Hol18: Carry On Up the Kehlstein

Visiting the Eagle’s Nest.

Eagles nest sign 2
The easier way to see the Eagle’s Nest

The Kehlstein, site of the Eagle’s Nest and the Nazis’ Bavarian getaway outside Berchtesgaden has always held a bit of fascination.  Is it a case of considering whether even the most evil of humanity needed the odd vacation or a natural curiosity to visit a significant historial site which happens to be in a spectacular location?  I’ll go with the latter.

Berchtesgaden Bahnhof
Berchtesgaden Bahnhof

The Kehltstein can be reached on foot (long and very hot in summer) or you can get the bus from the train station and use the path (about 40 mins climb) or you can get the lift via a dark and cold tunnel.

Eagles Nesttunnel 1
Entrance to the Eagles Nest Tunnel – built in 1938
EaglesNest tunnel 2
long dark cold tunnel of the Nazis

Once up, it’s time to enjoy the views from the top and have an enjoyable walk as well as a suitably priced coffee at the Kehlsteinhaus.

Eagles Nest view 2
Kehlsteinhaus
Eagles nest busker
high altitude busking
Eagles nest bloke taking photo on ledge
brave man
Eagles nest bloke
Man on a rock
Eagles nest cafe
The high altitude priced Kehlsteinhaus
Eagles Nest sign
Kehlsteinhaus
Kongisee Romy schneider
View of the Kehlstein from the Romy Schneider Haus, Königsee

Shot on the Vivitar V3000s (before it died) and Fomapan100

Grand Prix. On Poundland 200.

I’ve been to a number of Grand Prix over the years – in Spain and Germany – and normally turn up with full frame DSLR, and a backpack of lenses, headed up by a monopodded 150-500 zoom.  However, for the 2017 trip to the Barcelona circuit, I decided to travel light.

F1kit

The Mju was a £3 purchase off the eBay a few years back before the current over-inflated prices appeared and the Praktica was a rebadged MTL3 bought from Argos in the mid-80s.  Both filled with Poundland 200 (in an Agfa box).

When armed with the digital setup on my previous visits, it ended up being an ongoing search for the sharpest panning shot for the weekend.  Pan-click-chimp-repeat.  And getting hundreds of panned racing car shots  that never saw the light of day.

So this year it was to be film only ( bar the phone) and shooting around the F1 village, the stands – but with the odd panning shot – see if an creaky manual Praktica and an old Vivitar zoom lens out of Boots could cut it.

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Barcelona circuit tower.  Praktica Nova II

And this was a liberating experience – I had a weekend to enjoy the racing and soak in the atmosphere, with no heavy gear to lug about and chimp-free snapping.

It was also interesting to watch the guys in the stands with the monopods and DSLR/big zoom kit and reflecting that despite all this gear, you were still just a punter in the stands.  I’ve shot some low level motorsport events and had press-photo access to Irish League football and to get the sort of shots that type of access allows, you really need exactly that  – access.  And when you’re a punter – it’s easier to take punter shots.

The kit itself?  Well the Mju is a wee delight.  Totally auto, good sharp autofocus (most of the time) and it’s a genuine pocket camera, quick and easy to snap and it’s easily one of the best point & shoots I’ve used. The flash is on by default, so you’ve to remember to knock it off if you don’t want flash. Apart from that, it’s quick and accurate.

team Max
Team Verstappen
rolex
Timing by Rolex
Williams
Williams F1 truck
senna store
Setting up the Ayrton Senna store
trackview
The view from stand C

As for the Praktica, there’s no doubt it slows you down.  This particular one (of my many Prakticas) had a bit of a dirty viewfinder and together with manually focussing at 200mm, those panning shots were going to be a challenge.

This one of Daniel Ricciardo was only one of very view panning shots taken, as there were other uses for the long lens.

daniel ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo.  Legend.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen in the Red Bull pit

 

Spectator
Stylish Spectator
2 Fans
Stand G – seats remaining

So some nice snaps to take home from a great weekend.  I’d a lot more time to enjoy the event, no worries about batteries needing charged and the £1 film rolls held up well.  If I’m in the press area for a County Down Racing club meet or pitchside at Crusaders v Glentoran in the Irish League, then it’s full digital and the big lens.  Otherwise, I’ll enjoy being a punter with some old gear.

Films developed at photo-express.co.uk
Scanned on Epson V370