Keep it local
Some photographers travel miles for inspiration while others, like Christian Koch (500px.com/ckoch1703), find it on their doorsteps. “I like travelling. I don’t do it a lot, but once or twice a year I just grab my gear and go to the most interesting location I can afford – except the story behind this picture doesn’t involve travelling at all! It was taken right in my backyard, in Vienna.
“On a rather dull day in April, I headed into the city. As the sky didn’t have much structure to offer, I decided to go for some simple architectural shots. I eventually ended up at the base of the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of the most touristy places in Vienna. I set up shop in the middle of the crowd and waited for the wagons to be in a decent spot. To compensate for the lack of light and because the Ferris Wheel was moving, I pumped the ISO up to 160, locked the aperture to f/5.6 and set the shutter speed to 1/45sec. In editing, I dropped the saturation, raised the shadows a little and added a bit of fade to the blacks. To emphasise the cold steel and the rather bleak weather, I introduced a touch of blue using split toning and eventually added a little vignette. Although my mind often wanders to distant places, sometimes you don’t have to look far to find something inspiring.”