Hallstatt, Austria

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    Hallstatt, Austria, classic shot on a rainy blue hour.

    This Upper Austrian town of Hallstatt isn't just any village - it's a major Celtic archæological landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This remote town is almost traffic-free. Until the late 19th century, it was only possible to reach Hallstatt by boat or via narrow trails. The land between the lake and mountains was sparse, and the town itself exhausted every free patch of it. Access between houses on the river bank was by boat or over the upper path, a small corridor passing through attics. The first road to Hallstatt was only built in 1890.

    This trip to Austria was as gloomy as can be with the rain pouring most of the time. We found this church to be a nice refuge from the rain until it was time to set up for blue hour. It got dark pretty quick with blue hour creeping in before 7. Even at this time, the rain was still pounding. Thanks to my umbrella-holder/assistant and a little determination on my part, or this shot wouldn't have been possible.

    Nikon D200; Lens: 17-55mm/ f 2.8; Focal Length: 17mm; Exposure: 30.0 sec @ f11; ISO 100;
    © Yen Baet. All Rights Reserved.

    Chris Woo, matthileo, JLMphoto, and 181 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Helmut Reichelt 63 months ago | reply

      Stimmt, es gibt Ähnlichkeiten zu meinem Walchenseebild! Aber hier sind die Mauern der Häuser nicht blau, und das gefällt mir besonders gut.

      It's similar to my Walchensee-Picture indeed. But here i prefer the white color of the houses, a fine contrast to the general blue tone!

    2. Tejas Katdare 61 months ago | reply

      this is simply amazing!!

    3. Mick H 51 60 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous ! !

    4. sergiojose 57 months ago | reply

      Impressive!!!! One of the best pictures I've seen in my life, congrats!

    5. Keith Kamicar 57 months ago | reply

      This is such a beautiful photo! I love the low level clouds warmth of the town and peacefulness of the entire scene.. :)

    6. CAGW 55 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous image - beautiful perspective and exposure

    7. annelivia 52 months ago | reply

      This is definitely worth all the hassle and the wait, it's a real beauty. I'd love to visit that place at some point, it looks so inviting, despite the weather.

    8. JJHaro 50 months ago | reply

      where's the option to choose this pic as my super favourite?

    9. arinna67 50 months ago | reply

      wonderful landscape

    10. berra2007 50 months ago | reply

      Absolutely amazing!!! I love this shot... I voted for you in the final of the NG. I wish you good luck. Compare to all the 9 other pictures yours is the best... You deserve the 1st price.

    11. neoserenity333 49 months ago | reply

      great travel photos!

    12. Carlos Castañeda' 46 months ago | reply

      Beautiful created! the light and the foggy weather are amazing!

    13. Justin Endiafe 46 months ago | reply

      seen this on one of the issue of mabuhay magazine by philippine airlines. love this photo.

    14. 可口可乐 888 44 months ago | reply

      Nice Place, Nice Shot.

    15. mbr100863 30 months ago | reply

      Really beautiful!!

    16. SedatPhotography 23 months ago | reply

      stunning shot

    17. jonathon mcclain 18 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot - I am headed here in a week or so. may I ask if there are a few vantage points you recommend or is it pretty obvious when you get there? thanks!

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