Vienna

THE GREENHOUSE

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Despite having grown very fond of photography these past 3 years, I've rarely ventured out to the field of taking portraits. Frankly spoken, this type of photography has always kind of intimidated me, as it requires a lot of empathy and sure is a different matter than capturing interior, landscapes or cities. Specially while traveling, asking people for portraits usually is an effort of will for me - however, forcing myself to do this nonetheless always payed off in the end, as portraits represent an important addition in travel photography. So as I had been toying with the idea of improving my portraits skills for quite a while now, it came at the right time that my friend Astrid asked me for a shooting a couple of weeks ago. We thus went to Palmenhaus Schönbrunn here in Vienna, one of the largest greenhouses in the world that was built in 1882. As the building is at a pleasant temperature all year round, it's perfectly suitable for taking portraits in a nice atmosphere during the winter months or just to escape the cold for a couple of hours.

GLOOMY SATURDAY

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My family was visiting last weekend and on Saturday we went to the Lainzer Tiergarten, a wildlife preserve located in Vienna’s 13th district. After having had breakfast at the Hermes Villa, which is a lovely palace Emperor Franz Joseph I built for his wife Elisabeth (“Sisi”), we wandered around the woods and came across the deer that you can see in the pics above. A rather gloomy yet beautiful day.

HIETZING

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Yesterday we spent a wonderful afternoon in Hietzing, which is an exclusive residential area with many (Art Nouveau-esque) mansions and buildings in the south-west of Vienna. I really love photographing at this time of year, as the light and the colors are absolutely radiant - don’t you agree?

WINING AND HIKING

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Yesterday my boyfriend and I attended to the annual “Weinwandertag”, which is basically an event where one hikes through the vineyards in the outer districts with occasional drinking breaks at the different wine-growers. If you ever make it to Vienna at the end of September, don’t miss out on that one (even if it’s a tad touristy), as it’s great fun and besides, the view overlooking the city is simply breath-taking. By the way, these shots were taken with my new pancake lens, the Panasonic H-H020E Lumix G F 1,7 / 20 mm, and so far its results truly amaze me - quite a buy!