Oberlaa

I’ve been taking the Leica out on dates lately. Slowly, slowly I’m getting back in the mood to shoot some film. A few recent shots from a walk in Oberlaa. One of the first days where you could feel spring arriving.

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Also found some really old stuff on rolls of film I hadn’t developed for something like two and a half years. Might share some of those too…

Kodak Portra 160, lab scans.

 

Wienfluss

Some projects find you. Like this one – walking the Wien river from its source until where it meets the city. The city of Vienna (=Wien) has its name from the river Wien. It originates in the Wienerwald just outside Vienna and is about 34km long. After watching a documentary about the river, we decided we wanted to go and see one of its sources, the one from which, legend has it, empress Sissi on a hiking tour through the Wienerwald had taken a sip of water and liked the taste so much, she had her coffee brewed with this water every day. Just the kind of wishes you get granted when you’re an empress… The Wien river has many sources, but this is probably the most famous one.

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The well has been encased, you can easily find it in the woods and also have a sip of water from it. It is said that drinking this water will bestow you with inner beauty.

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Once we had found the source, the idea to follow the river until it meets the city kind of started as a joke, but after all the whole of this river is not really that long and winds through a nice landscape. So for the last three Sundays, this was our “project”.

Idyllic Wienerwald
Wienfluss near Pressbaum
Wienerwaldsee
Forest clearing near Purkersdorf
Wienfluss in Purkersdorf
Close to the flood retention basin in Auhof, Vienna
Flood retention basin Auhof, Vienna

Almost the whole of the river is heavily regulated right from the start. Before the river enter Vienna, there is a huge flood retention basin to protect the city from the quick rising waters. Most of the time, the river is tiny and does not carry a lot of water, so it’s hard to imagine it can swell within minutes to a dangerous white water river. That’s why the flood retention basin looks so out of proportion with its concrete and steel structures. It’s really fun to explore.

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Wienfluss next to the motorway
Wienfluss in Hütteldorf

From Hütteldorf towards the city center the river runs next to the underground U4 and is kept in a concrete/stone bed. Just before Schönbrunn it is lead underground, comes up again and runs along the U4, until it disappears underground in the Stadtpark and then finally flows into the Donaukanal near Urania.

U4 Hütteldorf

Here’s more info about the river: Wienfluss

All images iPhone 6, processed with Vsco.

Street, finally…

It’s been ages since my last entry…

This entry has been sitting around unpublished for a while now, as I had to withhold a few pictures I had entered into a street photography contest. I didn’t want to take them out of the set, so all of it had to wait a little longer. But now I’m good to go, so here are a few shots from the last months (yes, some of them date back that long).

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Still cold and wintery when I shot these kids.

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First signs of sun here.

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I met up with Klara. We went for a photographic stroll through Vienna. Felt great to get going again!

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Klara tiptoeing around trying to get a shot of the janitor lady.

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Having a break. Me inspecting Klara’s camera (shot by Klara).

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Caught Klara taking notes… 😉

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Right after seeing Severin’s exhibition at eigensinnig.

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Unloading.

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Unloading II.

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Max testing my 50.

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And me testing his 28. Wide, let me tell you, sooo wide!

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Back to my trusty 35.

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Favourite frame I.

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The zebra. Favourite frame II.

More to come soon!

Either Kodak TriX 400 or PlusX 125 in Xtol 1+1.

Vienna – Paris – Vienna

Time for some street pictures, I think. Lately I seem to get in the habit of taking ages to finish my rolls… Anyhow, some collected shots from Vienna, my short trip to Paris and the longer trip back home…

Entrance to paradise… Need to come back and re-shoot this in colour.

1st district, Vienna.

Window shoppers.

They all had the same carrier bags. Still undecided about this shot…

Wanted to take a picture of this wall, she stepped into my frame.

Stumbled upon a few of those, still can’t make any sense of them.

Lost.

Partner look.

The old taking a picture of someone taking a picture of someone taking a picture story.

I went on a short trip to Paris with a few colleagues – in search for a bin at Charles de Gaulle airport I found this…

A few random snaps from Paris.

La vie en rose…

Action shooter aiming for the Eiffel tower.

I think the two of them were trying to find their way, even though it looks like he was taking a picture… Still funny somehow…

Champs Elysees. Worst place you can go in Paris, honestly. I tried to get away from there as quickly as possible (don’t ask me why I went there in the first place). There were these guys with two Lamborghini Gallardo and another expensive car (Porsche? don’t really remember…) that you could rent for 89€/h. They constantly attracted masses of people. I had to wait for a few girls from our group and watched the whole scenery, quite ridiculous, if you ask me (and yes, I do like cars, but this was really stupid). Think the kid would have liked to stop and look too, but Mum was determined to get out there quickly, like me.

We got lost around Montmartre and found a lovely Asian and African quarter. At the zebra crossing I noticed this guy with the traffic cones on his bike and snapped him. He caught me and signalled something, don’t know if he approved or disapproved, but as he was going downhill I don’t think he would have come back anyways. Imagine going uphill on a bike with traffic cones…

City maps on every corner.

He lost his head in Paris. Dropped it into the Seine perhaps…

Morning at the airport, my group waiting for the plane to arrive from Zurich. At that point we still thought we would be back home in Vienna by midday. Well, we were wrong. Zurich had snow and heavy fog, so they wouldn’t let the plane start, and when it finally arrived in Paris, they wouldn’t allow us back in to Zurich. Connecting flight was gone by the time we finally landed in Switzerland.

Our plane. We still thought we’d make it home that day.

By now we had found out we wouldn’t get home that quickly.

Zurich Kloten.

We took turns in guarding the luggage and queuing for new tickets and hotel and all of that. Have to say there could be worse airports to get stranded than Zurich. Swissair were really helpful, we got a hotel for the night, everything was covered and we got tickets for the next day. And Zurich is a really nice airport to spend some time (great Rösti too!).

While looking after the luggage I saw this guy starting a stretching routine…

Well deserved sleep after long nights in Paris.

Fog.

Handing out hotel vouchers.

The girls wanted some time for a last shopping spree before heading to the hotel. Left me some time to hunt for pictures at the airport.

On the phone, latest news about our journey.

Empty luggage reclaim hall.

Next day, back home in Vienna.

And one last quick snap a few minutes before finally arriving back home.

Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

Vienna Street and a Walk with Klara

Well, after a long time of not shooting much street, here comes the longest entry I’ve ever put together. So how’s that you may wonder… There’s several reasons, one of them was having a week of holidays and so being able to clear my head, but more important was that Klara Yoon, a street photographer from Berlin, was in Vienna, and asked me if I wanted to meet up. We  shot some street together, and I have to say, it was such great fun! I so enjoyed it – but let’s start from the beginning…

These are still a few shots from back in April and May…

Random stuff, like these two…

…or a broken bike.

Waiting at Frankfurt Airport.

Back in Vienna.

Boxes.

Watching a football match.

Here I was already on may way to meet Klara.

Guess he would qualify as Cafe Latte Daddy in Sweden…

I’ve been following Klara’s blog for a while, so I was happy to finally meet her for real. After we had a cup of coffee we went for a photowalk (dunno why, but somehow I don’t like this word…). To be honest, as much I was looking forward to shoot with someone, as opposed to usually roaming the streets all by myself, I also had my doubts if it really would work out. I usually don’t take many pictures, so I was unsure what to expect. But I have to say, it was such great fun! Also people didn’t seem to mind at all being photographed by two little girls! A combination I can only recommend (sorry, guys!). It was also interesting to see how we often saw the same situations, so I really look forward to see Klara’s blog entry to compare what she took away from our walk. And now, enough talking, here are the pictures (here is Klara’s entry).

Taking pictures of people taking pictures.

Pretty sure Klara’s version will be better, should have gone for a second shot…

Klara in action.

Initially the woman’s bag caught my eye, but the two guys thought it was them we were taking pictures of, so they started posing for us…

He tried to get out of my frame! 🙂

Teenage love.

A split second too late… He was quick, I wasn’t…

Girls and boys.

These two were cleaning leeks on the market, I chickened out and just took a picture from the side…

Have to say I really struggle with exposing correctly in bright light in summer, dunno why so many people call it “good light”, probably they mistake good for bright… Whatever…

Quick meal.

He was buying flowers, can’t tell if he looked after the girls or if he just wanted to find out what I was taking pictures of…

Klara.

Wheel in cafe.

Saw Klara shooting this as well, again will be interesting to see her version.

Teenage love.

Think that was the last picture I took before Klara had to leave to catch her train… Thanks for that lovely afternoon, hope to meet again soon!

So, back to random findings in Vienna! A sleeping guy for example…

She videotapes everything, so that he can watch it back home, as he was too busy to look at the real thing…

Friendly.

Not teenage anymore, but hopefully still love.

El padron.

“Leftists have more sex – and the Pirates are prudish.” Quality journalism made in Austria.

Ironing board.

Car talk (I guess).

Car cleaning.

Smoke break.

Connected.

Disconnected.

This looked funny… Somehow…

Dedicated photo assistant!

All pictures Kodak TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.

More Random II

It took me ages to finish those few rolls I shot in the last months. Finally enough pictures for a short entry with some random pics.

Think these two girls were posing for a photo. 🙂

Snow (so now you know how long it took me to finish those rolls of film!).

On a plane to London.

In a pub in the UK. His night didn’t seem to be nice as pie…

At Costa Coffee.

Heading back to Heathrow. Rain. What else.

Rubbish (those who recognise the newspaper, yes, it’s rubbish).

Grounded.

First days of spring and finally some sun.

Stripes, no stars.

Trousers & jacket – flea market leftovers.

Snapping away.

Love.

Sunlight. 🙂

The standoff.

Beech tree in a park in Bregenz. I spent many lunch breaks under or sitting in that tree back in school.

All TriX 400 in Xtol 1+1.