Gallery AwardDuernstein - Austria 4

Duernstein - Austria  4 Duernstein - Austria  4
Copyright by: Rudolf Moerkl, Austria
made for the book: One Minute on Earth 2013
Originally my plan was a shot from the opposite hill to have a nice view down the Danube river, and probably even have the Stift Goettweig, which is situated on top of a hill in the far rear, on the image. On a nice day with sunshine and clear weather this is easily possible, and I made such a photo nearly same time last year. It looked so nice to me, that I planned to come back to this location and do my One Minute on Earth shot there. When we had the test shot 2 weeks before, we had an awful cold and overcasted situation, so that I did not walk up the hill, but tried an alternative on the banks of Danube river. This turned out quite nice.
Finally on April 6th, the weather again was not clear, but not as bad as 2 weeks before, so I thought that I can do it up the hill and down to the river within 20 to 30 minutes, that should be ok to get both locations done in time. Unfortunately my preparation was not too perfect, because once reaching the hill, I couldn´t exactly remember which way would get me to my planned location. The only way to get up there in time, was to take the straight way through the forest.
This was a steep and slippery tour, but I did it within 12 minutes. Reaching the targeted location totally exhausted, I was terribly disappointed, as the view at this moment was really poor. However, I took a series of shots, with different settings, and then quickly packed my stuff, and made it back to the car within few minutes.
Drove as close as possible to the next location, and found luckily an even better place than the one that I used for the test shot.
the result you can see above. It was pretty exhausting activity, and a few hours later I had quite some fun with muscle soreness.
Nevertheless, the whole One Minute on Earth project was fun, and I am deeply honored to be a part of such a wonderful community of photographers.

Here is some historical information about Duernstein:

The town gained its name from the medieval castle, Burgruine Dürnstein, which overlooked it. The castle was called "Duerrstein" or "Dürrstein", from the German duerr/dürr meaning "dry" and Stein, "stone". The castle was dry because it was situated on a rocky hill, high above the damp conditions of the Danube at the base of the hill, and it was built of stone.

Dürnstein was first mentioned in 1192, when, in the castle above the town, King Richard I Lionheart of England was held captive by Duke Leopold V of Austria after their dispute during the Third Crusade.
Richard had personally offended Leopold by casting down his standard from the walls at the Battle of Acre, and the duke suspected that King Richard ordered the murder of his cousin Conrad of Montferrat in Jerusalem.
In consequence Pope Celestine III excommunicated Leopold for capturing a fellow crusader. The duke finally gave the custody of Richard to Emperor Henry VI, who imprisoned Richard at Trifels Castle.
Dürnstein Castle was almost completely destroyed by the troops of the Swedish Empire under Field Marshal Lennart Torstenson in 1645.

Dürnstein Abbey (Stift Dürnstein) was established in 1410 by Canons Regular from Třeboň, and from 1710 rebuilt in a Baroque style according to plans by Joseph Munggenast, Jakob Prandtauer and Matthias Steinl.
The monastery was dissolved by order of Emperor Joseph II in 1788 and fell to the Herzogenburg Priory.

Today the whole area is a UNESCO world heritage.

Rudolf Moerkl also joined the Book with these photos:
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Duernstein - Austria  1
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Duernstein - Austria  2

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