We’ve got a lot of snow in the past days, although today the rain has washed away most of it. When it started to snow on Thursday, I decided to put camera bag and tripod in the car to head downtown for some after office shooting of the snow-covered old town. For more photographs and my weather induced challenges continue after the jump…
When I started to set up camera and tripod, it continued to snow, which is not a problem for my gear as the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the attached 12-100mm F/4 Pro Zoom are both weather sealed. Much more of a problem were the cold temperatures of -4 Celsius (24F), that made it really difficult to operate the dials of the camera, despite me wearing my photographers gloves my fingertips were frozen solid after a few minutes, and I seriously considered returning to the car. I remembered an advice from The Significant Other, that removing the gloves and simply put the fingers in the coat pockets would help to warm them up again, and that’s what I did. Surprisingly, when I put the gloves back on after a few minutes and started shooting again the fingers stayed fine the rest of the 3 hours I spent walking around the castle and the Old Town.
When exiting the car it was snowing heavily and I did consider for a moment to just take camera and tripod for the walk and leave the backpack in the trunk, but then I was super happy I brought it along, as I had four fully charged batteries in it, and it turned out I needed two of them. I was amazed how quickly the cold and the many long exposure shots I took from the tripod were draining the batteries.
In the photo above you can see in the lightbeams of the castle illuminations how it was snowing. Due to the cold and the very fine ice particles that were coming down, nothing got stuck on the lens, it amazingly stayed dry.
After 5pm the main castle area is closed, but one can always access the anterior part inside the castle gates and the little platform outside the main gate whith its splendid views of the city below.
Below the Imperial Castle is the most beautiful part of the historic Old Town, with the narrow alleys and the many half-timbered housed. The photo below shows the area at the Tiergärtnertor, one of the old city gates, that also features the house of Nuremberg’s principal artist, the Rennaissance sculptor and painter Albrecht Dürer (the one behind and to the left of the old well).
After leaving the Old Town through one of the city gates I walked outside along the moat and the walls back up the Castle Hill to were I’ve parked the car. Even thow it was snowy and icy cold, I really loved the late evening tour through my city. I hoped you enjoyed the views of the romantic snowy Streets of Nuremberg.
Have a great Saturday!