Cologne Cathedral from north of Hohenzollern Bridge, Germany
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker www.manuelbecker.net
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Cologne Cathedral from north of Hohenzollern Bridge, Germany
Cologne Cathedral from north of Hohenzollern Bridge, Germany
Fotografie-Kurs.Koeln
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Cologne Cathedral from north of Hohenzollern Bridge, Germany
Fotografie-Kurs.Koeln
Fotografie-Kurs.Koeln www.fotografie-kurs.ko…
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Germany Cologne Cathedral from north of Hohenzollern Bridge

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Usually, you see images from the Cologne Cathedral from the left side of the Hohenzollern Bridge. This spot is right on the other side down at the Rhine River, which gives you even better reflections and some more parts like stones and chains in the foreground.
Especially the laser show event, which took place during the Gamescom 2016 in Cologne, was a great way to get a very special photo of this scene, where some spotlights were added to the cathedral and the Musical Dome was turned off.

Photography Tips

As always you must take multiple shots and create one final result by using luminosity masks or other "HDR" techniques to make sure that the lights aren't too bright. Especially the musical dome is usually very bright with blue colours. I was pretty lucky with my shot since the lights of the dome were off due to the laser show for the Gamescom event.
Another part you should pay attention to is the trains that are passing the bridge. Expose your shot while they are passing and you get some nice light trails on top of these really beautiful reflections in the river.

Travel Information

Parking is available right beside the spot and marked on the map. Especially during the evening parking on this side of the Rhine in Cologne shouldn't be an issue, because the big TV channel RTL is nearby and offers a lot of parking space when the employees finished their work day.
It's not that easy to get down there though, because this area isn't a free public space. That's another reason, why shooting this photo spot during blue hour/nighttime is probably the best decision.
Spot Type Outdoor
Crowd Factor A decent amount of people
Best Timing Blue hour/nighttime
Sunrise & Sunset 05:34 - 21:42 | current local time: 04:51
Photo Themes Architecture Bridge Cathedral Church cityscape Dom köln Long Exposure long exposures Modern Architecture Monument nrw old building Rhein River Skyline

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Thank you Manuel Becker for creating this photo spot in Germany and Luis Aponte, niko.idis, Luca Marchini, Jurgen Maassen, Fotografie-Kurs.Koeln, Amilcar Lugo, Mia Pflieger for improving it with additional photos or content.
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