As I have stated many times on this blog, one of the most important aspects of my blogging is getting in touch with people from all over this planet. Since starting the “Streets of Nuremberg” nearly three years ago, I have connected with many wonderful people. And with some, even virtual friendships have developed over time. One of them is Rhapsody. Now living in far away Nevada, she has her roots in a small village about an hour by car from Nuremberg. We’ve been talking about meeting each other in real life for quite some time. Now that she came back to Germany to tend to family matters, we finally turned virtual plans into reality. Yesterday I drove out to pick her up and take her to nearby historic town of Schwäbisch Hall, where we did spend a splendid day together, a day full of great talks, photography, sightseeing and enjoying some local beer and food. For the photos of our trip continue after the jump…. (more…)
To everyone out there, but particularly to all the many wonderful people I’ve had the blessings to meet (at least virtually) during my first two years of blogging on the “Streets of Nuremberg”, I wish a peaceful Christmas and much love and laughters together with your family and friends.
It’s been a while since my last episode of “Nuremberg Explored”. With the introduction to the “Angelic Salutation” by famous German sculptor Veit Stoss from 1518, that is one of the masterpieces in Nuremberg’s St. Lorenz Church, I’ll send you in a hopefully sunny weekend. For facts about this artwork and some more photos from inside St. Lawrence continue to read after the jump….
You want to know why I love my city? Just look! The first day of April is a day full of springtime magic in Nuremberg’s historic Old Town at the banks of the Pegnitz River. Maxbrücke to the left, Weinstadel and Henkersturm in the center, the wooden Henkersteg to the right. This would not have looked any different on a spring day four hundred years ago. Tomorrow before sunrise I’ll head back to the Pacific Northwest. But today I enjoy this splendid spring day on the Streets of Nuremberg.
Yes, we made it. We made it to spring. Finally. It was a gorgeous spring day in Nuremberg, temperatures finally above 20 degrees celsius, the birds are going crazy, buds are coming out everywhere, it is just beautiful! Balm for the soul, after a totally crazy work weak. These are some photos of Nuremberg’s northern historic city walls, around the Maxtor, constructed between the 11th and 13th century. Too see some more of the Imperial’s City fortifications on a splendid spring day, continue after the jump….
My son asked me to post this photograph as this was his favorite image of my Saturday Street Shoot in rainy old town Nuremberg. These are reflections of Nuremberg’s Sankt Lorenz Church and of a Bratwurst Hut on the wet cobblestones of the Karolinenstrasse.
I photographed this puddle reflections with the Ricoh GR II down on my knees in pouring rain to the amusement of the passing shoppers who must have wondered about this crazy guy who took photos of a puddle.
I then flipped the image in Lightroom and worked a bit with curves, increased saturation and clarity.
Next up is an “Instant Inspiration” about puddle shooting 😉
Today’s episode of Nuremberg Explored features the Henkerhaus (Hangman’s House), built together with the adjacent Henkerturm in the early 14th century as part of Nuremberg’s medieval city fortifications.
Situated in a sandstone bridge directly over the Pegnitz river the Henkerhaus is the former official living quarters of the executioner of the free imperial city of Nuremberg. The historic building houses a museum that offers fascinating views into the job and the criminal history in medieval Nuremberg. Much of the information comes from first hand, as Franz Schmidt, the most famous of the city’s hangman’s provided insights into his life by leaving us his diaries. Nurembergs Hangman’s lived their isolated lives in these quarters for almost 400 years from the 15th century to 1806.
The buildings on the left are the Wasserturm (Watertower), built in 1320-1325 and the Weinstadel (Winehouse), a historic half timbered house that today is used as a student dormitory.
I took the photograph with my Ricoh GR II with 1/6 sec, f/2.8 and ISO 1600. B&W conversion in Lightroom CC.
November is upon us. Many persons I know dread this month, as it is the month of remembrance of the dead, the month of grey, foggy, cold dull days. There is lots of work in the garden to prepare it for winter. With the change of the clock to winter time this past weekend it is practically dark by 5pm. It is also the transition month between the last warm days of the year with the explosive colors of autumn and the happiness and joy of the upcoming festive season.
Even though daytime photography is practically limited to the weekend as daylight is limited to my working hours, November has great photo opportunities on its own. The fog that frequently enters the city and creeps along the banks of the Pegnitz river makes for great images when combined with the rays of the street lanterns and silhouettes of people rushing by. And its the best time to go out and do some night photography, something we now can comfortably do directly after work, without having to wait until 11pm like in the summer months.
Nuremberg provides for some awesome night photography opportunities, as you can see from the example above. I took this image from the Maxbrücke towards the Henkerhaus (hangman’s house) with its double arches crossing the Pegnitz River. Visible in the background are the twin bell towers of St. Lorenz Church.
I took this image with the Ricoh GR II. Specs are 1/4 sec at f/2.8 and ISO 1600. I rested the camera on the stone railing of the Maxbrücke and used the self timer to avoid shake. I always find it amazing what this small cam is capable of producing in terms of IQ.
The Weißgerbegasse is a scenic alley in Nurembergs historic old town north of the Pegnitz River. Since medieval times home to the profession of the tanners (hence the name, tanner or skinner =Gerber), the ensemble of 20 half timbered houses (Fachwerkhäuser) has survived the bombings of WW II, has been lovingly restored and is now part of Nuremberg’s Historic Mile (will do a separate future post about that). (more…)