Wawel | Cracovie, Pologne

The Wawel Castle in Kraków enlightened at night. HDR Photo taken just before sunrise from the opposite side of the Vistula

Il y a des jours où vous vous réveillez le matin et, même s’il fait encore nuit noire dehors, vous avez déjà le sentiment que les photos vont être superbes aujourd’hui. Ce jour-là, je me suis retrouvé à courir à travers Cracovie pour arriver à l’heure au château Wawel. D’une certaine manière, les distances dans les endroits inconnus semblent toujours beaucoup plus petites sur une carte que ce qu’elles sont réellement.

Mais la course en valait la peine, j’étais juste à l’heure. Le Wawel, résidence des rois polonais pendant tant de siècles, était encore illuminé et offrait, avec les nuages, une scène à couper le souffle. J’ai installé mon trépied dans la boue de la rive de la Vistule et, juste au moment où j’ai fini de photographier, les lumières se sont éteintes. Je suppose qu’une fois de plus, j’ai eu une chance incroyable, mais la prochaine fois, je préfère me réveiller 10 minutes plus tôt.

Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 18mm
ISO: 400
Exposures: 3 (-2, 0, +2)
Aperture: 6.7
Exposure time (middle): 2s
Tripod: Manfrotto 190CXPRO4
Size: 13.4 MPx
Date: Taken in November 2013

Location: Riverbank of the Vistula, south-west of the Wawel Castle

Software: Lightroom 5.2, Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro

Workflow: Sometimes you have to get dirty to get a good shot. For this one I had to go down as much as possible what meant for me: Get down there in the mud of the Vistula riverbank.

I opened the aperture as much as possible and put the ISO to 400 to have an as short as possible exposure time. Only that way I could capture the clouds the way I wanted. As the Vistula was incredible calm, it was no problem to get a perfect reflection even with the short exposure.

The Wawel is part of the UNESCO World Heritage

The Wawel and the whole Historic Centre of Kraków are part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1978. Together they’ve been among the first 12 inscribed World Heritage Sites.

» UNESCO Description of the World Heritage: Historic Centre of Kraków
» Other photos of the World Heritage: See more photos

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