There is a couple of new images from various trips to the Alps I added to the The Alps section. Enjoy 😉
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?
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.
Although it already feels like winter here, the landscape doesn't show itself in its white dress yet.
After all tonight already was winter solstice, meaning that we can already looking forward for longer days and more sun exposure. This is a shot from 2017 where we had a short be intense winter in south Bavaria.
Bötlis During our last annual trip to the Alps, my friend Alex and I drove to a lake in the Swiss Alps we scouted earlier on GoogleEarth and were surprised how beautiful it really was. On the lake shore there were cosy benches and fireplaces with firewood next to them. It was simply too inviting to not spend a night by the campfire.
We were also surprised to bump into Roland Gerth there again, whom we only met briefly one day earlier somewhere else. This time we had more time to chat and exchange thoughts about landscape photography.
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.
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.
I added some new and old pictures to the Alps gallery.
Finally the gallery takes shape! I hope you like it 😉
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.
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.
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.
Moonlight Sonata When I was standing there I really almost dazzled by the strong light of the full moon and so my lens 😉
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.
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?
I’m happy to present you a new gallery, a dedicated gallery for my pictures of the European Alps!
Because I’ve been on a one week roadtrip through the Swiss, French and Italian Alps I also want to present you new pictures which appear in the Alps gallery:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Bleak 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.
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 😉
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!