Alpine Winter paradise in Black & White

The Diablerets alpine region in Switzerland in winter, featuring the Schluchhorn (Johan Peijnenburg)

B&W impression of the Swiss Diablerets Massif in Winter

[ 70mm - f/13 - 1/640 - ISO320 ]

I am so looking forward to the arrival of snow in the Swiss Alps! One of my favorite Swiss alpine regions is the Diablerets mountain region (located between the cantons of Valais and Vaud, in the western French-speaking part of Switzerland). The mountains in this region are incredible. They have so much character. It is hard to stop shooting, especially in Winter! It’s one of those places that makes my heart beat faster and it just puts a grin on my face that usually won’t fade for days! Sort of my personal paradise … at just half an hour from my home:-)

The above image is one that I shot last february. When I shot it, I already knew I would process it in black & white and have now finally found the time to do it. I really hope you like it! The mountain in the photograph is the Schluchhorn, which has an altitude of 2,579 m (8,461 ft). So what do you think?

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116 Responses to “Alpine Winter paradise in Black & White”

  1. Wonderful shot Johan! I love the mountains in winter and the snow on the trees :D
    Great tones and contrast!

  2. beautiful contrasts … wonderfully dramatic!

  3. I like it Johan – I love the bright whites and the clouds in this one. Great B&W!

  4. this looks amazing in b&w. great work!

  5. THINK? All thought stopped… in awe!

  6. Third visit and wow so worth it. Love the atmosphere and tones. Just an all around stunner Johan :)

  7. Wonderful atmosphere Johan!! Been there hiking some 25 years ago – summertimes of course ;)

  8. Incredibly beautiful! Love this in B&W!

  9. Wow – that makes my heart beat faster here too – really breathtaking – I love the mountains. Thanks for sharing Johan

  10. Stunning photo Johan Nice!

  11. Patricia, Sandy, Gerard, Stefan, Richard and Buzz: thank you so much for the kind words and for stopping by!

  12. @Cameron: thanks!!! It’s a incurable virus isn’t it :-)

  13. That is gorgeous, Johan! And a half hour from your house! How nice. I love the snow on the pine trees. Beautiful.

  14. Lovely Johan – you are fortunate to have scenery like this on your doorstep :)

  15. Thanks Kerry and Johan! Yes, very fortunate :-)

  16. Breath taking view, Johan! Great work in BW!

  17. Great pic, next time I’ll travel to the mountains I’ll try B&W

  18. The alpes… My first (and only?) love… Thank you Johan for sharing this one … :)

  19. Great shot! I can see why it’s one of your favorite places.

  20. nice one – and great weather (for photography)!

  21. What an absolutely gorgeous winter scene Johan! :) You know I also love this area. ;)

  22. I’m not sure I could keep up with the two of you but it does look like a beautiful place and I’d love to go. Just tell me when and where and I’ll do my best to be there. :-)

  23. Amazing contrasts, gorgeous image, Johan!!

  24. Simply beautiful!!! I hope I can do this one day! Great shot Johan !!!

  25. amazing beauty Johan! Fantastic place!

  26. This is just fantastic, Johan ! Really like the atmosphere here !

  27. @Mikko: thank you and nice to meet you!
    @Francis: thanks for the compliment. Glad you stopped by again!

  28. back for another awe inspiring gaze :)

  29. Nora Carol says:

    wonderful shot Johan, the b/w works very well with this image.

  30. Cho Tang says:

    Wow, wat een scherpte Johan ! Erg mooi naar BW geconverteerd ook

  31. Thanks a lot Nora and Robert:-) Thanks for leaving a comment!
    Cho: dank je wel. Geschoten net na verse sneeuw en dan is de lucht zo schoon hier. Ideale omstandigheden om op pad te gaan en dit soort plaatjes te schieten :-)

  32. The Diablerets alpine region reminds me the Sayan mountains. Thank you for the pleasent refresher

  33. Wow, what a beautiful mountainscape Johan !!

  34. Great photo! Johan There is more and more Black & White – Photography presented by Switzerland in this time ;-)

  35. Jim Davis says:

    Nice image Johan. love the composition and power of the mountains portrayed

  36. what a brilliant capture, lovely texture and tone here

  37. As beautiful as always Johan ;)

  38. Jim, John and Yasmin: thank you very much for the nice comments. Highly appreciated!

  39. Stunning capture Johan – wonderful contrast! :-)

  40. Jeff Clow says:

    Johan, I’ve been traveling so have been offline for a week….just got back and saw this great portfolio. You do superb work with a lens.

  41. Tremendous image Johan !!

  42. Tim Souza says:

    Great view with great tones!

  43. such a beauty! love snow covered trees. I really love those trees on the left! like they’re walking down the mountain. : )

  44. simply stunning. I need to pay more attention when we go shooting together. Perhaps a landscape workshop would help, seriously. At the very least, it would be interesting to sit down and have a chat about your views on taking good landscape images.
    Do you have anything like that on your blog ?

    • thanks fo the compliment! Maybe I will forbid you to take pano’s next time … see first and then shoot ;-) Just kidding of course. I would me more then happy to give you tips. I don’t have something relevant on that on my blog, but there are zillions of resources on the internet that can help out. A workshop could be interesting too.

      • too much chaff on the internet. I get lost in searching long before I find anything useful. I like to rely on people I have some knowledge of rather than a broad search.
        Johan. are you using Silver EFX from Nik Software for your conversions ?

        • Yes, I prep the images in Lightroom and then use Color Efex for the conversion Charles …. I just (finally) purchased PhotoShop by the way … now need to find time to install and learn how to use it.

  45. David Burns says:

    Hello Johan,

    The image of Diablerets Massif in Winter is fantastic,I feel I can almost walk into it.I’m very excited to see your photography even more now as an opportunity has just come for me to visit Switzerland in the late spring,the alps are one of my favorite places.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your GPP and Photoshelter integration and experiences,it has motivated me and I am starting to put a site together now,I look forward to seeing any of your new work.
    All the best from Nova Scotia,Canada.

    • Thanks for the compliments David and glad to see you have signed up for Bluehost :-) You won’t regret it.
      Do not hesitate to ask questions when working o your new site. Looking forward to seeing what you make of it :-)

  46. Love Diablerets, been going there since I was born. IT’S SO WONDERFUL!

  47. Pawel: thank you!
    Rafael: thanks! I agree. You from Switzerland?

  48. Lisa Frost says:

    Beautiful shot – the tonality is gorgeous!

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