High Contrast Landscape Photography


Longa River| Austria | 2017

Thinking in monochrome is nothing unusual for us street photographers. But when shooting landscapes it is nothing that I normally consciously look for. Today it was different. While the significant other and the big girl took to the slopes today on this marvelous winter day in the Austrian Alps, I grabbed the PEN-F with the 14-150mm travel zoom and my walking poles and hiked up the Weißpriachtal along the Longa River. I had this stunning valley all to myself, during my 3 hour hike I passed only 2 other walkers on this freezing cold winter day.

The sun was shining on 2 feet of freshly fallen snow, and there was a lot of contrast in this high altitude mountain valley. When I passed a small bend of the Longa River that lowed with the reflection of the snowy peak behind, I couldn’t help thinking of Ansel Adams and is beautiful high contrast landscape photographs. And this was enough inspiration to get going myself. I set the PEN-F to its high contrast monochrome program which helped me look for and compose my own high contrast landscapes. I dialed in ISO 200 and an aperture of f/10, which gave me shutter speeds between 1/320 and 1/500 sec.

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Hundstein (2614m)| Austria | 2017

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Rosskogel (2254m) | Lungau | 2017

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Rosskogel (2254m) | Austria | 2017

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Winter Sun | Austria | 2017

Remember how to capture the rays of the sun? You need to shoot with a narrow (small) aperture, like F16 or F22. If you also line up the sun just peaking around the corner of solid object, you are bound to get yourself some nice bursting rays in your image. This one was taken with F/18 and 1/60 sec at ISO 500.

I hope you liked my little excursion into landscape photography. This is what holidays are for, to wander off the beaten paths of what we normally do. What have you shot these past days that are outside your normal realm of photography? Feel free to share your results via the comment section.

All photographs were taken with my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4-5.6 Travel Zoom. RAW conversion and high contrast monochrome treatment in Lightroom Classic CC.

I wish you all a great last weekend of 2017!


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    1. Thank so much, love your comment. As you seem to be knowledgeable about the Cascades, would you mind heading back to my block to my most current post and see if you recognize the mountain I photographed from the plane? Thanks! Marcus


  1. Beautiful photographs! I am a landscape photographer who usually tends toward monochrome. Not so much lately, but it’s always a part of my thinking. I also like desaturated photos that are tinted with a split tone.


    1. Thanks for your kind words, much appreciated! The fun in photography is exploring and experimenting with its possibilities! You’ll get your hands around it, it takes only practice 😉 ! Check out the Learning Center link on my blog’s title page, you find plenty of tips and inspirations that take you out of “auto” 😉 ! Marcus


  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Black and White is a medium that I haven’t explored enough. I love black and white and your page has encouraged me to take that journey, especially with my stormscape, landscape direction.

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  3. Beautiful stuff. I find that because I started out shooting with film and self-developing in a dark room (ages ago now) that my photography mind is mostly in monochrome. Thanks for the inspiration here!

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  4. Nice photographs. Of course to new comers Black and White scenic images are a rarity.
    I earned my stripes in photography when anything but Black and White wasn’t to be considered by serious photographers.
    We sure have come a long way. Your stellar images are an excellent reminder to old photographers like me that B&W still has impact. Well done sir!

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