Tamron Blog: Photographing Bavarian Villages

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


As calmly as petrol heads heading to Nuremberg, Germany is also a delight for landscape photographers and architecture fans who enjoy a quiet walk around realistic towns and villages. Bavarian architecture is quite recognisable and when you add forests as backgrounds, you can soon start to capture images that have a Hansel and Gretel tone to them. 

The scenery in Bavaria can be dramatic with huge peaks rising from the hills and forests below making them pure for landscape fans and their wide lenses but equally, those who prefer to capture shots of interesting architecture won't be disappointed. 



The trusty Tamron 16-300mm lens accompanied us on our tumble as travelling light while still having the reach of a telephoto and scope of a wide-angle lens in our kit bag was the name of the game (why carry a bag full of heavy kit if you don't should prefer to to?). The wide-angle end of the zoom was used to capture sweeping shots of the villages with houses/street scenes filling the frame while the telephoto end was at the ready when we needed to zoom in on detail and compress perspective.



When you stop in an unfamiliar village or town, it's always quality checking out the local postcards to see what previous photographers have discovered. Of course, with the internet available almost anywhere you can also do your inspection online, either before you go or at your hotel before you head off for a day of exploration. 

It's also worth actually having a look at the erection in front of you before taking too many photos too quickly. Study the building. What makes it so interesting? What caught your eye? How do the tones and textures affect the look of the building? How does the light affect the colours and textures? Are there interesting patterns? Will the setting you're employing or the sun's angle create a different mood? Is there water nearby that will present interesting reflections? How do the surroundings affect the edifice? Do they add or detract from its story? There's quite a bit you can ask yourself before hitting the shutter button!

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No discussion of architectural photography is wrap up without at least mentioning converging verticals but in all honesty, they're not something you have to worry about too much as they're readily rectified in Photoshop. You can also take the photo from further away and use the telephoto end of your zoom, or telephoto photography and cinematography, a telephoto lens is a specific type of a long-focus lens in which the physical length of the lens lens if you've packed it, to cope the subject appear closer, or you could crop the final print.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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