Winter on the Streets of Nuremberg

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Castle Gate | 2sec – f/4 – ISO 250 – 20mm

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…

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Castle Gate | 15sec – f/14 – ISO 250 – 12mm

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.

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View from the Castle | 1.6 sec – f/4 – ISO 250 – 28mm

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.

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Old Town | 1.6 sec – f/4 – ISO 250 – 28mm

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Imperial Castle | 2.5 sec – f/4 – ISO 250 – 21mm

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.

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Imperial Castle | 1 sec – f/4 – ISO 640 – 21mm

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.

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Outside the Castle | 4 sec – f/8 – ISO 250 – 21mm

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Castle Hill | 3.2 sec – f/8 – ISO 250 – 18mm

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).

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Am Tiergärtnertor | 1/5 sec – f/4 – IS0 640 – 12mm

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Neutor | 8 sec – f/16 – ISO 200 – 16mm

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Castle & Walls | 8 sec – f/16 – ISO 200 – 41mm

City Walls | Nuremberg | 2018

City Walls | 2.5 sec – f/8 – ISO 200 – 28mm

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Moat | 4 sec – f/10 – ISO 200 – 25mm

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Imperial Castle | 5 sec – f/8 – ISO 200 – 18mm

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Imperial Castle | 10 sec – f/10 – ISO 200 – 24mm

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Imperial Castle | 4 sec – f/7.1 – ISO 200 – 12mm

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!

Marcus

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59 comments

  1. The city looks magical at night. Great captures!! I especially love the lighted glow inside the castle gate. And is that smoke billowing from the chimney in the Castle Hill photo? It looks magnificently mystical.:)

  2. That second one is one is powerful. I imagined someone running and getting lost and not sure if what chased them was going to pounce or suddenly arrive!

      1. I am sure it was and I think I felt the chill looking at a picture or two. But look at those results. You know what they say. No pain, no gain. 🙂

  3. Your photos make me wish I could have been there at night rather than during daylight hours. Even so I got some shots I like.

  4. Beautiful photos! I remember I had been around this castle and city walls It was 2007 haha A long time ago 😁

  5. I’ve been to Germany twice. It would have been nice to see this town. Have you ever seen the Lorelei statue on the Rhine River? I was named after that but my father had been in the states for awhile by then and he misspelled it without knowing. He was born in Hamburg and we didn’t have the internet back then when I as born.

    1. I was already wondering about your name, Loralei, when I read it the first time, thanks for telling the story, love it! And yes, I was at the statue, it is a magic place! Hope you have the chance to return another time! Marcus

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