Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I will be mostly offline in the coming weeks to relax a bit and to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Additionally, I will be out there hunting for high alpine mountain landscapes like this photograph titled Majestically Rising. So, wish me luck! 😉
I captured this one around this time last year, during a snowshoe hike in the Swiss canton of Valais near Orsières. To clarify, you are looking at France from Switzerland. In the back you see the majestic Mont Blanc massif rising above a thick layer of clouds. I went up to an altitude of 2,100 metres (7,000ft) pretty early, to shoot the massif with soft early morning light. The layer of clouds was a very nice bonus. Yep, catching a scene under these circumstances definitely gets my blood pumping! I hope you like how I captured it!?
Majestically Rising, the Mont Blanc Massif in winterA mountain landscape in colour, with early morning light on the Mont Blanc Massif in winter rising above the clouds. In the foreground fresh snow and a line of trees with snow and hoarfrost.
For those who are into details: the mountains in the back are the Aiguille d’Argentière, Mont Blanc, Aiguille de l’a Neuve, Grand Darray, Mont Dolent, and the Tour Noir. All of them are 3,900 metres (13,000 feet) or higher.
I photographed this high alpine mountain landscape with a Nikon D800E and a Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 lens. The sky was quite bright already. As a result, I had to use a Singh-ray gradient neutral density filter to balance the exposure bit. The settings were: 50mm, ƒ/11, 1/320s and ISO100.
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Cheers, Johan 🙂