Frühling in Wien

Spring is here. Well, sort of. It’s been trying to be spring for a few weeks now, but winter keeps working to reclaim its territory. I went for a little walk on one of the sunny days.

donau-kanal
white
brown
yellow
rosa
green
pink
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Unintentional Hiatus

Wow, this little blog has been sorely neglected for the last couple of months. That’s what basketball season will do around here. I did try to work on some photography skills during basketball by shooting on manual as much as possible. I feel like the function I’ve learned the most about is the ISO setting. Not well enough to explain it to someone else yet, but I’m getting there! Here are a couple of my favorite shots from this season.

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boys-huddle
dribblin
Keeping Guard
Girls' Huddle
Playing for Fun
Sacrifice
Run the Ball
Starters
Watching the Game
Take the Shot
So Buff


Family Fun

The challenge at I Heart Faces this week is “Family Fun.” I love, love, love this picture of my friends, the Lundquists. They let me take pictures of their family this fall, and the circus just happened to be in town. I love how giggly they all are in this photo!

Check out the rest of the fun families here:


View from the Flakturm

The Haus des Meeres is located in one of the old Flaktuerme from World War II. You can walk around the balcony of the Flakturm and get a 360 degree view of Vienna. It’s kind of awesome.

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Haus des Meeres

We spent an afternoon at the Haus des Meeres (Vienna Aquarium). I decided that since there is no flash allowed, this might be a good opportunity to practice my manual focusing skills. It was a good exercise, and I got some fun shots. I think I like using the manual focus when shooting through glass and water. It gives me a bit more control. I still definitely need to practice this skill, not only to become better at focusing, but to be able to do it more quickly. I’m a lot slower at focusing than the creatures are at swimming. Especially those hammerhead sharks. Speedy suckers. Here are some of my favorite creature shots from the day.

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Happy New Year! Prosit Neujahr!

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Furry Faces

This week’s challenge over at I Heart Faces is “Furry Faces.” The photo doesn’t necessarily have to have a furry face, but it does need to be a photo of an animal. I’m sharing a photo of the little ladybug that kept me company during my early morning photo shoot.

You can see more furry faces here:


Rooftop Sunset

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Stephansdom at Christmas


30 Days of Gratitude :: Day 29 – Light

Last Christmas I got this cool Bokeh Kit from Photojojo. Turns out I did not have the skills to use it. :) However, after a year of learning about bokeh and a bit more about how to use my camera, I decided to give it a whirl. I think this is the best photo from my first attempt. It only has a couple of lights, but it is just a better all-around photo than the others.

This photo has the best lights, but isn’t a great all-around photo.

I’m thankful that photography gives me a creative outlet, and I’m excited to play around with this technique more.