Alpine Stillness, mountain reflections at Lake Sils

A lake landscape photograph in black & white, featuring the mountain reflections of the Alps at sunrise in a quiet lake near Sils im Engadin, Switzerland.

Sils im Engadin/Segl, Graubünden, Switzerland
October, 2013
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Camera & lens

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

Camera settings

ƒ/11, 567s, ISO 100 and 24mm

Size original

3680 x 7360 pixels


This lake landscape photograph illustrates how beautiful mountain reflections can be on a quiet morning in the Swiss Alps. This photograph features Lake Sils. Lake Sils, or Silsersee in German, is a lake in the Engadin region in the Canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. The main mountain that you see in this photograph is Piz de la Margna. It is 3,159 m (10,364 ft) high.

Lake Sils lies at an altitude of 1,797 metres (5,896 ft) above sea level. It is a perfect location for photographing mountain reflections. Usually, the best time is during sunrise, just before the wind starts to spoil things. This lake landscape photograph in black & white was taken during an autumn sunrise. There was a bit of fog, and the clouds were just opening up.

As you can see, there was barely any wind. As a result, the mountains are reflected nicely in the lake. A long exposure smoothened the clouds in the sky a bit. As a result, the photograph has a more soothing look and feel.

For more photographs of lakes, please visit our Lakes landscape photography theme. You will find more photos featuring Lake Sils there as well as more of them with mountain reflections. Alternatively, visit our Black & White Photography portfolio to see more photographs in black & white.

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1 comment for Alpine Stillness, mountain reflections at Lake Sils

  1. Kate Johnson

    Calm but dramatic!

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