Cologne, Germany, September 2004

I made the image below in September 2004 while traveling in Europe for the Photokina trade fair. This is a twilight shot of the imposing Cologne Cathedral from across the banks of the Rhine River in Cologne, Germany. Begun in 1248 and not finally completed until 1880, the Cologne Cathedral is the largest gothic structure in the world, and houses a shrine to 3 Magi who are said to have visited the infant Jesus.

Cologne, Germany. Canon EOS 20D, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. 

I had just acquired the Canon EOS 20D and was taking the opportunity to do some some travel-related photography while testing the new camera. This image is a 4 second exposure at f/11 (at ISO 400) with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. The colorful streaks seen on the water in the foreground are from a river vessel passing in the evening light.

This sharp image was unlikely. I was standing on a bridge suffering near-constant vibration from traffic and commuter trains. Having a table-top tripod but no flat surface, I wedged the camera against the curved railing and sort of pushed down really hard, then timed the shutter release to lulls in the traffic.

I have included a few other images from this trip, including a shot of my photographs (and those of my friend Matthew Felton) on display at the Microsoft booth during Photokina.  Enjoy!

 

Right: Businessman, Frankfurt, Germany.
Canon EOS 20D, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.

 

 

Escalator, Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt, Germany. Canon EOS 20D, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.

 

Images of mine and of Matthew Felton's are on display at the Microsoft booth during Photokina. Cologne, Germany.
Canon EOS 20D, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.