Searching For Details In The Mont Blanc Massif

Reach For The Skies

I’d been shooting with a wide angle lens all morning, but decided it was time to focus on the detail of the majestic mountains I could see in the distance. I sat down, switched to a long zoom lens and scanned the surrounding landscape for interesting features.

Something about this peak in the Mont Blanc massif caught my eye. I loved the leading line created by the mountain’s ridge. Following it from bottom to top I felt like I could imagine it climbing higher and higher as it was created, forged from the earth.

Mountains at high altitude often make great subjects for black and white photography. There’s so much contrast to play with between the snow-capped peaks, perfect blue sky and dark rock formations. I had great fun experimenting in Lightroom!


14 thoughts on “Searching For Details In The Mont Blanc Massif

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Helen, it was certainly breathtaking in person as well! Good job I was sitting down when I took this shot 😉

  1. Stacy P. Fischer

    That must have been one heckuva zoom lens, Ben! And I may never look at a mountain the same way again – I truly never thought about leading lines to a summit, but how right you are, so thanks for opening my eyes to that! Such a majestic looking photo, and with all the tones and contrasts, absolutely perfect for black and white. 🙂

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Stacy! According to the EXIF data I was at 141mm for this shot. I had to be sure that my shutter speed was high enough to compensate for the shake! Glad I could offer a different perspective on mountain scenery 🙂 I guess you really need to be at the right angle to see the lines, and often they are not obvious at all. This one really jumped out at me though!

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Robyn. I’m glad you noticed the textures, the BW treatment really highlighted them so much more than the colour image.

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Dalo! I absolutely agree. Once you start using a super wide angle lens it’s so easy to forget there is sometimes a better option!


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