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I had the pleasure of a few days in the mountains recently and – lucky me – the weather cooperated very nicely with my efforts to capture the grand landscape.

It was a beautiful, sunny day, except for a short while when dark clouds banded together and it looked like a storm was brewing. However, a few minutes later, the clouds passed and the day continued to be sunny.

Mountain landscape covered with snow under stormy clouds.

Mountain Snowscape under a Stormy Sky.

My good friend Wolfgang has been very persistent in insisting that we take up hiking the mountains again, so that is what we recently did.

The plan was to go to the Rappensee and then hike some of the peaks there. I had spent the previous week (re-)paving around the house and my knees cried foul the second day. So I stayed at the Rappensee as he stormed the peaks. Fortunately, I do not need my knees to operate a camera.

Sheep grazing on the side of a grassy mountain.

Mountain Sheep

The dramatic clouds you see in the pictures are slightly misleading: while there were a number of clouds about, it was actually quite sunny and warm.

Dramatic lighting in the clouds as the mountainside and the sheep on it go dark in the dusk.

Dusk falls

 

Finally, here’s a panorama seen from the Seebichl:

Mountain panorama seen from the top of the Seebichl.

Mountain Panorama seen from Seebichl

 

I am really happy with the images and I am even happier that I spent some quality time with a good friend.

Winter Storm

Storm clouds rising over a winter field, lightly covered in snow. For a few minutes the low afternoon sun bathed the landscape in soft golden light while blue and purple clouds boiled above.

Winter Storm

Winter Storm

There are a few contemporary photographers who’s work I find truly inspiring. Alain Briot is one of them. I know many of the places he photographs and his pictures capture their essence. I wish that I could transform what I see into a picture like he does.

So I was quite excited when I saw that Alain Briot has authored a book on his way of photographing landscapes. Read the rest of this entry »

Ice Crystals

Snow had recently fallen in the mountains, probably no more than two days ago. On the north side, just below the summit, no sunlight had yet reached the freshly fallen snow, so no melting had occurred yet.

Close to the ground the snow crystals on the pines created a wonderfully sculpted landscape.

Snow Crystals V

Snow Crystals V

The blue tinge is caused by ice filtering light as it passes through or is reflected. I decided not to correct it because I quite like the effect.