A classic view of the gardens of Schloss Mirabell looking across towards the Festung Hohensalzburg (literally "High Salzburg Fortress"), which is located on the far bank of the River Salzach. Weather conditions were not of the best and I had to use a slow shutter speed to get a reasonable depth of field, hence some of the visitors looking slightly blurred.
Some information about the Mirabel from the castle's web site (http://www.salzburger-schlosskonzerte.at/en/Schloss_Mirabell.htm):
“In 1606 Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau had a palace built outside the town walls for Salome Alt which he called "Altenau". Salome Alt was the daughter of the prominent merchant and councillor, Wilhelm Alt, and the prince archbishop's mistress.
After Wolf Dietrich's death - he was forced to abdicate in 1612 and was held captive in the Fortress until his death - Altenau was re-named "Mirabell" by his successor, Markus Sittikus von Hohenems (1612 -1619). Prince Archbishop Paris Lodron (1619 -1653) included the palace and gardens in his extended ring of fortifications. He spent much of his leisure time at Mirabell which he loved and where he died in 1653.
Prince Archbishop Franz Anton von Harrach had the palace remodeled extensively from 1721 to 1727 by the famous Baroque architect, Lukas von Hildebrandt, who combined the individual parts of the building to form a homogeneous palace. The palace was heavily damaged by the disastrous town fire in April 1818, destroying the frescoes painted by Johann Michael Rottmayr and Gaetano Fanti. Fortunately, the great marble staircase leading into the palace and the Marble Hall remained undamaged.
Peter de Nobile, court architect and director of the school of architecture in Vienna, gave the palace its present unassuming, neo-classical appearance. Details such as the scroll work around the windows, the chapiters and the stucco work are the reminders of its former splendor. The stairway by Lukas von Hildebrandt is one of the palace's great masterpieces. White marble putti (cherubs) adorn the lavishly embellished marble balustrade; the figures in the niches are the work of the famous sculptor, Georg Raphael Donner (1726) and among the most beautiful creations of the European Baroque era.”
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aadilj (18102) 2008-02-20 23:29
Thats stunningly colourful and very vibrant indeed. The colours are so vividly used. You also have a superb pov to get he best out of this capture
saxo042 (37694) 2008-02-21 0:00
Bright and marvellous colours! These red and green parts give a very good life to this picture. Well observed.
Greetings from Gothenburg
danyy (0) 2008-02-21 0:03
apparement des lumières pas faciles à cet endroit. Il n'empêche que les couleurs ressortent bien.
Je pense que tu as voulu cadrer pour avoir un peu de bleu dans le ciel. Tu en as coupé le parterre à l'avant plan.
maltese (22853) 2008-02-21 0:11
La liste des pays visités s'allonge sur ta page d'accueil!!
De belles couleurs pour ces parterres de fleurs malgré ce ciel couvert et une bonne utilisation de la perspective de cs jardins.
Budapestman (82620) 2008-02-21 0:50
Fascinating atmosphere with splendid composition, I like the beautiful colours and the perspective, architectural details are very fine. Beautiful place, Great! Have a nice day
papagolf21 (90576) 2008-02-21 0:58
Très belle perspective avec ce jardin haut en couleur. Le cadrage a été très bien pensé pour valoriser l'ensemble.
Une visite des lieux s'impose.
Très bonne réalisation.
besnard (55113) 2008-02-21 2:20
Eclatantes couleurs des parterres dans ce très beau jardin que j'ai eu le plaisir de visiter.
Merci pour le rappel de bons souvenirs et bonne journée.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-02-21 3:26
Des couleurs resplendissantes qui attirent irrésistiblement et font agrandir tout naturellement la miniature. Un cadrage calculé fait découvrir l'architecture et les monuments de la ville. Excellent travail.
jhm (144318) 2008-02-21 3:46
What a pleasure for look it, wonderful garden, with the red flowers as my favorite colour. Nice motives of the flowers.
Excellent perspective and great depth, very well composition and good presentation.
Thanks for sharing.
marknunnerley (2780) 2008-02-21 3:51
Shame about the weather Stephen because the gardens look great in the sun. I was there about 8 years ago and the weather was perfect. Even so the colours look vibrant and the people moving slightly doesn't bother me.
ChrisJ (104387) 2008-02-21 3:51
Good colour & pov, with reasonable sharpness. I like the repetition of the triangular shaped trees, & red, green & white colour contrasts, in the fg. Tfs!
horatiuTT (4570) 2008-02-21 4:05
very nice shot,I like very much this perspective and the colors.
excellent note as always.Well done,
UnTrained (0) 2008-02-21 4:42
a bit funny to see the people in the sharp environment. I like that strong red and green contrast in that insufficient light conditions and the life by all the people.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
Fis2 (90111) 2008-02-21 8:29
Interesting place. Good frame and colors. Curious perspective. Photo is unsharpen ;(.
wjgmspeedy (182) 2008-02-21 9:20
Sorry people, but I don't get it. What is so great about this picture that it deserves so much praise? It is not sharp, the sky is overexposed, the composition is rather dull.
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-02-21 9:59
it's a good vertical framing, interesting POV, a symphony of colours !
but some more sharpness is lacking,
jurek1951 (42196) 2008-02-21 10:47
Impressive architecture with nice colors and light. Good POV and very good composition,
looks like a postcard.
syd1946 (18663) 2008-02-21 22:32
Wonderful composition with a big architectural interesting and the red color as a great point to enjoy.Very well done!
have a nice day,
Silvio1953 (130472) 2008-02-23 0:26
Hi Stephen, splendid garden with wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio
Cricri (111485) 2008-02-23 0:33
Des parterres haut en couleurs malgré le peu de lumiére, belle présentation de cet endroit qui mérite d'être vu, compliment
Have a nice day for you
Pitoncle (3745) 2008-02-29 12:09
Agréable composition avec ces différents plans nettement marqués dans laquelle le regard et guidé par cette très belle perspective aux couleurs chatoyantes et aux détails architecturaux précis.
Je ne regrette que la surexposition de l'arrière plan trop visible sur la partie gauche de l'image.
A bientôt sur TE pour de nouvelles aventures.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (90030)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2002-07-00
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS D30, Canon 28-80 3,5-4,8 USM IV
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Stunners [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-02-20 23:28