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Mont Cervin 4478m

Mont Cervin 4478m
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-10
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, 28-300mm f2.8-4.9 built-in
Exposure: 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alpine landscapes (Switzerland) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-19 11:59
Viewed: 5516
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Mont Cervin is a famous mountain in the European Alps. On the border between Switzerland and Italy, it towers over the Swiss village of Zermatt and the Italian village Breuil-Cervinia in the Val Tournanche.

The Mont Cervin has four faces, facing the four compass points, with the north and south faces meeting to form a short east-west summit ridge. The faces are steep, and only small patches of snow and ice cling to them; regular avalanches send the snow down to accumulate on the glaciers at the base of each face.

The Mont Cervin was climbed later than most of the main mountains of the Alps, not because of its technical difficulty, but because of the fear it inspired in early mountaineers.

The usual pattern is to take the Schwarzsee cable car up from Zermatt, hike up to the Hörnli-hütte (elev. 3,260 m/10,695 ft), a large stone building at the base of the main ridge, and spend the night. The next day the climber rises at 4:00 am, so as to reach the summit and descend before the regular afternoon clouds and storms come in...

Note : I never went at the top of this peak, I am a walker, not a strong climber ;-)

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-19 12:05]

Hello Christian,
A most impressive peak. I like the tight composition here with just the right amount of sky. Exposure is also good, esp. shadow detail. Regards,

Hi Christian,
Very good compo and colours.
With sunlight on the snow, difficult not to go specular.

Hi Christian!
I like very much this type of photographs (becouse I'm climber & hiking guide).
Great composition and colors.
Exposure is good, but if you can fix middle white area (snow) to achive more details (less highlights) it will be WOW.
That is only my opinion.

Best regards,

Bonjour Christian,
The piramid shape of this high mountian looks really powerful and impressive. You also captured it with great details and wonderful lighting. The perfect conditioned snow contrasts perfectly with the soft blue sky.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-19 14:05]

Hi Christian.
I like your amazing mountain picture so much. Especially I like your excellent exposure and reproduction of shadowed and lightened parts of the image. Subject for shooting is wonderful as well as the impressive POV, cropping and composition of the shot. Sharpness, details and colours of the picture are perfect too. Note is also written very well. Superb job. My best wishes and TFS.

Hello Christian,
couleurs, netteté et symétrie sont parfaites. Et la silhouette ainsi reconnaissable! Dans le dix-neuviéme siècle on l'appelait "la montagne de roche pourri", mais quelle beauté!

Bonjour Christian,
Excellent landscape here!
I like very much the POV and the composition made with the silhouette of this mountain.
Very good the light/shadows effect.
Felicitacions et merci du partage.
Mes amities,

Hello Christian,
Beautiful POV and composition. Well handle of light under bright sun and white snow. Great natural colors. Thanks for sharing this 4475 meters from sea level.

Hello Christian!
Very nice winter mountain landscape! Beauty, cold colours, good DOF and interesting POV together with informative note make here a very nice presentation.
I like also a black frame, which placed both above and below picture makes photo more "panoramic" :)
Best greetings and TFS,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-20 5:10]

Hi Christian

Another wonderful landscape from you, my friend!
This is really a steap peak and i can easily see why it was so feared by the early mountaineers.
The exposure here is very well managed and the details are great - showing all the textures superbly!
All-in-all: a very beautiful composition and presentation!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Christian,
the magnificent "Matterhorn" taken from a slightly different point of view that most of us know it, and it looks most impressive with those thick layers of snow.
Perfect details in all parts. Noble matter of fact presentation. Very elegant composition.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-20 7:29]

Hello Christian
Impressive Mount Le Cervin!! What a beautiful image with those rocky sides painted in white with snow. The alpinistes must be really brave and bold to try and climb it, of course.
Great job!
My compliments and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-20 8:16]

Bonjour Christian,
De retour du Valais je découvre cette belle photo du Cervin,assez inhabituelle aussi. Belle lumière sur ce fameux sommet.( Mon père a publié un livre sur les gravures représentant le Cervin).
Merci pour cette approche originale

The perspective to capture this impressive view is excellent.
Best wishes,

bonjour christian
ben oui mais qu'elle idée de voiloir grimper la haut!!!!!!!!!!!
enfin une jolie vue et bien exposée,je trouve juste que le ciel aurait meriter d'etre un poil retouché.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-04-20 14:18]

Bonjour Christian,

Beautiful view, excellent shot and well done on the composition.
Polirizer would enhance this scene. ;)


salut christian
bravo pour ce beau paysage
tu sais ou me mene mon imagination, je vois un tres grand fauteuil avecx de grand accoudoirs!!! quelle idée!!!
belle présention

Hello my friend Taz. what a trip it must be for you. And what a view. Amazing colours and sharpness. It's a super composition, well done

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-22 15:35]

Hello Christian,
Perfect shot of this unfriendly, harsh yet beautiful landscape. This peaks seems to be sharp as a razor blade. Nice combination of white/blue shades.
Best greetings and TFS!

Cristian, you are the man of the high mountains and every time I see these Alps I think of you. Your composition is strong and the exposure beautifully handled. Makes for a excellent post and shows as the majesty of this mountain. Very fine work..

Great picture of Cervin. Thanks!

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