I have spent the past three days in Sopron, Hungary, a beautiful town that I know very well. Paradoxically, this made it more challenging to photograph from a tourist’s perspective. This has helped me understand that my journey involves learning to accept places and people as I find them, including those that are familiar, and thereby leaving the field of experience more open.

These two photographs were taken with a wide angle (20mm) lens from the top of the C17th Tüztorony (Fire Tower) which is the symbol of Sopron. Most of the buildings that you can see in the main square below are from the same period, although built upon a medieval street plan to replace those destroyed by fire in 1676.

I was very pleased to find the Tower still open at 5pm and spent 30 minutes at minus 8C taking photographs alone. In the first, which shows the main square, Kolostor utca (Cloister Street) and Új utca (New Street), I like the three spires and the depth and snowy highlights. In the second, which looks over the top of the two courtyards of the Town Hall, with the spire of the Szent György Church in the distance, I like the way Sopron’s light is reflected in the clouds.

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Fö Tér, Sopron

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Town Hall and Szent György Templom, Sopron