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.
Once in a while I wanted to update my landscape aerial gallery because it’s long due!
Gloomy Lake 2
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 😉
The Green Divide Nature is a really inspiring painter. It keeps changing its canvas slightly on a daily basis. Those canvases inspire us landscape photographers to see and freeze the display of beauty.
In this example there is a nice complementary mix between red/brown hues from autumn/winter and fresh greens from early spring. I'm quite sure this very picture wouldn't work as nicely once spring will transform everything into lush greens. In fact, there is a dedicated season for every aesthetic highlight artists like photographers are interested in. As a landscape photographer I really like how this ever-changing canvas creates this synchronisation or connection with nature, which is based on visual stimuli and goes beyond the normal consciousness of time and the change of seasons. At least for me this connection has been dictating my holiday dates and trip destinations for the last couple of years.
Scars It's always interesting to see how water leaves its "scars" in mother nature, which is especially apparent in the mountains.
However this is just a minor display of this effect, glaciers are a by far more massive display of erosion.
Stormy Yakushima Although I never got into a storm on Yakushima, the weather above our heads looked stormy at times. Fortunately, the worst weather we experienced during the whole trip was some drizzle and cold blowing winds.
On our last day of the hike we met an old Japanese man who told us that he re-visited the island several times, because he got rained in during several trips and was happy with the weather this time, that's when we realised that we didn't really experience bad weather 😉
Over the Clouds The amount of early morning clouds and fog was enormous during my visit at the Mount Buffalo national park in Australia!
Before the fog rolled away you could only enjoy the view from high above.
Rushing Melody 2 Can you feel and hear the soothing sound of rushing water?
For me that has a meditative feeling to it!
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!
Mountain Roads of Japan During my last trip to Japan I was hiking and road tripping together with friend Alex. Some of the roads we encountered were really scary, especially in the higher mountain areas, where we could only find bendy one-lane roads, sometimes those roads were even blocked by recently fallen rocks, caused by ordinary slides or minor earthquakes. This means we had to got out of the car and remove rocks blocking the road frequently. In this picture I show you another scary element: oncoming trucks! I was lucky enough to get a drone shot with big truck transporting wood.
I guess it took a while until we got used to those roads and situations 😉
Volcanic Creation Every time I'm exposed to volcanism it's so fascinating for me.
It gives the area a very interesting and distinct shape and due to the mix of minerals which were part of the ejecta different plants grow on the surface, which gives the area also a distinct colour. It's the kind of natural art which impresses me the most!
This aerial picture was taken around Mount Aso in Japan.
Good Morning Kyushu On the first day of our roadtrip on Kyushu (southernmost main-island of Japan) my friend Alex and I were blessed with a beautiful sunrise, one of very few unfortunately. This is an aerial view over the south-east of Kyushu, seen from the southern tip at Cape Sata. Only when I saw this view myself I noticed how mountainous Japan really was. The following days we learned this fact the hard way by driving over dangerous single-way mountain roads for hours, sometimes blocked by recently fallen rocks, caused by ordinary slides or minor earthquakes.
Surrounded by Fog During our four day hike on Yakushima in Japan my friend Alex and I got surrounded by fog! Below one of those big boulders I found shelter over the night.
Enchanted Yakushima Only on the 3rd day of our 4 day long hike on Yakushima my friend NicolasAlexanderOtto and me got lucky with the weather conditions for sunset shooting despite the wet and dull weather during the whole day and the day before. We were also lucky to have stopped hiking early to search for a suitable place to stay overnight on that particular day. Just when I finished building up my night camp the sky broke open. This is an aerial shot towards Miyanoura on the northeastern coast of Yakushima.
Fog Kingdom During our hike on Yakushima in Japan Alex and me experienced beautiful low hanging clouds constantly moving in and out, it even lasted until sunset which was happening only 30min after taking from this shot.
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
Flooded by Light Last May I went on a short trip to the Elbsandsteingebirge - Sächsische Schweiz national park together with my friends Jan and Alex. We were quite lucky with the overall weather conditions, we had plenty of fog and sunsets and sunrises which were not too bad.
This picture has been taken on the most beautiful morning during the time we've been there, the landscape was literally flooded by warm light. I guess I'll look at this picture more often in the next couple of weeks when the weather here in Germany turns cold and gloomy.
Autumn Walk This is a memory how autumn looked like close to my home in late October, now almost all trees have lost their leaves and winter has taken over. Everything looks bleak now, hence I can't wait for plenty of snow 😉
Are you already looking forward for winter?
First Snow This is a rather abstract view from my last hike in the alps.
I liked how the gentle snow cover and the soft and fading dusk light emphasized the structure on the mountain surface.
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!