The Hofburg Palace was the seat of the Austrian Emperors. Maria Teresa, Empress of Austria, gave birth here to Marie Antoinette – later infamous as Queen of France – one of her 16 children. It was also from a balcony here in 1938 that Austrian-born Adolf Hitler proclaimed the “Anschluss” of Austria into the Third Reich. It is now the official residence of the Austrian Federal President.
Vienna – Photo Tip

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Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Vienna – Photo Tip Show more by showing less

I simply love silhouettes. I think they are one of the greatest inventions of the visual world. Things are brought back to their forms and often forms are associated with ideas.

Jochem Wijnands
Jochem Wijnands Founder / photographer

The capacity to understand the meaning of ideas is considered to be a defining feature of us humans. The great philosopher Plato can tell you all about it.

So by photographing a silhouette you can in fact show more by showing less. You find silhouettes almost everywhere where you find a great light coming from one direction, whether the sun at a low angle, daylight coming through a window or a single light bulb from a ceiling.  Looking into that light will show the dark un-illuminated side of things, or their silhouettes.

Apart from bringing out forms and ideas, silhouettes are a great way to create atmosphere – as with these photos taken in Vienna. And, when in the foreground, a dramatic sense of perspective, an enhanced perception of depth. In my experience, this works best when the focus is on the silhouette.

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In its heyday, some 1,000 people lived in the 1,440 rooms of the Schönbrunn Palace, of which 40 are now open. The palace has almost 3million visitors every year, making it Vienna’s most-visited attraction. As the park can be entered free of charge, it sees many more. The park is the setting for an annual Midsummer Night’s Concert performed by the Vienna Philharmonic every year since 2008. Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Nikon D2x

Aperture
ƒ/3.2
Exposure
1/800
ISO
100
Focal
200 mm

In its heyday, some 1,000 people lived in the 1,440 rooms of the Schönbrunn Palace, of which 40 are now open. The palace has almost 3million visitors every year, making it Vienna’s most-visited attraction. As the park can be entered free of charge, it sees many more. The park is the setting for an annual Midsummer Night’s Concert performed by the Vienna Philharmonic every year since 2008.

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