Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France by Razvan Iliescu

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The Mont Blanc massif is a mountain range in the Alps, located mostly in France and Italy. It is popular for outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, trail running and winter sports like skiing, and snowboarding. I spent ten days in this area with a few fellow photographers. We spent the first day hiking the Aiguilles Rouges, opposite Mont Blanc, and trying to find a good place for some sunset shots. We we’re in luck and managed to take some great shots of the Mont Blanc and it’s reflection in some lakes. But I wanted more. I wanted a shot of the Mont Blanc in the blue hour. It was getting dark and we decided to head back to the hut where we were staying. Arriving at the hut, I noticed the beautiful view of the Mont Blanc.

The Chamonix Valley bellow was covered with clouds< that were lit by the city, and I decided to take some shots. I wasn’t happy with the first couple of shots taken. The Mont Blanc is very large and so, I tried some panoramic photos. The blue hour was about to transform to full-blown darkness so I had to hurry. Unfortunately, I had to wait until I got home, to stitch the photos in the panorama. The attached photo is the result I got. I used a Nikon camera, with a Nikon 16-35 lens and a Manfrotto tripod. I had the following settings: 16mm, f/14, 30 sec exposure time and an ISO of 160.

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