After visiting Plitvice lakes (see this post) I was excited to take more shots like the ones in that post. I was wondering if it would be possible to go chasing waterfalls from home and find locations that are reachable (by car) within a day trip from Munich. And there are quite a few. I haven’t visited them all just yet – but maybe there will be a follow-up post at some point. But lets start with a waterfall that is really easily reached from Munich…
Josefstal Waterfall: This waterfall seen above & below is rather small and located near Schliersee (roughly 1h drive from Munich). It is very near to a parking lot also used by hikers, so you should be up early. The water of the small river in the foreground is not very deep, hence, it is possible to get right into the middle of the stream for a centred shot. This is probably also one of the more interesting perspectives – so a pro-tip: Bring the right footwear. And this location is also reachable with public transport but more hiking is required. But I was off for a good start on my quest and I found some more waterfall locations online. The chase continued.
Kuhflucht Waterfall The Kuhflucht (translates to something like “cow escaping”) waterfall seen below is located near the little town Farchant, close to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Also roughly an hour drive from Munich, this waterfall is also easy to reach with perfect hiking trails around the fall and nice benches next to the fall for taking a break from hiking or shooting. In 3 bigger (and some smaller) steps the water descents roughly 270 meters. Given that, it provides multiple perspectives for shots. And you don’t have to get your feet wet, but you could for even more perspectives. This place is also reachable by train but would involve a longer train ride & more hiking.
The Tatzlwurm Waterfall The last waterfall for this chase was the Tatzlwurm. There is a big fall located very near to a small hotel & restaurant (2min walk) and a smaller one (pictured below) that is located more beautifully in the woods but requires a little more hiking (15-20min) west of the hotel/restaurant. Both falls are easily reachable, the trails are well prepared and you can have something to eat before and/or afterwards or even stay overnight in the 4-star hotel. The place itself is not so easily reachable by train (and bus), unfortunately, so I would definitely suggest to come by car.
This post is not about buying or selling a house but locations are important for photographers as well. So how to find good photo spots? Obviously talking to other photographers is always nice but when you moved to a new town or you are about to travel somewhere this is not really feasible.
Something that I like to do is to browse the flickr map to find interesting photos or search for place names on flickr. This works pretty good but there are many other things you can try. G+ added geo tagging to their photo upload not too long ago, there still is picasa and panoramio but at least the last one (used to have?) has a horrible UI and I don’t really want to upload my photos additionally somewhere else.
There are other services available that try to tackle this problem, however, many of them are actually using flickr as a basis. Just a quick overview (which probably is incomplete but you can comment if you think something important is missing):
loc.alize.us comes with a nice (google) map view and offers photo overview with additional tag clouds and user profiles. It is based on flickr and there also have a community there. To be honest I don’t really see a big difference to browsing the flickr map directly but the URL is somewhat “cooler”!?
worldwidephotowalk (sponsored by Canon) has a section for locations as well that lets you search for places or browse via a map. The search is not based on existing data which means that users have to add their “walks” by hand. This results in lesser spots (e.g. only 2 in Munich) but maybe they will improve over time. You actually have to apply to be a leader of a photo walk. I am not sure what you actually have to do for that but you can win stuff.
shothotspot to me looks most promising because they are based on flickr AND panoramio data, use google maps and you can also add additional spots (after you got a login). They also distinguish different types of spots, e.g. wildlife, architecture, people… They have all the tourist spots covered but also some interesting (hidden?!) spots with editable additional infos, picture preview and tag cloud.
Last but not least I want to include photography forums in general, for Germany there is e.g. the DSLR Forum, which often provide special sections for locations. This is interesting because you often get helpful info that is tricky to find out beforehand elsewhere, e.g. shooting conditions (light, people, watchdogs…).