• Architecture,  General,  Texture

    Heidelberg Castle

    the Heidelberg Castle is world-famous and famous for the romantic feelings it triggers. Anyone who comes to the city in spring or early summer enjoys a mild warmth and a light wind that flows through the Neckar Valley.

    In autumn, the winds that hits the photographer is icy cold and the facial masks that you have recently at hand are a welcome support in taking pictures. The warm colors of the following photographs deceive one of them.

    Fog in the valley of river Neckar at Heidelberg (sunrise over Old Bridge). © Julian Köpke

    The warmth of the Neckar gives rise to considerable early mist during a cold night, which stretches over the trees to the south and west. The mists also reach the Heidelberg Castle, which subsequently appears a little more romantic and ruined.

    The Heidelberg Castle in the morning mist © Julian Köpke
    The Heidelberg Castle in the morning mist © Julian Köpke
  • Architecture,  Monochrome,  Travel

    Surprising light

    Looking for a photo opportunity I stumbled over a burial site which is not far from the part of Stuttgart I grew up for several years. I had the chance to test a back for my Phase One. So I visited the grave monument of Württemberg commissioned by Wilhelm I. for his beloved wife Queen Catharina Pavlovna.

    On a sunny day at noon each cam works nice. Hence, for a testing opportunity, the decision to photograph the vault or crypt was made quickly. And she paid off.

    Burial site of Catharina Pavlovna Stuttgart © Julian Köpke

    The central hall is covered by a dome roof, which makes a clear allusion to the Pantheon in Rome. The top of the dome in Rome is open. As a result, the influence of the weather is directly perceptible within the sacred space. In Swabia, with lot of rain and occasional snow, a glass dome was chosen as the end.

    My 35mm lens is on my Phase One equivalent to 22mm full frame sensor. The following image is a single shot without a tripod. No HDR technique was applied.

    Dome roof a the burial site of Catharina Pavlovna Stuttgart © Julian Köpke

    In the tomb one floor deeper, the main person of this burial site is presented with a bust on which a fresh flower had been draped laterally. The delicacy of the flower and its color was impressive. Who put the flower there ?

    Bust of Catharina I, Queen of Württemberg © Julian Köpke

    Bright electric light bulbs were placed in front of the sarcophage of Catharina and her husband so that a visitor could read the inscription. Dark corners are present as well as moderately bright spots.

    Sarkophage of Catharina and Wilhelm © Julian Köpke

    It was hard for me to leave the building, which had given me so many different and actually tricky light conditions, so close beneath together. Each image was obtained handheld, without tripod or flash, of course.

    Leaving the chapel on Württemberg © Julian Köpke
  • Architecture,  Travel,  World at night

    Japan, mon amour

    New love. New feelings. Less than one day in Japan. Tokyo means architecture like a mountain range. Food like a fair of flavors. Mild temperatures in the urban area. Some warm rain now and then.

    Tokyo Bay View © Julian Köpke

    Have I seen this before ?  Hasn’t it been bigger ? The statue of liberty in Tokyo. Obaida: a skywalk for people and photographers.

    Statue of liberty in Tokyo © Julian Köpke
    Spider Men in Obaida enjoying Tokyo © Julian Köpke

    A short night after a dinner in a typical restaurant. For the first time dining without shoes. Sitting low, feet underneath our tables. Lights, clouds and fog. Silence. Some sleep. Getting some rest.

    Tokyo at night © Julian Köpke

    Dawn is coming. Pleasant change through translation in space and time. We are not lost.

    Early morning in Tokyo © Julian Köpke
  • Architecture,  reflection,  Travel

    Sinking ship

    A reflection often leads me to a contemplation. That’s what happened to me today at the Berlin Reichstag.

    At the shore of river Spree in Berlin are mounted plates to commemorate those who had been killed when trying to reach freedom. When photographing a reflection in a window front of the Berlin House of Representatives this reflection appeared slightly tilted and looked like a sinking ship.

    Was the death of these people now pointless ?

    What is the point of an overpopulated Reichstag, where the groups in dispute have lost fundamental commonalities and goals ?

    Reflection or consideration: past and future in a window reflection ? Fall of the building Reichstag ? © Julian Köpke
  • Architecture,  Travel

    Port cranes in Heilbronn

    Cranes have always fascinated me. When I was a little boy, I could watch her work for hours. When I arrived at the garden exhibition in Heilbronn, I initially only had eyes for the two harbour cranes that were unloading the cargo of sand from a ship.

    The old cranes look historic, but were still in service. I especially liked their green and yellow and the many ropes with which the shovel from the boom reached into the ship to pack the goods.

    Harbour cranes Heilbronn © Julian Köpke
    Harbour cranes Heilbronn © Julian Köpke
  • Architecture,  General,  Travel

    Leipzig 2.0

    Second journey to Leipzig. Half way stop at Schloss Seehof in Memmelsdorf. Finest square architecture. Splendid water cascade.

    Cascade Schloss Seehof Bamberg Castle Gardens © Julian Köpke

    Leipzig has been a town since round about 1200. Many places were reconstructed after destruction during socialist dictatorship. The horrible blast of the Pauliner Church in 1967 lead to a beautiful and appealing reconstruction after 1989.

    Leipzig Paulinum © Julian Köpke
  • Architecture

    Bridge into the light

    We left Heceta Head lighthouse with an undecided feeling. The day before the lighthouse had been in a gorgeous light. A talk about the building and its history was not enlightening. The sunrise at Cape Creek came all of a sudden through fog from many directions. The bridge took a bath in this crepuscular light.

    Cape Creek Bridge in a light bath at sunrise © Julian Köpke
  • Architecture

    Civilisation’s arrow

    My train was late. So I had enough time to take this image of a skyscraper at Mannheim Main Station. Since long I was starring at this triangular building with a real thin shape. On the digital image small corrections for the overhead wires had to be done. Turning the image to the right it became a civilisation’s arrow. An illusion ? Short after my shot the lights were turned off.

    Civilisation's arrow © Julian Köpke
  • Architecture

    Schwetzingen

    A walk through the castle gardens of Schwetzingen is always a highlight. On a warm and sunny autumn day everything is beautiful. Warmth and colors seem to be caressing you.

    The ancient ruler in the 18th century built a mosque to demonstrate his tolerance. Today inside was a cool light in contrast to the autumn colors outside.

    Dome of the Mosque in the castle gardens of Schwetzingen © Julian Köpke