Sunset from the 2683m summit of the Faulhorn.
The oldest and highest mountain hotel in the Alps, opened in 1832, has reached a crossroads in its history. On the one hand, many years without meaningful investment have seen comfort take a back seat. On the other, exactly that is the reason why a large and assorted "fan club" of hikers regularly make the hotel the focus of their trips. Wood smoke in the kitchen, solar energy that often doesn't last through the evening, freezing cold water from snow melt, that runs out by morning: exactly these luxuries are what for many people make a stay on the Faulhorn more like a bush experience than a hotel break.
It can only be hoped that the guesthouse on the Faulhorn manages to find a sensible path between conservation and restoration, so that future generations can continue to enjoy this unique place in the Alps.
Fantastic report on the hotel here! . Even if you can't read German, check out the illustrations and whet your appetite for a stay on the Faulhorn.
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ben4321 (9875) 2006-08-01 12:26
This is a great shot Phil, and considering you had the sun in the frame you've controlled the light very well; there's good detail in the foreground and the sky is not too over-exposed.
The inclusion of the girl enjoying the sunset was a good move.
cessy (13647) 2006-08-01 12:47
very nice capture of the moment
the girl, the stones, the sun
and wonderful golden color
crhieatt (5347) 2006-08-01 13:06
Super lighting in your photo, and really well controlled too. Interestingly composed, effective and eye-catching.
anesugur (18789) 2006-08-01 16:49
Very good composition.
Beautiful colors, nice capture.
Very good work. Uğur
IgorDeleze (585) 2006-08-01 17:54
Beautiful shot of this nice cairn. I like the framing. Great colors.
hamster (104) 2006-08-03 20:37
Interesting and creative, quite unique composition.
jverkamman (2291) 2006-08-06 16:34
Hi Phillip, what a great photo. I like this composition, light and colors.
This photo is very mystic with the sun shining thru the clouds.
hay_kes (30436) 2006-08-06 17:41
Great composition and Sunset. Good colours, light and POV.
Very vell done
dsidwell (9771) 2006-08-06 23:01
Hello Phillip! Another one of your atmospheric, lovely photos. The light here is magical, and I enjoy the composition with the cairn just off center. Nice work!
ktanska (24144) 2006-08-07 6:44
Fantastic orange sunset showing rays pushing through the cloud on viewers level. Also the foreground is well planned with the funny stone tower and woman watching sunset. Moment makes it worth staying up there.
Burberry1 (6041) 2006-08-13 5:03
This is really beautiful photo,
with some special mood,
great pastel colors
and well taken.
Maybe I would try to "move" the stones a little bit left but I'm still not sure...I must think.
Greetings from Poland, AgnieszkA
lucski (3691) 2006-08-16 18:29
realy zmazing climat...
and she's looks like my girldfriend
AB- (41) 2006-08-17 17:26
Beautiful sunset, very interesting rock(stone) formation. I like this soft orange composition. Very nicely done!
rahul__rahul__ (2250) 2006-08-18 16:05
nice picture, the cloudy atmosphere is very nice and I like the silhouette and sun. great colors aswell
francbois (480) 2006-08-18 23:13
It's an unusual mountain sight to me, because one would expect you'd be fuming about the bleak weather in the said hotel (thanks for the note :)
It was really worthy. The cairn is also a hallmark of the attention the hikers bring with their own stone; it's so fragile, just like an isolated spot like that shelter.
Great smooth waning light, and you took the subtlest of it for exposure of the foreground. Thanks for the forethought, so...
roamermark (1590) 2006-08-19 4:46
I haven't been around here in a while. This is great. Somehow it feels more Asian the European to me (for no logical reason). It is a shot I think that appeals to sense of nostalgia of anyone that has done any trekking, or climbingm or hillwalking. It answers that question of why people engage in those activities...it is to get to spots like this.
Nicely done technically but the emotional ring of it is what i really like.
rossofuoco (7381) 2006-08-20 13:04
Foto eccezzionale, colori incredibili,stupenda la ragazza di schiena.
Click3 (1886) 2006-08-20 14:04
Hi Philip...fantastic mood you have captured here. Love the lighting...unique !
well done. Regards, Robert
klennon79 (0) 2006-08-26 20:14
It looks like a dream. I like the contrast in colors of the pile of stone against the beautiful sunset. It is a very nice composition.
erdna (5711) 2006-08-27 12:23
Amazingly beautiful shot and proper composition! i was so much concentrated on the stones balncing at the top. I must have spent minutes looking at it! Must be glued in as the wind will topple it over easily.
moxon (78) 2006-08-31 7:38
Hi Philip, I like the idea of this photo but it doesn't entirely work for me. I wish the girl was a lot more prominent in the picture and not overlapped with the mountains in the back. Maybe a bit less sky and the rocks being less centered would help too. But I do like the warm sunset colours you've captured and the mood you're trying to convey here.
efigesta (12188) 2006-08-31 15:21
i like so much the colors in your shot, with a great light and nice pov
vincz (19099) 2006-09-03 7:42
Wow, that's a very beautiful sunset. What a nice composition, so soft. Wish I was there. Congratulations on an excellent picutre.
Lynette (1615) 2006-09-03 9:39
Hi Phil, wonderfull perspective. i like how you have managed to offcentre the pile of rocks to the right within short distance from the woman. Good depth of colour which allows for a wonderfull warm sunset. Well done.
sufi (9588) 2006-09-04 19:21
It's a wonderful point of view and very dramatic composition... The colors, the light and the details are perfect... It's a very mystical ambience too... I like it so much...
Stepan (27210) 2006-11-25 4:52
Great and strong mood here. The scale is a little disturbing and before seeing the woman, I thought the rocks were big. That's well composed and cropped. Good light management too.
bracasha75 (24517) 2007-06-28 3:19
Beautifull sunset and exellent choised place for making this extra shot
dkeus31 (27735) 2007-07-04 2:52
A nice moody picture of the sunset (I may see an artefact at about 8 o'clock of is it PP?).
just for info, the Faulhorn hotel is not the highest in the Alps, the Gornergrat Kulm above Zermatt is located at 3100 meters with also a fine view :o)
lasscor (7640) 2007-07-04 12:44
Lovely peaceful and colorful sunset composition.
The girl adds a plus to your composition.
kiks (11749) 2007-07-09 8:52
This is a beautifull photo. Amazing colors and a good compo: the clouds down bellow; the lady admiring the vieuw and the little stone tower at the foreground. All interesting.
- Copyright: Phillip Homer (fijiphil) (1355)
- Genre: Lieux
- Medium: Couleur
- Date Taken: 2006-07-15
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 17-70mm, 2.8-4.5 DC Macro, Skylight filter
- Exposition: f/8, 1/125 secondes
- Versions: version originale
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-01 12:13