Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau

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    View onto Eiger, Mönch and Jungrau, the most famous mountains in the Bernese Oberland.

    Taken from Beatenberg on the occasion of a photography course (how to use GND filters in landscape photography).

    The Jungfrau (German: "maiden/virgin") is one of the main summits in the Bernese Alps, situated between the cantons of Valais and Bern in Switzerland. Together with the Eiger and Mönch, the Jungfrau forms a massive wall overlooking the Bernese Oberland and is considered one of the most emblematic sights of the Swiss Alps.

    The summit was first reached on August 3, 1811 by the Meyer brothers of Aarau and two chamois hunters from Valais. The ascent followed a long expedition over the glaciers and high passes of the Bernese Alps. It was not until 1865 that a more direct route on the northern side was opened.

    The construction of the Jungfraujoch railway east to the summit in the early 20th century made the area one of the most-visited places in the Alps. Along with the Aletsch Glacier to the south, the Jungfrau is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001.

    The Jungfrau is the third highest mountain of the Bernese Alps after the nearby Finsteraarhorn and Aletschhorn, respectively 12 and 8 km away. But from Lake Thun, and the greater part of the canton of Bern, it is the most conspicuous and the nearest of the Oberland peaks, and the extreme steepness of the north face, secured for it an early reputation for inaccessibility.

    The Jungfrau is the westernmost and highest point of a gigantic 10 km wall dominating the valleys of Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. The wall is formed by the alignment of some of the most distinctive north faces in the Alps, with the Mönch (4,107 m) and Eiger (3,970 m) to the east of the Jungfrau, and overlooks the valleys to its north by a height of up to 3 km. The Jungfrau is approximately 6 km from the Eiger; with the summit of the Mönch between the two mountains, 3.5 km from the Jungfrau. The wall is extended to the east by the Fiescherwand and to the west by the Lauterbrunnen Wall.

    The difference of altitude between the deep valley of Lauterbrunnen (800 m) and the summit is particularly visible from the area of Mürren. From the valley floor, west of the massif, the altitude gain is more than 3 km for a horizontal distance of 4 km.

    The landscapes around the Jungfrau are extremely contrasted. Instead of the vertiginous precipices of the north-west, the south-east side emerges from the upper snows of the Aletsch Glacier at around 3,500 metres. The 20 km long valley of Aletsch on the south-east is completely uninhabited and also surrounded by other similar glacier valleys. The whole area constitutes the largest glaciated area in the Alps as well as in Europe.
    [Source: Wikipedia]

    Canon EOS 60D
    Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
    Aperture: f/8
    Exposure time: 1/10 second
    Focal length: 47 mm
    ISO Speed 100
    Processed with PS CS5

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    1. jyryk58 43 months ago | reply

      Marvellous... :-)

    2. sergiopigo 43 months ago | reply

      Seen @ Update Collection [https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3644/buddyicons/1014777@N25.jpg]
      Thank you for sharing your High Quality Image.

    3. 6line8 43 months ago | reply

      Wunderschönes Bild! Die Farben sind Klasse!

    4. ruschi_e 43 months ago | reply

      Die Momänt, wenn d'Bärge vo de Sonne so glüje, send es einmaligs Erläbnis!
      Liebi Grüess us em Nederamt!

    5. Unlimit℮d 43 months ago | reply

      Incredible shot. Love the atmosphere and golden light here.

      Seen on the canon eos 60d camera finder. (?)

    6. Luca Montanari Photos 43 months ago | reply

      what a gorgeous photograph

    7. serezade1 43 months ago | reply

      Fantástica !!! genial composición !!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    8. Ranga 1 43 months ago | reply

      May I draw your attention to this outstanding picture?

      My absolute favorite pictures
      Thank you for posting your wonderful picture in our group!

    9. MDH Images. 43 months ago | reply

      Spectacular shot Daniel. Beautiful lighting and composition. Great work.

    10. afwrite 43 months ago | reply

      Yes Yes Yes. Majestic, Daniel. I was lucky enough to be skiing here in March of this year and there is no doubt how stately these mountains are, and how remarkable the swiss landscape is. Thanks for your comments!

    11. m.a.d.78 43 months ago | reply

      stunning shot!

    12. Gerd Trynka 42 months ago | reply

      Viva Helvetia!

    13. Robin Halioua 41 months ago | reply

      Jep, das Bild rockt gwaltig!

    14. JIMI_lin 34 months ago | reply

      Superb Photo. The framing, composition and light.. really excellents..Great Work..!!!!!

    15. samuele 1961 2 months ago | reply

      Woooow...what a light !

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