Early Ascent, a sunrise in mountains of the Italian Alps

A landscape photograph in colour, showing a rocky alpine meadow and the mountains of the Italian Alps catching first morning light just after sunrise.

Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses, Aosta, Italy
August, 2012
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Camera & lens

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

Camera settings

ƒ/10, 1/125s, ISO 100 and 36mm

Size original

7360 x 4912 pixels


Mountain light is at its best very early in the morning. Usually, the sky is still crispy, and the sunlight is nicely soft. This photograph of a sunrise in the Italian Alps is a great example. A very early rise and ascent preceded this capture. Being somewhere at the right time makes landscape photography both challenging and rewarding.

This Italian landscape photograph features a high alpine meadow with rocks and a mountain creek running down from it. In the back, you see the mountains of the Italian Alps. The dominant mountain peak in the background is the Pointe de Drône. This is a mountain of the Pennine Alps and lies on the border between Italy and Switzerland just west of the Great St. Bernard Pass. It has an elevation of 2,950 metres (9,680 ft). The climb towards the viewpoint in this photograph starts in the Aosta Valley in Ital. It takes you across the border to the Lacs de Fenêtre in the Swiss Canton of Valais. This mountain tour is highly recommended!

Check out our Mountains & Hills photography theme for more mountain landscape photographs. Alternatively, visit our new Italian Landscape Photography portfolio to see more photos from Italy, including more photographs of the mountains of the Italian Alps.

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1 comment for Early Ascent, a sunrise in mountains of the Italian Alps

  1. Mike Luther

    Quite rugged up there! Nice!

    • Johan Peijnenburg

      Thanks Mike!

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