Petra Sittig Photography - Vienna, Austria
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My Journal

We all have to start somewhere, doesn’t matter what it is we do, and every start is the beginning of a process that we can never predict. I am writing about how I started photography, the initial inspiration and encouragement by my friend George, and the on-going learning process, by just doing.



















Capture the magic

Vienna, the musical capital of the world, the birthplace of the waltz, and known for its beautiful opera house and historical buildings, is also home to the Topfenbällchen. These little doughnut-like balls, just big enough for two bites, are my guilty pleasures on my way to the gym. (you have to make it worth going). When it comes to the Topfenbällchen, there are four options; plain, with no filling, chocolate filling, custard filling or jam filling. The custard and chocolate fillings are may favourite, although I have settled for the jam filling if this was the last ball standing.

Little surprises

After a few hours out shooting, it’s always good to come and have a look what I have managed to capture. It’s like biting into a Topfenbällchen. You never know how much filling you are going to get. Wonderful of course if more than half of the inside is filled with chocolate or custard, but then there are also times when there is only a little drop of filling to be found in the last bite.

See the magic

On going through the downloaded photographs, of I discovered a little bit of magic. I was so sure that what I had captured, had to be the couple’s first kiss. Now this was the same as biting into a Topfenbällchen filled with chocolate to the max. I saw this couple walking, and what caught my attention was the skateboard the guy was carrying. They went to sit down, and I thought immediately that this was an interesting shot because they both wen to sit on the skateboard. I kept shooting because they were moving the whole time, and I just wanted to make sure that I could at least get one perfect shot. What I did not anticipate was that they would kiss. I almost missed that as by this point I thought I already had my picture. This was true magic.

A first kiss

It was only at home, in front of the computer, when I had a look and the sequence of the photographs, that it all made sense. I am almost positive that it could have been their first kiss just by the way they were fooling around on the skateboard. I almost got the idea that the guy was building up the courage to go in for the kiss, and the girl, secretly hoping that he does.


Maybe it’s just because I am a hopeless romantic that I might think this, but for me this has been one of the photography moments that I will always remember. Not only because of the photographs themselves, but also because of the valuable lesson that I have learnt in the process: The key is patience. There is only one second from getting the shot to missing the shot.


“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”

― Roald Dahl