Somewhere in Switzerland, early in the morning after a really dark and long night, far away from civilization. I watched the milky way moving over my head, hear...
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Somewhere in Switzerland, early in the morning after a really dark and long night, far away from civilization. I watched the milky way moving over my head, heard a deer somewhere in the woods... And then, finally, the sun came back again, crawling over the mountains in the east, turning the whole area into a golden paradise.
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laurenmorrill November 03, 2016
Stunning shot...amazing light and warmth!
Neckbone June 21, 2018
Beautiful scene and capture!

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Behind The Lens

I took this image between the Sieben Hengste and the Hohgant - both well known mountains with remarkable shapes - north of the lake thun, switzerland. I walked up there the day before to have enough time to set up everything and get it right when the sun rises behind the mountains in the east.
It was 7:40am, early in the morning. Well, it didn't felt early anymore after the almost sleepless, cold and really dark night. But it surely was kinda early for this time of the year - the 25. september.
There's not much to say about the lighting. Well, maybe one thing: It was really interesting - i never saw such a long sunrise. While i walked down, the sun came up at the same speed. So i walked in the first sunrays for maybe half an hour, until i reached the lower areas. I had plenty of time to get this special moment when the first sunrays are touching the ground...
I shot this with my Canon EOS 5D Mk III and an attached Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L lens, mounted on my more or less old but still good working Rollei CT-5a.
I was looking for some interesting places in my country, when i found a small photo of a little pond somewhere in the mountains. The environment looked unusually red - a typical sign for a swampy, wet ground and typical, reddish grasses. So i wanted to photograph something similiar. I love swamps and mountains as well, so it was absolutely clear: i had to get up there and photograph some swampy areas in the middle of the mountains and combining these two wonderful things.
It wasn't too complicated - i made several images with different exposures and merged the two best images later in photoshop. A single image was already ok, but the contrasts were a little bit too extreme, too harsh and the colors were just... Not right. It wasn't looking the way i saw it on place. So i blended the two images and the result was much more realistic, like i saw it when i stood there. I had to correct the colors as well. Just a little bit, but still...
In my camera bag
It depends on what i'm shooting, actually. In most cases, i have a wide angle zoom lens inside my bag, like the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L or the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L.. And the camera itself has almost always the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L attached, until i reach the place where i want to photograph. Just because it is always possible to see something interesting on the way. Then i carry always a remote trigger with me, and of course some batteries. Because we all know - the batteries are always empty when you're in the middle of nowhere and you have to expose for a little bit longer than these 30 seconds. And then, there's always a second arca swiss compatible plate in my bag. Just for when i lose that one on the camera. I don't know why this should happen, but... Well, i don't want to sit somewhere in the mountains with an useless tripod because i can't mount the camera on it.
Get up as early as possible. And if you don't want to walk through the night, get there even earlier and, well.. Use the night as well to get some stars.. Maybe. No stress, plenty of time to get focused on what you're doing, enough time to search and find nice places. That way, you're calm and prepared when it's time to set up everything... To catch that specific moment. Thats what i'm always trying when i have the time. And when you're up there with plenty of time... Try to calm down and match the speed of the world around you. It's a much slower speed - that way you'll notice the smallest changes in your environment. And so you're able to react to that and maybe photograph them. Thats something i try everytime when i'm out to photograph. Its hard to see those little things when you're not calm enough. And the most interesting things aren't always the expected ones. Sometimes they're behind you or maybe even above you.

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