One very nice July evening we had a genuine dinner at the terrace of Hotel "Bären" in Wilderswil, on the outskirts of Interlaken - well-known center of the Jungfrau Region - in the part of the Bernese canton known as Berner Oberland.
Making a short visit to our room - before going on an evening stroll with the car - I leaned out the window to have a look at the Jungfrau massif, one of the most beautiful group of mountains in Europe. At this moment I saw the whole ridge "painted" in red by the last rays of the setting sun - I believe the locals call this "Alpenglüh" [glowing alps] - grabbed my camera and threw away a couple of shots, knowing the briefness of the moment.
When we drove away five minutes later the colors are gone and darkness is falling.
The massif consists of these three spectacular peaks - from left to right - Eiger [the Hunter] 3970m (partly blocked), Mönch [the Monk] 4109m and Jungfrau [the Virgin] 4158m.
Image scanned at 600dpi, cropped, adjusted levels and saturation +20, resized for TE, ran NeatImage, sharpened (x2), retouch of dust grains, framed and saved for Web.
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Burnham (2428) 2004-05-20 12:12
That is just such a magnificent view, you did great. Nothing to nit pick on..
Roly (2024) 2004-05-20 12:14
A great view of a very famous massif. The image has good depth and a pleasant color gradient. You definitely caught the right moment, with the last sunrays hitting the peaks. I would remove the little UFO on the right above the horizon.
nialap (591) 2004-05-20 12:18
Nice colors ! I would prefered less dark on the bottom, either by cropping or having more sky. By the way, I live not so far from where you have taken this pic : near the Gruyere lake. Thanks for sharing !
Ebbe (9617) 2004-05-20 12:35
Very nice glow on those Alps Kaj. The bottom black part is a bit big and could be cropped a little. That way you would get the horizon less centered too.
And I like the touch of life given by the bird.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-05-20 12:47
A grand view of the mountain range, Kaj, beautifully dipped into the reddish evening light. Those different zig-zagging horizontal lines are great; the huge black area in front is a bit daring; not sure if some more cropping does a trick here. Good post-work on the scan as well, it looks really neat. Well done.
dominique (11414) 2004-05-20 17:27
Tres belle image , j'aime les couleurs et le contraste entre la montagne noir , le neige et le ciel , beau travail .
jurgen (2074) 2004-05-20 20:25
Very nice pink colour of the snow. I like how you got different 'levels'. Black thru dark-blue (subtle) and then pink and light-blue in the sky. As Roly said, I would remove the ufo. Also the frame, beacuse such a picture needs no frame to be a great one.
Clochette (8076) 2004-05-21 3:13
Very nice (and unusual) tones on this mountain. I like the color gradation and the good balance in the pic.
Well done, Kaj !
pamastro (7218) 2004-05-21 11:51
Very beautiful. I love the layers of silhouettes leading up to the painted mountains. It makes great layers. The color is beautiful. It is great lighting and really nicely captured by you. I like the mix of soft and hard on the mountains, too. Soft curves of snow vs. hard jags of rocks sticking out. Very nicely spotted and great job getting it onto film and then on here.
Lolydodia (580) 2004-05-21 16:59
an amazing view, well done!
digi-mom (1064) 2004-05-21 19:13
Neat timing for the colors, and nice pink frame to match. I especially like the detail of your notes. The three colors here are eyecatching.
pem (264) 2004-05-25 14:51
Great colors.. I liked the frame that you put. The only thing that you can modify is to crop a little in the sky and on the botton of the photo to give a more deph impression.. Great work.
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2416)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2001-07-22
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus OM1, Sigma 70-210mm f/4.5, Kodak Gold 400, Skylight 1A
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): the Alps [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-05-20 12:06