- Silent Reflections 2
On the same morning as in "Silent Reflections" we went on a glacier in order to get a top view of the area we already explored earlier. The view from there didn't offer many photogenic compositions but only walking on a glacier during the peaceful morning hours was an exciting experience for sure!
While walking there I discovered this intriguing foreground in the small glacier lake which immediately grabbed my attention.
- Minutes of Wealth
Another beautiful day in the French Alps, it started so nicely but ended up as a day full of wrong decisions and mistakes.
It eventually lead to missing a fantastic sunset at Lac Guichard, the location we had planned to shoot sunset at. We ended up missing the best sunset of our whole trip only by 15 min! However I still liked the blue hour mood we got later, therefore and for the funny story I wanted to share this shot with you.
And here is how we messed it up:
First we went to an outdoor clothes store to buy gloves for the upcoming cold nights because we both left our gloves at home. We wasted half an hour realizing that all available gloves were not fitting our fairly big hands, we only bought (unnecessary) additional fancy tent pegs.
Second we made a wrong turn after shopping and went straight onto a toll road and even drove into the wrong direction. And last we missed a couple of gas stations where we could have fuelled up the car and eventually realized to fuel up only when the last gas station was left already 10km behind us and worrying that there were no more to come before arriving at our destination. Actually there was one only 5 km ahead of the point where we returned back to the last one.
If we would have only made one mistake less we could have been in time for that sunset. I still blame the massive sun exposure for making all those unnecessary and rather stupid mistakes! Sometimes arriving at the right place at the right time is working like a charm and other times it can be an eternal struggle 😉
In the end we could at least witness a beautiful blue hour and went swimming in the lake which was a real treat after sweating all day long in temperatures of around 30°C and above.
- The Explorer
During our recent trip to the Alps Alex and me also had a stop in the Italian Alps.
Despite a rain shower the night before the weather was very diverse while still cooperative from a photographers point of view.
This is one of the more dramatic displays we got to see. What the viewer can't see is the drizzling rain which made shooting this scene very hard, like shooting in the spray of a waterfall. Fortunately Alex and I brought enough patience and microfibre cloth.
- Morning Glow
The first upload from the recent hike to Mohnenfluh summit with a bunch of befriended fellow photographers.
We were camping close to the lake and had to get up at around 3:30am in order to be at the summit to photograph the sunrise.
Every time you witness a sunset from a mountain summit you get this amazing feeling, you are far away from civilization, it's peaceful and quiet and you have an amazing view, while the sun cloaks the landscape in beautiful hues, the type of palette you can't see during the day.
- Goodbye Blue Sky
While hiking in the Italian Alps together with my friend Alex we were blessed with very interesting weather and light. Although it was raining every now and then we never got drenched but were able to witness breathtaking atmospheres, due to the ever-changing weather.
- Heavenly Accommodation
There is nothing like slumbering below the heavenly nightskies in the mountains. I was lucky to have almost perfect conditions on our last night in the Italian Alps.
- Mountains of Might
- In my Kingdom Cold
- Moonlight Sonata
When N. Alexander Otto Photography and me were standing there we really almost dazzled by the strong light of the full moon and so were our lenses 😉
Unfortunately the weather was just not winterly enough to provide for scenic winter scapes. Recently the temperature was too high and there was also a lack of fresh snow so we returned earlier than planned from our trip.
The massif in the frame is Cimon della Pala. It is also called "The Matterhorn of the Dolomites" because of it's very similar shape.
- Early Morning Light
- Fading Light
- Darkness and Frost
During my recent trip to the Italian Alps I was also able to explore a glacier.
I'm always fascinated by the form and texture of glaciers, but also by its colour palette, essentially it's black and white with a turquise tint here and there. Glaciers are also mysterious places for me, they conceal secrets from thousands of years ago, they are well hidden below layers of ice which can be as thick as several hundred meters.
As always Alex was happy to volunteer as a model for this picture in order to get some sense of scale.
- Perfect day for a Hike 3
- Splashes of Colour
Although autumn is currently at its peak in some areas of the Alps autumn is barely noticeable. On my last hike for the year last weekend I was intrigued by those very subtle autumn colour tones I found, they appear like splashes of colour here and there.
- Dreamworld Afterglow
This one is from early July this year, from the hike to Butzensee in Austria, I recently discovered it while browsing and weeding out images. Good memories from a very successful photo-trip with my buddies Stefan, Johannes and Quirin 😉
- Paint the Sky
This is a glimpse of how winter looked like in the Dolomites close to the famous St. Johann chapel in Ranui a week ago. This area didn't have fresh snowfall for quite some time, almost all trees lost their precious white sugar coating.
To make up for that I brought some white back in the sky by shooting a star-trail composite.
- Touched by the first light
Some weeks ago I enjoyed a tranquil night in the Alps and was blessed with magic warm light the next morning.
No matter how exhausting your hike and how freezing cold the night before was, those are the mornings which let you forget all the efforts and make them totally worth it 😉
What do you think about it, have you experienced a sunrise on a mountain summit before?
- Facing Worlds
On my last hike this year I got to see an interesting scene where one mountainside was already in all its white glory while the other side was still in autumn mood.
Already during the hike - while gaining altitude - we noticed the beautiful transition from autumn to winter. There is so much to discover during change of seasons, I find it really satisfying to see and feel the annual change of seasons
- Star Shower
During our annual Alps trip this year my friend Alex and I spend a night close to the famous Matterhorn. We were accompanied by plenty of stars and the moon which helped casting some light on the Matterhorn.
- First Light
We had some golden autumn days in Germany last week. I tried to make the best out of it and went hiking in the Allgäu mountains for two days. It was incredible warm for the time of the year, slightly above 2000m altitude the temperature was between 6 and 8°C all night long. I had colder nights in the Alps in August already.
The mountain on the right which catches the first sunlight of the day is called Rauhhorn.
- Big Red Cap
On my last trip to the Swiss Alps together with my friend Alex I eventually had the pleasure to see the famous Matterhorn. It even transformed into Big Red Cap during sunrise 😉
- Gloomy Lake
On this day my friend Quirin and I were hoping for a nice sunset at lake Eibsee. However all we got was a gloomy mood, the first time I've seen this lake in this kind of mood. I liked it despite the hope to catch a nice sunset 😉
- Fog Waves
It's always an interesting phenomena to witness when fog rolls over mountains. During the last annual trip to the Alps we were really lucky to witness a lot of fog, at times it was even too much. But here it perfectly helps emphasising the already dramatic atmosphere caused by the dark sky.
- Gloomy Lake 2
- Gloomy Alps
During our last annual trip to the Alps my friend Alex and I experienced mostly overcast weather with heavy clouds. Despite minor frustration about the weather this aerial view from the French Alps shows the advantages of this weather, some very moody atmosphere!
On our annual trip to the alps my friend Alex and I didn't have luck with the weather high in the mountains but got lucky with this waterfall. We arrived there quite late but I was able to capture the fading light way after sunset which. I already had to expose for several minutes in order to collect enough light with my camera, but this helped my achieving a mystic touch.
- Rushing Melody
I'm slowly catching up with pictures from the last year.
By the way, I wish everybody a happy new year and hope they head a great time on new years eve!
This is one from the annual trip to the Alps with my friend Alex in August! Actually, because the weather was so bad in the Alps, we decided to make the best out of the trip and went to the French Jura Mountains in the hope to get some beautiful waterfall scenery in front of our cameras. We got quite lucky with this spot which was the first place we visited, however all other places did not work out, because there was hardly any water in the rivers. Phototrips are always full of surprises, positive as well as negative ones. I guess this is what makes it so exciting for me!
- Red Awakening
I love to see mountains on fire, however it's even better when the elements come together and the fire is reflected in a beautiful alpine lake! This happened on the first morning on our annual alps trip with my friend NicolasAlexanderOtto A good start for a trip, despite the missing clouds!
This is a shot from a late autumn hike last year where we just had as good weather like these days, but unfortunately I didn't get any good shots this year.
It is always such a spectacular experience when see the setting sun emphasising the already beautiful mountain ranges and giving away the last warm bits before a cold night high up.
Actually on this trip at the end of October I experienced an unusual warm night at around 2000m of altitude, not going much below 10°C.
- Winter Wonderland
In 2017 we had a couple of pretty impressive winter days, it was really cold and there was plenty of snow in the Alps.
This is an impression from an ice-cold morning in the Bavarian Alps. Only 30 min later the fog was burned away by the sun. While this was happening, the diffuse blue light which came through the fog was quite strange but beautiful.
- Alpen Blues
While browsing my pictures from the annual trip to the Alps in 2016 with my buddy N. Alexander Otto Photography I found some gems which make me look forward for this years' trip to the Alps which is about to start in a week!
This is a shot from a blue hour morning scene at an alpine lake were we stayed over the night. The night before we got engulfed in fog just after we reached the lake. We didn't get any shots that night, but went on a late swim in the lake after an arduous hike, which turned out to be almost too refreshing for the following cold night. The next morning didn't offer any spectacular light for us, however spending a morning on a mountain witnessing the world waking up from high above is special or even magical itself and that's what this picture symbolises for me.
When was the last time you woke up on a mountain seeing the first light of the day?
- Wild Flowers
On our annual trip to the Alps this year, we experienced a lot of beautiful wild flowers on the alpine meadows we crossed. The photo only shows a small bit of one of my favourite meadows, it actually can't really do justice to the beauty of the real meadow, but it's a nice memory which brings back to my mind the smell and the feeling I associate with this place.
- Let's conquer the Sky
On our last night in the French Alps we had fantastic conditions for night shots, despite the cloud on the right the sky and air was clear, the moon has set and temperatures dropped below 0°C. That's also why my camera froze while leaving it outside over night as already shown in a snapshot I uploaded earlier.
The display of stars was one of the best I've seen in central Europe for quite some time. I think being able to see starry skies like that is a privilege not all people can enjoy. They live in densely populated metropolitan areas where light pollution is keeping their eyes from seeing stars.
I hope my picture could bring a bit of happiness to those people, at least for a couple of seconds 😉
But you should still experience the real deal sometime, it's so much better to see it with your own eyes!
On the first day during our trip to the Alps we didn't have so much luck with the weather but at least we were blessed with some moody fog which I wanted to show with this shot. The guy on the other side of course is Alex.
- Frozen by Icewinds
- Rushing Melody 2
Can you feel and hear the soothing sound of rushing water?
For me that has a meditative feeling to it!
- Where there is Water there is a Path
During our last annual trip to the Alps my buddy N. Alexander Otto Photography and I planned to visit a couple of waterfalls, after getting disappointed about rather unphotogenic waterfalls during last years' trip, where in most cases there simply was not enough water.
Luckily in the Alps we had plenty of rainfall the days before we started our trip, so this time we got lucky!
In the case of this photo we visited a very wet gorge in south Bavaria, where there was water coming literally from all directions, that's why we got soaked a little bit.
This would be quite a dream right now after having over 30°C for weeks in Germany.
- Spooky Mountains
On our annual Alps trip my friend Alex and me experienced some really dramatic atmospheres due to ever-changing weather conditions.
This was one of them and I'm glad we screwed up our original plan to take the cable-car, by missing the last one for the day and instead hiked up the mountain. We might not have seen this incredible view otherwise!
- Give Me Mountains
In the French Alps we were surrounded by several breathtaking mountain vistas, I was tempted to take many panorama shots and this is one of them. I'm intrigued by mountains, they challenge me, they always surprise me, and make me appreciate the wonders of nature. Mountains are my happy place - give me mountains 😉
- From Darkness
We saw some pretty dark and dramatic scenes during this years trip to the Alps, the weather was constantly changing and we even had to give up on a two day hike due to bad weather.
On the good side we could witness some unique weather scenes, like this rather dark scene.
- Mohnenfluh Panorama
Another sunrise view from Mohnenfluh, this time as a wide 3:1 panorama over the Lechquellen area.
- Silent Reflections 1
A tranquil morning in the Italian Alps. Those are the moments you long for during busy and hectic days in daily life. Fortunately I brought back home pictures which give me a relaxing feeling as if I was standing there right now, hearing nothing but the peaceful silence of a sunrise in the mountains. I hope this works for you too!