Here is something we can learn from Markus Van Hauten, nature and landscape photographer from Germany, about the techniques and story behind this awarded photo.

Where and when did you take this photo?

I took this picture in the Italian Dolomites. This picture was taken 1 hour before sunset. It was summer, but the temperature fell to 6 degrees Celsius with strong winds. Because of the windchill, it felt way colder. But, the light was so insane I could not miss the chance and I was lucky to get this picture.

Anything worth sharing about lighting?

I love to take pictures like this. The light on this photo is the core feature which made this picture look so unique.

What equipment did you use and what inspired you to take this photo?

I set up my drone, and took this shot from a distance so it could capture me and the mountains. The light and the scale between me and the mountain inspired me to do this shot.

Did you do any post-processing?

Yes, I used the drone's multi exposure featured and combined all the shots together in Lightroom. Finally, I set the correct color temperature and erased some sun flares.

What equipment do you normally have in your bag?

I normally use a tripod, a Canon R5 or R6 camera, a Canon RF 15-35mm L 2.8 lens, a Canon RF 24-105mm L 4.0 lens; a Canon RF 100-500mm L 4.5-7.1; a Laowa RF 12mm, 2.8, and a Laowa RF 15mm 2.0.

Any advice for others trying to capture something similar?

Don't give up! Always be prepared and wait for the right light and the right moment.

Hare are more of Markus Van Hauten's photographic styles and techniques:

The view


Cold awakening