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Salzburg, Austria from Hohensalzburg Castle

Salzburg, Austria

I’ve been really, really, really into evening photography lately.

That small window of time from after sunset to when the sky is completely dark is called blue hour. Photographers love blue hour because the sky is extremely rich in a wash of blue. It can be a light blue or extremely dark blue, depending on the time the image is captured.

Going through through potential images to post for today I came upon this one of Salzburg, Austria. The picture was taken from Hohensalzburg Castle, and I’d love to go back to take the picture again, but this time — during blue hour, or shortly after sunset.

I have examples of “blue hour photos” posted here, here and here. Salzburg, Austria during the day is cool, but I think a fun, European city during blue hour would be a fantastic addition to my image library.

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Public Chess Board in Salzburg

It’s always entertaining to me when traveling to other countries and we stumble upon people playing games in the middle of a public way.  I’ve previously written about being in Turkey and watching men play backgammon in the middle of a walkway, and prior to that, Alisha and I watched two men play chess with each other in Vienna, Austria.

In the above picture, the gentleman to the left (in the blue shirt) is playing the gentleman to the right (in the orange-colored shirt, with his left hand up to his chin).  It was strangely quiet in the plaza, as everyone watched the two men go at it. Since I don’t play chess I took a few pictures, but everyone else around seemed to be playing out their own game in their heads, and what moves they would and would not make.

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Hohensalzburg Castle in Salzburg, Austria

For awhile I was trying to make sure every country I’ve been to was represented with this photography blog.  That’s a pretty hearty feat, considering I’ve been to 38 different countries and regions, as defined by the Traveler’s Century Club. One of the countries that apparently fell between the cracks was Austria.

Alisha and I spent some time in Salzburg back in August of 2008.  We had a pretty crazy experience in that the place we had reservations to stay decided to close up for the night and the inn-keeper had gone home, all before we had arrived.  We had dinner at the restaurant across the street while we tried to figure out Plan B. Unfortunately, we were in town the same weekend as Salzburg’s Classical Music Festival, so there wasn’t much available.  We ended up getting a room at an American-style hotel on the outskirts of town.  The worst part of our ordeal is that we looked at the map and decided to walk to it.

It much a much longer walk then anticipated.

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