Alone in the dark – part 6

Posted on Februar 9th, 2016

The sun comes and the stars are going.
Accomplished, I reached the peak and I’m early enough to see the last stars are going. And I was right, it would be too bright to still see the milkyway. But look at this! How beautiful are all these Bernese mountains in the very early morning glow. Although it will take more than an hour until the sun will reach the horizon and you can already see the reflecting light at the peaks of all the high mountains.
I build this image from four shots to a pano, so you can see the whole lake of Brienz and on the left the city of Brienz and on the right the city of Interlaken. On the horizon you see all the famous mountains like, Eiger, Moench, Jungfrau, Wetterhorn and so on.


Alone in the dark – part 5

Posted on Februar 6th, 2016

I can’t stop doing that…
Even the time is short to reach the peak, I had to stop and take some pictures from the way I came. On the bottom left you can see the lake where I took my first images. And the grass below me, is the gap I took the last images.  The light at the horizon should be the Titlis, another famous mountain.
These views are the reason, why I’m always to late at the top, I can’t resist to take images. Okay, maybe I’m also not walking fast enough :)


Alone in the dark – part 4

Posted on Februar 3rd, 2016

At the gap, 800m altitude difference are done and another 300m before the peak.
Since the short glance to the milky way, I was walking between rock faces and then suddenly my view opens and I could see the whole, beautiful bernese alps.
Down in the valley the city of Brienz at the shore of the same named lake. The city lights illuminating the rock walls on the other side of the valley and behind, all the mighty 4000m mountains. You see the Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau in the center of the image. At the ridge left of the peak from the Eiger you can see the light of the Eiger hut, where you will stop before you climb the peak, except your name is Ueli Steck and you take the shortcut over the northface in approximately 2 hours. On the right side you can see the lights from the Jungfraujoch, which you can reach by a train, an expensive train.
But now hurry up, the time is running and I should reach the peak before the morning lightshow begins.


Alone in the dark – part 3

Posted on Februar 1st, 2016

A few steps further, another stop was necessary.
Actually I wanted to walk ahead and maybe take some milky way images from the top. But I was already late and probably I will reach the peak too late for nightshots. So I decided to take an image of the milky way, even the bright part is hidden behind the mountains and I was really shure I will not get another chance for an image of the galaxy. Because the way will leads me along the slope which will cover this side of the sky until I will reach the top.
But now I had an image for shure and I walked ahead to the peak as fast as I could, until I had to stop at the next interesting point to shoot another image…


Alone in the dark – part 2

Posted on Januar 30th, 2016

After a short stop near the Eisee, I was going forward.
I had two turbulent weeks and I found now time again to write the next part about my trip to the Rothorn. I hope next days will be more silent and less stressfull, so I can write more blogs again.
But back again to the mountains, this image is very similar to the last one. Except it’s not a panorama, but it is a HDR like image. Especially for moonless nights in dark regions is it a good idea to take some extra bright images for the foreground.


Alone in the dark – part 1

Posted on Januar 18th, 2016

The first climb is already done.
You can see the lights of Soerenberg down in the valley, where I was started two hours ago. It was not so steep but I climbed now already 700m altitude. You can also see an overview of the the UNESCO world heritage of Entlebuch.
I’m on my way up to the Brienzer Rothorn and with some luck I will reach the top before the sunrise. But I have to stop many times to take images. It’s not possible simply to walk without making photos.


A long way to go – part 6

Posted on Dezember 28th, 2015

I was wrong, there are still some stars visible in the sky.
Time to look back, where I came from. It was steep and the sun is slowly crawling to the horizon, but at the moment we can only see the shadows of the glow before the sunrise or we wouldn’t see any stars.
Although the trail was steep, the steepest part will begin at this position until the top to the peak. At the border of the Wartherhorn on the right side, you can see the top station of the chairlift, where I took my first shot of this night.


A long way to go – part 5

Posted on Dezember 23rd, 2015

Now comes the steep part on this tour.
After I could see the first glow in the eastern sky, on the screen of my camera, by eye I couldn’t see it yet, I know, this would be my last starscape shot for tonight. Until I reached the top, the stars will no longer be visible.
Thereby I don’t miss the sunrise, I will not stop until I reached the gap you can see at the horizon. On the left is the Wartherhorn with antenna on the top. Ah, and by the way, this is sunlight, but reflected by the moon. The sun will be visible one and a half hour later, from the other direction.


A long way to go – part 4

Posted on Dezember 21st, 2015

Hurry up, the sun is coming!
Uh oh, what can the camera see there at the horizon? Is there already the first morning glow visible? It seems I had to walk a good part faster or I will miss the sunrise once more.
But beside the timing problems, it’s nice how the moon is illuminating the landscape. The peak that you can see at the edge of the Wartherhorn is the same mountain you saw on the first image of this tour and it’s called Bieberkopf and it has nothing to do with the youngster who’s trying to stay famous.


A long way to go – part 3

Posted on Dezember 19th, 2015

Yes, it’s still a far way to go.
I should stow my photography gear back in my rucksack and hike a bit faster. The left peak, the Wartherhorn is my destination. The bigger mountain in the center is the Karhorn which was originally my goal, but because of the bad weather I will go to the smaller one on the left. Wich means, I should go now.
By the way, you can see the cables of the funiculars for the daylight tourists? But now, I’m the only person here, up between the mountains.