A fine art long exposure photograph of an alpine river rapid in black & white, featuring white water and dark marbled rocks with white streaks.

S-Chanf, Switzerland
August, 2011

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Camera and lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G


ƒ/13, 6s, ISO 100 and 24mm

Size original

5827 x 3885 pixels



Alpine river rapids often offer attractive and beautiful photography opportunities … if you look for them, that is. It should not be too sunny though, because the sunlight often makes the white water of the river rapid too bright. This photograph of a river rapid in black & white was captured on a wet and cloudy day. Therefore, the rocks were nicely clean. A longer exposure time smoothened the water. As a result, the photograph seems more zen and soothing. The black and white processing accentuates the contrasty nature of the rocks. Besides that, it eliminated other colour distractions.

The mountain river in which this river rapid was found runs along one of the many great hiking trails in the mountains of the Swiss National Park in the canton of Graubünden. The park is really worth a visit. Especially if you like to hike amid untouched nature. There also is a big chance that you will run into wildlife there as well.

Please visit our Black and White Photography portfolio to see more fine art photographs like this one. Alternatively, check out our Waterfalls & River Rapids photography theme to find more photos of river rapids in black & white.