Alpine winter panorama in B&W

Black & white impression of Weisshorn mountain in winter

Alpine winter panorama in B&W
July 4, 2012 Johan Peijnenburg
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Alpine winter, featuring the Weisshorn (4505m) and surrounding mountains near Zermatt (Johan Peijnenburg)
56mm – f/11 – 1/500 – ISO200 – D3x with 24-70 f/2.8

This is an image I shot last January, when I was hiking down from the Gornergrat station to Riffelberg in Zermatt. It is a panoramic view of the Weisshorn (4,505m/14,783ft) and a few surrounding mountains like the Mettelhorn, Schalihorn and Brunegghorn. I was shooting at an altitude of 2755 meters (9038ft). From that same location, you can see some of the highest peaks in Switzerland, like the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. If you plan to visit Switzerland, make sure to go there.

I will be publishing a color version of this as well, however wanted to share the black and white version first. I shot this image with a 2-stop gradient ND filter to control exposure a bit. Processed the image in Lightroom 4.1 and Silver Efex Pro 2. The range of shadows and highlights in this image didn’t make the conversion easy. I have attempted to convert it many times in the past few months. I think I finally got it right though. Hope you like this alpine winter image!