Ever since I passed it on my way to Austria in spring of last year, lake Königsee has been on my radar, and for good reason. Situated among the majestic Bavarian Alps it’s an incredibly beautiful lake that offers a lot when it comes to landscape photography. In fact, the whole surrounding area known as Berchtesgaden National Park is quite fabulous. Sadly, I didn’t have the opportunity to visit it back then, so I made a mental note about it and moved on. In the year that followed, images of Königsee and its sister lake Obersee kept periodically appearing in my Instagram feed and in some of the Youtube channels that I watch, until I finally gave in. It was time to see it with my own eyes.
I have been a fan of Formula 1 ever since I first played a F1 game for Sega Mega Drive II back in 1994. And yet, during all these years it has somehow never really occurred to me to watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix live. It just seemed like a waste of money. After all, why sit in one place and miss out on all the action elsewhere on track, when you can see it all for free from the comfort of your couch? Well, it all changed last Christmas when my girlfriend had given me as a present two tickets to 2018 Formula 1 German Grand Prix in Hockenheim. So now, a few weeks after the race and as we find ourselves in the middle of the summer break, is a good time to talk about what that experience was like.
Castle Neuschwanstein is probably the most famous german castle and one of the country’s most notable landmarks. Located just a few kilometers away from the Austrian border, in a small Bavarian town of Hohenschwangau, this fairy tale castle attracts millions of visitors every year and is on every tourist’s “to see” list. Obviously, this means it has been photographed thousands of times before. So is it even worth going to for photographers? Is it still possible to come up with a unique image of such an iconic location?
When it comes to good destinations for landscape photography, southern part of Germany definitely does not disappoint. Between the Black Forest to the west and Berchtesgaden national park on the far east, this area is full of beautiful locations that will get any landscape photographer excited. One such place is a small town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen located right on the border with Austria next to Germany’s tallest mountain Zugspitze. In addition to its alpine meadows, magnificent mountains and deep gorges, this region is also a home to numerous gorgeous lakes. The most famous of them – lake Eibsee – might just be one of the most beautiful lakes in all Germany.
Streymoy and Eysturoy are two of the largest islands of the entire Faroe archipelago and exploring them properly would take weeks, if not months. After all the other places we visited during our Faroe Islands trip, we just didn’t have enough time remaining to give them any sort of justice, especially with 2 straight days of miserable weather and non-stop rain that pretty much grounded us. So instead of trying to come up with a comprehensive guide to these islands, I will just list a few locations that in my opinion are definitely worth checking out, especially for photographers.
Mykines is the westernmost of all the Faroe Islands and is widely known for its population of seabirds, especially puffins, and a hiking trail leading to the lighthouse and offering nice views of the island’s picturesque shoreline. Connected to the rest of the Faroe Islands by both boat and helicopter, it makes for a popular day trip from Vágar, so during our visit to Faroes we decided to spend a day exploring this small island.
The hike to Drangarnir is another great and picturesque hike on the Faroe Islands and a definite favorite of mine. I would even go as far as saying that if I were to choose just a single place to experience on the islands, that would be it. Just as the hike to Trælanípa, this route can be found on the island of Vágar but, unlike the former, it is much longer and a lot more demanding.
The Faroe Islands is, among other things, an outstanding place for hiking. There are a number of hiking routes on the islands, and in this article I would like to talk about perhaps the most famous one – the hike to Trælanípa. Located on the island of Vagar, this hike is both undemanding, easily accessible and incredibly beautiful, making it a popular choice for tourists and locals alike.
I don’t like excessive planning. While travelling, more often than not I prefer to let things run their own course and see where they take me. But that approach doesn’t work so well with photography. Getting good photos requires some preparation, so ever since I got more serious about the images I take, location research has become a part of my routine trip planning. I always try to identify the best places beforehand, imagine how the light is going to be at different times of the day, see if there is anything I should be particularly aware of. This information is not always easy to find, making such preparations quite time-consuming. And Prior to going to Italy I tried looking for some photography tips for shooting Milan and couldn’t find anything comprehensive. So in this article I will sum up what I could find together with my own personal experience on location and provide some photography tips for Milan. Hopefully, this will make somebody’s life a little easier.