Cochem - Cochem Castle Reflections

Cochem Castle - Cochem, Germany.


Cochem is a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, western part of Germany, and capital of the district Cochem-Zell. It is situated in the valley of the Mosel, at the foot of a hill surrounded by a feudal castle, the Reichsburg, dating from 1051. The town is surrounded by vineyards. The castle of Cochem was first mentioned in year 1130. It was destroyed in 1689, and in 1868, Jakob Louis Ravené purchased it for 300 gold marks and built it in its present form. Since 1978, the city of Cochem owns it.


What a lovely combination - a castle and a river. Cochem is perhaps my favorite castle city that make up the Rhine/Mosel valley. It really is a pleasant place to just sit down, have an ice cream, and enjoy the view, but not necessarily to take night photos. I found it to be very dark especially at the peak of twilight. No details on the bottom of the hill, only shadows. The city was not well lit, and even with a moon that night, it wasn't bright enough to compensate for the lack of light. This was taken at the start of blue hour, only a few minutes after the lights turned on. Then it got too dark after that. If there's anything to be pleased about, it was that the river - usually busy during the day with tourist cruises - was clear and traffic free and gave me a nice reflection.


Camera | Lens: Nikon D700; 24-70mm f/2.8;

Exposure: 30.0 sec; Aperture: f/14: ISO: 100: Focal Length: 40mm;

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Taken on May 23, 2010