Kiss of Light, a mountain landscape in black & white

A photograph showing an intimate mountain landscape in black & white, featuring the snowy peak of the Swiss Bellavista mountain kissed by first light.

Pontresina, Engadin, Switzerland
October, 2013
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Camera & lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR III

Camera settings

ƒ/9, 1/320s, ISO 100 and 200mm

Size original

3520 x 3520 pixels


This fine art mountain landscape in black & white features a Swiss Alp called Bellavista. Soft morning light softly kisses its peak sideways in precisely the right place. The contrast between the shadows and light areas is subtle and gorgeous as a result. The photograph has an impressive amount of drama and mood because of the fog that rises above the mountain landscape. The photo is in black & white. The look and feel of the photograph are more minimalist because of it. “Kiss of Light” seemed like a very fitting title for this photograph.

Bellavista is a mountain in the Bernina Range in Switzerland and has an altitude of 3,922 metres (12,867 ft). The view captured in this photograph is on Diavolezza. Diavolezza is a viewpoint near Pontresina, a small town in the beautiful Engadin region in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. The outlook is at an elevation of 2,973 metres (9,754 ft). As a result, it offers stunning views in all directions. Make sure to visit, if you find yourself in the region and get the chance. Highly recommended!

Please visit our Mountains & Hills landscape photography theme. The theme showcases many more mountain landscapes in black & white from all over the world. Alternatively, check out our Swiss Landscape Photography portfolio if you wish to see more landscape photos from Switzerland.

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4 comments for Kiss of Light, a mountain landscape in black & white

  1. Jim Kroger

    Beautiful light and composition! Pity it doesn’t have more pixels, otherwise I would get this one in 60×60″ 🙂

    • Johan Peijnenburg

      Thanks Jim! In this case that is indeed a touch large 🙂

  2. Jules

    That light!

  3. Mike Johnson

    A beauty Johan!

    • Johan Peijnenburg

      Thanks again Mike!

  4. Mike Schwarz

    A fitting title for an exquisite intimate mountain landscape in black & white!

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