I usually spend quite some time (together with my partner) figuring out where to go for a winter landscape photo hikes in the Alps. We look at maps, scout the terrain on Google Earth, figure out where the sun will be at what time during the hike, check if the area got fresh snow during the past days, see if there will be clouds and fog and how those are likely to develop, etc, etc. The weather part helps a lot. The maps and terrain part is a bit tricky though, as the impression you get from it can be very wrong.
I shot this winter landscape at the Simplon pass, one of the few passes that connects Switzerland with Italy. The location wasn’t very high on my list, as I didn’t expect too much from it based on earlier research and passing it summer. We ended up going there anyway a few weeks ago, because it was the only place where the sun was expected to break through the clouds. So happy we did! Turns out that it was a place where not a lot of people go, with very nice wide views, huge snow dunes and nice curvy terrain with great details. There was loads of deep virgin snow as well. All in all a great place for photography! Our dog Izzi had lots of fun as well. Most of the time, only his head and tail were visible 🙂
In the background you see a mountain called Spitzhorli (2737m/8980 ft). The structure you see in the snow in the foreground is a result of the strong winds that are quite common up on a pass like this. I used my 14-24 lens at 18mm to include the carved snow to add some foreground interest and depth to the image. Initially I was afraid I overdid it, but I like how it came out. Hope you do to!
The image was processed in Lightroom 4.2. No filters were used.