Many of my mountain landscapes are captured using conventional composition rules, so mountain peaks in the background with other elements in the foreground and/or middle to lead the eye to the peaks and to complement them. I do like to challenge these rules though and love trying different approaches. One of the things I like to do for instance is to go up a mountain and shoot the surrounding mountains from there to get a different perspective.
Using a wide-angle lens up on a mountain is fun, however I prefer to use longer focal lengths to get closer and to create more “intimate” images. I usually point the lens downwards a bit, compose very tightly and avoid including too much sky. I love the perspective you get by shooting in this manner. It creates a bit of a “birds view” and gives the viewer the feeling of flying into a scene. I published and aerial mountain photograph called Come fly with me a while ago which had that perspective. The image above is another good example.
For the aerial mountain photograph above I went up the Diavolezza mountain. The Diavolezza (which is Italian for “She-Devil”) is a mountain in the area of Pontresina in Graubünden. I went up to an altitude of 2978 meters (about 10.000 feet), which gave me a spectacular view in various directions. The mountain in the foreground to the left is called Piz Alv and has an altitude just a bit lower than the altitude I was shooting from. The mountains in the back are a touch higher. I was very lucky that morning. The mountains were bathing in soft morning light and there was fresh first snow on top of the mountains and a bit of fog as well. Hope you like it!
I captured this aerial mountain photograph using my 70-200 f/2.8 lens on a Nikon D800E. No filters were used. The image was processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.2.