Through the Golden Alleys | Dresden, Germany

Dresden Golden Alley in the Old Town

Thanks to the “Olympic promotion” by the German Railways, I was able to visit many German cities in February. Whenever the German Olympians won a gold medal, I had a free first class train ride through Germany the next day. Now, in February the weather is of course not always the best, so I always had a look on the weather forecast the evening before. When Germany won the first medal, the weather map didn’t look so good. But over Dresden the clouds should break up now and again, so the decision was made.

I arrived in Dresden quite early, around lunchtime, but the weather was disappointing. Everything was gray in gray and the city therefore not too photogenic. But well, just visit the Frauenkirche, let the time pass and wait for the blue hour. When it was finally time for the blue hour, I had to run to capture all the sites. I got quite some funny looks pulled on me when I was running with my tripod through the city, but who cares.

The photos and the subjects were well worth it. On the way back from the Frauenkirche to the opera I had already everything what I wanted captured on memory card and could slow down – until I turned around. Then I saw the dome of the Frauenkirche shine over the golden alleys of Dresden. So just one last photo before running back to the train station…


For this photo, the post-processing effort actually kept within limits. There was almost no one walking through the picture, so no removal of annoying “ghosting” was needed. To bring out the luster of the city, I increased the highlights resulting in the HDR atypical overexposed lights at the end of the alley.

Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 19mm
ISO: 200
Exposures: 9 in steps of 1 EV
Aperture: 8
Exposure time (middle): 4s
Tripod: Manfrotto 190CXPRO4
Date: Taken in February 2014
Location: End of the Augustusstreet with view on the Frauenkirche
Software: Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro, NIK Define 2, NIK Color Efex Pro 4, NIK Sharpener Pro 3

Dresden was part of the UNESCO World Heritage

The whole Dresden Elbe Valley was part of the UNESCO World Heritage between 2004 and 2009. Unfortunately, the politicians from Dresden decided to build a new bridge that destroys the uniqueness and therefore Dresden was delisted from the World Heritage.

» UNESCO Description of the World Heritage: Dresden Elbe Valley
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