Köln, Germany – Kölner Dom (HDR)

While in Germany last week, I stayed in a wonderful town – Köln (Cologne).  This shot was my target!  I took a walk across the bridge about 5:20 PM and waited for sunset at 6:15 PM.   At this location there is a nice viewing platform.   I walked around for a bit and scouted the best view.  This was it.  I was here until 8 PM…shooting HDR’s non-stop until it became dark.  There were a couple locals set up and taking shots along with me.  Luckily they spoke English and we chatted every so often.  It made the time go by fast.  It was a bit cold!  Probably about 25 degrees with a 10-15 mph wind!  Yikes!

As the sun set, the Kölner Dom lit up and looked stunning with the blue hour sky in the background.   This is the standard shot for this city..but I had to take it!  One of my favorites!   Hope the people shooting with me got some  great shots as well!!   Earlier when I arrived into the city, I visited the Dom…amazing!!!  I’ll post some shots here soon!   I enjoyed this city so much that I may go back this summer for a nite??

Info from the web:  Köln is Germany’s fourth-largest city (after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich), and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants. It is one of the oldest cities in Germany, having been founded by the Romans in the year 38 BC. The name is derived from that of the Roman settlement, Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium.

Cologne lies on the River Rhine. The city’s famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) is one of Europe’s oldest universities.  Cologne is a major cultural center of the Rhineland and has a vibrant arts scene. Cologne is home to more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. The Cologne Trade Fair hosts a number of trade shows such as Art Cologne, the International Furniture Fair (IMM) and the Photokina.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 24.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22.0
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza