Two Views of Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is in the very center of Vienna. The square outside is always bustling with visitors, and just as many venture inside to see its magnificent interior. Although I have taken many photographs of it over the years, I am always looking for a new ways to capture it. Here are two such pictures from the last few days.

The first was taken with a fisheye lens. The spire in the middle appears more of less “normal”, but the vertical lines on either side get more and more curved as they get closer to the edge of the frame. I took this on December 14, and you can see the Christmas Tree in the square.

Stephansplatz as seen with a fisheye lens

In the last few years, the interior of the Cathedral is lit by different colors in different times of the year. The colors during the holiday season are especially captivating.

Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral with holiday lighting.

Technical details:

  • Nikon D800 was used for both images
  • Fisheye image: Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens; 6 seconds, F/5.6, ISO 320, tripod mounted
  • Interior image: Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR Lens; 2 seconds, F/5.6; ISO 400; monopod braced against a metal gate to stabilize the camera.



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