classical statue

Classical-style statue (Hannibal) in the gardens of the Schloss Schönbrunn palace, Vienna, Austria.

The French gardens were planned by Jean Trehet in 1695; the sculptures, of which there are 32, were generally made between 1773 and 1780 under the direction of William Beyer.



  1. The point of view on totality of composition here is great, man. That had to be a tough shot with so much distinct contrast: statue, trees & sky. If you don’t mind me asking, what are you processing your black and whites with?

    1. Thanks.

      I take all my photos in RGB and convert to b&w in photoshop (CS4). There are three different methods i use and I choose the one that produces the best result (at least to my eye!): the b&w conversion tool, gradient mapping and the “calculations” method. I used the “calculations” method for this particular shot. If you’re not familiar with this, calculations is in the image menu. Set the blending to “multiply” and adjust the two channels and opacity to your taste.

      I also tend to use a circular polarizer when shooting outdoors to increase contrast, reduce glare/reflection and to bring out the clouds in the sky.

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