I visited Zermatt in the Swiss Canton of Valais for last week. I was there primarily to scout for a Google+ photo walk on the Gornergrat with a view on the Matterhorn. Besides that, I was there to climb up to the summit of the Breithorn together with my friend and photographer Wilfried Haferland. Mind you, the Breithorn has an elevation of 4,164 metres (3,661 ft) … pffff 😮
Iconic, the majestic Matterhorn in black and whiteA mountain landscape in black & white, featuring the east and north faces of the iconic Matterhorn (Cervino) with snow, fog and clouds.
The Matterhorn, or Cervino, is by far the most dominant peak in the Zermatt region. And it is a lot harder to climb as well. Its summit is 4,478 metres (14,690 ft) high. This makes it one of the highest peaks in the Alps and Europe. Besides that, it also is one of the most photographed mountains of the Alps. Therefore it is hard to come home with something original.
During one of my hikes last week, the cloud formations around the Matterhorn looked interesting enough to try something different: a long exposure. You can see the result to the right. The title of this photograph is Iconic.
Personally, I really love the result of this experiment. Hope you do to! I captured this landscape photograph of the Matterhorn using a D800E in combination with a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8. The settings were: 122mm, ƒ/11, 120s and ISO 100. Because it was quite sunny, I had to stack three ND filters to get to 15 stops of exposure reduction. As a result, I could push the exposure time to two minutes.
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Cheers, Johan 🙂
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