For some reason, major German cities seem to avoid skyscrapers. Yes, there some skyscrapers/highrises in Cologne, Munich or Berlin, but there are no real skyscraper clusters as in many North American or East Asian cities of similar size. Frankfurt is an exception to that rule. This city is often called “the financial capital of Germany” and there are quite a few skyscrapers in the downtown. […]
The Yokahama Landmark Tower is the tallest building in that city and one of the tallest structures in Japan. As a matter of fact, with its 296 m, or 972 ft, it is tall enough that I could see it on the horizon through the window of my hotel room in Minato Ward in Tokyo, which was some 26 km (16 miles) away. The tower is located in Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama. Minato (港) means “port” in Japanese, so the fact that the ward in Tokyo shares the name with a district in Yokohama, is a coincidence. […]
The Hungarian capital Budapest used to be two separate cities lying on the the opposite banks of the Danube: Buda and Pest. They were merged in 1873 and the new entity was aptly named “Budapest”. Before the merger of Buda and Pest into one city, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge connected them. It was completed in 1849 and it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary. […]
Salzburg is simply magnificent. This Austrian city is a paradise for travel photographers, especially those who like to shoot cityscapes and old architecture. It is very easy to find spectacular vantage points in Salzburg. Just climb one of the surrounding hills, walk around and you should find a great spot or two.
I like telephoto lenses very much because they make it possible to achieve completely new perspectives. You see things which you wouldn’t see without them. However, when you are a travel photographer, carrying telephoto lenses can be a bit of a challenge though because the good ones tend to be heavy and the light ones often don’t deliver good image quality. You might think “this lens weighs only 1 or 2 kilograms, it’s not so heavy” but this adds to the total weight of your equipment. […]