I just got back from my 4-week fall trip to the Swiss Engadin region and am starting to go through the results right now. I didn’t get everything I wanted, however that is to be expected in the Alps in Autumn. 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 🙂
This image features a lake called Lai da Palpuogna. It is located at the Albula Pass near Bergün in the Swiss canton of Graubünden (Grisons). In the background you see two mountains called Piz Ela (left) and Piz Üertsch (right).
The general 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 some nice soft early morning light, perfect reflections in the water, larch trees in their brightest yellow fall coat and of course a touch of first snow. That combination didn’t happen unfortunately … despite visiting the lake about 10 times. I can’t complain though. It definitely 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 go back next year again. I did get away with quite a few nice shots of the lake anyway … so you will get to see more of it in the near future!
I captured this image using my 24mm f/1.4 wide angle lens. My favourite lens on a Nikon D800E. I used a 2-stop and a reversed 1-stop gradient ND filter to control the brightness of the sky and the reflection in the water. The image was processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.2.