What To Do When The Details Surround You

If you believe, as I do, that life is lived in the details, your camera must always be ready to take in what you can’t.

Melk Abbey Pano iPhoneography by Jann Alexander © 2016

Melk Abbey Panorama iPhoneography by Jann Alexander © 2016


There are times you happen on something so rich in detail your mind can’t even take it all in, and that’s the time to take out your iPhone, turn on the camera, and shoot.

The Melk Abbey along the Danube River in Austria is one of those places. As I turned circles in the cathedral’s crossing, I was dazzled by the talent and effort unknown artisans put into each of its details. An iPhone panorama photo (above) gave me an establishing shot.

Melk Abbey Ceiling iPhoneography by Jann Alexander © 2016

Melk Abbey Ceiling iPhoneography by Jann Alexander © 2016


Above me, the arches, circular windows, woodwork, gold carvings and painted murals in the nave demanded my attention. I looked up (always a good idea—more on that HERE) and found a wealth of details to study later. Preferably once I’d enhanced my photos to display on a large screen, without the aching neck that accompanies a head craned backwards.

Melk Abbey Ceiling Symmetry iPhoneography by Jann Alexander © 2016

Melk Abbey Ceiling Symmetry iPhoneography by Jann Alexander © 2016


But I was willing to strain my neck awhile longer when I found the ultimate opportunity for symmetry (above), and captured the richness of detail in the dome. All things worth looking around, and up, to find.

That’s how I feel about all the details that still await my discovery. Because I think life is lived in the details. 

For more details and photo tips, take a look HERE.


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