This image features Lake Sils (Silsersee) and a mountain called Piz da la Margna at sunrise, just after a stormy night. They are located near St. Moritz in the Swiss Engadin region. Engadin is one of my favorite regions in the Alps, because Mother Nature tends to be very generous over there with key photography ingredients like color (in trees, sunsets and sunrises), fog and fast changing weather, especially in Autumn. This is one of the reason why I will be organizing a workshop / photo tour in Engadin next October!
This sunrise image is a 4 minute exposure that was intended to be in color. The sunrise was giving the peaks to the left a nice orange glow and I liked the yellow in the sky at the end of the lake. In this case I didn’t use a long exposure to smoothen the water though. I opted for a long exposure to make the sky less busy. The sky was full of dots of clouds which made the sky (and reflection) a bit too overwhelming.
I often convert my long exposures to black and white. Partly because I tend to like them better in black and white and partly because long exposures in color are rather tricky to get right. The ND filters mess up the white balance and also add a bit of a color cast. These things can be fixed in post-processing, however that is often not an easy task. It wasn’t easy in this one either.
Hope you like my choices and how it came out ?!
A combination of a Lee 10-stop and 2-stop ND filter was used to get an exposure time of 4 minutes. I processed the image with Adobe’s Lightroom 4.4.