Neuschwanstein Castle in Fog, Germany360° Aerial Panorama

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This four-day trip had only one purpose — to shoot the famous Bavarian castle surrounded by colorful autumn trees. We waited for the precise moment, when leaves turn red, green and orange for the short period of time. Technically the photo shoot of this type shouldn't take more than two days. However, we decided to give it some extra time...

As it turned out, it was a wise decision. Mountains stay mountains (even if it's just low foothills of Alps in Southern Bavaria), so the weather is rather unpredictable there. It is also worth mentioning, that the only time when the castle is perfectly lit for the photo is that short 30-minutes window in the morning. Afterwards the sun travels leaving only the sidewall of the castle in light.

We arrived. But apparently the weather didn't want to cooperate. Day one — it was raining all day; photo shoot was canceled. Day two — the same thing.

On the third day the weather tricked us again. The thick fog covered everything from the very morning. Regardless, we were full of optimism, so we climbed the mountain above the castle, and then descended into the valley, hoping to find a clearing. No luck. Finally after three hours of waiting we decided to shoot the castle at any cost.

However, there are no good shooting spots when the visibility is 30-40 meters. Except for one — right from the center of the castle! Although it's rather risky to fly and shoot in the castle...

Anyhow, we took our chance. Thank God that all the tourists were asleep at such an early hour. The take-off was very difficult due to heavy fog, which was in reality 100% humidity. It condensed large drops of water on the equipment, so we had to be quick. There was no time to go back and correct mistakes.

Our RC helicopter took off and quickly disappeared into the fog. All we had was the screen of our laptop with blinking control lights and short beeps of the height sensor in Stas's headphones. The time passed very slowly.

In a few minutes, here it was — our helicopter returned from the white foam of the fog, all wet, as if it was in a shower. Everything was covered with large drops of water: the helicopter, the camera, and the lens. Nevertheless, the equipment did its job just fine, and we immediately returned to our hotel room to dry it.

So this is the story of shooting this spherical panorama.

We spent the following day waiting, and only on the forth day did nature smile at us. The weather was wonderful and we shot, and shot, and shot...

The entire coverage of our fall-winter photo tour of Neuschwanstein Castle, night Hohenschwangau, and the town of Füssen and its surroundings will be published next month.

Photo and text by Sergey Semenov and Stas Sedov

17 December 2011

 


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2014-04-24 04:24:52    

"DESPUES DE NEUSCHWANSTEIN LAS PIRAMIDES DE EGIPTO
Y LOS MOAIS DE PASCUA ES MI PREFERENCIA Y NO POR NACER EN BAVIERA (CAPRICHO DE MI DESTINO )"

MANFRED KERN, Chile

2014-04-08 07:22:05    

"Muchas Gracias por estas panуramicas de Excelencia! Es como que estamos viajando a esos lugares y eso es imposible por los costos. Nuevamente Gracias Millares!"

MARTHA nORA gUZMAN, Argentina

2014-03-08 11:47:31    
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stefan dibdak, Czech Republic

2014-01-28 22:18:38    

"We visited all of Ludwigs castles in the 70's, but this was my favorite. It is as beautiful as the pictures and I would love to go back!!"

Janis Williamson, USA

2014-01-07 10:06:07    
  4 from 5

"We have taken our family to visit the splendid sights of Germany on a couple of occasions. These fairytale castles of King Ludwig II are absolutely spectacular. It is believed that Ludwig's death was no accident as he was understood to be as mad as a hatter expending countless millions on his castles. It cannot be denied he had a great eye for beauty but his extravagance met with resistance. His love of the music of Richard Wagner (and very likely his love for the composer himself) was evident where he built the beautiful Grotto (attached to one of his other castles, Linderhoff) in which the acoustics were flawless to listen to Wagner's compositions. Unlike the incomplete Neuschwanstein, Linerhoff was fully completed and is spectacular inside. Germany is country with so much beauty and Bavaria is one of the most spectacular areas of this lovely country."

Kathryn Byrne, Australia

2013-12-06 20:43:53    
  5 from 5

"EN EL 2011 ESTUVE EN LOS DOS CASTILLOS.VERDADERAMENTE HERMOSOS.QUEDE ADMIRADO POR LA PASION QUE TENIA POR WAGNER,ESTE PRINCIPE.QUE MURIO TRAGICAMENTE."

MIGUEL GONDI, USA

2013-08-19 07:50:29    
  5 from 5

"El CASTILLO DE NEUSCHWANSTEIN-GERMANY...CON NIEBLA, FABULOSO, parece un castillo de cuentos de hadas... realmente es como estar soсando...BELLO!!!SIN DUDAS"

PERLA DAGA, Argentina

2013-07-16 22:29:24    

"AMAZING JOB..... i like so much ..
Who is the composer of the music ?"

Danilo Gamez, El Salvador

Varvara, AirPano: Dear Danilo, you can read how to find the author of music here: http://www.airpano.com/FAQ.php

2013-07-03 09:41:41    
  5 from 5

"Just about a month ago together with my wife we visited this Bavarian splendour and we learned about tragic life of Ludwig II, the Mad King. He lived in the castle only half a year or so, and at 41 he died drowned in the lake nearby. In 2012 Bavaria Pictures produced a movie - "Ludwig II", very interesting and so tragic. This remarkable architecture of the castle, the landscape, the creek and rapids, the mountains and the dense forest are giving a mysterious atmosphere to all region of Fussen. Thank you for your pictures guys. All the best to your team."

Alex Ugron, Australia

2013-06-01 08:39:57    
  4 from 5

"comfortable,nice."

L J, China

2013-04-02 06:07:40    

"pictures would suggest. Thank you, gigi. Dolly"

Dorothy Lawrence, USA

2013-02-24 14:35:14    
  5 from 5

"Beautiful! I visited this castle some years ago with my husband which now has passed away. Happy memories and yet sad."

diana vella, Malta

2012-11-11 00:55:23    
  5 from 5

"We visited the Castle years ago and your pictures revived these wonderful memories. Vielen Dank"

Edward Diehl, USA

2012-10-31 23:22:17    
  5 from 5

"i have never seen anything so beautiful.thank you and may god keep you safe. jeannette demers"

jeannette demers, USA

2012-10-28 02:13:57    
  4 from 5

"Beautiful. We were there 2 weeks ago and gratefully we had a beautiful sunny day. Your project is amazing and it is wonderful to look at so many of the places we have travelled."

Linda Taylor, Canada

2012-10-25 19:28:05    
  5 from 5

"Thank you for waiting for the weather and taking the risk to capture Neuschwanstein Castle in this stunning panoramic view! I had the blessing of visiting there in '76 which took my words and breath away...I'll never forget it!"

Donna Montgomery, Canada

2012-10-08 09:34:59    
  5 from 5

"In 1996 and 1997 I had the opportunity to sing in the singers hall at the beautiful castle Neuschwanstein as Gurnemanz in 'Parsifal' and Hans Sachs in 'Meistersinger' during the Wagner festival celebrated in September. My experience is quite unique and will wear out the ears of all my grandchildren.......Thank you Koenig Ludwig und Herr Wagner...."

Greg Ryerson, Australia

2012-09-22 20:41:15    
  5 from 5

"I was in Bavaria during the late 60's, and had the opportunity to travel thru Hohenschwangau in early 1968. I can easily understand why Disney chose this castle as the basis for his 'fairy prince castle'. I loved Bavaria then, and wish that I could return and stay this time! I have really missed it since I had to leave in December 1969."

Jene Farmer, Canada

2012-09-16 05:31:48    
  5 from 5

"Hi..I visited Germany in April 2000 coming from Holland by a train. I can't describe how much I loved this heaven on earth place. I was so impressed how could they built this castle and the other one in the same area. I loved the timber bridge between the top of mountains; the valley; the freezing cold river; the lake; the village...It was Awesome; Nice, unbelievable experience. I will come back one day .."

WAEL AL-BUSERI, Australia

2012-08-31 20:07:00    
  4 from 5

"I visited Munich this July and was very blessed in being able to visit this Castle along with a couple others in Bavaria and I must say that it took my breath away, the view was amazing. The castle was amazing.....Your panaramic was amazing..."

Karen Kemp, Canada

2012-08-22 02:06:49    
  5 from 5

"We visited Castle in 1992 for second time."

Robert Denison, USA

2012-08-16 02:45:36    
  5 from 5

"I was stationed in Vienna, Austria and spent severl weeks in rehab in 1950 in Garmisch-Partenkichen and one of our side trips was to this castle. This was and still is an outstanding sight. Thanks for the wonderful views."

Glenn Brunner, USA

2012-08-05 01:38:40    
  5 from 5

"Fabulous!"

Raymond Lee

2012-08-03 02:22:45    
  5 from 5

"WE visited the castle in 1953 while stationed in Germany. Thanks for the wonderful revisit."

Jewell Greer, USA

2012-07-30 21:19:34    

"Stunning! Can't wait to visit in 2014"

Sandi Bonenberger, USA

2012-07-23 03:35:55    
  5 from 5

"Absolutely gorgeous and amazing!!!"

Mimi Lee, USA

2012-07-18 18:12:32    
  5 from 5

"I was stationed in Fussen in 1950-51 with the 70th FA Bn and visited the castle several times. Back then you could take interior pictures."

kenneth smith, USA

2012-07-16 23:35:16    
  5 from 5

"My husband and I visited this castle in 1986 and Schloss Linderhof in 1990 when we were back to see the Passion Play. It is a beautiful area."

Lucy Larson, USA

2012-07-16 20:55:53    
  5 from 5

"A most beautiful castle - I remember my 2 visits once in 1971 and again with my son when he was 21 in 2003. Also remembering the catle being used for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Enchanting......."

John Hurst, United Kingdom

2012-07-15 16:02:02    
  5 from 5

"This brought back so many memories, went to this castle in 2005 & 2007, would dearly love to see it again, maybe one day."

Hannah Delconte, Australia

2012-07-15 05:02:40    
  5 from 5

"Great presentation. Like all the fairy tale castles you dream about. Now I will have to look up the history of it. I appreciate all your hard work to photograph it."

Marlene Craig, USA

2012-07-10 09:58:37    
  5 from 5

"Thank you so much,My Daughter and I visited the Castle in 2007.and stayed at the Hote Muller,taking the Horse drawn cart up to the castle.At the age of 85 I climed to the top , all 350 steps and back again. it was the most wonderful day of my last visit to Europe. Would love to return and do it all over again, but at 90 I fear that I will have to repete your show when ever I want to return to see Neushwanstein"

Cliff Campbell, Australia

2012-07-08 22:07:46    
  5 from 5

"Lovely photos - they took me back to my visit to the castle in 1968."

Linda Ironside, Canada

2012-07-08 01:05:46    
  3 from 5

"While I am aware of the weather conditions that prevail around the castle, I think you should have considered staying a few more days, perhaps venturing a little ways north to Oberammergau, giving the weather a chance to improve. The Schloss Neuschanstein is a very beautiful sight, especially from the footbridge in the rear, and it deserves every opportunity to show its beauty."

William Forte, Germany

2012-07-02 19:42:26    
  5 from 5

"I think the pictures are marvelous with the music
that sets the mood. I have religious sisters in Waldbreitback, West Germany."

Sister Mary Antonice Delury,osf., USA

2012-06-29 10:02:37    
  4 from 5

"Very nice - my wife and I rode the bike path that runs from Wurzburg down to Fussen - about 400km - a great experience. We found a B&B with a great view of the castle and spent a few days there."

Bob Block, USA

2012-06-28 19:23:43    
  5 from 5

"Beutiful! Outstanding! The music made everything heavenly!"

Paige Preston, USA

2012-06-27 09:55:19    
  5 from 5

"Made me homesick for my beautiful Bavaria, my place of birth."

Kristina Beecroft, Australia

2012-06-27 06:16:27    
  5 from 5

"Thank you for taking me back to my birth country -even if only in spirit. My first visit to Neuschwanstein was also on a rainy, foggy day and your fabulous pictures remind me of happy childhood days. It's beautiful - rain or shine!"

Elisabeth Oehler

2012-06-27 01:52:03    
  5 from 5

"I wish I were younger than my 82 years. I have admired this castle all of my life. The pictures are great! I wish that someone could go through the whole castle and take more pictures of the whole inside for those of us that can't make the trip!! Kittos!"

Curtis Jacobs, USA

2012-06-25 03:03:24    
  5 from 5

"Just returned last week from a self-drive tour around Germany, and Neuschwanstein Castle was a highlight for us, on a crystal clear May day. Although they don't allow pics to be taken during the tour of the castle, we managed to get some great pics from outside. Be sure to leave the bus terminal with an hour to spare, and catch the bus or horse and cart up the hill, as it is very exhausting racing up if you are running late. The interior artworks are simply breath-taking and awe inspiring. Well worth the visit."

David Birch - Ausralia, Australia

2012-06-24 21:06:28    
  5 from 5

"Beautiful !!! the most outstanding collection of photographs I have ever seen. Outstanding!! Вы"

Paul Ratzlaff, USA

2012-06-23 04:04:49    
  5 from 5

"Absolutely beautiful! Thank you!"

Belle Sullivan, USA

2012-06-19 17:20:43    
  5 from 5

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John Nabet, USA

2012-06-08 20:59:27    
  5 from 5

"YOUR COUNTRY IS VERY BEAUTIFUL. I WAS THEIR IN THE 60s .I WAS IN THE AIR FORCE AT THE TIME I LOVED YOUR COUNTRY."

JAMES MUSICK, USA

2012-05-30 22:06:48    
  5 from 5

"My recently deceased husband and I were so very thrilled to see and tour(the part that was permitted) this beautiful castle. I can't even begin to describe how we felt as we stood there and tried to take in its beauty and that of its surroundings. Germany is an exquisite country and the people were all so gracious to us. I'll forever treasure the memory of my late husband's thrill as he took picture after picture. Thank you for some fantastic memories."

Rita Lawrence, USA

Varvara, AirPano: We are pleased with your message, Rita. Thanks for coming here!

2012-05-27 23:11:16    
  5 from 5

"Wonderful! Germany, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with its beautiful nature and of course, the castles! I hope one day I can visit this castle! You must also make photos of the Black Forest! Keep on the beautiful job! :) Greetings from a brazilian who lives in Curacao, in the dutch antilleans!"

Gisele Menezes van Sermondt, Netherlands Antilles

Varvara, AirPano: Thanks for the greetings! It's nice that you visited us and we are thankful for the comment you left.

2012-05-24 20:43:46    
  5 from 5

"I grew up in GERMANY and have visited the CASTLE 3x in summer & winter...it is simply breathtaking!
Your panoramas are amazing...thanks for sharing.

Christel R Phillips
Green Valley, AZ"

Christel Phillips, USA

2012-05-13 14:55:43    
  5 from 5

"so beautiful!!And the music is also good,let me feel that like a dream!"

August Finger, China

2012-04-21 09:24:36    
  5 from 5

"MY,MY what a dream, spectacular,I first read about this schloss many years ago, I first saw it in the 50's with my husband, been there several times , hope to revisit this year ,I complement you on your artistry ALL your photography is magnificent,WELL done excellent work schloss Herrenchiemsee, is also one of Ludwig's"

Elizabeth Kubicek, Australia

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