In Austria, friends exchange these little good luck charms, often in the form of a pig or a mushroom, on New Year's Eve. This is a small plastic pig that I received from a friend that had a wonderful optical effect when you looked through it.
This is a depot that acts as the main base for many of the trams that operate in Vienna's 20th district and other neighboring districts.
This Nikon FE was a gift to me by a very close friend. Mounted on the camera is the Nikkor 135mm F2.8 Ai-S lens. I took the lens into the hallway of my building and proceeded to shoot a number of photos from many angles before settling on one what I liked.
While walking around the city today, I came across a pair of photographers following a couple dressed as a bride and groom standing at a sausage stand here in Vienna. I think they were models, because they had very thick coats over the dress and tuxedo (it is winter, after all), but it doesn't matter. Everyone around them was stopping and staring, some snickering but this one woman was absolutely beaming with happiness. I watched the crowd for a number of minutes and only after looking up did I find a smile. I so wish I had had a longer lens, though...
I made this photo in the middle of the lunch rush at a McDonald's here in Vienna. These folks were slammed. I used to work in fast food and I know what a dinner or lunch rush can be like - it's a rough job with little pay but these folks were great. I don't think I'd ever seen any McDonald's work through that many orders as fast as they were. This particular woman was especially on the ball.
If you like looking at, or better yet spraying, graffiti, you'll love Vienna. The entier stretch of the canal that runs through the center of the city is covered with murals and other pieces and they're completely legal. Plenty of space and there are truly some beautiful, colorful pieces to admire. Always a great way to mix some culture into a romp down the canal.
This is my favorite street in Vienna. Not because my favorite restaurant/brewery is on it, but there is no other street in Vienna like it that I know of; it's completely empty sans a few small shops or bars. Very low key and otherwise unknown.
Close to my apartment there is a wonderful shop that sells ingredients for South Asian food. The people that work there are extremely nice and always helpful - it's one of my favorite stores in all of Vienna to visit, a real contrast to the otherwise gruff nature of your average supermarket worker in Vienna.
My mother-in-law has a small rose bush in her garden in Steiermark. Due to the unseasonably warm weather all of the plants and animals are a bit thrown off and today we noticed that her roses were actually blooming in January. Quite bizarre.
I met this adorable little girl in the train on the way home today and her attentive father. I can't wait until I have kids one day - I'm already jealous of anyone that has children of their own.
I never realized this until I actually photographed my camera, but apparently while the build quality is amazing, the lines of the camera aren't terribly straight. That's not my composition or the lens but actually the camera. I've never seen something like this in a camera before...
Cacti are the perfect plants for guys - water them whenever you remember and they'll grow just fine. Mine is doing very well in the apartment and has one part that is just growing so much faster than the rest.
I went to the top floor of my building and this time decided to bring my camera with me.
Taken at an open air market in my neighborhood.
I'm not sure why but I have a fascination with Vespas. They're one of the most iconic designs that for decades has hardly ever changed. While other brands try to reconnect with their past and capitalize on "vintage", the Vespa has always been the Vespa. Sure there have been updates over the years but you can always tell a Vespa from other scooters just by looking at it.
I made a similar picture with one of my older analog cameras but this time I wanted to give it a try in digital and see what I could do with the scene, especially in post.