The Alpine Road trip
The Alpine Road trip:
"A road trip through the most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe, The Alps."
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From hot summer days down by a lake, over sleeping at 3000m elevation in freezing cold weather (-5°C) to a beautiful sunrise on one of the biggest Alpine mountain plateaus and much more: that's in a nutshell what we experienced during a 3 week road trip through the Alps. The whole adventure was incredibly fun and offered us amazing opportunities! Apart from the fun we had, it also meant work: almost every day, we woke up at 4 am and went to bed only long after the sun had set. After a while one gets used to it and I am not a person needing a lot of sleep, so it worked out perfectly! Apart from shooting landscapes, there is the inevitable 'logistic' side of the adventure as well - at least that's what I like to call it-. It took me two weeks of preparation in order to find locations, make a decent planning,... but in the end we used it way less than I initially thought we would. Most likely the preparation caused me to memorise the whole thing. Anyways: enough talk, enjoy the images and make sure to contact me if you have any questions!
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If you ask me what my favorite photo is of The Alpine Road trip then I will pick this one. It's not just a picture there's a whole story behind it. After the best train ride I've ever done I enjoyed the breathtaking views Gornergrat has to offer. Later I hiked to the Riffelsee to shoot sunset. After sunset I setup camp and slept (unprepared) in freezing conditions (-5°C) With 3 pants, 3 pairs of socks, 2 t-shirts, 2 sweaters, a winter jacket, 2 pairs of gloves and a trash bag around my feet I carried on until 4am. It just got too cold so I decided to get out of the tent and started shooting. This gave me some time to pick the perfect composition.
This wasn't supposed to be 'the best image'. First I had another composition in mind but when the first sun rays touched the mountain I spotted this composition with my phone. A really simple reflection with the matterhorn lit by the first rays of sun the area would feel that day. And in the foreground we have a very subtle but at the same time quite present patch of grass.
I think the image turned out great! And it's once again an image that can't be reproduced.
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