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Back to the german alps again. Some weeks ago I visited Berchtesgaden. I also shot the Gollinger cascade on this occasion of which I posted a photo some time ago.

Here I show you a morning view of the Hintersee with the Watzman in the background. I got up very early for this shot. Not because the sunrise was that early, but because I mixed up civil twilight with sunrise when I looked up the times and planned the shoot. So I was there at half past 4 and wondered why it still was so dark... usually I try to get on location with civil twilight just starting but now I was there 50 minutes to early. So I sat there and waited in the pre-dawn darkness.

It was 6am when I finally took this photo. I was already wading around in the freezing water for nearly half an hour then and searching for compositions, hardly feeling my legs ;-) but I didn't want the typical shot which everybody does of this scene so I had to endure quite a bit of the cold water to get close to those tree trunks submerged under the surface. It was very awkward getting this photo. The water was way over my knees, my shorts already getting wet, the ground was slippery and uneven and I fumbled around to get the tripod level with the camera hovering just 10 inch above the water. I constantly checked the screws of my 5-way-head.

In the end I'm glad to get down there, the water was crystal clear and not a ripple on the surface and the tree trunks create a nice lead into the frame. I used a lee 0.6 soft Gnd to balance the sky.


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