Hostelia Noir – Vienna, Austria – Somewhere In Time Weekly Travel Photo.

By Posted in - Europe & Featured Post & Photography Posts & Photos & Somewhere In Time & Vienna on March 6th, 2012


Somewhere In Time is a weekly travel photo from around the world. Enjoy!

As part of our partnership with Hostelbookers last year we were able to stay at one of the coolest hostels I have ever been in – Wombats in Vienna, Austria – which is where I took this photo.

I was walking around taking photos for our review when I spotted this lovely girl in the hat. Her cheekbones were beautiful and she was just so carelessly cool – just like the person I dream of being when I travel. Instead I am always the person who ends up wearing the same grungy outfit for a week straight and has no cool hats.

The minute I saw her, this is how I imagined the scene. It didn’t look like this at all in the hostel lobby – there were people checking in, checking email & chitchatting the night away but when I saw her in this hat with that gorgeous bone structure I saw Noir and nothing else. If only someone had been smoking a cigarette!

Immediately after I noticed the man across from her, enamored by her I’m sure, the girls standing behind her like anonymous shadows. (In a past life I’m quite sure they were probably her minions.) Then lastly, there was the guy checking his email on the left. The scene was so 1940’s Noir yet modern at the same time – I couldn’t resist it. She inspired this entire photo and captivated me instantly.

The lighting wasn’t as dramatic as this in the hostel so I created the look I saw in my head during the editing process. I love this photo because it will always remind me of this moment. The moment I stood in the middle of a Viennese hostel and in an instant watched 80 years of time disappear into the easy going style of a beautiful girl.

I have also decided that I really need to add a hat to my traveling wardrobe…


Stephanie the Travel Chica asked if I could start including technical data in the Somewhere In Time write ups. I’m not sure if I am going to do that for every SIT photo but here are the technical specs for this shot: Aperture  f/2.8, Shutter Speed 1/50, ISO 800.

I always thought adding technical data would detract from the photos in this series but let me know what you think about it.

Also, if you’re interested you can read our review of Wombats Hostel. We loved it!

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  • Christine -

    March 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I too am envious of girls who can pull off hats! Also love how throwback this feels although it’s totally modern–love.

    • Bethany -

      March 7, 2012 at 6:27 am

      Thanks Christine! I’m glad you like the picture and I’m glad I’m not alone in the hat situation. I am definitely going to make sure I find one before the next trip. 🙂 @Christine,

  • Stephanie – The Travel Chica -

    March 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Appreciate it! Between the story behind the photo and a few technical details for us photographers, I am a huge fan of this series 🙂

  • Christy @ Technosyncratic -

    March 9, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Love LOVE the vibe of this photo. I’d be curious to see what the original (pre-processed) photo looks like, and what you did to give it the “noir” ambiance. I so wish I could see a photo like that in my head and just know what was needed to get there. Maybe some day… with a TON more practice. 🙂

  • Canyoning Wales -

    April 25, 2013 at 3:05 am

    When I looked at the picture (before reading the description) I was thinking what great cheek bones that girl has. This is a fantastic image great job, It would be great to see the picture before the edit also. 🙂