Essay – A foggy night in Vienna

Yesterday night, we had quite heavy fog in Vienna. After walking with the dog, my dog decided to stay home – but I could not. The mood of fog in a city was just too tempting. It was already approaching 1am, when I started to pack my backbag and left home for a night walk in the city.

It is well known, how well the D3/D700 series cameras cope with old Nikkor lenses. As Gregory (nick: “NikkorAIS”) would state: “The D3 loves AiS glass”. I always enjoy viewing images  taken with 20 year old, sometimes even 30 year old lenses on modern bodies. Not all old lenses are excellent “partners” for the D3 of course, but there are real gems amongst them. One lens, which I overlooked in the last years surprised me completely. The tiny AiS 20mm/2.8 created such wonderful images that I really have to use it more going forward. One of those hits.

I did not not want to walk around with a tripod in the city, so I took the D3s as body of choice. As all images were done handheld, I simple cranked up the ISO levels. All images are taken between ISO 800 and ISO 12.800. IN case you are interested, all EXIF data are still embedded in the images. With the exception of 2 images (those with the bicycles) are all images just resized to fit the website restrictions – no post processing. THe 2 bicycle are slight crops and then resized.

With that, enjoy a small trip one of the most beautiful cities in the world during fog and night.


Lights are vanishing in distance with heavy fog. Entrance of Schönbrunn palace.
D3s, AiS 25-50mm/4, ISO 3200, 1/15 sec, f4


ven at close distances, fog is blurring the scene. In this case about 30ft (10m)
D3s, AFS 35mm/1.4G, ISO 800, 1/250sec, f1.4

Right of the main entrance of Schönbrunn palace. The huge main building in the back is hidden by the fog.
D3s, AiS 25-50mm/4, ISO 6400, 1/30 sec, f4

A small street close by the castle. I took this scenery also with the old AiS 25-50mm/4 lens, but my favorite is the one with the modern AFS 35mm/1.4G. Click here to get this mage in 1920×1200 resolution.
D3s, AFS 35mm/1.4G, ISO 1600, 1/80 sec, f1.4

Approaching the center of the city, a nice market called the “Naschmarkt” appears. During weekdays, it is a lively and colorful place where people meet, eat, buy and sell products. At  2am in the morning and with all the fog it came completely different accross. Empty and very quiet, almost mystic.
D3s, AiS 58mm/1.2 Noct, ISO 3200, 1/80, f2.8

This plant seemingly recovers from the daily stress during night.
D3s, AiS 58mm/1.2 Noct, ISO 3200, 1/50 sec, f2.8

Staying a bit on the same place, people eventually pass by on their way home from restaurants, chatting about the important themes of the day.
D3s, AiS 58mm/1.2, ISO 3200, 1/40, f2

Towards the center of the city, the light is brighter. Where are these 3 young ladies heading to?
D3s, AiS 58mm/1.2 Noct, ISO 1600, 1/40 sec, f1.2

In front of the state opera. A rider turns his city bike back to the pool at 2am in the morning. A city seemingly never sleeps.
D3s, AiS 20mm/2.8, ISO 1600, 1/60 sec, f2.8

An empty tram station. During daylight, hundreds of people impatiently wait to enter the tram.
D3s, AIS 20mm/2.8, ISO 1600, 1/60 sec, f2.8

A Hot Dog booth, just in fron the of the expensive Bristol hotel. A single night in the hotel would you probably buy hot dog for a year. The business at these booths really start later than 2am, when people walk back from the pubs and restaurants. There is a very typical sausage, called the “Burenwurst” wich seems to the favorite food for this time of the day.
D3s, AiS 20mm/2.8, ISO 800, 1/60 sec, f2.8

On my way home. Some left overs from the recent christmas shopping frenziness.
D3s, AFS 35mm/1.4G, ISO 800, 1/100 sec, f1.4

Thank you for joining me on my hour long night walk through Vienna. Hope you enjoyed it.

Good night,

One Response to Essay – A foggy night in Vienna

  1. nedofbaker says:

    Beautiful photos and beautiful city. I’ve really been enjoying your writing (discovered it while shopping for the D5100). This inspires me to get out there with my more humble tech and document what I love. Thanks!

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