This summer I visited the Stubai Valley three times. It’s such a beautiful and photogenic area in the Austrian Alps that I just had to come back again and again. And I will certainly do so next year.

On my recent trip into the Alps I went to photograph a very special view. The week before I had already been hiking and scouting the area near Falbeson, but the weather wasn’t right to take the photos I instantly had in mind as I stood up in the alpine valley.

So I came back and despite having a light cold, a long drive ahead of me and a less than ideal weather forecast it was the right thing to do.

Moody Mountain atmosphere in the Stubai Valley

Mountain Gloom
Equipment: Canon EOS 5DSR | Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS | Kase K8 Kit + Polarizer + Kase 0.6 Hard + Kase 0.6 Soft GND
Exif: f/9,5 | 19mm | ISO 100 | 0,3s multiple exposures for focus stacking

The first day it was still quite cloudy and in the evening those clouds descended and unfortunately I couldn’t get a photo of the peaks. But the lush green valley still made for a great subject once I had found the right composition.

The important thing was finding a suitable foreground and some leading lines. If you look closely at the photo above you’ll see a lot of repetition of diagonals and shapes. This helped me to create a harmonic photo.

The Neue Regensburger Hütte during dawn

Alpine Blues : Prints Available
Equipment: Canon EOS 5DSR | Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS | Kase K8 Kit + 0.6 Hard GND
Exif: f/9,5 | 85mm | ISO 100 – ISO 400 | 8s – 180s multiple exposures for time blending

The night I spent in my sleeping bag in front of the hut, which you see in the photo above. The hut was booked, which is quite normal for a weekend. But sleeping on a bench beneath the porch was quite comfortable.

I still woke up a few times throughout the night and everytime I did I checked the sky. And it didn’t look good. The clouds had descended even further and I was basically sleeping in the clouds. I didn’t expect to get the photo I was after in the morning.

But as you can see, in the end it worked out. And I documented the whole experience in this little vlog.

I hope you enjoyed this little hike in the mountains as much as I did. Sure enough it wasn’t helping my cold and I needed a few days to recover afterwards. But was it worth it? Totally.

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