When I am out in the Alps, I always start to get nervous about half an hour before the sun starts to set. Am I in the right place? Do I have a foreground subject? Is the sky interesting enough? How will the light hit the clouds? Do I have the right lens for the composition I have in mind? Should I maybe quickly relocate to that other spot just 10 minutes away? Usually I just stick to where I am, work with what I have and take the time to watch the scene evolve. The nerves always make place for adrenaline rather quickly when I start to work the scene. The adrenaline is subsequently almost always replaced by amazement about how beautiful nature can be at the right time of day.
I captured this mountain lake image last week at the summit of the San Bernadino Pass in the Swiss canton of Graubünden (Grisons). This mountain lake is called Laghetto Moesola. In the background you see two mountains: Piz Uccello (left) and Piz de la Lumbreida (right). The fog came into the scene only a few minutes before I captured this image. A few minutes later the fog covered both mountains and the sun was no longer colouring the clouds orange/yellow. That other spot just 10 minutes away was already covered in fog when I captured this scene 🙂
I shot this mountain lake image at 20mm using my 14-24 f/2.8 wide angle lens. I used my D800E, which I am starting to appreciate more and more. No filters were used. The image was processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.2.