the River Lahn, Wetzlar

The Lahn runs through north west Germany for many miles, and is a famous canoeing river. In summer it is common to see parties of canoes working their way down the series of rapids and falls as the river passes between old Town Wetzlar and the new, and there are docks and ramps and tie-up points all along. This image was captured from one of the canoe docks, just downriver from the floating bridge (only deployed in summer) and just upriver from the famous stone bridge to Old Town. In the background you see the Leica plants. The reeds in the foreground are common reed (phragmities)…found around the globe. You can see the park along the Lahn on the far side of the river…this park runs most of the length of Wetzlar on one side of the river or the other.

No special challenges in this shot, other than the low light levels and the reeds blowing in the wind. I took several shots to catch them where I wanted them in the frame.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F3.5 @ 1/60th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto.

Recovery in Lightroom for the stormy sky. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Blackpoint to the right. A tiny bit of Fill Light for the foreground. Sharpen Landscape preset.

From Germany 2009.

4 Responses to “11/25/2009”

  1. 11/25/2009 at 4:50 am

    Love it. Back to nature idea. Thanks for discussing how you shot it. Mental editing before picture taking.

  2. 2 Wendy
    11/25/2009 at 6:18 am


  3. 3 Kimberly
    11/25/2009 at 8:52 am

    I love this picture! I like how you framed the picture between the reeds…very nice effect.

  4. 11/25/2009 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve been really enjoying your pics of Wetzlar. Never made it to Wetzlar but I was stationed in Kitzingen during my Army stint back in the early 60’s. Your pics bring back many found memories. Thanks again for sharing!

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