Mighty table mountains at sunset, grass-green moss-covered rocks, lonely rock pinnacles in front of breathtaking panoramic sights: The picturesque weathered rock world is an infinite storehouse of spectacular motifs.
Photography in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains has a long tradition. The first photo of the area is almost as old as photography itself! It was taken in 1853 by the Dresden pioneer of photography Hermann Krone at Bastei Rock, one of the most popular trip destinations of Saxon Switzerland. A commemorative plaque reminds us of it at this very place.
There have been tremendous changes since he took his images under great efforts around 170 years ago. Nobody has to pull a handcart loaded with a heavy wooden camera through the woods today. What is needed to take photos nowadays fits in your backpack or – for simpler needs - even in your back pocket.
What has remained is the fascination of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains as a motif and the photographer’s challenge to use a trained eye and creativity to find just the right picture out of the immense variety of options. No camera, regardless how expensive, nor any software either, can relieve you of that challenge, and that is in fact what is so fascinating about landscape photography.
Photographers make abundant use of this. Hundreds of thousands of Instagram pictures are shown under #saechsischeschweiz and tens of thousands under #malerweg. And every year, new illustrated books and photo calendars featuring Saxon Switzerland are published.