Vienna again, a night scene from Heldenplatz, free translation "Heroes square". The house is part of the Hofburg, Imperial Castle, and this place is where the famous balls are held. I did not know this, I was passing by on my way back to the hotel at about 9 and there was a lot of cars, people and music and of course a brilliant illumination.
The next morning I happened to see the "Ballkalender 2004" posted at the entrance of this building and according to that this was the night of the "Jägerball", the Hunters ball. But more interesting, how many towns have an official "Ballkalender"?
The lights did a fine work to give the castle a golden glow, in daylight it has a dull light grey color. I took an extra walk back after fetching my mini tripod at the hotel.
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Eagle78 (1933) 2004-02-09 14:13
Nice capture Ebbe! The light levels on the building are really great and this is a great night composition. Good work!
CVTJan (1244) 2004-02-09 14:17
wonderful atmospheric shot. Rare colour ! Maybe it can be rotated a little clockwise. Yours, Jan
zto (292) 2004-02-09 15:01
This is a great picture Ebbe. The light is wonderfull as well as the composition with the horse out to the right. It allows us to really focus on this beautifull building .
jhaider (1234) 2004-02-09 15:09
A clean shot for a great building.
Never been to Vienna but it must be such an interesting city in which are born a lot of great men of history.
Technically, the sharpening is perfect and there's no urban noise (like traffic lights, people or cars).
avigur_11 (22099) 2004-02-09 15:34
A perfect night shot. Sharp, well exposed, well composed. The positions of the horse and of the eagle on the roof are perfect. Very well done, Ebbe.
You should get an extra point for taking your tripod to vienna.
torben (3100) 2004-02-09 15:57
Ebbe, for the benefit of the casual viewer, let me preface this critique by by stating that I like your photography, and I've given positive reviews to several of your photos before. Now, with this lead-in, I hope I'm allowed by the general public to state a few opinions on this image without being flamed into the ground by "not useful" ratings.
The introduction led up to it: I have problems with this image, I'll try to explain.
# 1: I don't like night illuminated buildings. It's usually done by heavy handed clowns putting spotlights in banal places turning the beautiful architectural features into grotesque caricatures. (nothing to do with your photo, just why I dislike the subject in general). The lightning is roughly as refined as the on-camera flash that always turns your loved ones into images of hunted animals.
#2: The equestrian statue is badly placed in the frame. The rhythm of windows and pillars to the left leads up to some kind of conclusion at the right side but this space is occupied both by the heavy portico and the statue creating conflicting lines, creating a conflict of shapes where there ought to be a calm and dignified place as termination of the movement along the pillars/windows. The shapes clash in a bad way.
#3: Title is: "Have a ball" but where is the ball? Where are the grand robes? Where are all the people? Normally i wouldn't care so much about this, but you_did_ use this title "Have a ball", now: where are the Rolls Royces?
Clochette (8076) 2004-02-09 16:47
Nice nightshot Ebbe ! I like the way you placed the statue on the right part. The building seems to be built in a half circle, or is it distorsion ?
Well done !
Rockyboy (20598) 2004-02-09 16:57
Very nice night shot, Ebbe! Vienna is a city where I never gone... I like the perfect lumosity and sharpness of the building and the horse in the forground. Well done!
allotfy (1525) 2004-02-09 17:49
Great composition Ebbe ,,, i like your way of framing which you show to us the beautiful lighting arches and the beautiful statue .. well done ... i wish you could see my note down because torben note's is too long ... !!!!!!!!!!!
:0))))) Great shot
kajenn (2440) 2004-02-09 19:37
A nice one, although not as nice as yesterday's. I like the composition with the statue to the right and the difference in light between that (in darkness) and the (illuminated) facade. And the angel on the roof also fits into the entirety.
I'm able to agree with torben's general oppinion on illuminated buildings, mainly because they don't do to well on photos. However when it comes to differences between the note/title and the picture, you know that I am of a diverging opinion!
So now I have to go and buy a mini tripod, too... ;o)
jhm (152232) 2004-02-10 4:55
Beautiful architecture. Nice capture Ebbe! The light levels on the building are really great and this is a great night composition. Good work!
robbertjan (2906) 2004-02-12 15:57
Ebben thanks for you comment. About your picture. I love the city of vienna. You captured the scene of this great city very well. Beautiful composition with great colors. I hope you have more pictures of vienna.
MLINES (12516) 2006-03-14 5:17
Good night time composition. I like the columns a lot. Good lighting and very clear. Well done.
- Copyright: Ebbe Rozel (Ebbe) (9617)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-01-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Minolta Dimage F100
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): World Heritage Sites Part II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-02-09 13:51