Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Pic(k) of the week 7: The Blue hour in the Austrian Alps

Over the years, a weekly ski-trip to Europe in February has become a must. This year, I spend 7 days in the Skicircus Saalbach, a resort consisting of four villages in Austria Tirol (Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn), with a combined 270km of ski-slopes; the largest resort in Austria.

It was the third time, we stayed in Forsthofalm; an amazing welness hotel right on the slopes (not in the valley), that over the years has seen a lot of expansion. The hotel is built entirely out of wood around a small chalet (visible in the middle) dating back to the 19th century.

Just like every ski-holiday, I have to take at least one camera with me; this time it turned out to be the Fujifilm X-T10 with the 27mm pancake, 35mm f2, and 18-55mm.

While skiing, I carry the X-T10 with the 27mm, which turns out about the same size as a X-100S or T; perfect to capture those great moments while on the snow. The duo fits quite nicely into my Peak Design Field Pouch, which I strap to be my belt.  

The image below was shot during the blue hour, on the ski-slope directly in front of the hotel, using a Gorilla-pod mini-tripod. While blue hour is typically about 20-40 min past sunset, in the mountains it is often much closer to sunset, as the sun disappears much earlier behind one of the mountains peaks. The mountain range in the background is the "Leoganger Steinberge". 

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T10 with XF18-55 Fujinon lens
ISO 200, f8, 8.5sec, 27mm 
RAW file development in Lightroom CC
Nik ColorEfex Pro 4 for optimal detail and contrast

Remember, "Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was" - David Hammarskjold



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