LUX - Junge Kirche Nürnberg | Young Church Nuremberg | Germany - The architecture of Nuremberg - Part 4

Good news, it finally has become summer! :)
So now, I can go out in shorts, not shielding myself from wind and rain; instead, just relaxing, enjoying the moment and waiting for majestic sunsets, as presented in the first shot of this series. Due to the good weather, I could continue my project of photographing the Lux - Junge Kirche Nürnberg. The previous interior shots focussed exclusively on the cubic modernist element which has been added as an annex to the main church. The main church will be photographed as soon as I get technical assistance to manage all the lights inside - yes, it’s complicated, not just turning on a light switch. ;) Anyhow, as you can see below, this church really expresses modernism at its finest: a round cubistic metal box right next to a spiky shaped church building. And all of that is also still connected to a very classic and simplistic rectangular shaped church tower. And as a little detail, there’s another cubistic element attached to the main wall. The funny thing is, from the inside it is so steep that it can’t be used for anything useful actually. It does flood the room with light though (a normal window could so, too), but still it opens the office of the employees and gives it a more airy feel to the otherwise dark office. I glad I found this church and could add the first sunset picture to my portfolio. Last but not least, I want to mention how laid-back and casual all employees and church visitors are. It is a fantastic atmosphere and such a place could even make me consider to go to church from time to time.

Photos of LUX - Junge Kirche Nürnberg by Matthias Dengler #matthiasdengler #snapshopped - Architektur Fotograf in Nürnberg

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LUX - Junge Kirche Nürnberg | Young Church Nuremberg | Germany - The architecture of Nuremberg - Part 3

Continuing my project the Architecture of Nuremberg [Part 1 | Part 2] (Die Architektur von Nürnberg), this time I really found a very special property, the LUX church. It is the most modern church I have ever seen and set a foot into. When I posted my behind the scenes footage in my Instagram story, several people commented: “It looks like a bar” or “is there beer on tap?”. So definitely, it is surprising how modern churches can be. Especially protestant congregations are known for being a bit more casual and searching new ways to win back a younger clientele that does not only come to church to get married and never show up again. I have grown up in a very Christian environment. Nowadays, I don’t think I really believe in god or anything. Anyway, I still think that this modern architecture and very loose atmosphere can definitely attract a younger audience.

This church definitely is a pioneer project, as the LUX Junge Kirche the first church for teenagers and young adults in whole Bavaria. After a two-years renovation it opened its gates in 2009. I am actually really surprised that such a modern protestant church can be found in Bavaria, the county of old-fashioned and conservative catholics! Such a pleasure to see this fresh and futuristic architecture and design!

Photos by Matthias Dengler #matthiasdengler #snapshopped - Architektur Fotograf in Nürnberg

Still, I have to photograph the exterior, but my first priority are shootings for my clients of course. So after the completion of my assignments, I’m going to continue this shoot. So stay tuned! And for sure, check out my Instagram for more imagery and behind the scenes footage in my stories.


A timelapse as a single picture - PARKING 24/7 - Airport Nürnberg

Yesterday, I spent around 3 hours in the area of the Albrecht Dürer Flughafen Nürnberg, the Airport of Nuremberg in Germany to run another experiment. I wanted to transform a time lapse video into a single picture.

To all who got to know my work already, it is nothing new that I strive for perfection, because details matter. In that sense, I want to stand out of the local competition by creating something very unique, only a few photographers can replicate. In my previous post called “The hero shot - behind the scenes”, I described what it takes to create unique imagery. I stayed at one place over a long period time. We’re not talking about 20 minutes; no, about 2-3 hours. Only that gives me the unique chance, to blend together moments in time, a concept well-known from time lapse videos, where you leave your camera in one spot over a long period of time, accelerate the footage and watch the sunset fading into the blue hour and night. Check out the quick behind-the-scenes time lapse, my goPro recorded, below. (Sorry for the bad composition and quality. I only had my GoPro with me and had to leave it on a junction box. Anyway, it helps to outline my point and concept).

For imagery, the approach is similar. Crucial is though, to step up in the post-production game, or in other words: Photoshop! In “The hero shot - behind the scenes”, this blend happened harmonically all across the frame of the picture. It still looked believable and not like something impossible in nature (your brain somehow still thinks witnessing a sunset and an illuminated building is totally normal). In my newest shot, which I’m going to showcase in this post, I created a horizontal time-blend, merging the golden hour and sunset picture on the left, fading into a blue hour picture on the right. Does that still look believable to you, if I had not mentioned it? Tell me in the comment section about it!

Either way, it goes along very well with the title that could also be used commercially for the airport: “Parking 24/7”. All day, all night. This message is emphasised by the car trails on the left and the right, as they drive in by nighttime and leave it by night. How do you like the idea and the execution of this experimental time-blend?

PS: For perfectionists I have captured 2 motorcyclists driving up the entire road from the bottom to the top. ;)

The final result. Sunset (L), blue hour (R)

The final result. Sunset (L), blue hour (R)

Check out the before-and-after slider to see the magic happen ;)

And below a few more casual shots I took with my back-up camera while I left the Fujifilm X-T3 locked-in on my tripod. That way, I can still do something else when I have to wait 2,5 hours to capture only one image.