Foggy Swiss alpine valley at sunset

Alpine sunset with a colorful sunset sky

Foggy Swiss alpine valley at sunset
October 3, 2011 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
A foggy valley with a silhouetted mountain and pine trees, against a colorful sky at sunset.
50mm – f/8.0 – 1/60 – ISO100

A photograph of a foggy alpine valley with a silhouetted mountain and pine trees against a colorful sky close to sunset. I captured this image at the end of a rainy June day last year, in the Swiss pre-alps in the canton of Fribourg.

Comments (70)

  1. Peter Vooijs 8 years ago

    beautiful scene and shot not sure about the light sky its over powering the mist.
    less light on sky version for comparison will help.

    • Author

      Thanks! I have been struggling to find the right balance for this image. I am not sure I am done with it yet 🙂

      • Peter Vooijs 8 years ago

        my thoughts are less bright sky more twilight.
        was it very bright when you took the photo ore more moody
        try to remember that then you know the balance

  2. David Herreman 8 years ago

    Beautiful shot of the foggy valley! well done Johan!

  3. Sandra Parlow 8 years ago

    Beautiful! the colour tones are lovely!

  4. Sascha Tayefeh 8 years ago

    Trés beaux

  5. Leighton Smith 8 years ago


  6. Author

    Thanks Sandra, Sascha and David!!

  7. Ramli Santoso 8 years ago

    this is so stunning…!

  8. Athena Carey 8 years ago

    I like the contrast you have between the mountain and the ski Johan. I can see the individual trees there. 🙂

  9. Charles Lupica 8 years ago

    I do like this but the blue sky does sort of seem inconsistent with the foggy mood. Still a winner in any case.

  10. Hsing-yun Fang 8 years ago

    Lauluyhtye Rajaton – We walk in a fog
    The song, We walk in a fog, I think of it first.

  11. Author

    @Leighton and @Ramli: thank you 🙂
    @Athena: thanks 🙂 Well spotted. Do you see the apples on there as well?

  12. Great light, and scenery 😉

  13. Author

    @Charles and @Peter: that light is coming from the sunset on Lake geneva which is just behind this mountain and a lot lower (about 1000 meters), so you do get a quite contrasty scene from the spot I shot this. I personally like it, but will certainly try with the light dimmed a bit as well in the coming days.

    • Peter Vooijs 8 years ago

      then you should not change too much, when this is what you saw leave it then this way.
      its beautiful scene really love it

      • Charles Lupica 8 years ago

        I agree with Peter but, you know me, I’m partial to panoramas. My eye is pulled in two directions, to the very dark top left and the very light right. Have you thought of cropping it to a panorama format? That will certainly change the dynamics of it. I don’t think it would be an improvement but it’s worth a look.

        • Author
          Johan 8 years ago

          you’ll have to push me into the pano world a bit 🙂 It is usually not the first thing that comes to my mind … I do however love what you do with it!

          • Charles Lupica 8 years ago

            Johan, you and I both know this is an awesome shot but, if I say “awesome Johan”, what’s gained by that; others have already said that.

            Perhaps I’ll push you towards panos but in the meantime you have me wanting a set Lee filters.

      • Author

        thanks! Your comment does confirm a bit what I was struggling with. Here in the Alps the sunsets can be difficult to shoot as the colors only get interesting once the sun is gone behind the mountain usually resulting in quite funky clouds. The downside is the contrast, so it is good to have filters handy.

  14. Mayur Ramswaroop 8 years ago

    amazing work Johan!

  15. Peter de Rooij 8 years ago

    I am going to disagree with Peter Vooijs and Charles Lupica – I like the light sky, probably for the same reasons they don’t. I love those moments after bad weather where you get that brief little glimpse of light. This has that.

  16. Jenn Hulley 8 years ago


  17. Author

    Thanks Mayur and Peter de Rooij!

  18. Peter Wilhelm 8 years ago

    Sehr, sehr hübsch, Johan.

  19. Author

    No worries Charles and I agree. When I work on an image like this I do get torn in all sorts of directions, so I appreciate the input a lot! It great to get another perspective 🙂

    Re filters: you’d better get in line now. The Lee stuff is hard to get … for the grad’s have a look at Singh-Ray as well!

    • Peter Vooijs 8 years ago

      Lee filters hard to get wish you luck to get one

      • Author

        I have a spare Lee filter holder that you can borrow if you want Charles.

        • Charles Lupica 8 years ago

          HaHa Johan on the the Singh-Ray filters. I think GE Credit is just across the street.

  20. maru clavier 8 years ago

    Such a beautiful shot!

  21. Danke Peter Wilhelm!

  22. Gerard Charnley 8 years ago

    Very nice, I like how the cloud/fog sitting behind the trees really defines them.

  23. Mountains majesty Monday indeed..Wonderful!

  24. Author

    Thanks Gerard and Cynthia !
    @Charles: yeah, i know you can buy a backpack for the price of one filter 😉

  25. Heleen Vink 8 years ago

    What a beautiful world w’re living in! Thanks!

  26. Simon Morris 8 years ago

    Stunning shot again Johan – love the composition and dramatic look… excellent!

  27. Michael Russell 8 years ago

    A very beautiful photo!

  28. Great lines, great silhouette, great tonal variety. Thanks!

    • Author

      Thanks Wilfried! Not the rocks you are usually climbing but still 🙂

  29. Roland 8 years ago

    Excellent composition. Wonderful, tranquil moment. Rich colors and so much mood.


  30. Monique Rijnders 8 years ago

    I love these colors!

  31. Robert Skreiner 8 years ago

    Very beautiful photo!

  32. Kamal Verma 8 years ago

    very nice shot:)

  33. Author

    Thanks you Monique and kamal !

  34. I Like it and your work ! Do you know Vosges Mountains in France ? (nord east)

    • Author

      Thanks Jean Michel! Yes I know the Vosges mountain in France. Been camping there many times. I pass by them every time I travel between Switzerland and my home country The Netherlands. I see you live close to them 🙂

  35. Simon Morris 8 years ago

    Hi Jean Michel & Johan – I see you both mention the beautiful Vosges Mountains. We lived there during 2007, in a little village called Gerbepal, approx. 8km from Gerardmer… the area is stunning and I hope to re-visit again one day, possibly next year when I visit family back in the UK – it’s a long way from NZ! What makes the Vosges so unique is having the gorgeous Alsace region close-by… equally stunning! 🙂

    • I was born in Le Thillot, between “le plateau des 1000 étangs” and “le ballon d’Alsace”. 40 km south of Gerbepal ! on national road 66 between Mulhouse and Nancy. For a photograph, in my mind, the best season in autumn in The “deep vogesen forest”! now i live in nancy. But for us, continental people, NZ stay an amazing country !

  36. David Orr 8 years ago

    Stunning Capture

    • Author
      Johan 8 years ago

      Thanks David. I appreciate it!

  37. George Fletcher 8 years ago

    Really love this shot!

  38. Kate Church 8 years ago

    I found this on somebody else’s page and it looked absolutely beautiful! Then I saw it was a re-share. I guess there is something good about that after all. I love the photo!

  39. Great

  40. Siddharth Pandit 8 years ago

    ahhh! the sky looks exceptionally beautiful

  41. Thomas Tj 8 years ago


  42. Impresionante paisaje , , increíble .Maravillosa captura. 

  43. Author

    Gracias Teresa 🙂

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