Alpine Layers

Dawn light paints the morning sky above the Austrian Alps with the Italian Dolomites on the horizon. (c) 2015 Tom Kelly

There’s good reason to be up pre-dawn to be on a mountain top at sunrise!

On this late October morning, weather was crisp with just a touch of haze. As I made my way to the top of the Rettenbach Glacier high above Soelden, Austria, the sunrise pastels framed the Italian Dolomites nearly a hundred miles away, with each successive mountain range from Austria over to Italy taking on a mystical aura.

I’ve been atop this glacier a dozen times and have never seen such vivid color or distinctness to the jagged peaks in Italy some distance away.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikkor 70-200
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Aperture: f 11.0

 

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