I love mountains, fog, and snow, so I am always happy when I can combine these three elements in a landscape photograph. I captured this mountain landscape, titled Mystic Mountain while exploring the Swiss Alps on snowshoes last January. It was a bit of a dull day with lots of fog and clouds … and it was way too cold. Most of the trail was in the shade, so there weren’t a lot of wide-angle opportunities. The fog around the mountains on the side of the trail was rather lovely and interesting though, so I decided to focus on shooting them to see if I could get something intimate and dramatic. The only thing I badly needed was the 4th element to play along, being the light. And it did!
The mountain in the photograph is called La Tsavre (or Mont Ferret). It is about 3,000 metres high (9,800ft), and it is located in La Fouly in the Swiss Val Ferret valley. This valley is located in the Swiss canton of Valais, on the southern side of the Mont Blanc massif. I visit this region very regularly when I am exploring the Swiss Alps.
This photograph was captured with a NIKON D800E and a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. The settings were: 56mm, ƒ/9, 1/400s and ISO100 and no filters were used. I already knew that I was going to process this one in black and white when I shot it. I used a combination of Adobe’s Photoshop and Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 to get to this result. Hope you like this mountain landscape in black and white!
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Cheers, Johan 🙂