Heidelberg Castle Illuminations
of 5 September 2009
This is the first Heidelberg Castle Illuminations that I had experienced at full moon. It was a surprisingly cool September evening. About two weeks before, we had had sweltering heat in Heidelberg of 36° centigrade in the shade. On the evening of the fireworks, the rain started to beat against the window at about 8 o'clock in the evening and I was just about to pack my camera away again. But the heavens were kind to us as so often happens at Heidelberg Castle Illuminations and so the fireworks did indeed take place – the most spectacular Heidelberg Castle Illuminations I have ever seen.
Once the Bengal Fire in the castle had gone out, the first cascades of fireworks rose up out of the water in front of the Old Bridge.
After that the rockets shot up towards the full moon.
The Neckar River is full of boats, yachts and passenger ships that have come to see the fireworks. Thanks to the bright reflection, the Old Bridge, where the firework display has always taken place, can be easily made out, along with the Haspeltor, the gateway to the Old Town.
No need to say anything about these magical images composed of fireworks, smoke, the moon and the clouds.
Once again, cascades of fireworks fall from the Old Bridge.
With this, the last Heidelberg Castle Illuminations of the year came to an end and were met with much applause.
The photos on this website are in chronological order. They were shot with a Pentax K200 camera and a Pentax Zoom 28-80 mm. The film speed was set to 1600 ASA to make the short exposure times necessary for fireworks possible. The camera stood on a stable Manfrotto tripod with a heavy fluid tilt unit.
During these Heidelberg Castle Illuminations everyone was in a party mood in the Uferstrasse of Neuenheim in Heidelberg. After the castle fireworks there was once more moving fire there as well.
3 dancers with torches showed off their fascinating art in front of one of the villas in Neuenheim.