This photograph titled First Light features Lake Sils (Silsersee) and Piz de la Margna mountain at sunrise. The location of this viewpoint is near Sils in the Swiss Engadin region. Mother Nature tends to be very generous over there with key photography elements like colour (in trees, sunsets and sunrises), fog and changing weather. Especially in Autumn. As a result, Engadin is one of my favourite Alpine regions.
First Light, alpenglow on the Swiss Alps at the SilserseeA lake landscape in B&W, featuring the Swiss Alps around Piz de la Margna mountain at sunrise with alpenglow on the peaks and the mountain range reflected in Lake Sils (Silsersee).
This photograph of Lake Sils at sunrise is a 4-minute exposure. The sunrise gave the peaks to the left a vibrant orange glow, and I liked the yellow in the sky at the end of the lake. I, however, prefer the tones in this black & white rendition.
The sky was dotted with clouds, which made it and its reflection in the lake too overwhelming. Therefore, I opted for a long exposure to make the end result less busy. I often convert my long exposures to B&W. Partly because I usually like them better that way and partly because long exposures in colour are rather tricky to get right. The current neutral density filters mess up the white balance. They also add a colour cast. These things are fixable in post-processing. That’s not an easy task, however. These things are fixable in post-processing. That’s not an easy task, however.
A stack of two neutral density filters pushed the exposure time to four minutes. I used a Nikon D800E with a 24mm f/1.4 Nikkor lens. The settings were: 24mm, ƒ/10, 242s and ISO200. Hope you like how it came out ?!
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Cheers, Johan 🙂