Make : NIKON CORPORATION
Model : NIKON D90
Date Time Original : 2011-07-25 15:36:35
Focal Length : 16/1
Exposure Time : 1/125
F Number : 5.6
Iso Speed Ratings : 200
Metering Mode : 5
Focal Length In35mm Film : 24
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Copyright : Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Software : Aperture 3.1.3
Gps Latitude Ref : N
Gps Latitude : 47/1 431/20 0/1
Gps Longitude Ref : E
Gps Longitude : 12/1 341/10 0/1
Published: Thursday 29th of September 2011 03:49:48 PM
Where in the Alps is this?
About 8 years ago, I was in Interlaaken and took the cog rail up the Jungfrau Mountain. We did it very early in the morning and it was quite thrilling. Though it was summer, it was actually snowing at the peak, so there were no outdoor musicians as you've so ironically shown here. Our entertainment at the top was mostly spectacular, snowy views and lots of hot chocolate!
I like the way you've composed this shot, which combines the landscape elements and the street elements, nicely framed by the structures and the people and backed beautiful by the stunning mountains and protective sky that seems to be allowing light through just to help coat the top of the snowy peaks.
A beautiful composition with very nice lighting, Wolfgang!
With best regards,
many thanks for your comments and continuous support!
@Fred: it's near Hinterglemm in Austria. So definitely not as high as Jungfrau mountain (and less spectecular). This is at about 1900 m. The peak is called "Zwölferkogel" (roughly translated '"peak of twelves" - therefore the name of the bar on the left hand side). Mountains in the background are around 2200 m and weather was what you'd call "bad" - but I enjoyed quite a lot, because there was this thin icing of snow above 2000m.
What I tried to convey with this photo is a certain ambivalence: we want to enjoy landscape and nature in the Alps - but destroy it (to certain extend at least) by doing so. The infrastructure like cable cars, bars, etc. is designed for winter season and skiing, so in summer the exploitation is more 'visible'.
I like this too, Wolfgang, and I appreciate your elongated composition of the scene. It has a very nice and subtle flow to it, maybe enhanced by your partial inclusion of the curved structure on the left and the way the plateau seems to slope down towards the right. The people (and especially those 2 little white dogs) add interest and (white) tonal balance to the photo, imo -- echoed by the white snowy mountaintops beyond... I think that what you were trying to achieve is coming through... (in a rather esthetic way)
wow - big thanks for your comments!
… GORGEOUS confident inspired work Wolfman.
I played god here and split in half your generous long frame and found the right side as perfect as if you’d staged—it’s that perfect, with the dogs standing still for the shot, posing orderly as if commanded by his master’s voice… And the elegant geometry of the architecture on the left balances the composition just right… And last the clouds you ordered—and with this picture I sense you connected with friends in high places—deliver complimentary atmosphere to the scale of the scene just so…
12er Treff …a fabulous shot!
Nice composition with the peaceful mood. Best Regards,
Interesting that you would choose "street" as it was the street-like aesthetic of the thumbnail that drew me into this photo. What occurs at the right of the frame is its own photo and distinctly different from the rest of the image. In its totality, however, the crowding of the people and activity on the right almost unbalance the image (though their "weight" is offset by the 12er Treff Bar and the structure at far left). There is something to be said, however, for an unbalanced composition, particularly one with people. It can create a tension due to the unfulfilled expectation and desire to balance out the frame.
many thanks for your insightful comment. You are right to point out imbalance. It was my intention (and might be a bit overemphasized) to underline the discrepancy between people, manmade structures and landscape.
Leisure time in the alps Though "Travel"-category might also suit, I choose "Street" for it's "street"-like esthetics.
The alps attract many tourists (like the photographer) for their nature and landscape.