Grand, the mountain peaks of the Mont Blanc massif

A winter mountain landscape photograph in colour, featuring the jagged peaks of the mountains of the Mont Blanc massif above a bank of clouds.

Orsières, Valais, Switzerland
January, 2013

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Camera & lens

NIKON D800E
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Camera settings

ƒ/11, 1/640s, ISO 200 and 70mm

Size original

6883 x 4594 pixels

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The view of the Mont Blanc massif that you see in this photo is a view from a higher altitude near Le Chapelet. Le Chapelet is a small town in the Swiss canton of Valais. You need to hike up a bit first to get to the viewpoint. It is worth it though because from there you get a magnificent unobstructed view of the jagged peaks of the massif.

The mountain peaks are especially stunning in winter with fresh snow, as shown in this photograph. It was a sunny day, and the valley was covered with a thick layer of clouds. The mountains majestically rise above these clouds to warm themselves in the sunlight. Also, the sky is very crispy and blue. As a result, the mountain peaks stand out. The rising fog is a nice bonus.

The Mont Blanc massif, or Massif du Mont-Blanc in French, is a mountain range in the Alps located mostly in France and Italy. It consists of eleven independent summits, each over 4,000 metres (13,123 ft) high. The massif is named after the Mont Blanc. The Mont Blanc is the highest point in western Europe with its elevation of 4,808 metres (15,774 ft).

This photograph is part of our Mountains & Hills landscape photography theme. Please visit our Winter & Snow photography theme to see more photographs taken in winter. Alternatively, check out our Swiss Landscape Photography portfolio for more landscape photos of Switzerland.

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1 comment for Grand, the mountain peaks of the Mont Blanc massif

  1. Hadegda Ignatova

    Oh, what splendor !

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