Photographing the Austrian Alps
The country of Austria is a photographer’s dream. From the picturesque city of Vienna to the Austrian Alps, there is so much potential for one to hone their skills in photography. My focus here is on landscape photography of the mountains. And the Austrian Alps offer some of the most stunning photographic opportunities in the world.
Austria is a gorgeous mix of sweeping vistas and landscapes. The country as a whole is a mecca for travel devotees. Landscape photography is the best way to capture the essence of the mountains. The Austrian Alps are well suited for epic scenic shots featuring crystal clear lakes in the foreground and dense alpine forests overhead.
Whether you come to the Alps in the dead of winter or in the summer months, the mountains will welcome you with open arms and offer a plethora of activities and images to capture for all time. Visit one of the sleepy villages at the foot of the Alps, such as Leogang. Ski and snow bunnies come here in droves over the winter months to soak up the fresh powder. During summer, the vast array of hiking trails present themselves after the last of the snowfall has melted into the earth.
A Scenic Potpourri
Capturing the Alps on camera is a journey in its own right. A nice trick is to use the small amount of light pollution for evening shots with the Milky Way twinkling overhead. Take advantage of the special lighting the weather provides in the form of early-morning fog. Moreover, sunlight wafting through trees at mid-day or low-lying clouds around mountaintops provide a perfect scene. Capturing layers of clouds wafting over banks of dense evergreens with the snow-capped mountaintop overhead gives the impression of a mysterious and uninhabited wonderland.
Trunks of trees photographed against the back-lit fog of early morning invites your imagination to run wild. Will the abominable snowman rear his massive head through the fog as he heads towards you? Does such an ominous vision terrify or excite you? These are things to think about as you tailor your landscape photography to your intended audience.
A classic landscape mountain shot is the snow-covered rooftops of tiny cabins in the foreground with the majesty that is the Alps in the background. If you’ve ever heard of “golden hour”, you will know that it is a period shortly after sunrise or just before sunset. Here, the daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky. Likewise, blue hour is the few minutes before sunrise or after sunset when the light is diffused and even. Using both of these special minutes of the day to your advantage makes for some stunning landscape photography.
To sum up, the Austrian Alps offer endless possibilities for incredible landscape compositions. With a little imagination, patience and the right lighting, you will capture unbelievable beauty.