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:


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!