Church of St. Martin at Linz am Rhein, Germany

It was built beginning in 1206 at what was then the highest point in Linz, a little village on the Rhein River in what is now western Germany. It’s looked over Linz ever since, serving generations of Catholics.

These stairs lead up to the church.

Linz am Rhein

Space is tight up there, and it’s challenging to step back enough to fit the entire church building into a frame. Here’s the best I could do.

Linz am Rhein - St. Martin Kirche

Here’s the main entrance door.

Linz am Rhein - St. Martin Kirche

At the top of the door arch, it reads 1712. The church was built in stages over a few centuries; this must mark one of the stages.

Linz am Rhein - St. Martin Kirche

The church is not large inside, but it’s quite ornate with stained-glass windows and lots of colorfully painted details.

Linz am Rhein - St. Martin Kirche
Linz am Rhein - St. Martin Kirche
Linz am Rhein - St. Martin Kirche
Linz am Rhein - St. Martin Kirche

It’s remarkable to me that we could visit what is essentially a random German town, and find a church of such remarkable beauty. We encountered this in little churches everywhere we went in Germany.

I’m a little disappointed with how my Nikon Df behaved inside this church. As you can see, a lot of these photos are soft and suffer from a little shake. This camera should easily support these photographs. I get this behavior only with the 28-200mm lens that I brought with me for this trip. I’m increasingly disenchanted with this lens and may seek to replace it with a different long zoom.

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8 responses to “Church of St. Martin at Linz am Rhein, Germany”

  1. DougD Avatar

    Very nice! I always wonder if anyone actually uses these churches, since as I understand it church attendance is even lower in Europe than it is in Canada. Obviously in Germany they value old church buildings more than in North America. Climate is a factor in longevity as well, we’ve lost several grand old churches lately in our city. Once maintenance stops it doesn’t take long for our harsh winters to tear apart an old stone building.

    Also, Linz am Rhein gives me a snicker because it reminds me of Wein am Rhein, fictitious home of fictitious comedic composer PDQ Bach:

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My bonnie lass, she smelleth!

  2. Darts and Letters Avatar
    Darts and Letters

    Hi Jim. My favorite picture are is the fourth one down! Your last picture you shot 1/20. I know I personally couldn’t handhold at 1/20 and expect to get a good picture that wasn’t plagued by softness, between my slightly shaking hands, breathing in-and-out, and the heartbeat in my chest (some people have an amazing knack, though).

    Although I wouldn’t expect a lot out of a superzoom for a scene like this (I’m familiar with their deficiencies as I own one that I pair with my Nikon D750), I think you can still get surprisingly more out of it. The Df has some pretty decent low light capability, doesn’t it? If I’d been in your shoes, I probably would have upped my ISO quite a bit more. A lot more. Not bumping my ISO up enough for scenes like this is a mistake I repeated (a lot) for a few years before I figured out I was underestimating my camera. At any rate, I humbly (I’m no expert) offer this and will be curious to see what anyone else might have to share about what you said.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I am struggling with the auto ISO setting on the Df. Full stop. I have the Df set to a base of ISO 800 for all images, as noise is nil even that high. Auto ISO is supposed to be dialing up the ISO in lower light so I get good shutter speeds for handheld, but it is not really doing that. I am resisting manually setting the ISO because I will absolutely forget to set it back when I step outside.

      The crazy thing is that I do not experience this at all with my cheap 28-80 AF Nikkor, just with this 28-200.

  3. Darts and Letters Avatar
    Darts and Letters

    Interesting Jim, I don’t think I’ve ever used auto ISO. that’s something I’ve never liked giving over. But then, over the years plenty of times I’ve forgotten to set my ISO back from some previous picture-taking so there you go, haha!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My Canon S95 has a rational auto ISO system: you set it and it just works. The Df only adjusts ISO up from the ISO you have dialed in. But it’s weird in that it still seems to bias toward lower ISOs — needlessly. Maybe I just don’t understand it well enough.

  4. J P Avatar

    Ugh, those little wooden chairs. “I’ve got it! Nobody is coming to masses because of those old hard pews. Let’s pull them out and set up chairs!”

    I love that these old churches are preserved. I am saddened that so few use them for what is supposed to be their purpose.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s sad to see the mainline churches in general in decline.

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