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Time of Change

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 17 November 2021 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


This is the view towards the iconic Matterhorn mountain over the Grindjisee lake in the Swiss Alps. It is as far as we got when hiking from Gornergrat in late October 2019. We were hoping to make it to another lake - Stellisee - but it was just a little too far for one day. In the end I think we did around 20km hiking on that beautiful day. By the time we got back to the hotel, we were very tired indeed. This was the changeover season between summer and winter and a lot of cable cars and lifts were not operating at the time. We could have done with one or two rides along the way.

In any case, we were very happy to make to this fine spot. I loved the combination of Matterhorn, autumn trees and the lake. I was able to work with them in this composition. The reflections were just clear enough for this scene to work for me. The wind started to pick up slightly when we got there but it was still reasonably light and the reflections came through nicely. Soft glowing sunlight remained present for most of the day and the thin layer of clouds filtered it through perfectly. I used a polarising filter to deepen the blue tones a little and to give the contrast a little boost as well.

That is the kind of view that we could just not get enough of. We took our time during the hike to make sure that we soaked in the atmosphere and beauty around us. The bonus of the low season was that we were relative alone in this vast landscape. We passed a couple of people along the way but it was otherwise very quiet on the hiking trails. There were a lot of skiing enthusiasts in the higher parts of the mountains near Matterhorn where there was a good snow cover already and the ski slopes were open. I would definitely like to return to this part of the world for another look at autumn and to explore other hiking trails and peaks around the area.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/30 second F/8.0 ISO 100 35 mm

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