Keep it lo­cal

Practical Photography (UK) - - 10 Clicks -

Some pho­tog­ra­phers travel miles for inspiration while oth­ers, like Chris­tian Koch (­och1703), 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.”

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