Heidelberg, Germany – HDR


from the lovely German town of Heidelberg…here is part of the towns square. Up above to the left you can see part of the castle that overlooks the city. Heidelberg has to be one to the nicest small cities in all of Germany. If you are looking for a town that brings you back in time, this is it! Def worth a visit!!

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Heidelberg, Germany (HDR)


From the lovely little city of Heidelberg, Germany. A place made for photography. Heidelberg Castles is nestled in the hills overlooking the River Neckar. The day I visited we only had 3 hours in the city….I really hope to get back there one day and spent a nite or two. It is one of the few German cities that make you feel you have gone back in time. Sorry for the now added watermark. They will now be on all pics from now on. I’ll try to keep them low profile.

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Heidelberg, Germany (HDR)

Here is another HDR from the lovely Heidelberg, Germany.  Walking city streets couldn’t be better.   These amazing little German towns have so much style and charm.  I think you cannot take a bad picture.   Tiny cute shops, great Mom & Pop restaurants and the people are so nice and welcoming.   I hope to be back in the winter and catch a snowy day here..I bet it would be stunning!    Have fun!  Auf Wiedersehen!

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 13.0mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, HDR Efex Pro, Viveza
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    Heidelberg, Germany – Fountain (HDR)

    Located on the grounds at the Heidelberg Castle is this cool fountain of Neptune.  I saw it in the distance and thought it would be perfect for an HDR!  Not sure of the importance of the fountain…I googled it..no luck. It is beautiful!   The garden grounds have pathways and trees to walk under along with a grassy area to have a picnic.   Back in the day I can see the people that lived there enjoyed a lovely stroll around the grounds.  This fantastic little city must have been amazing years ago!

    Info from the web: Nestled in the hill 300 feet above the city of Heidelberg stands the breath-taking Heidelberg Schloss (castle). The castle is a combination of several buildings surrounding an inner courtyard, put together with a haphazard look. Each building highlights a different period of German architecture. The castle has a history almost as old as the city itself. The first parts of the castle were constructed around 1300, but it wasn’t before Prince Elector Ruprecht III (1398 – 1410) that the castle was used as a regal residence. Until it was destroyed by lightning in 1764 leaving it permanently uninhabitable, the castle was the residence for most of the Prince Electors. In 1800, Count Charles de Graimberg began the difficult task of conserving the castle ruins. Up until this time, the citizens of Heidelberg had used the castle stones to build new houses. Just as breath-taking as the castle is from the city, so too is the city from the castle. From either the Great Terrace or the gardens, one has an amazing view of Heidelberg, the Neckar River, and the Neckar valley far into the Rhine plain. On a clear day, Mannheim is even visible on the horizon.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Heidelberg, Germany (Infrared)

    Here is one more shot from the beautiful Heidelberg, Germany!  I only took a handful of IR shots  this day, but this one I liked alot!  A nice different view of the old bridge/city.  You can see the castle up on the left.  This was taken at dusk….around 9:45 PM.  So if you are thinking of trying Infrared…you can take shots anytime of the day!!

    I noted on my Facebook page yesterday, I roughly plan to give my first speech/presentation/tutorial on Infrared Photography for the Austin SMUG Group on October 20th.  If you are in Austin this day hope you can join us!  I’ll post firm details as it gets closer!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
    • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 20.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  5 seconds
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro

    Heidelberg, Germany – Sunset City View (HDR)

    Here is a city view Sunset shot of the amazingly beautiful little city in Germany – Heidelberg.  It was my first visit ever.  I only had 2 hours to grab as many shots as possible, every minute was worth it.  I had a few of my friends tell me to visit… as it was one of their favorite cities in Germany.  Just the little time I was there….I agree!   This view was from the Heidelberg Castle overlooking the city.  We took a 10 minute taxi ride from the Train Station and arrived at 8 PM.  We walked around the castle grounds…lovely!   When we finished we took a walk down many steps to the Market Place below (Gold Sphere).  At the lower middle of the picture you can see a parting of the buildings…these are the steps down to the town.  A nice workout!  I’d hate to walk up to the castle…whew!  Taxi!!!  LOL

    Around the Cathedral in the middle of the town you can find many shops and cute little hotels.  I heard from my friend Mike that Zum Ritter was a great one.  I made the post the other day and it seems many have visited this wonderful place.  If you have any other hotel ideas…please let me know.  I may be back in September and would enjoy staying the nite.  One target spot I have seen before is right across the river up in the open grassy area…a great shot for a city/castle view!   Another shot coming next month.

    Some info form the web:  Heidelberg is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As of 2008, over 145,000 people live within the city’s 109 square kilometres (42 sq mi) area. Heidelberg is a unitary authority. The Rhein-Neckar-Kreis rural district surrounds and has its seat in the city, but the city is not a part of the district.  Heidelberg lies on the river Neckar at the point where it leaves its narrow, steep valley in the Odenwald to flow into the Rhine valley. 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest of Heidelberg, it joins the river Rhine at Mannheim. Heidelberg is part of a densely populated region known as the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 VR
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Heidelberg, Germany – Neutral Density Filter

    I just arrived back this weekend from a week in Germany.  Added a few pounds due to the great beers!  LOL  Summer in Germany is wonderful!  But for landscape photography it is tough!  Sunrise is 5 AM and sunset is 10 PM!  Whew…a bit early and late!  I was in Frankfurt most of the week working and met up with my good friend Chris from JosSchneider Optische Werke GmbH.  He was kind of enough to give me a gift this day.  For anyone that knows filters….Schneider is B&W Filters (the world’s leading manufacturer of filters).  They have tons of filters for any of your camera needs!!

    The amazing ND Filter Chris gave me was the 77mm ND #106  1.8-64x.  Thanks so much Chris!!   Info on this filter is here…

    This B+W Neutral Density Filter reduces the light by six f-stops. With this filter and without changing the f-stop, a shutter speed of 1/60 s is changed to a full second, thus requiring the use of a tripod. Flowing water is rendered as flowing in the photo, and people moving in streets are dissolved in unsharpness or become invisible. Because of its higher transmission in the red beyond 660 nm, this filter brings a slightly warm tone to color photographs. If this effect is undesirable, a B+W UV-/IR-Blocking Filter 486 in front of the neutral density filter (not behind it) remedies that situation. The filter factor is 64x.

    So the challenge lies ahead for learning ND Filters!  As I was working most of the week…I had a little time to shoot.  But one evening we traveled to lovely and amazing Heidelberg!  (Thanks to Jim and Marianne for the heads up!)…such a cute little city!  I will post an HDR from here soon and go into details.  So as for the ND Filter…I knew the river was going to give me a chance to try it.  I set up on the river banks about 9:45 PM.  Just getting a little dark.  I took about 4 shots with varied exposures.  This one was my favorite.  Not bad, but I still have lots to learn!  I love the water motion it creates and how bright the scene is…when it was much darker in real time.

    So I ask, anyone that has experience with ND Filters, please post any scoops for me and all of us to learn!  Any web sites or comments are welcome! Thanks for your help!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Manual  Mode
    • Filter: B&W ND #106 1.8-64X
    • Focal Length: 24.0mm
    • ISO: 100
    • Exposure:  30 seconds
    • Aperture:  f/4
    • Gear:  Tripod
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4 & CS5, Viveza