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 – Conclusion

Posted on Januar 11th, 2016

Now, I have to walk back.
While the sun was climbing in the sky, I was climbing down the mountain. At the begining I was in the shadow of the Wartherhorn but when I was walking around the edge and the sun was a good part higher up in the sky, I was starting to sweat. While I was putting more and more of my clothes in my backpack the sun was climbing higher and higher.
You can belief me, on the top of a mountain and before the sun is visible, it can be very cold. But when the day is starting on this sunny summer day, the temperatures are climbing too. So I was back in the hotel, sweaty and tired, but right for the breakfast. Unfortunately, as you know, it was the day of departure and I had no chance to sleep. Lukily my wive can driving car too, else I don’t know what would happend if I was driving back home :)
And the conclusion is; if you bring up your lazy bones and go for a hike, even or escpecially at night, you will have always a good reminder of a fantastic time.


A long way to go – part 10

Posted on Januar 9th, 2016

Yeehaaa! The sun is here!
After a long night and a steep hike, here is my reward. Slowly was the sun coming up between two peaks. It’s always an impressive feeling to see how beautiful a sunrise can be. Especially in the mountains, where the sunrays are fingering around the peeks and between the valleys.
Finally I get my peak shot and the weekend was saved :) Okay, it’s not the only good thing of this weekend but it was my personal highlight.


A long way to go – part 9

Posted on Januar 6th, 2016

I couldn’t resist…
to show another image before the sun rises. It shows the region I was walking the last afternoon. I like the colors before sun rises and the red clouds. I know it’s a bit corny but I like it anyway :)
I promise the next image will show the sun at the horizon.


A long way to go – part 8

Posted on Januar 2nd, 2016

Way enough time, before the sun says hello!
After the last image, there must be clear, that somewhere is a red lightsource. E voilà, here it is! A wonderfull cloudfree sky with all the red tones of a strong sunrise on the top of a mountain.
The tallest mountain on the right side is called Bieberkopf. The peak marks the border to Germany and if you climbed up and stand on the top, you can plant one foot on Germany and the other on Austria and shout out loud: “Ozapft is!”
But let us simply enjoy the sunrise and wait for the sun.