Hallstatt, Austria

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;

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Taken on October 10, 2009