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Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay: Swinging over a German valley4 min read

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Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay: Swinging over a German valley

What’s a better way to celebrate the end of the lockdown, than visit the German village Mörsdorf and shoot the Geierlay bridge? That’s exactly what German photographer Dennis Billstein thought when he started his road trip to Geierlay.  

About Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay

Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay is a suspension bridge which spans over a valley, and connects the two German villages Mörsdorf and Sosberg. Underneath the bridge, a stream called Mörsdorfer Bach flows.

The Geierlay crossing has a length of 360 meters and is up to 100 meters high, making it the second largest suspension bridge in Germany. With its length it’s not unusual for the Geierlay to sway back and forth a bit, especially when there is strong wind or when there are quite a few people crossing the bridge. 

The bridge is permanently open for pedestrians (without a toll, and was recently chosen to be part of the Top 100 sightseeing destinations in Germany.

During the day the bridge is very busy with hikers and tourists, so we recommend that you visit it early in the morning or later in the day. Even then, you probably won’t be the only photographer who’s waiting for the perfect shot.

About the shot

Landscape photography might seem as black magic for some of our adventurous readers and aspiring photographers, that’s why we decided to break down the technical details behind this shot.

When we asked German photographer Dennis Billstein for some insights on how to shoot the Geierlay bridge, he mentioned that he shot it from the Mörsdorf side and even revealed a few additional tips. 

“I decided to take the shot in the morning, to have a sweet golden hour look, which is obvious when you look at my shot. 

Another suggestion that may come in handy, is to look into bringing multiple lenses. I would bring both a longer lens along (50mm or even an 85mm) for the compression apart from the usual wide-angle lens. This because when you shoot the bridge with something like a 14-24 lens, most of the bridge won’t fit in your picture, while a lens with a longer focal length makes the entire bridge visible.

In terms of taking the actual shot: Wait for the sun to hit the sides of the bridge and be fast when this happens, because it only lasts for a couple of minutes!

Finally: you probably won’t be the only photographer who’s waiting for the sunrise, so take your time and talk with them. Creating a network with like minded people is amazing, and will bring you new approaches and styles!”

We’ve listed the gear and the settings Dennis used below, to give you more insights in the technique behind the shot.

Gear

Settings

  • Shutter speed: 1/60
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: f/4

Software

About Dennis Billstein

Dennis Billstein is a German photographer, specialized in wildlife and landscape photography, he is known to experiment with different photography styles and techniques. 

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