Schluchhorn north face on a winter-day

The north face of the Schluchhorn mountain, extending towards the Sanetschhorn. Both are part of the Diablerets massif. (Johan Peijnenburg)

Last light on the Schluchhorn north face

[ 38mm - f/11 - 1/125 - ISO100 - D3x with 24-70 f/2.8 ]

The image above was shot last December at the end of a cold winter-day. It features the Schluchhorn (2,579 m – 8,461 ft). Its very characteristic north face extends all the way from the left to the right side of the image, where it meets with the Sanetschhorn (2,924 m – 9,593 ft). Both mountains are part of the Diablerets massif in Switzerland. In this image the Schluchhorn is barely catching a bit of last light.

I decided to process the image in black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2, to create a bit of a dark and moody effect. I will post the color version at a later stage as well …

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126 Responses to “Schluchhorn north face on a winter-day”

  1. Amazing detail and contrast!!! Great image!!!!

  2. love the lines in this shot. Perfect choice for B&W

  3. Jason Borg says:

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    Awe: an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like: in awe of God; in awe of great scenary captured beatifully.

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  4. How does brilliant sound Johan ? Can you live with that?:)

  5. David Burns says:

    Nicely done Johan,very moody,
    I also like how the shot leads me up the valley, draws me in. I find that the clouds are really interesting in the Alps.

  6. beautiful contrast and tonal depth. And when you ski on this mountain your skis go “Schluch” as they glide over the snow!

  7. Lovely detail on the mountain :))) great sky!

  8. Great image Johan. I love the B&W conversion here. The “silvery” feel to it suits the image perfectly.

  9. @Chris: thanks you for the compliment! I don’t think I will ski down this one :-) There is a nice glacier hike on top of this mountain range. A lot safer :)
    Thank you as well Milena !!

  10. Beautiful winter landscape scene!

  11. I’m loving these dramatic mountain scenes, Johan! Great work.

  12. Thank you Daniel and Layla !

  13. I was just checking to see if you have new photos y’day, there you have it today Beautiful capture!

  14. Lovely scene, beautifully processed Johan! Love the moody feel.

  15. Love the clouds and textures Johan!! beautiful image!

  16. Julia and Lance: thanks very much for your kind words :-)

  17. Sumit Sen says:

    Outstanding shot! Beautifully processed!

  18. I love the dramatic scene here…works perfectly well on BW, Johan !

  19. So much drama and beauty. I absolutely love this. Those clouds are perfect and I really think this is excellent in b&w

  20. Jessy and Sinead: thank you both very much for the lovely words and for stopping by again :-)

  21. Love the contrasts Johan

  22. Great contrast and tone

  23. Johan, a wonderful view and processing, I love the mountains.
    I wish you a good weekend.

  24. @Richard and @Javier: thank you!

  25. Wow Johan, well worth seen big! This is an alpinetabulous landscape you are offering us, superb processing, as usual should I add :)

  26. Wow! Such a mysterious dream! Fabulous capturing Johan! Very beautiful!

  27. John Dunne says:

    You are producing some striking B&W images recently Johan.

  28. Thank you very much for the compliments Laurent and Mikko!
    @John: thank you! Working on building my B&W portfolio :-) Still not sure about the processing of this one by the way. The thumbnail here makes it look a bit too dark …

  29. Beautiful Shot Johan :)

  30. @Robert: dank je wel!! Alles goed?
    @Meg: thank you! Don’t get your second comment, but looks like you were answering spam …

  31. This photograph is so incredible, especially when seeing it in large. Really like it, Johan !

  32. You got a great remote, stark, impressive mood in there.

  33. Looks very cold for me Johan, but you already know is a beautfiulllllllll work… ;-)

  34. Francis: glad you like it! It definitely looks different on my wide angle screen :-)
    Peter: thank you as well! Hope all is well in Ho Chi Minh City!
    Yasmin: it was something like 15 celsius at the time :) Thanks for the kind words !!
    Thank you very much Robert!!

  35. Beautifully processed! The sky with these contrasts give drama to the scene.Great photo!

  36. Johan – My last action for today is… Enjoying your wonderful photograph!

    It’s perfectly framed, all visual patterns and lines draw the eye to the summit. I really like how vividly the sky appears behind and over the scene, you can really see the distance between clouds and mountains. It’s almost 3D!

    This is not a simple landscape photo, it is a true portrait of Schluchhorn. Very well done, Johan!

  37. this really looks overly dramatic. can’t wait to visit the alps next weekend. thanks for making me even more hungry Johan :)

  38. Johan, awesome shot! The right amount of drama :)) @Matthias were are you going?

  39. gorgeous…breathtaking image Johan! love the sharp details and the sky is fantastic!

  40. The sky is great as well the mountains. Great Johan!

  41. Thanks Shane and Anette !!

  42. Johan, when I see one of your fantastic photos, I just sit back and gaze at the beauty of your photos. This one was no exception and the details are so sharp I could cut my finger on them! :-) Well done!!

  43. Beautiful Image and B/W!

  44. Incredible image! I love the strength of the lines and the great drama in both the sky and the mountain. Your B&W treatment adds to that drama. Awesome Johan! Absolutely awesome!!

  45. Thank you Nakeva and Margaret :-)

  46. Amazing shot Johan! Every single part of the frame is so interesting. ;-)

  47. Wow, impressive view Johan ! Love the crop too ;)

  48. Gorgeous black and white Johan!

  49. Beautiful winter scene Johan. Great job!

  50. Mark an Paul: thanks and thanks fo the visit!
    Thank you as well Robby and Dawid !

  51. Mykal Hall says:

    Very nice mate, my eyes have so much to take in.

  52. Amazing rock face details and nice strong tones to show them well. :-)

  53. Thanks for the kinds words and for stopping by Stuart and Mikael !!

  54. Amazing scene and image, Johan!

  55. Incredible black and white shot! Love the composition! Excellent!!!!

  56. Love that dark ridge and those fluffy clouds Johan :)

  57. Randall, Neil, Johan and Athena: thank you all for the kind words. I appreciate it!!

  58. I really love the contrast and detail in this. Your images always make me wish I were closer to the mountains where I could be out shooting in an hour or so :-))

    • Thanks Charles! I will re-visit the processing a bit though, as I think I should light it up just a bit.
      Yes, you should come out the mountains more often. You are very close, so there is no reason no to!

  59. Nice landscape Johan , all textures brings so much impact.Well done

  60. awesome works for me, too! You got a great sky and composed a magical scene with lots to look at. Outstanding!

  61. Eric and Dane: thanks for the kind words and for stopping by again !!!

  62. B&W really works great for this image and brings out the different textures.

  63. Thank you Franka and Nguyen !!

  64. A very dramatic grayscale picture, nice one.

  65. Cho Tang says:

    Wow Johan ! Wederom een absolute topper! Schitterende tonen en compositie :)

  66. Radek Vik says:

    Beautiful Johan Love the strong contrast and the composition

  67. masterpiece of photographic excellence! Johan

  68. Such an impressive and immense landscape. Lovely work Johan.

  69. Ada M says:

    every time I look at these pictures I realize how much beauty is on this planet and how grateful I am that artists like you show it to us. Wish you a great day!

  70. great sky! beautiful image!

  71. Nice contrast on this one my friend! ;-)

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