Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Landscape: Outing in the Alps

Following the lack of skiable snow the last couple of weeks in Switzerland, we have resorted to snowshoes and crampons for our outings. Slush snow and 15 degrees in the middle of January makes for bad skiing, yet clear skies and towering mountains makes for good landscape photography. In this case my session was a study in the triad of the legendary mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The North Face of Eiger is particularly well know among mountaineers and climbers for being one of the most difficult ascents in the Alps - a vertical wall devoid of sunshine and with a height of around 1600 m and conditions that are often not favorable for climbing. For those in the know, it is classified as ED (Extremely Difficult), one of the few in the Alps.

Eiger and Mönch in an "Arabian Night" kind of interpretation.
The north face of Eiger to the left is rendered heavily shadowed reflecting its menacing character.

Mönch in a very interesting light, where the sunset orange is reflected from Eiger on the left to illuminate the left side of Mönch orange as well.

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