Wawel | Cracovia, Polonia

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

Ci sono giorni in cui ti svegli la mattina e anche se fuori è ancora buio pesto, hai già la sensazione che le foto saranno fantastiche oggi. Questo è stato un giorno in cui mi sono trovato più o meno a correre attraverso Cracovia per essere al Castello Wawel in tempo. In qualche modo le distanze in luoghi sconosciuti sembrano sempre molto più piccole su una mappa di quello che sono in realtà.

Ma la corsa ne è valsa la pena, ero appena in tempo. Il Wawel, residenza dei re polacchi per tanti secoli, era ancora illuminato e offriva, insieme alle nuvole, una scena mozzafiato. Ho sistemato il mio treppiede nel fango della riva della Vistola e proprio quando ho finito di scattare, le luci si sono spente. Credo che ancora una volta sono stato incredibilmente fortunato, ma la prossima volta preferisco svegliarmi 10 minuti prima.

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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