I had seen a lot of cool shots of Hallstatt, and decided that we needed to check it out. Our first stop was Salzburg (click for photos!). We then headed for our overnight halt near Hallstatt. We thought we would use the tent, and do it backpacker style. Sleeping under the stars was really nice, but it was a pretty cold night! That evening we thought we would check out Hallstatt even if there wasn’t much going on, at least we could get dinner and a few long exposures.

Hallstatt, Austria. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Hallstatt is a very cosy village perched on the steep banks of Hallstätter See. It is a very popular spot for tourists, so much so that the Chinese have made a scale replica back in China apparently. I can understand why as the town is really quite charming. Should be mentioned that you can’t actually drive into the town, you need to part a little outside the village.

Hallstatt from the lake. 5D Mark III | 35mm 1.4 Art

Next day we came back and took a 50min boat trip which was a good way of seeing the town from the water. I think it was about 10 Euro per person. 35mm seemed to be a good focal length from the boat. There is lots of see the do in the village, and when we were there there was a marathon on.


Best flower pots I’ve seen. 5D Mark III | 35mm 1.4 Art

Coolest tree I’ve seen. 5D Mark III | 14mm 2.8

Like many villages like this, there are walking tracks throughout the town, and it takes a while to learn your way around. We eventually made it to the church which over looks the town. From there you have a look view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Vistas from the church. 5D Mark III | 14mm 2.8

All in all a nice place to see if you are in Austria!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the two days:



View of Salzburg from the Fortress. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Last weekend my wife and I decided to have a short road trip to Salzburg and Hallstatt in Austria. Salzburg is just 2:15 from where we live, and we had not been there before, but heard a lot of good things about it. I ended up with a lot of photos from the two days, so I”ll split the posts – so here is Salzburg!

Salzburg souvenirs! 5D Mark III | 45mm 2.8 TS-E

Salzburg was pretty amazing, but lots of tourists… After a while I get people phobia, so if you are like me, make sure you arrive early! Salzburg has lots of rich history, and its wealth came from salt mines in the region. Salt was used extensively in the past as a food preservative.  Today Salzburg is a vibrant city, with cool markets, a lovely river and cosy cafes. The main reason tourists come here however is to get a glimpse of the Salzburg’s glamorous past, which is easy. The city has many wonderful old buildings, small alleyways and imposing courtyards.

Streets of Salzburg. 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II

A nice way to get around is by horse! 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II


You can spend days in Salzburg, but we only had one. We strolled around on the cities many steep paths and eventually made it to the fort, over looking the city. You can take a tram up to the fort, but you should walk up, as you will see a lot on the way. The fort was built to protect the city and its wealth in salt from its enemies. The fort was expanded many times, and never breached.

The fortress from the city. 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II

The city has lots of nice shops to look at. Some are still trading salt today, like to cool and trendy place below. Some good places for coffee too, and if you don’t feel like walking, but can take a horse carriage around the city instead.

Trendy salt shop. Used the super wide 12mm 2.8 Fisheye to maximize the effect of the cool ceiling. 5D Mark III | 12mm 2.8 Fisheye

Posing nicely for the camera. 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II


Here are some more of my favorite photos from the trip to Salzburg!

Going to Hallstatt

Its the long weekend here in Germany, and we going going to Salzburg and Hallstatt in Austria. Will be spending two days checking out the area. Looking forward to it, looks good from photos, see below example by Thomas Straubinger! It will also be our first camping trip this year, which will be interesting because its currently snowing outside…..

Hallstatt, Austria in winter. Photo credit: http://www.placestoseeinyourlifetime.com (Thomas Straubinger)

Salzburg is also supposed to be really nice. Actually I don’t need more photos, as I’m behind as it is on processing! But when you got a 3 day weekend, and Salzburg is only 2 hours away…. can’t really say no. I look forward to seeing what I can get! Since we are going my car ill bring all my equipment, and certainly:

  • 5D Mark III
  • 16-35mm 2.8L II for landscapes
  • Tripod and landscape filters
  • 24mm 1.4 Art
  • 35mm 1.4 Art
  • 45mm 2.8 TS-E
  • 85mm 1.2L II
  • 135mm 2L
  • 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS II

Hoping to do some good landscape photography, a bit of architecture and some general travel shots as usual.

Stay tuned for the results!