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Matterhorn I



"There it is."
— Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn --Matterhorn, Switserland

"There it is."
— Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn --Matterhorn, Switserland
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Everything In Black And White Photo ContestTop 20 class
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A World In Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
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The Talent AwardsTop 20 class
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47 Comments | Report
BPGrossPhotography PRO
 
BPGrossPhotography November 21, 2016
Awesome photo
ctbehrend
 
ctbehrend December 12, 2016
Stunning! Powerful! Perfect composition and contrast! Very impressive!
RubenB PRO
RubenB January 10, 2017
Thank you ctbehrend!
georginapostle
 
georginapostle January 10, 2017
Beautiful!
danmoran PRO
 
danmoran January 10, 2017
I absolutely love this photo! The dark sky and the contrast of the snow is just amazing!1
RubenB PRO
RubenB January 10, 2017
Thanks danmoran
fotodenis
 
fotodenis January 10, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
fotodenis
 
fotodenis January 10, 2017
This is one of the most breathtaking photo i ever saw
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RubenB January 10, 2017
Thanks fotodenis, it's nice to get positive feedback
BenoitCote
 
BenoitCote January 11, 2017
Would love to stay in this little shack a couple days!
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RubenB January 11, 2017
You'd better have a lot of warm clothing and a stove with you :-)
aJonesy
 
aJonesy January 11, 2017
Wowsa. This is one of my favorite b&w images I have seen. Camping in that cabin would be a dream come true. I love the contrast, as so many have said!
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RubenB January 11, 2017
Thanks Jonesy. And if you want it that badly, just go for it! Zermatt, Switserland
darrellbalfour PRO
 
darrellbalfour January 13, 2017
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darrellbalfour PRO
 
darrellbalfour January 13, 2017
Stunning shot so dramatic!!
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RubenB January 13, 2017
Thank you Darrell
orlando96
 
orlando96 January 18, 2017
Really beautiful shot, perfect composition and contrast, Matterhorn is probably the most attractive mountain of the Alps ! Congratulations !
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RubenB January 19, 2017
I agree orlando! It is one of the most beautiful mountains! Thank you for the compliments.
rushewallace PRO+
 
rushewallace January 18, 2017
Excellent photography! Love it as a B&W>
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RubenB January 19, 2017
Thank you Wallace. B&W has it advantages ;-)
thunderlake
 
thunderlake January 18, 2017
Magnificent!!
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RubenB January 19, 2017
Thank you Thunderlake!
frenchiepooh PRO
 
frenchiepooh January 18, 2017
materpiece : ))
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RubenB January 19, 2017
Thank you frenchiepooh. I see you are still experimenting a lot with styles and artistic possibilities. Don't give up and keep on experimenting ;-)
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett January 19, 2017
Amazing shot Congrats :)
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RubenB January 19, 2017
Thank you Jamie!
timlucas
 
timlucas January 19, 2017
a superb image, on my wish list
RubenB PRO
RubenB January 19, 2017
Thanks Tim! On your wish list to go photograph it one day?
Woodstokkz PRO
 
Woodstokkz January 19, 2017
great shot! can you tell me the exact location of this cabin?
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RubenB January 19, 2017
Thanks Woodstock . The exact location? That's rather difficult. I don't have GPS coördinates on my camera. I just remember it's close to Zermatt and to the west.
dmmacdonald PRO
 
dmmacdonald January 19, 2017
Magnificent study of one of the most majestic views I've ever seen. Somehow in Zermatt the Matterhorn doesn't immediately strike you as being the height and grandeur it really is - but get out into the landscape and you're surprised by it at every turn. You have brilliantly captured it - (would be my winner in the Majestic Mountains Contest by miles !!!)
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RubenB January 19, 2017
Thank you so much dmmacdonald! I appreciate this a lot. You've made my day :-)
michelethornley
 
michelethornley January 19, 2017
Very nice So much to look at.
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RubenB January 19, 2017
Thank you Michele!
Kimba33
 
Kimba33 January 21, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Gslphoto PRO+
 
Gslphoto March 20, 2017
Stunning capture.
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RubenB March 21, 2017
Thanks Gsl
marcdewitt PRO
 
marcdewitt April 08, 2017
Great image of a great mountain, but the best part is the composition, including the small shack, is outstanding
!!
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RubenB April 10, 2017
Dank u Marc :-)
davebelcher
 
davebelcher April 09, 2017
A tremendous capture!
RubenB PRO
RubenB April 10, 2017
Thanks Dave.
kawaracer
 
kawaracer April 11, 2017
excelent compo, maybe the snowparts in the sun are a bit burnt out But I love it
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RubenB April 11, 2017
Thanks Kawaracer. The highlights in the sun are close to burnt out, but are not. If I lowered the brightness on these parts, the magic was lost. So I kept them in :-)
jonwarren
 
jonwarren April 30, 2017
Amazing capture of a beautiful mountain! The detail is absolutely astounding.
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RubenB May 05, 2017
Thank you Jon. You should go for yourself one day and capture the same beauty.
YuliaB
 
YuliaB May 10, 2017
Amazing!
RubenB PRO
RubenB September 04, 2017
Thanks Yulia
Ecampbell7
 
Ecampbell7 June 02, 2017
Great composition!
RubenB PRO
RubenB September 04, 2017
Thanks Ecampbell :-)
podesta
 
podesta September 01, 2017
Amazing capture! The detail is absolutely astounding
RubenB PRO
RubenB September 04, 2017
Thanks Podesta !
techmsgt
 
techmsgt December 09, 2017
I think we'd all love to hear the story behind this photo: how you got to the location, time of year, etc. This is superb both in composition and technique!
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RubenB December 12, 2017
Hey Techmsgt, the 'behind the lens' story is available for this photo ;-)
iangooch
 
iangooch December 10, 2017
Great Capture
RubenB PRO
RubenB December 12, 2017
Thanks iangooch :-)
techmsgt
 
techmsgt December 20, 2017
Ansel Adams would be proud of your photograph!
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake January 15, 2018
Spectacular ! Congrats !
eliofotosint
 
eliofotosint January 15, 2018
Stunning!!!
FredericMONIN PRO+
 
FredericMONIN January 15, 2018
Great landscape !!!
danielmartin
 
danielmartin January 15, 2018
This is a GREAT art photograph!!! ????
Ryleems
 
Ryleems January 15, 2018
Is that a Teton?
Ryleems
 
Ryleems January 15, 2018
Great photo btw
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 January 16, 2018
Gorgeous!
davidparkhurst
 
davidparkhurst January 16, 2018
Very good
BBBimagemediastudios
 
BBBimagemediastudios January 28, 2018
Stunning capture
BBBimagemediastudios
 
BBBimagemediastudios February 07, 2018
Great choice of tones and lighting and the choice of B/W makes this image so strong
christopherstevenson PRO+
 
christopherstevenson January 20, 2019
Good choice to go B&W for this comp.! The Eiger! Ultimate peak and lone cabin!
Hood
 
Hood February 20, 2019
Magnificent!
RubenB PRO
RubenB February 20, 2019
Thanks Hood!
darrylkinney
 
darrylkinney April 19, 2019
awesome pic
joediduca PRO
 
joediduca October 05, 2019
Wow!!!
SandyWhitlowPhotography PRO
 
Wow, Stunning image
Mark73 PRO
 
Mark73 Oct 27
Incredible image! Congrats.

Behind The Lens

Location
Switserland, we where walking through the Zermatt valley and admiring the Matterhorn all the way. There are a lot of pathways around the famous mountain, but a lot of them are closed in the winter. This photo was taken near the end of a path with this great view with the cabin.
Time
We got up early in the morning for the best light, we walked and walked for hours on paths that where freshly covered with snow. It was cold, a bit misty and snowing... This photo was taken around 1pm, at the end of our walk when the sky opened up. So you see, it's not always the morning shots that are the greatest.
Lighting
The whole morning the light was nice but it was blocked by mist or snow... and when it wasn't: it just did not do the mountain justice. I was disappointed to see that the harsh mid day sun was upon us, but then saw the beauty of the shadowplay and the light on the snow that blows off the mountain top. I took the shot and was very pleased.
Equipment
It was shot on a Sony A7II with the 70-200mm 4.0. No tripod, no flash, no filters...
Inspiration
Going to the Zermatt valley with one purpose... Shooting the Matterhorn in all it's glory. As a climber I have enormous respect for mountains, especially this one. It has claimed so many lives and it inspires so many people to keep on climbing it. So I wanted to capture the beauty, serenity and the danger in one shot. I think I pulled it off.
Editing
The post-processing involved removing some cables running through the shot and converting it in black and white with Silver Efex Pro 2. Afterwards I did some minor tweeks with Photoshop.
In my camera bag
I usually take as little gear with me as possible. It's one of the reasons I bought the Sony A7II so I could travel with something more compact. Most of the times I go around with my Zeiss 24-70mm 4.0. If I'm going for nature walks I bring along my sony 70-200 4.0 and a Rokinon 14mm 2.8. If I'm planning on shooting portraits I bring my Zeis Batis 85mm 1.8. For sports it's usually only the 70-200.
Feedback
As this photo proves: the early bird does not always get the worm. Getting up early and having the morning light has massive advantages but it is not the only light good enough for great pictures. I know photographers that 'only shoot at sunrise or sunset'. Don't limit yourself that way. Keep on shooting and use the light in any way it comes to you. For something similar: just go to Zermatt during winter times, walk the paths around the Matterhorn and find yourself a good spot. There are a lot of cabins and other foreground elements around. For the effect on top of the mountain... best time is after a fresh batch of snow and windy.

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