Dresden through the lens

Stuart Forster presents images of the German city and explains why he still travels with a backpack full of camera gear:

Looking over the river Elbe towards the illuminated Altstadt of Dresden. The historic Altstadt is illuminated at night, when the boats that take river criuses along the Elbe during the day, are moored.
Looking over the river Elbe towards the illuminated Altstadt of Dresden.

Travel photography is one of my passions in life. I love travelling with a camera, capturing scenes depicting the spirit of the destinations I visit.

The Golden Rider statue in the Neustadt of Dresden. The statue is of Frederich Augustus II the king of Saxony.
The Golden Rider statue of Frederich Augustus II, king of Saxony, in Dresden’s Neustadt.

Though many people now take photographs using their smart phones, I’m still an advocate of using a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera for professional jobs. That said, on my Instagram feed I’ll use images captured with my phone in addition to scenes photographed with a SLR.

Looking beyond one of the sculptures that decorate the Zwinger in the Altstadt of Dresden. The Zwinger was built by Poeppelmann and the sculptor Balthasar Permoser between 1709 and 1728.
Dresden’s Zwinger palace, built by Poeppelmann and the sculptor Balthasar Permoser between 1709 and 1728.

Without a doubt, some of the smart phones now on the market have very good cameras. However, when it comes to creating high-quality travel images I like to use precision lenses in combination with the full-frame sensor of the Canon 5D Mk III camera.

Friends see me carrying a backpack full of equipment and occasionally suggest I should simply move with the times and get myself a top of the range smart phone. Admittedly, lugging around something approaching ten kilograms of photographic equipment is physically taxing at times. However, having a selection of lenses, lights, filters and a couple of camera bodies maximises my options when I’m on the road.

The Semperoper, which re-opened in 1985 following post-war restoration
The Semperoper (opera house), which re-opened in 1985 after restoration

A recent article published on the Huffington Post website, entitled Dresden: Germany’s Most Photogenic Major City?, makes use of a number of my travel photographs. If I hadn’t been carrying a wide angle lens as well as a 100-400mm telezoom it would not have been possible to make some of those shotsFollowing the publication of the feature, a couple of people emailed me to ask about the filters I used to create the pink sky over the Yenidze, a building with minarets and a cupola that was constructed in 1909 as a tobacco factory. They were surprised to learn I didn’t use any filter. Nor did I pinken the sky in post-processing using Photoshop. I was simply in the right place at the right time – one of the joys of being a travel photographer.

Looking the Yenidze in Dresden. The Yenidze now holds offices and the cuppola is used as a restaurant and entertainment venue. It was built in the form of a mosque but it was originally a cigarette factory.
The Yenidze. Once a cigarette factory it now houses offices. The cupola is used as a restaurant and entertainment venue.

Regardless of the kit you choose to take with you, Dresden is an impressive destination if you’re interested in travel photography. The city has a long history and the facades of the Altstadt district, the Old Town, warrant being photographed during the daytime and again at night.

About the author

Stuart Forster is a director of Why Eye Photography Limited. He supplies food and travel images to a number of leading magazines, newspapers and stock photography agencies.

You can follow Stuart’s travels by visiting, for which he was shortlisted in the Travel Blogger and Vlogger of the Year category at the inaugural Travel Media Awards. Stay abreast of posts and news by liking his Facebook  page.

Stuart welcomes queries from commissioning editors plus representatives from hotels, resorts and tourist boards for his services over the months ahead. He also lectures on travel photography and is available for lecture series and public speaking engagements.

Information about Dresden

If you are interested in planning a visit to the city take a look at the Dresden, Visit Saxony and Germany Travel websites.

Stuart Forster

Author: Stuart Forster