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I've already portrayed this mountain chain – the Jungfrau Massif in Berner Oberland - from further away with a scanned print dated 2001. Here they are again: Eiger [the Hunter] 3.970m/13'025ft, Mönch [the Monk] 4.109m/13'481ft and Jungfrau [the Virgin] 4.158m/13'642ft.

This time I'm much closer, taking a well-earned breathing pause in Mettlen – an easy 8,6km/5.35mi slalom slope descending 1.120m/3'675ft – shortly after the starting point at Kleine Scheidegg heading for Grindelwald Grund. One of two easy descents, where the other one ends in Wengen on the other side of the 'dividing range'.

I'm not a very good skier, so most of the time I had to concentrate on how and where I was going. I had a full time job keeping the balance and avoiding other skiers – not to mention snowboarders, sledge-runners and walkers – and had to make long pauses, enjoying the sun at the different cafés and restaurants.

Being the first time I practiced Winter sports in the Alps, it wasn't until the very last day I was able to enjoy the scenic surroundings while going down the slopes. And suddenly I saw this breathtaking backdrop and decided to try to catch it. However my wide-angle (6.3mm = 38mm on an SLR) wasn't able to cover the whole range.

So there and then I decided to go for a panorama shot. I took three photos in a rapid sequence – slightly overlaid – camera hand held, still set to max wide-angle and with auto exposure. This resulted in three wide-angled, differently exposed, slightly displaced photos, which I've tried – to the best of my ability – stitching together with my panorama tool.

It wasn't easy, but I had to get it off my hands!

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Three photos stitched in The Panorama Factory, ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE (x2), cloned some imperfections, sharpened [LP faded to 40%], framed and saved for Web (x2).
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Actual exposures: 1) f:5.0, 1/650sec 2) f:6.3, 1/800sec 3) f:7.0, 1/800sec.

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