The mountain landscape photograph below features the Swiss mountains Dom, Nadelhorn, and Täschhorn. Three beautiful alpine peaks with a height of more than 4,300 metres (14,000 ft). They are located in the Swiss Canton of Valais and are amongst the highest in Switzerland. I shot this image early in the morning. The light was still lovely and soft, and the fog and clouds just started to rise from the valley, adding a nice dose of drama to the scene. I was high up a mountain on the other side of the valley just at the right time.
High above the Clouds, three Swiss mountain peaksA black and white landscape showing the Swiss mountain peaks Dom, Nadelhorn and Täschhorn, lit by early morning light above a layer of clouds and fog.
I captured this photograph titled High above the Clouds using a Nikon D800E in combination with a Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VRII. A lens with which I have a love-hate relationship. I almost always stuff it in my bag, next to 2 or 3 other lenses, when I go hike up a mountain. From a physical point of view, I always regret that at the end of a day … it is just too darn heavy. When I come home though and see the quality it delivers, I am always glad I did take it. I would love to own a good lightweight alternative lens, however. So, tips are welcome! The light wasn’t very bright yet. Therefore, I did not use filters to balance the exposure.
The settings were: 165mm, ƒ/11, 1/200s and ISO100. I processed the photograph using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro, because I felt the image begged for a black and white conversion. I opted for a 2:1 crop to make the composition as strong as possible. I hope you like it! Click on the photograph if to learn more about it or if you are interested in buying a print or licence of this photograph of Dom, Nadelhorn and Täschhorn.
Cheers, Johan 🙂