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The old wooden door was standig loose along the trail leading to the Seealpsee (which you can see when you look through the door). The door with the mountain ra...
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The old wooden door was standig loose along the trail leading to the Seealpsee (which you can see when you look through the door). The door with the mountain range as a backdrop presented a perfect photo-opportunity.
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23 Comments | Report
bellavista
 
bellavista May 20, 2014
LOVE!!!!
kimberlypinz
 
kimberlypinz June 17, 2015
This shot is amazing
Saor32
 
Saor32 June 17, 2015
Door to nowhere. This shot makes me wonder where I'd end up if I dared to step through the portal.
pedronunoferreira
 
pedronunoferreira June 18, 2015
A door to the valley. Outstanding. Voted.
ntgreen PRO+
 
ntgreen June 26, 2015
Incredible find ... incredible photo!
GoodEarthArts
 
GoodEarthArts July 28, 2015
what an amazing find! love the composition
ftejani
 
ftejani October 11, 2015
Amazing find and beautiful shot!
JohnWaldronImages PRO
 
JohnWaldronImages November 05, 2015
Absolutely stunning, beautiful image!
Eduardbetz PRO+
 
Eduardbetz November 05, 2015
This is incredibly beautiful ! Congratulations on your win, well deserved !
JonDavatzPhotography
 
JonDavatzPhotography September 15, 2016
Love it - Microsoft Windows Firewall hahaha -
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots October 05, 2016
Awesome find and capture!
Beegirl
 
Beegirl October 06, 2016
Great capture
oyayansa
 
oyayansa October 06, 2016
AMAZING
overthehillfan2004 PRO
 
overthehillfan2004 October 06, 2016
This is fantastic....my fantasy mind went out that door. I voted for this one...LOL
reecemarcel
 
reecemarcel October 12, 2016
this is a great shot. Where in the world is this location?
redRabbit
 
redRabbit October 12, 2016
Wonderful!!!
CrazyCat
 
CrazyCat October 22, 2016
WOW! This is so awesome!
Jdinspired
 
Jdinspired November 14, 2016
This is a shot I dream about!
SophiaKoch
 
SophiaKoch November 20, 2016
Beautiul shot! I've been there before but didn't see that door. Maybe I should look around me more often.
timlucas PRO+
 
timlucas January 22, 2017
The stories that door could tell!
itssmee
 
itssmee March 15, 2017
Love this obscured view, what a master piece.
LarisaVasiu
 
LarisaVasiu May 03, 2017
great view and photo!
podesta
 
podesta May 19, 2017
Fantastic composition

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Behind The Lens

Location
I traveled to Oberstdorf,Germany in 2013 to go on a photography-hiking-trip and took this photo at the top of the Nebelhorn (one of the more famous mountains in Germany). From where the door stands I started my hike to the lake below - the Seealpsee.
Time
That day I got up early, as I wanted to spend the whole day hiking in the mountains. I took this photograph early in the day at around 10 o'clock. The sun was already shining bright, but had still some of the soft morning light left.
Lighting
This is one of my personal favorites of mine, even though it was not taken at sunrise or sunset. The sun did light the whole scene pretty evenly and gives it that feeling of a warm summer day.
Equipment
Most of my images - and this is true for this one - are shot with my Nikon D7000 and the Sigma 17-70mm (C). As the sun was shining bright I did not need a tripod or any other equipment. I was able to shoot at the lowest ISO (100) with at 22mm, ƒ/9 and 1/200s.
Inspiration
I was not aware of the door standing at the top of the Nebelhorn. When I arrived there I was just in awe and immediately fell in love with that old wooden door. It was standing there as if it had been there forever. The lake below the door and that mountain range in the backdrop were inspiration enough and so I just took a few shots to capture the scene the way I saw it. For me this image is less about intense sunset colours, but more about what the door stands for - the deeper meaning of it. For me that is new opportunities and experiences - that the door to a new world is always open and you just need to take a chance.
Editing
For this image there was no post-processing necessary. Normaly I run all my photography through Lightroom and Photoshop to control the shadows and highlights, add some contrast and make basic color corrections. However, this particular photograph came out of the camera just as I wanted it to look - no adjustments needed.
In my camera bag
Besides my trusted Nikon D7000 and the Sigma 17-70mm (C), I always pack my tripod (Feisol with Triopo Ballhead) and some filters (Neutral Density and Polarizer). I also own a Nikkor 70-300mm, which I rarely use, but have in my bag to be there when I may need it. More important are spare batteries and memory cards, which I always carry with my camera gear. I like to travel as light as possible, as most of the time I need to carry it the whole day.
Feedback
I really just sumbled upon this door by suprise. Most professionall photographers give the advice to go out shooting, because that is the only way you will get better. I think it is the same with capturing scenes like this. You cannot find something new, if you are not out there exploring. Sometimes you need to travel and sometimes you can find great spots in your neighborhood. Maybe you can get some hints on the internet for good photography locations, but in the end you have to go out there and see for yourself. That is the advice I would give: get out there and explore.

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