Going upstream

A moody aereal landscape image of brewing clouds above a mountain river near the Swiss Albula pass

Going upstream
May 5, 2014 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
A landscape image with dark clouds above a mountain river floating down from the Alps at the Albula Pass in Graubünden
48mm – f/14 – 1/20 – ISO125 – Nikon D800E with 24-70mm f/2.8

As you’ve probably figured out by now, I usually don’t process new images very quickly. To the contrary … I like to sit on them for at least half a year to let them “mature” a bit. For some reason, that makes it easier to make selections and to get into the right mood to put the necessary effort in. In addition, the good ones seem to jump right at you and tell you how they want to be dealt with in post-processing after they have had a good rest. Sounds familiar? 😉

Here is an image I shot in September last year, during a 4-week shooting trip to Engadin in the Swiss canton of Graubünden (Grisons). The image features a mountain river up on the Albula Pass. In the back you see a mountain called Piz Üertsch. I love how the river elegantly slaloms down from the mountain in the back. Shot this on a rather grim day. The light was quite nice though and created an interesting mood. I climbed up a cliff to get this specific angle. Wanted to add some extra depth and give the viewer the feeling of flying into the scene. Hope you like how it came out!?

I captured the image with my 24-70mm f/2.8 lens on a D800E. A 2-stop graduated filter was used. The image was processed with Adobe’s Lightroom 5.4.