How to Photograph Lake Eibsee in Bavaria


Today, we are sharing another fantastic and photogenic location that most of the world has probably never heard of.  Thanks to local Thomas Bold.  Thomas is sharing two incredible images of Lake Eibsee.  Check out more of Thomas’s work on Instagram.

lake eibsee

Lake Eibsee lies at the base of The Zugspitze, the tallest mountain in Germany.  The Zugspitze is part of the Wetterstein mountain range or the Eastern Alps.  If you visit the lake, you can also take a cable car to the top of the mountain.  That sounds like the perfect photography adventure to me.  While most of the world may not know of this location, both the lake and mountain are apparently very popular with locals and you should expect decent crowds if you make the visit.

Thomas’s Experience

The above image is the one that first sparked my interest in Lake Eibsee.  Thomas headed to the lake early in the morning to capture a great sunrise image.  As all photographers can relate to, Thomas’s weather app was not accurate on this outing and he only had a twenty minute window with clear skies to make his image.

For the image below, which was taken just to the left of the top image.  Thomas’s goal was to capture a spectacular winter image with floes in the ice.  Unfortunately, the ice was not thick enough and there was not as much snow as he expected.  Still, I think it is a pretty awesome image.  I especially love the reflection of the mountain mixed with the clear water in the foreground.

Gear Used

To make the above images, Thomas used a Sony A7 (currently available on Amazon for under $1,000.  The current model is the A7rIII) with the 16-35 f/4 lens.  He also used the Vanguard Alta Pro tripod ($149 on Amazon)and a  graduate filter.

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