Aug 012012
 

The river Drau is the main river of Carinthia. It runs through Villach and then, near Rosegg, it enters Rosental, the valley where I lived for more than 20 years.

Slightly west of that, at a power station, the river splits into what amounts to a canal and the old river bed. See the left marker on my map for the exact place where I stood and made yesterday’s images. From there the old river runs down to Rosegg and in a loop back to the main stream, joining at the next power station.

You see a marker on the right side of the map, that’s the bridge in Rosegg, from where, looking west, I’ve taken “1093 – Dream River” and some other images.

The power station is hard to see from the road and not at all from the bridge, thus I’ve never noticed it until a few days ago.


Yesterday I finally went out to take some images there. I had not looked at the map beforehand, thus I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but being there I found it quite interesting.

What fascinated me most was a ladder down one of the steep walls. Instead of looking down myself, I just held the camera, pointing it down, composing with the tilted LCD. I didn’t feel vertigo while I was there, but at least to me vertigo is induced by the perspective in the Image of the Day 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Head Down” from the 1994 Soundgarden album “Superunknown”. Hear it on Youtube.

EDIT: John Strong made me try a B&W version of the Image of the Day and I like it. Of course, as always, there’s more than one way to do it. This is mine 🙂

  6 Responses to “2113 – Head Down”

  1. Wow – really nice image, Andreas. Did you try it in monochrome as well? Looks like it might lend itself well to a b&w rendering…

    • No I didn’t. I don’t try B&W routinely, only when I have a problem with colors or think for some reason that it will look better in B&W. Now that you say I did though. You’re right. Quite some potential for drama here 🙂

      I’ve updated the post and, like with all my recent images, you find the full size version in my Flickr photostream.

  2. Wonderful perspective! Personally, I like the color version much better.

    cheers
    ®

    • I like both. I really can’t decide between the calmer color version and the dramatic b+w. The b+w version is also a tad rushed, I think I could do it better. The sunlit part of the water does not come across as naturally as I would like it to do. I guess I would have to tone it down. Really, I’m not sure. The shadowed water is unevenly lit (actually dodged), so probably you would like a thorough job better. Maybe I come back to it. At the moment I can’t, I’m in Vienna and without the master file.

  3. […] the power station in “2113 – Head Down“? Well, I was back two days later, this time trying to find out if it’s possible to get […]

  4. B&W turned out great! That’s the one.

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