Nuremberg, Germany (HDR)


While walking through the city center one night in chilly Nuremberg, I walked over a bridge and saw this cool view at sunset. Nuremberg is one of my favorite little cities in Germany. Some info from the web: Nuremberg is the second-largest Bavarian city, and fourteenth largest municipality in Germany. Particularly after the EU eastern enlargement, the city has profited from its central location within the European economic region. With 500,000 inhabitants, Nuremberg is the economic, services and cultural centre of Northern Bavaria, and the centre of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region with about 3.5 million inhabitants.

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 20.0 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

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Nurnberg, Germany – St. Lorenz Cathedral (HDR)

I was having a little photoshop fun last nite with an HDR.  I saw a lesson on how to create this special effect on some small brochure and wanted to give it a try.  Now I admit not to being anything close to knowledgeable at Photoshop. I know the basics on how to process my HDR’s and that is about it.  I can add textures easily…no problem…but for this I tried to add my moon shot…it was cool..but my moon needed to be sharper and crisp on the edges.  Maybe a stock moon shot would have worked better?   Here is the moon version…small and from afar it looks great, but up close it was messy.    But at least I figured it out!  I’ll find a stock shot of a moon and give it a try one day again in the future.

I promised myself this year to learn Photoshop and how to really work on layers. After my summer travel schedule slows down, this fall, I will get to work on learning Photoshop.  I am certain there are some cool things you can do to a photo.  I will not use it all the time, but its like texturing…done correctly, it can create great art!  I gladly will diversify my photography skills, why not my photoshop skills as well!  Original Shot…

Any skilled Photoshoppers want to teach me?  =)  Matt Kloskowski…shoot me an email!  LOL  I am a member of NAPP and Kelby Training…so study time is due one day soon!

Nurnberg, Germany – St. Lorenz Cathedral (HDR)

Here is another photo from the beautiful St. Lorenz Cathedral in Nurnberg, Germany!   I  truly enjoy shooting any churches and/or cathedrals in HDR.  I’d say as long as the composition is solid, the photo will be wonderful!!! For this shot I added the fisheye lens to broaden the view.  The candle they put in the middle of the floor is sweet for photos!    Add a little longer exposure and you get the light flare!  This view is of the backside of the Cathedral – where the entrance is located.   Amazing!!!    I could have shot here all day, but the doors closed at 6 PM and I rushed to get lot of shots.   I left soon after and walked into a snowstorm while meandering down the streets. Nurnberg is one of my favorite cities in Germany to visit.  My top list would be:  Munich, Berlin, Koln, Nurnberg and Frankfurt.   I am sure there a a bunch of great little towns.  If you know any…post em here!  I am always looking for another place 2 explore!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

Nürnberg, Germany – St. Lorenz Cathedral (HDR)

I just returned form Germany. It was quite cold and snowy!  I visited many cities and had a chance to stop by one of my favorite places in Germany…Nürnberg.  A cute little city north of Munich and east of Frankfurt.   Temperatures last week were about 20-35 degrees.  A bit chilly!  When I arrived in Nürnberg late one afternoon, I had about an hour before my main target St. Lorenz Cathedral closed for the day.   I got there and had about 45 minutes to shoot.  You walk in this amazing church and your jaw drops!  I set up my tripod and shot away!  About 20 minutes later the guard came up to me and said it was ok for me to shoot with a tripod! WOW!!

I set up all over the place…using wide angle and my fisheye.   It is such a large Cathedral…this shot above is just the back end section!!!   I have many many great HDR’s from here. I’ll post a few more over the next few months.  The Cathedral closed at 6 PM and I walked outside to the beautiful little streets filled with shops in every direction.  As I walked an looked for my next location…a tremendous snow squall fell upon the city!  It was snowing so hard, I could barely see.  The flakes were enormous!  In a matter of minutes of walking down the street, I was covered in white!!   I walked up to a Christmas/Souvenir Store and warmed up inside waiting for the snow to pass.  20 minutes later the snow was gone and I went out to shoot some more.  A fun evening of photos in Nürnberg!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

HDR Tutorial

Nurnberg - HDR

I just added the completed HDR tutorial to the site!  You can find in on the right-top section on the front page.  Just click the link and it will take you there!   Sorry some of the indents are off…not easy converting from a word document to a web based application.  One day when I get a full time site, I’ll clean it up a bit.  If you have any questions, just let me know.

The photo above is used in the tutorial.  It is from Nurnberg, Germnay.   See how it was processed from start to finish!   Don’t forget to become a fan on Facebook!  Click here… Talke Photography.  You can also find this image on iPhoneHDR.com  as a free wallpaper for you iPhone or iPod Touch!  Check my blog entry for this web site for more details.  Enjoy!

Nurnberg, Germany – Spherical Dreams

Nurnberg, Germany - Globes

NIKON D300, Nikon 105 VR

While I was in Nurnberg walking around the Hauptmarkt (shopping area).  There were tons of little shops.   I stopped in one that looked fairly large.  I have heard Nurnberg is known for toys so I wanted to see what they had.  My goal was to find a cute toy for my little one (she is 4 years old).  Most everything was so wonderful!  Unfortunately they were all handcrafted items such as; beer steins, cookoo clocks (they were awesome!), plates, and amazing wood carved people (soliders, Santas, workers, etc…).  Everywhere I looked was a special sight to see!!   Not much for a 4 year old, but I did see these brilliant glass spheres hanging from the ceiling.  I thought to buy one, but I still had 1 week of travel left and a long plane ride…how would it survive without breaking?   I will go back later this year more prepared and pick one up!

German craftsmanship is tops in my book!   I was mesmerized at everything I saw. A wall of cookoo clocks brought me back to my childhood.  We had one growing up.  The steins were beautiful!  I luckily had my camera and took a few shots for fun.  The picture above had very nice bokeh.  For those that may not know what bokeh is…bokeh is derived from a Japanese word “boke” meaning blur or haze. Its a photographic term reffering to the appearance of a light sources in an out-of-focus area of an image caused by the camera lens using a shallow depth of field. 

I thought the image had a dreamy feel to it and I opened it up on Color Efex Pro 3.0 and added a soft focus effect to it.   Hope you enjoy!

Nurnberg, Germany – HDR

Nurnberg, Germany HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

This picture is from Nurnberg, Germany.  I visit here once a year and enjoy staying in this little city.  This was taken this past February on a chilly late afternoon.   There is a city center (Hauptmarkt) that has many shops/restuarants and quick 2 minute walk from there is this church is called St. Sebald.  It began in 1230 and was finally completed in 1500 after being modified several times.   There are many nice sights to see in Nurnberg.  Definately stop over if you are in the area.  From Frankfurt it is roughly 3 1/2 hours via train. 

Some of my favorite German cities are Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Cologne, and Nurnberg.   Bavaria is a beautiful section of Germany.   As you get close to Austria the landscape is amazing.  I have been on some trains through this area and have seen some beautiful waterfalls in the distance!   Of course the beer in Germany is wunderbar!!! 

As for this shot HDR was a perfect choice!  A gloomy winter day with ominous clouds.   I took 5 exposures hand held and post process in Photomatix.   After I post processed I felt it needed a little something to it.  I opened it in Color Efex Pro 3.0 and used a filter to give it that extra touch.    Definately gives it a moody feel.   Enjoy!