Neuschwanstein Castle

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Bavaria, Germany. 

Neuschwanstein castle is a sort of a hallmark of Germany. When you are looking at the tour guide brochures, the castle stands as the most popular celebrity on every cover. Besides, everyone has it already well packed in their sub-consciousness through the Walt Disney’s ’Sleeping Beauty’, where Neuschwanstein inspired the creators of the cartoon.
So you can imagine how glorious this place must be!

The castle was there - probably in the most beautiful place in the whole country - built by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, in 1886 as his refuge from the political complications of those days and materialisation of his personal fairy-tale. The castle was built around the thematic of a swan expressed through numerous sculptures and pictures in its interior.

Ludwig II spent his childhood in the Hohenschwangau castle, built by his father Maximilian II of Bavaria, that now neighbours Neuschwanstein adding to the beauty of the scenery. Hohenschwangau was decorated with scenes from medieval legends and poetry. There still as a child the king identified himself with Lohengrin from the legend of the Swan Night which obviously took deep roots in his spirit and fantasy and finally realizes itself through the castle.
To this very legend of the Swan Night Richard Wagner once dedicated a romantic opera. In his turn, Ludwig II, Wagner’s great admirer, dedicated the composer the whole Neuschwanstein castle installing a stage ready for opera performances of the renowned musician.

There is no other way to enter the castle rather than joining a tour: as the day passes along with final calls of the visitors bus, tourist start to disappear. You can live the sunset up there almost alone. Almost cause there's always a couple of landscape photographers passionately clicking with their cameras to capture the glory of the hills embraced with the last beams of a sleepy sun.

The bridge taking visitors to the castle is a very common spot to take a snapshot: I needed to differentiate my image from the thousands taken in this very shot. I chose a wide angle view framed on the left by trees and on the right by the hills to give the feeling of looking at a painting. The valley in the back gives depth by adding a third plane. The shot was hand-held, but having good light I could still choose the optimal aperture of the lens (around f/7.1) that gave me a very workable 1/160s shutter speed to ensure a sharp image. The fairy tale quality I had in mind at the moment I saw the scene was enhanced in post-processing by carefully choosing the hue of green of the trees that form the base of the image.  
"All my images are created by me: Fine Art prints represent the goal of my art and craft. Each print is a labor of love and a work of art that will beautify and energize virtually any space in your home. I take extreme pride in preparing each print personally.

There is a huge difference in viewing photographs on a computer display versus seeing fine art prints in person; only the prints show the light, depth, texture, and delicate nuances of my images and the materials on which they are printed."
Your Limited Edition print is signed and numbered. Cotton gloves will be included to handle your print, along with the Certificate of Authenticity with serialized number hologram.

When properly handled, your print is guaranteed to last a lifetime and more.
The print is delivered matted and ready to frame or already framed with a beautiful Museum Quality custom frame assembled by Francesco.
The Limited Edition is designed to complete your walls: imagine a beautifully hand framed piece, with its time-less look, hanging on one of your best walls.
Imagine the pride it will bring to you when you are showing your home to your guests.