Rain or Shine, Mirabell Gardens is a Delight

Rain drops gather on pink roses in Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria.

Here's a simple photo made of rain-sodden flowers in the beautiful Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria. I'd spent the day touring the nearby hills, visiting local attractions. It had been a warm, sunny day but, just before I arrived back in town, the heavens suddenly opened and several hours of quite heavy showers began.

Rain Makes for Great Photo Opportunities

Did that stop me? No way! Rain brings lots of opportunities to the enthusiastic photographer and I continued to explore and photograph the Mirabell Gardens and the streets beyond.

Rain washes away dust and saturate colors, particularly when the sun shines and sets surfaces alight. Don't give up just because the weather heads south. Great photo opportunities await, particularly at the edges of the weather, when the hard-working photographer can be blessed with amazing light.

In fact the color in the leaves and flowers was so rich that I opted for a somewhat desaturated, vintage look. I achieved this in Adobe Lightroom, although Adobe Photoshop was also employed. Does the color of the roses accurately represent reality, or the way my camera recorded it? No, but it's made for a better photo and, as a consequence, an enhanced viewer experience. 

Salzburg is a lovely city, rich in history and architecturally fascinating. Mirabell Gardens is one of numerous first-class locations featured in the motion picture the Sound of Music. A delight in color and texture, you won't be disappointed with your visit to Mirabell Gardens.

And don't let a few drops of rain disappoint you. I got wet, walked back to the hotel to dry off, put on my raincoat and headed out for more. And I hope that's what you'd also do, given the same circumstances. Just be careful as not all cameras have decent water resistance. Do all you can to keep your camera dry when photographing under such circumstances.

Later that night, as the rain got heavier, I rewarded myself with a pizza and beer and watched the rain fall on the cobbled streets of Salzburg, this lovely town in the north of Austria.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru