Majestically rising above the clouds

Early morning light on the peaks of the Mont Blanc massif rising above a layer of clouds, seen from Valais Switzerland

Majestically rising above the clouds
December 20, 2013 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
winter mountain landscape with early morning light on the Mont Blanc massif rising above a layer of clouds. In the foreground fresh snow and a line of trees with hoarfrost.
50mm – f/11 – 1/320th – ISO100 – D800E with 24-70mm f/2.8

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I will be mostly off-line in the coming weeks to relax a bit and to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. I will also be out there hunting for a pretty winter mountain landscape like in this image. I captured this one around this time last year, during a snowshoe hike in the Swiss canton of Valais near Orsières. In the back you are seeing the majestic Mont Blanc Massif rising above a thick layer of clouds. I went up to an altitude of 2100 meters (7000ft) pretty early, to shoot the massif with soft early morning light. The layer of clouds was a very nice bonus. Yep, catching a scene under circumstances like this definitely gets my blood pumping! Hope you like how I captured it!? 🙂

For those who are into details: the mountains in the back are the Aiguille d’Argentière, Aiguille de l’A Neuve, Grand Darray, Mont Dolent and the Tour Noir. All of them are 3900 meters (13000 feet) or higher.

I captured this image with my 24-70 f/28 lens and used a Singh-ray gradient ND filter to dim the sky a little bit. I processed the image with Adobe’s Lightroom 5.3.