also the harmonious colors within the scene. Yellow and green is evident in each of the foreground, mid ground and background areas of the frame. This adds a sense of harmony, despite the obvious contrasts within the scene, including the following:

  • warm and cool colors
  • stone and tree
  • man made and natural
  • smooth and textured

So, why the scene itself is attractive, an understanding of composition can really add a level of appreciation to the way we view images. And that's just as important for the viewer as it is for the photographer.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru