Freising Cathedral

Freising is a town of about 50,000 situated around some hills along the Isar to the north of Munich. It resembles the similarly-sized Passau (see pictures of town, cathedral, castle) in several aspects: a long settlement history, including major importance as medieval trade centers, a notable cathedral, and a fortified bishop’s seat. One point where … Continue reading “Freising Cathedral”

Two 19th Century Art Collections

I had recently visited two of Munich’s copious art museums, both showing fine samples of 19th century art: the permanent exhibition of the Neue Pinakothek back in May, and the current (always changing) exhibition of the Kunsthalle right now. The collections are massive, especially at Neue Pinakothek, but I sampled a few items to give … Continue reading “Two 19th Century Art Collections”

Flugwerft Schleißheim

Flugwerft Schleißheim is a Deutsches Museum outpost with a large collection of historical and modern aircraft. The location started out as an actual airfield of the Royal Bavarian Flying Corps in 1912–1919, and the airfield is still in use for the museum’s restoration work. In fact, one well-restored exhibit just landed while I was there! … Continue reading “Flugwerft Schleißheim”

Geometrical Messestadt Riem

Riem is a small farming village to the east of Munich which was eventually engulfed by the expanding city and became a district. Rather than immediately urbanizing the area, a large open space to the south of Riem was dedicated to Munich-Riem airport in the late 1930s. The airport continued operation until 1992 when the … Continue reading “Geometrical Messestadt Riem”

Munich Airport Exhibition

Last week Munich Airport celebrated the 25th anniversary of its move from Munich-Riem – too confined and too close to the city proper – out to Erdinger Moos, a sparsely populated area nearly 30 km distant from Munich. Aside from the requisite Bratwurst and Bierzelt the celebration included an exhibition of various civilian and military … Continue reading “Munich Airport Exhibition”

Sony Alpha 7R II Review

In February 2016 I traded in my Sony Alpha 7R for the new and improved successor model, the Sony Alpha 7R II. So far I had not posted a comprehensive review but rather sprinkled several remarks among the gallery posts I had used it for. Today I’ll aggregate these remarks with some additional information. First, … Continue reading “Sony Alpha 7R II Review”

Munich Friedensengel

Close to Munich’s Villa Stuck is the famous Friedensengel monument (Angel of Peace), built 1896–99 to celebrate 25 years of peace between France and Germany following the Franco-Prussian war of 1870–71. Equivalent pictures were originally attached to the linked Villa Stuck gallery but I wasn’t happy with them, so here’s another take with the Sony … Continue reading “Munich Friedensengel”

Tierpark Hellabrunn with SEL-24240

Last summer I had posted a bunch of photos from Munich’s Hellabrunn zoo using the Sony SEL-70200G f/4 lens with an additional Minadax 1.7× telephoto converter on my Sony A7R II – see earlier post for gallery and photographic details. As noted there, the long zoom and lack of polarizing filter kept me from taking … Continue reading “Tierpark Hellabrunn with SEL-24240”