In Thin Air, autumn snow in the Swiss Alps

A landscape photograph in colour, featuring the Swiss Alps of Engadin with first autumn snow and snow-dusted mountains peaks bathing in the morning light.

Pontresina, Engadin, Switzerland
October, 2012
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Camera & lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Camera settings

ƒ/10, 1/125s, ISO 100 and 92mm

Size original

6906 x 4609 pixels


Autumn snow in the Swiss Alps presents terrific photography opportunities. Mainly because of the beautiful contrast between warm fall colours and fresh snow. This photograph, titled “In Thin Air”, is an excellent example

This mountain landscape photograph was taken from the Diavolezza viewpoint near Pontresina, which is a small town in the Engadin region in Graubünden, Switzerland. The viewpoint is at an altitude of 2,973 metres (9,754 ft). As a result, the views from there are stunning in all directions. Above all, the viewpoint provides a gorgeous birds-eye view on the Alps as you can see in this photograph. The soft morning light and clouds above the mountain peaks add further drama and mood, in this case. By the way, the name of the big mountain in the foreground is Piz Alv.

Interested in seeing a different mountain landscape with fall colours and snow? Then have a look at the photograph titled Morning Glory. It includes a lake as well.

Please visit our Mountains & Hills landscape photography theme to find more Swiss mountain landscape photographs. Alternatively, check out our Autumn & Fall Colours photography theme if you wish to see more autumn photography, including some with autumn snow in the Swiss Alps. Lastly, consider having a look at our Swiss Landscape Photography portfolio to see more landscape photographs taken in Switzerland.

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3 comments for In Thin Air, autumn snow in the Swiss Alps

  1. Margarete

    Awesome perspective and scene! You live in a beautiful country 👍😊

    • Johan Peijnenburg

      Thanks Margarete 😊 ans I agree!

  2. Chris Miller

    Fabulous, almost dizzy perspective here Johan. Getting up high really paid off!

  3. Doina Ghinea

    FANTASTIQUE SO BEAUTIFUL. … ++++++5 ♥♥♥♥♥ 

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