Top 4 places for taking Long Exposure Photos at Neusiedler Lake in Austria

For some time I wanted to write an article about my top 4 places for taking Long Exposure Photos at  Nesiedler Lake (Neusiedler See). This lake is close to my heart from the first time I was there. Three years ago I started taking Long Exposure photos and indeed since that time I return to this place regularly.

This lake is my training ground where I try to improve my vision. It’s the perfect place to learn how to work with composition. Thanks to the fact that  Neusiedler Lake is almost behind my house I have the opportunity to deal with different weather conditions when shooting. The photographs appearing in this article were photographed in overcast, cloudy sky and also during fully sunny weather. It’s proof that you must constantly experiment. Never give up even when the weather is not ideal.

At this place I came across all the villages on the Austrian side. In this post, I will tell you about the most beautiful places with access to the Lake. Neusiedler Lake is located 63 km from Bratislava and 75 km from Vienna. For better orientation, see the map.

Podersdorf am See

Probably the most famous is Podersdorf am See. This place is also popular for windsurfing fans, every year there is also a World Tournament. I come here mainly due to this beautiful lighthouse. Ideal motive not only for taking Long Exposure Photos.

Podersdorf Lighthouse

Nikon D800, Nikon 16-35, 18mm, f/11, ISO 200, 25sec.

To visit Weiden am See Click here to see the map.

Weiden am See

In Weiden am See I took my first picture ever using Long Exposure techniques. It was overcast and the sun gently shined through the clouds. Therefore I chose slightly shorter exposure time than normally, my aim was to highlight the contrast in the sky.

Weiden am See Austria

Nikon D90, Nikon 16-85, 16mm, f/6,7, ISO 200, 120sec.

Probably, this pier is  the most popular pier in Weiden am See. I have several picutures of this pier with several different compositions. But among them, I want to pick this one where I captured a tourist sitting on the bench motionless for full 30 minutes. I had the opportunity to take 4 pictures and than I chose this one.

Weiden am See Austria Pier

Nikon D800, Nikon 16-35, 19mm, f/8, ISO 200, 120sec.

Weiden am See is also a popular place for both windsurfing or sailing. Using telephoto lens I was able to eliminate all distractions and I focused on my favorite minimalism. It works for me, what do you say?

Weiden am See Austria Sailing on boats

Nikon D800, Nikon 70-200 VRII, 200mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/1250sec.

To visit Weiden am See Click here to see the map.

Morbisch am See

There is one very beautiful pier in Morbisch am See. By using ultra-wide-angle lens, you can achieve a beautiful depth and symmetry. In composition, I focused on the main theme – the pier itself. From the sky I wanted to frame only minimum because there is not much happening there.

That day the weather was not very satisfactory at the first glance. The sky bypassed from clouds form to a single continuous layer. In this photo I learned what I wrote above. When you have the desire to go hunting pictures, do not look at the weather. I’m glad that I did not give up shooting that day. This photo is currently one of my most popular. It has been already published several times on various photo portals and magazines and is one of my best selling. The tutorial about how I converted this picture from color to black and white can be seen here.

Morbisch-Am-See-Austria

Nikon D800, Nikon 16-35, 25mm, f/8, ISO 100, 157sec.

To visit Morbisch am See Click here to see the map.

Breitenbrunn am Neusiedler See

In Breitenbrunn am Neusiedler See, it  is very difficult to find a good composition. At first glance, there is a lot of motives to photograph but you need a good eye to find the right spot. Learn that less is often more. Concentrate on the part of the scene, not the overall view and the resulting effect can be surprising.

Breitenbrunn am See Austria

Nikon D800, Nikon 16-35, 24mm, f/16, ISO 100, 135sec.

To visit Breitenbrunn am See Click here to see the map.

Conclusion

I live in inland so I can not  afford to travel 1000 km to go to the sea when I like to photograph seascapes. Therefore, the Neusiedler Lake is  in many moments a perfect retreat for me. Sometimes I go there without the camera. It is the place full of peace that offers many forms of recreation. Whether you love surfing, lying on the beach, play beach volleyball or just eat well in one of local restaurants, this is a perfect place. I believe that you have found some inspiration in this article.

Matej Michalik

About Matej Michalik

Matej Michalik was born and live in Bratislava, Slovakia. He came in touch with photography in 2010 and from the beginning his intuition was leading him towards black and white photographs. He specialize mainly in Long Exposure Photography, architecture, seascapes but he is also interested in shooting streets.

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2 Comments

  1. Lorrin July 2, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    Beautiful work as always, Matej! Thanks for the post.

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