I just returned from my fall trip to Engadin in the Swiss Canton of Graubünden. Amongst others, I was there to photograph Swiss alpine lakes. As expected in the Alps, I didn’t get everything I wanted. The weather tends to be very unpredictable and being in the right place at the right time can be quite a challenge. Getting a snow dump half-way through my trip didn’t help either. 🙂
Alpine Serenity, a tranquil sunrise at Lai da PalpuognaA tranquil sunrise at Lai da Palpuogna with Piz Ela mountain catching first light in the background. This Swiss alpine lake is located at the Albula Pass near Bergün in the canton of Graubünden.
This photograph titled Alpine Serenity features a Swiss alpine lake called Lai da Palpuogna. It lies at the Albula Pass near Bergün. The names of the mountains in the back are Piz Ela (left) and Piz Üertsch (right).
The consensus in Switzerland is that Lai da Palpuogna is one of the prettiest lakes in the country. One of my goals was to catch it with beautiful soft early morning light, perfect mountain reflections in the water, larch trees in their brightest golden fall colours and of course a touch of the first snow. That combination didn’t happen, unfortunately … despite visiting the lake about 10 times. I can’t complain, though. It ain’t a bad place to enjoy a sandwich with tea while waiting for the first light to hit the scenery and it gives me a good reason to visit again next year. I got away with quite a few nice shots of the lake though … so you will get to see more of it in the future!
I photographed this Swiss alpine lake using a 24mm f/1.4 lens on a Nikon D800E. The exposure needed to be controlled a bit, so I used a gradient ND filter. The settings were: 24mm, ƒ/11, 1/15s and ISO100.
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Cheers, Johan 🙂