Männlichen

Männlichen is a 2,343 metre-high mountain in the Bernese Alps, which can be reached from the west via Lauterbrunnen and from the east via Grindelwald. The mountain restaurant and hotel is located on a relatively flat ridge, alongside which are the starting points for several hiking paths in the summer and many ski runs in winter. The ridge and peak are wonderful viewing points for the spectacular surrouding scenery, including the Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen valleys, and the famous three peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

The cablecar from Grindelwald – which takes around 30 minutes to reach the mountain-top from the valley floor – is the longest in the world. The same distance can be covered in around four hours on foot (ascent) or much more quickly on skis or by sledge (descent).

Männlichen, Switzerland

The mountain slopes near the world-famous Eiger are a destination for thousands of skiers and snowboarders in winter. On the Männlichen plateau, above Grindelwald and Wengen, the best time of day for photography is shortly before sunset, when the sports people have left for the day and only cable-car staff and a few sunset-hunting visitors are still on the mountain.

Männlichen, Switzerland

Driving off-piste

Jo and I took a drive up to Grindelwald last night to take some moonlit landscape photos. After an abortive attempt to head up to Bussalp–which saw us having to reverse back down a single track lane which got too narrow and way too steep to pass, after following the misguidance of Google Maps on my iPhone–I decided to take…

Driving off-piste

Experiments in HDR

I've been meaning to spend a little time to sit down and really get to grips with the High Dynamic Range editing process. For the unititiated, the HDR is a photo which contains detail within a much wider range of tones than is possible through an individual shot, from deep shadows to bright highlights.

Experiments in HDR

Proper Sledging

Jo and I go sledging in subzero temperatures from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald, along a hairpin 7.5 km route through the forests beneath the north wall of the Eiger.

Proper Sledging

Free photographic desktop wallpaper

I’m feeling generous: there are now large images online which my Flickr contacts can download at full 1920 x 1200 resolution, for use as a computer desktop wallpaper. For those lucky enough to have two screens, the images will match up to provide a panoramic image across both screens. Let me know if you’ve used this and how…

Free photographic desktop wallpaper

Fiancées

Photo by Jo’s dad Roy in September, when we visited Männlichen for the day with him and Jo’s mum Pat.

Fiancées