A Little Place I Found on the Way to Dinner

I wish I could walk to dinner every night and find little places like this along the way. Since I carry my tripod and camera just about everywhere, I’d always be ready in case something like this pops up!

This was shot in Halle, Germany, just a short train ride from Leipzig. I love how these old churches are often lit with orange lights… I think it always makes them look nice against the blue dusky skies.

Setting up the tripod for these evening HDRs always allows you to set the ISO as low as possible, and in aperture priority mode, the shutter will stay open for a long time, letting those clouds drift by and drag light across the lens. It gives a nice feel to the shot and makes the church look even more timeless and solid.

A Little Place I found on the way to dinner in Germany

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  • Matt

    Another great shot! How do you know what f-stop to use when you are shooting your hdr. I always thought you want it at f22 for maximum sharpness, but for this one you used 4.0. Could you help explain how you set this up for your pictures??

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs


    F4 was good for me here… Focused on infinity. I did not want the shutter open TOO long… then the colors would overbleed to me. Having a wide open aperture is not a problem if everything you are shooting is far away.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Mulvin/667797993 Eric Mulvin

    You like those orange lights? I guess they work with your contrast but for some reason I hate them. I like the new bright lights they seem to be switching over to. I think they are using the more energy efficient ones now.

  • http://www.takkiwrites.com Birgit

    great colors ! great atmosphere, again very well done. I like the pic and the atmosphere it creates

  • Marcel

    as always – great shot! You wrote you always carry your tripod with you. What bag or backpack do you use for this? I haven’t found a good solution, yet. Do you take your tripod into hand luggage when flying? Greetings from Munich

  • http://tumblr.hyaena.de Ole

    Woohoo! What a nice shot! Thank you very much!

    Upcoming Saturday I will travel to Halle to visit the “Händelfestpiele” and this shot just reminds me of this beautiful city. Have you been to the “Bergschenke” or “Burg Giebichenstein” and all the other fantastic places at river Saale?

    Greetings from Hannover/Lower Saxony/Germany

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cj-Kern/1187407605 Cj Kern

    Great shot! Love the colors and the flow of the sky, feels like a river.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gail-Moshier/513775196 Gail Moshier

    Breathtaking picture, Trey. I love the colors in this one!!! Wouldn’t it be nice to have old churches like this in the states to attend!! Ours is over 100, but it is a converted old school. But we love it. Thanks again for sharing!! :-)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmartin78 Dale Martin

    People look at me funny when I walk into a restaurant with my big Tamrac backpack and my manfrotto strapped to the back of it. Especially crowed restaurants where you hit peole in the head with your equipment as you walk by. I try to stay out of small crowed restaurants when I have my equipment.

    Great photo Trey!

  • David Ingram

    Beautiful color, composition and sky is great too. WOW!

  • casusan

    Oh wow – beautiful Trey -love the sky in contrast to the church.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/akanksh Sathya Sayee

    This is good shot Trey…. BTW, is it generally a good practice to shoot low light stuff in aperture priority mode?

  • Eric

    Wonderful colors!

    Just curious, but is this a multi-shot HDR? If so, how do you remedy the movement of the clouds/people – all of my multi-shot attempts resulted in a blurred, and gray sky.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/sammers05/ Samantha

    Wow, I just love this! The silky cloud effect is perfect!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trey-Ratcliff/502475833 Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks all!

    Sathya – Yes – I am in Ap Pri 95% of the time.

    Eric – Yes – this is a 5 exposure HDR… The sky can be fixed and people… I mention that in my HDR Tutorial towards the end…

  • http://www.olivierjules.com/ Olivier Jules

    beautiful capture

  • Sebas

    This Picture is aswell from Leipzig – St. Thomas Church – where J.S.Bach has worked.

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