No trip to Germany is complete without a Rhine river cruise. This time we boarded the KD Rhine River Cruise at Oberwesel and disembarked 2 hours or so later at Boppard.
As this was a morning cruise, the sun was behind us, usually to the right, as we travelled up river. In this situation your best bet is to get to the front outside observation deck and if possible get yourself a seat next to the rail. This means you get a clear shot forward and really to either side as well as your subjects approach. Of course, if you’re sailing the other way into the sun, you should choose the stern observation deck which would give you better light (although occasionally a contra-light for your shot can be very effective).
You definitely want a zoom lens here, as your subjects – riverside villages, castles, vineyards, etc. – will be at varying distances. When using a longer focal length, be especially careful of vibration from the ship’s engines. I find that standing and using a faster shutter speed is the best way to go (at least 1/focal length).
We had lunch in Boppard, a pleasant, rustic town with some interesting half-timbered buildings, a photogenic small main square and a single main street. The wine merchants’ shops/cellars are interesting.