Postcards From Germany: Hohenzollern Castle

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Today’s Postcard From Germany comes to you from Hohenzollern Castle.

Here are some facts, thanks to Wikipedia: It “is the ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern. The third of three castles on the site, it is located atop Berg Hohenzollern, a 234 m (768 ft) bluff rising above the towns of Hechingen and Bisingen in the foothills of the Swabian Alps of central Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Apparently, the first fortress on that same mountain was built in the 11th century. This last rendition was created between 1846 and 1867 as a family memorial. Sheesh! Most people nowadays just do a photo collage.

Here’s what it looks like when you approach:

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Here’s what it’s like to hike up to it:

It’s not that easy to photograph the place, either! There’s so MUCH castle on so little ground atop the hill, there’s no just standing back a little farther to snap a shot of the whole thing.

To my mind, the way to approach it is to think about how you want to tell the story of the place. How does it affect you? What do you feel or enjoy about the place, what do you find funny or curious? What do you find grand? That leads to all kinds of different compositions.

Thinking about that made me want to do this short video about that very thing, and the three distances to make sure you cover:

Here are a few of my captures from the day…

I’m always fascinated by the fields below. At Hohenzollern it was all so much like a movie set!

Fujifilm X-T1, 55-200mm lens

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The buds of spring, photographed in a dreamy fashion with my Fujifilm X-T1 (Advanced filter: Miniature), 55-200mm lens

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Like a castle, caged. Yeah, I went all storyteller on this one…

Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF 16-55mm lens.

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Le grand entrance… with just a bit of nip and tucking going on over there on the side.

Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF 16-55mm lens.

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The Chapel. Everyone’s got one!

Fujifilm X-Pro2, 10-24mm lens.

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This one belongs under a Christmas tree near you:

Fujifilm X-T1 (Advanced filter: Miniature), 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 lens

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Abstract of a Castle.

Fujifilm X-T1 (Advanced filter: Miniature), 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 lens

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Likewise, I’m sure…

Fujifilm X-T1 (Advanced filter: Miniature), 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 lens

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Check out all the Postcards from Germany so far!

And see all the videos by clicking here. 

4 thoughts on “Postcards From Germany: Hohenzollern Castle

  1. Karen – I was curious when you decide to use the XT-1 versus the XPro2? If you are carrying both is it just a matter of what lens is on and not the body itself or is there a difference between the two bodies? I am seeing a warmth in your xpro2 pics that I am not seeing in the xt-1 shots but that could be lens or filtering or post processing. Thanks.

  2. Seeing the Hohenzollern castle brings back good memories. I was there in 1957, taking pictures and visiting the descendents of the family. For a picture of me there as a teenager, see my Facebook post. http://tinyurl.com/jr5kj2y

    Karen, thanks for including the lens info with each of your pictures. I have a Fuji XT-1 and love following your pictures to see what is possible.

    1. That is so cool, John! What amazing memories to have!

      I’m glad the lens info is helpful… I always wonder what folks do with that information. Seeing what’s possible is ALWAYS a good thing! Thanks for letting me know. 😉

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