As a photographer in the Alps, the smart thing to do is to always think twice before putting something in the backpack. Taking less is best, as the weight of things seems to always magically quadruple in the course of a hiking day. Well … uhm … it seems that I am just not that smart … in addition I guess I am not a great learner either … I keep bringing too much! I simply find it sooooooo hard to leave something at home that I might need for that special thing I might run into in the course of the day!
A good example of gear that I could leave at home on my mountain hikes is my long exposure glass. 4 pieces in a pouch = 400 grams extra on my back! I always take it though. Why? Well, I sometimes like to be able to capture the movement of clouds around mountain tops (remember the Matterhorn?). I also like to be able use a log exposure to smoothen water in landscapes with mountain rivers a bit. Makes them more dynamic, but less busy. I also love to zoom in on details of mountain river rapids with rocks. Almost always something zen comes out. This long exposure image is a good example. The best side effect of bringing long exposure glass and using it, is that it slows you down and makes you look and see better. Of course it also gives you time to eat a sandwich. I am almost sure I had an awesome one with meatloaf when shooting this image 🙂
I shot this with my Nikon D3x and used a 10-stop Lee ND filter to get to an exposure time of 50 seconds. I processed the image with Adobe’s Lightroom 5 and converted it to black & white using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. Hope you like it!