Come fly with me

Aerial view of the Mont Blanc massif as seen from Orsières in Switzerland (Johan Peijnenburg)

Aerial view of the Mont Blanc Massif

[ 52mm – f/11 – 1/400 – ISO160 – D3x with 24-70 f/2.8 ]

One of the places I visited this winter for a snow shoe hike is Le Chapelet. This is a small skiing area just of the Grand Saint-Bernard pass in the Swiss canton of Valais. There is a snow shoeing trail there, that takes you out of the skiing area up to a mountain summit, where a 8 km panoramic trail starts. From there onwards the views are a real treat, with the Mont Blanc massif on one side and high peaks of the Alps of Valais on the other side.

The image above was shot during this hike and features the mont Blanc Massif. I framed it quite aggressively to try to draw you into the image and to give the impression that you are flying towards them. I processed the image in black and white to emphasize the raw nature of these mountains. Most of the peaks you see have an altitude between 3500 and 4810 meters (11500 to 15750 ft), with the Mont Blanc (4810m/15750ft) being the highest. Other mountains you see are: Aiguille d’Argentière, Aiguille du Chardonnet, Grand Darray, Le Châtelet and the Tour Noir. I shot the image from an altitude of 2105 meter (7000 ft).

More images taken during this trip will follow later!

Click on the image, if you are interested in buying a print or license. For more images like this:

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242 Responses to “Come fly with me”

  1. Congrats on your PhotoShelter mention!

  2. Wow! That’s about all I can come up with. The detail is stunning.

  3. Beautiful scene Johan and such sharp details. :o)

  4. The little trees in there are amazing. So many great details. Very nice, Johan!

  5. Love this. The B&W conversion suits the scene perfectly!

  6. Brilliant capture of scale. Love it.

  7. Thanks Mark, Alen and Daniel !
    Lisa: thank you! Quite happy about that :-)

  8. Thanks Dane, Stuart and Kerry! Credits for the detail go to the camera … which I am about to trade-in … maybe … argh

  9. Wonderful rugged scene Johan!

  10. Thanks Lauri, David and Luca!
    Younes: glad you like it. Thanks for the confirmation :-)

  11. Thanks Leonardo and Lance !

  12. Such amazing shapes and tones. Really beautiful!

  13. Sumit Sen says:

    Super shot! Great details.

  14. Amazing shot, glad you did it in BW!!!! Definitely worth selling as a fine art print !!!!

  15. So beautiful ! It is difficult to find some simple words…I only prefer to admire and to be silent !

  16. Really a great photo, perfect contrast in every detail. I wish I could see this one in original resolution (cropping included). Btw, the agressive crop fits perfectly. That is not only the camera… 😉 Thank you, Johan!

  17. You succeeded in every way with this. It definitely gives the feeling that this was taken from an aircraft and the B&W portraits the RAW beautify that only a well done B&W can.

  18. Just magnificent! I tried to see these beauties up close and personal but was denied due to cloud cover. Perhaps one day again… Great job.

  19. Thanks Andy and Sumit !!
    Wilfried: thanks! Cropped it only a bit. I framed it aggressively when I shot it already :-) You can have the original if you want. I can send you a large jpg or tiff if you want!

  20. Beautiful shot ! Like everyone above, I love the B&W detail. The feel is fantastic :) Would you mind explaining your method for converting to B&W ?

    • thank you! I used Lightroom 3 for the initial processing: a bit of contrast, a bit of clarity and a bit of playing with curves. No sharpening yet. Then loaded the image in to Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 for the B&W processing and the sharpening using the structure sliders. I applied structure to some tones but not all. When I was done it came back in Lightroom, where I added a slight vignette and did a bit of noise reduction (which is necessary after using Silver efex Pro). Some like the grain, but I mostly don’t. Hope this is helpful. Silver Efex Pro 2 has a price but is so worth it!!!

  21. Ada M says:

    yhis is a dream! a real dream! superb superb superb,

  22. Really draws you into the scene, lots of details to look at, Good choice.

  23. Thank you Ada and Douglas. Glad you like it and the choices I made!

  24. Cho Tang says:

    Wowowow Johan WOW! (wow!)

  25. Fantastic, dramatic image Johan! Love it.

  26. Beautiful moment captured with these clouds so low. The tones of black and white and details are exceptional. Great work Johan !

  27. Daryl .: thank you!
    Emanuele: glad you also like this one! I have plaxed a while with this image to get the tones just right. How is/was the Carnival in Venice?

  28. Johan, this is incredible beautiful! I love the crisp detail on the mountains and looking down on the clouds rolling in. Awesome!!

  29. Such a brilliant capture of the majesty these wonderful mountains, Johan! I really can’t say enough good things about the stunning photograph. Well Done!!

  30. Emanuele: thanks! well looking forward to the images then :-)
    Jerry: thank you and thanks for stopping by!

  31. Thank you markus and Rao. Thanks for stopping by!

  32. Wow. This is like you’re flying towards it all (I really thought “aerial” when I saw this). Brilliant perspective. And great B&W conversion – it looks so barren and inhospitable.

  33. Gorgeous! What a view! Excellent work Johan.

  34. Fantastic Shot Johan It’s Beautiful :)

  35. Thanks for the kind words Patricia and Meg :-)

  36. wonderful shot of the cuts in the mountain here to this artists eye

  37. Spectacular mountains Johan – and they look good in BW! BTW just saw on your FB profile you also studied at the KUB Tilburg, same period as I did so we must have met before without knowing it:)

  38. Superb image, Johan – such a beautiful scene . . .

  39. Love the title… Beautifully done Johan!

  40. Chris Day says:

    Really beautiful image Johan

  41. Francis, Randall and Filippo: thank you!
    Thank you Louisa! I came up with that title already when I shot it. Sometimes these alpine scenes are so inspiring!
    Chris and Susan: thanks for the kind words and for stopping by!!!

  42. Fantastic photo. Perfectly processed in B&W. I enjoy watching.

  43. Debby Vos says:

    …………………………………….. (so this means that I cannot find the words to do justice to this image 😉

  44. Thanks Davorin, Debby and Alan !

  45. a grandiose landscape, again an excellent B&W editing, a stunning view Johan!

  46. i definetly love to came and fly! Magical view Johan! Love mountains and this is such amazing capturing! so beautiful and still mysterious! Very powerful!

  47. I like the view it gives me a feeling of flying above the mountains ! Very good picture!

  48. absolutely incredible Johan !

  49. Thank you Mikko and Dwayne!
    Thanks Matthias. It’s all mother nature’s doing :-)

  50. Im from texas. looking at this i say HOLY SHIT!

  51. There is so much going on this shot. So many peaks, the low level cloud, the snow and the trees. I could look at this for ages! 😉 Super shot+Johan.

  52. I love it – I sure miss the Alps.

  53. Thanks Gerard! You can always come back later :-)
    Thanks also Rolf. I can imagine. I don’t want to leave anymore!

  54. This is fantastic Johan! It have me goosebumps! Love it! I’ll send the link of this photo to my dad ’cause I know he’ll love seeing it too! :)

  55. Bill Wood says:

    Exquisite in black and white, Johan

  56. Gorgeous and it looks so cold

  57. Great work yet again Johan, you achieved your goal, i thought this is an aerial shot!

  58. Excellent processing and subject Johan – love everything about it.

  59. And I did come back later!

  60. absolutely gorgeous and exactly looks like we are flying, thanks for the ride only is a little cold ☃ for me… :-)))).
    Definitely a master piece and thank you for the description, too. Tomorrow I will love to visit your blog. Have a great weekend!.

  61. Bill, Franka, Lisa, Agustin, Johan, Tilman, Margaret and Nicholas: thanks very much for the kind words!

  62. Superb shot Johan!! Compositionally and from all the other points of view. The vaste range of tones makes this landscape so powerful and charming! Great work indeed!! :)

  63. I love mountains and this is one of the best images of a range I’ve ever seen. Amazing detail and mood. Thanks for sharing Johan

  64. Just spectacular Johan. I am breathless just thinking about the hike but also the image – it is wonderful.

  65. Stunning!!Wonderful scene,excellent b&w treatment,well done Johan

  66. Thank you both Andrew and Giannis !!!

  67. Beautiful high altitude shot Johan! :) I love the soft glow over the top ridge.

  68. Hope OHara says:

    speechless.. breathtaking indeed

  69. That’s perfect capture! Johan

  70. Wonderful alpine landscape Johan … it does feel like an aerial !!

  71. Hope, Neil, Michał, Dawid and Andy: thanks for the kind words! It’s appreciated :-)

  72. Sir – that is awesome work!

  73. Beautiful image Johan. Congratulations on having it selected by Photo Extract!

  74. congrats on Top Photo Feature 16th february

  75. Congrats!!. This is one outstanding Image.

  76. Thank you Benjamin and Kenny!
    Paul: dank je wel :-)
    Gail, Lisa and Philip: thank you! Just notice myself 😀

  77. love the view real beautiful place you live .

  78. This is incredible! So dramatic. Really excellent.

  79. Jay larson says:

    Shit! —Sorry, but damn this is so great!

  80. Thanks for the kind words Jay and Sinead !!!
    Peter en Robert: dank jullie wel!!!

  81. Congrats again, Johan! This image is truly magnificient and I’m happy Jarek chose it! Great!!!

  82. […] ] A few weeks ago I posted an image with an aerial view of the Mont Blanc massif (see this post: Come fly with me), which I shot at the end of January. I went back to the same area at the end of February to […]

  83. Congrats!!. Johan excellent image, well deserved.

  84. the textures and contrast are amazing! the trees look like rows of shark’s teeth! love the misty goodness! congratulations on the Photo Extract! Well deserved Johan!

  85. Alan Kirby says:

    Don’t know how I missed this one until now, but it is wonderful. The framing and BW conversion are excellent!

  86. thanks so much Alan and shane!

  87. Tim McAdam says:

    Gorgeous processing Johan !! Wow! Love the b&w treatment!

  88. what to say !! Everything has been said in the previous posts! It is a stunning picture. Moreover I know this region and you did a wonderful job!!

  89. Hengki and Caroline: thank you for your kind words and the visit!!

  90. this is stunning, congratulations!

  91. Lovely…great detail on the mountain…

  92. Radek Vik says:

    Great shot and BW editing Johan. Yeah it doesn’t get much better than a BW mountain scenery. Especially this one.

  93. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

  94. This is absolutely stunning!

  95. Thank you Jean-Luc and Candace !!

  96. Amazing contrast and details! I love it!

  97. Johan the details are amazing.

  98. Again it needs to be seen large to appreciate all the details! Brilliant contrasts! I love those clouds stuck in the valley and you did a great job getting us to fly into the scenery!

  99. Thanks for the compliments Laurent, Jessy and Markus!

  100. Beautiful scene Johan. Couldn’t have said it better than Laurent ;-D

  101. Alan Kirby says:

    This one has lots of depth! With the contrast as well, it is superb.

  102. Absolutely gorgeous capture and congrats on the PE inclusion!

  103. This is really amazing – really almsot looks like a model given the 3dness – it is not flat like many landscape shots.

  104. Wow! That really rocks the mountains +Johan Peijnenburg :-D

  105. Wes Lum says:

    Wow! This is amazing Johan. You can really get a sense of just how magnificent the peaks are — especially with how small the trees and clouds look. Excellent!

  106. Thanks you Maurizio !!
    @Wes: they are even more impressive in real life. Did my best to get it across :-) Thank you!

  107. Perfect job my friend

  108. You have really excellent work Johan. This makes me want to visit Switzerland again.

  109. Dank je wel Robert !!!
    Daniel: thanks for the compliment :)

  110. Great framing and stunning landscape Johan!

  111. Wow, it really is stunning, superb details and the the scale from the trees, whoa

  112. Simply… beautiful. I like this one very much.

  113. Überwältigende Aufnahme!

  114. Thank you very much Dalibor and nice to meet you!
    @Eva: danke :) 

  115. […] view” and gives the viewer the feeling of flying into a scene. I published and image called Come fly with me a while ago which had that perspective. The image above is another good example. For the image […]

  116. For sure this is a magnificent shot, Johan!

  117. I like the graphism of that one…

  118. omgosh I can’t stop looking … this is the most fantastic gallery of images I have ever seen

  119. @Patrick: merci Patrick!
    @Sweedon: I am really enjoying your comments Sweedon!! comments like these make posting fun! Thanks for that :)

  120. A belter as always Johan :)

  121. That’s just a great BW image. Luminence, detail, contrasts, power, majesty…its all there.

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