Swiss Alps behind Schwarzwald - Fujifilm X-T4, Fujinon XF 50-140 mm, ISO 320, f/8, 1/200s
It's been almost 9 months since I've last seen the Alps from close - thank you pandemic, I'm very grateful for that! Nevertheless it could be still much worse: I still live in the hills of Schwarzwald, I have great lights, various weather conditions, and a lot of nature. Despite being lucky to live here, I still take very precious the moments when the air is clear enough to see the Swiss Alps with all their robustness in a majestic way.
Yesterday we were hiking on and around the mountain called Belchen (1414m), and during the whole trail we were able to see the Alps so close, I felt we could touch them. Of course it was because of the morning rain scattered away to a windy and sunny day - as soon as the wind stopped, the humidity in air became dense and by the evening the beautiful sight has just disappeared.
Anyway, the hike was very nice, pleasant, gave a refilling to the upcoming days. Let's hope soon we'll be all able to visit the Alps from up close, or even climb the old peaks. Until then, here's some of my favorite shots from yesterday:
A view in the valley of Hochschwarzwald -
Fujifilm X-T4, Fujinon XF 50-140mm, ISO 320, f/8 and ISO 160, f/11
The stone spiral on the top of Belchen - Fujifilm X-T4, Fujinon XF 16-55mm, ISO 320, f/11, 1/220 s
Cable cars of Belchen in work - Fujifilm X-T4, Fujinon XF 50-140mm, ISO 640, f/11, 1/240s
Todtnauer waterfall: Fujifilm X-T4, Fujinon XF 16-55 mm, f/11, ISO 80, 1/6 s
Since we still has a lockdown situation in Germany, we spent our latest weekends in the Black Forest, hiking below snow level and visiting some old and new waterfalls.
The first destination was the well-known Todtnauer waterfall, which is the highest waterfall in the whole Black Forest region. You may hear the same for the Triberger waterfall, which may be true in terms of length, but believe me, this one in Todtnau is much more robust with it's tremendous wall and thick water stream on one huge cliff falling down. The location is easy to approach, there are plenty of parking spaces, and ticket is seasonal - and cheap (hopefully they only collect it to finance picking up the trash).
From photography perspective I was lazy at some points, tried to push my camera IBIS to its limits and take long exposure shots without a tripod using my XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. Here's an example from our visit:
Fujifilm X-T4, Fujinon XF 16-55 mm, f/8, ISO 160, first 1/12 s second 1/5 s
In the end, I wanted some more mystical feeling on the top waterfall, which also couldn't fit in my focal length... In the next shot you can see a wider angle using tripod and an ND1000 filter to darken enough:
Fujifilm X-T4, Samyang 12 mm, f/8, ISO 160, 50 s
The next destination was straight to the Burgbach waterfall in the mid-eastern part of the Black Forest region. This one needed a bit more walk and was well hidden in the deep of the forest. First we planned a 12 km hiking around this monumental sightseeing, but the weather started to go worse and I left my rain jacket at home.
Nevertheless we took a shorter trail up to the heart of the woods wearing my softshell jacket and hoping for a stable weather - which was already a bit rainy.
Here I only used my 16-55 mm lenses with a gradient filter and of course using a tripod, tried to find an appealing composition. First I have tried with the wooden stair steps to make a composition leading the eye up to the cliff, however the waterfall seemed too small on it. Finally some interesting roots gave me an idea for a vertical photo:
Fujifilm X-T4, Fujinon XF 16-55 mm, f/16, ISO 80, 4 s
The third and final trip lead us to Wutachschlucht, the valley of the river Wutach, a beautiful small canyon in the forest with nice cliffs, peaceful streams and a lot of flowers. At the beginning of this valley there's a steeper and wilder gorge which is called Lotenbachklamm. Here the smaller stream Lotenbach is trying to get it's way down to the valley and join into the river Wutach.
Here again I was the lazy guy trying to make the best without a tripod. We enjoyed the walk and the sight of demolition of trees (due to storm and not by people), I wasn't thinking too much about taking breathtaking photos, and sometimes - believe me - it's for the best.
In the end I was able to capture some decent photos, here's one of my work captured handheld with my 16-55 mm lens again taking advantage of the IBIS in the X-T4:
Fujifilm X-T4, Fujinon XF 16-55 mm, f/5.6, ISO 160, 1/8 s