Kleiner Gamsstein

With Becky’s progression with skiing I felt like it was time for her to attempt her first proper ski tour. The challenge was to find a route which felt like a proper ski tour, with a wonderful view from the top, but which actually did not have too much ascent, or more to the point, off piste descent. After looking through multiple guidebooks I eventually settled on the Kleiner Gamstein, from the Hoch Fügen car park, as it was a significant viewpoint, with an approach along a piested xc route before the final ascent. It was a lovely way up with fantastic views in great snow conditions. I had expected good views, but it is safe to say that I hadn’t expected the views from the summit to be quite as good as they were. Despite the wall to wall sunshine the summit was fairly cold, so after a few photos and forcing our lunch down quickly we set off on the descent. The descent took us quite a while, as unsurprisingly Becky found her first proper off piste descent pretty difficult. Nonetheless, we were back at the car in. Read the full article…

Salzburg

Salzburg has been on my list of cities near Munich to visit for a while, and while David was visiting seemed like a good opportunity. The forecast was a but mixed, with some sun, some cloud and some rain. Thankfully we were again very lucky with the weather and it was clear (ish) most of the day and most importantly it was clear when it needed to be in the blue hour. We started the day by walking from the main station, through the gardens of Schloss Mirabell before heading up to Festung Hohensalzburg. Initially it was bright sunshine which meant that the gardens of Schloss Mirabell were beautiful, did not produce any nice photos. The same cannot be said from the top of the castle, as the view into the mountains and over Salzburg was wonderful, with softened light due to the high cloud, wonderful autumnal colours and a beautiful city. After we were done in the castle, we walked up the hill on the other side of the river, which gave some absolutely stunning views. Here is somewhere I will definitely return to in the summer for a. Read the full article…

Autumnal Eibsee

With a very difficult forecast we decided to head to the Eibsee, not really knowing what to expect. When we arrived there was cloud just above the mountains which was blocking the sunlight and facilitating nice light for photography. While the cloud was there we certainly made the most of it, with a beautiful mix of autumnal trees and snowy mountains. As the day progressed the cloud thinned out and it turned into a beautiful sunny day, which was lovely for the scenery, but terrible for photos. So once the sun came out we just enjoyed the walk around the lake before heading back to make (unsuccessful) plans for sunset.

Munich U-Bahn Stations

When the weather is bad and one has a friend visiting with the purpose of photography, ideas on what to do can be somewhat challenging. We ended up deciding to go exploring some of the more interesting U-Bahn stations in Munich, as it turns out they can be quite varied and interesting, just not the ones which I normally. We ended up spending two days underground taking these photos, they end up taking a lot longer than you might expect. As finding a moment with nobody in the photos can be very challenging, and when you have to wait 10mins between trains, the photos with trains in can take a while to get right. The photos are in the order in which we visited them, which was purely logistical. It was certainly a fun way to spend a few days, and I will certainly go back for another go at some stations, perhaps in the less sociable hours of the night in an attempt to capture trains and no people. Marienplatz Oberwiesenfeld Olympia-Einkaufzentrum Westfriedhof Böhmerwaldplatz Candidplatz Josephsburg