Cochem - Cochem Castle Reflections

Newer Older

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;
Copyright 2010 | Yen Baet | All Rights Reserved.
Do not use any of my images without permission.

Helmut Reichelt, seaberry6, and 41 other people added this photo to their favorites.

View 12 more comments

  1. *ChRiSeDa* 59 months ago | reply

    i can't stop looking at your stream... it's simply beautiful... love the blue.

  2. saintcreature 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Global Civilization, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. AmpamukA 59 months ago | reply

    Beautiful capture,great work !!!

  4. pDOTeter 59 months ago | reply

    Really wonderful picture, instant fave
    -- ( ?² )

  5. JdJ Photography ( 59 months ago | reply

    Another great blue hour shot, with nice reflection.

  6. dusk013 59 months ago | reply

    WOW what a view !!!
    Amazing colors lights and details.

  7. Thomas Bublak · Photography 59 months ago | reply

    amazing Yen, I like your work!

  8. Tom Uhlenberg 59 months ago | reply

    Lovely capture, Yen. The detail in the dark woods is very good.
    It is one of my favorite towns in the Rhineland too.
    Your photo really makes me want to revisit it...

  9. haegar52002 59 months ago | reply

    wunderschöne Aufnahme... klasse Spiegelungen... wunderschönes Licht

  10. Seth Oliver Photographic Art 59 months ago | reply

    what a beautiful scene....

  11. Andy Kennelly 59 months ago | reply

    hey, you caught a photo of my house on the hill. another beautiful night shot. your lighting is always so good!

  12. JLMphoto 59 months ago | reply

    This is such a beautiful setting. I'm just wondering why you didn't get them to turn some lights on on that boat in the lower right? :) At least they lit the castle for you! Wonderful image, Yen.

  13. JaveFoto 59 months ago | reply

    Awesome color and reflections here, love the golden one from the castle.

  14. fourdollared [deleted] 59 months ago | reply

    Very beautiful!

  15. Laurent T (aka thery_lg) 59 months ago | reply

    Been busy, so I discover your four last shots together. This one as well as Centralbron traffic view are the two I prefer - better light and colors.

  16. Dan Wiklund 57 months ago | reply

    One again a well executed night shot with very good water reflection.

  17. CAGW 55 months ago | reply

    Stunning capture - brings back happy memories of my visit there in 1996

  18. Bazalai 50 months ago | reply

    Gorgeously composed !

    Marius Vasiliu

keyboard shortcuts: previous photo next photo L view in light box F favorite < scroll film strip left > scroll film strip right ? show all shortcuts