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By Jasper87  
Many thanks for your response to my previous image of Lake Bled in Slovenia. This is Dobratsch, a 7,106ft mountain in Carinthia, Austria, taken just after sunset.

Devout worshipers built the two highest churches in the eastern Alps on the summit of the Dobratsch to commemorate a miracle. According to legend, a shepherd and his flock were caught in a severe thunderstorm in 1482 when the Virgin Mother appeared and saved them from certain death.

Afterwards the summit became a cult site where the (German) miners from Bleiberg built the "German Church" in 1692. The Gail Valley's "Windisch" (Slovenian) population followed suit in 1690 and built the "Slovenian Church" 300 meters to the west to thank the Virgin Mother for healing a deaf and dumb boy. The two mountain churches still attract pilgrims to this day.

Iso 100, f10, 0.8secs, @150mm. Remote release and a tripod with rather lethal 4" spikes on the feet!


Tags: Snow Church Mountain Austria Landscape and travel Carinthia

Voters: CarolG, jdenman, digital_boi and 105 more

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phillG 14 221 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 7:10AM
A stunning scene beautifully captured
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
5 Feb 2015 7:11AM
your fairly blethering along here with the intro Dave its obviously catching TongueWink rugged and beautiful scene here excellent work yer wee mitts must have been a tad cauld up there

What a beautiful lovely snow landscape, and wonderful colours so well captured brilliant SmileSmileSmileSmile
PranavMishra 9 52 18 India
5 Feb 2015 7:20AM
such a beautiful location..
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 7:21AM
Lovely capture of the remote place of worship.
5 Feb 2015 7:28AM
A tripod that wears crampons... that's something different to mount your camera on!

Good photo, nicely composed, but too heavy on the blue for me. Also I think it looks better with a bit of a lift in Levels... that gives a subtle glow to the light on the end of the church.

(So how did you get up there... helicopter?)
5 Feb 2015 7:41AM
A very beautiful image and an interesting narrative , Dave ! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
PaulMillar 9 83 2 Scotland
5 Feb 2015 7:44AM
Wow, what a fantastic capture mate......must have been very cold but super existing at the same time.

Kim Walton 17 145 30 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 7:50AM
Lovely image
andylea2 7 16 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 7:54AM
A top top shot Dave stunning Wink
5 Feb 2015 8:04AM
Beautiful scene Dave, super composition,
Alison_S 15 339 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 8:27AM
Gorgeous image. Beautiful looking little church in such a stunning setting. Fascinating to read the history behind this as well. Smile
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 8:36AM
Wonderful scene, Dave.

12 10 10 England
5 Feb 2015 8:43AM
So beautiful in it's remote and chilly setting.
richmowil Plus
12 447 2 England
5 Feb 2015 9:52AM
Wonderful light on this super composition Dave! Just love the mountain scenery!!
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 167 16 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 10:07AM
A great looking church Dave, a great landscape imageSmile

TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
5 Feb 2015 10:24AM
A super composition and capture, Dave, and this looks super cold! Wink
Trev Smile
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 10:55AM
An interesting narrative supported by an equally interesting and beautiful capture. Great use of available light.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
5 Feb 2015 11:08AM

Quote:Good photo, nicely composed, but too heavy on the blue for me. Also I think it looks better with a bit of a lift in Levels... that gives a subtle glow to the light on the end of the church.

Cheers, Alan, it was a 'blue hour' photo - the sun had set. Version uploaded as suggested but still prefer the blue one as it suggests the time of day better, although ideally there would have been a golden glow from the church window to emphasise the time.

barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 11:12AM
liking both versions equally
5 Feb 2015 11:50AM
Landscape photography is a very subjective genre... that's the fascination and the beauty of it. Those who maintain it should only ever be a strictly accurate record of a scene are missing the point.
Cheers mate.
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 11:52AM
Wonderful stories about the churches.
Stunning image Dave - prefer V2 with more light.
(You were right about my recent image being too blue - reedited and looking better)
The shape of the church AND those of the snow clad mountains is breath taking.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
5 Feb 2015 1:00PM
A fine image with the less blue Dave.
And I have heard of a lap dancer with 4 inch spikes on,
but a tripod is a new one on me !!
ade123 8 285 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 2:13PM
Two outstanding images Dave superb photography and a great narrative.

5 Feb 2015 4:26PM
V2 for me. I love the content and the way the building sits in the snow. Beautiful picture.
5 Feb 2015 5:30PM
Fabulous image and history Dave, with plenty of interest in both.

JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 5:30PM
A really beautiful image and it is certainly V2 for me
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 5:36PM
I prefer the bluer version personally Dave, although it is said that snow should be wouldnt be after sunset.
Now as for me visiting London without telling you..........OooopsBlushBlush
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 5:43PM
Great shot in what was difficult in the snow and cold!
Not forgetting getting there,
I also like the lift of light in V2
Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 5:54PM
What a setting for a church! Grin

IsabelC 7 51 10 Denmark
5 Feb 2015 5:58PM
What an interesting building and history. I understand the reason for both versions but slightly prefer V2 - there is just something about that bit of warmth on the stones...

Isabel Smile
janlea 9 3 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 6:10PM
Beautiful work Dave and what a stunning Winter scene, love both versions SmileSmile
rayme330 9 17 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 6:12PM
Excellent capture Dave, V2 does it for me.

Outstanding image, Dave.
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
5 Feb 2015 7:15PM
A stunning sceneSmile
widtink 9 406 2 Scotland
5 Feb 2015 7:31PM
Cracking scene cold lol

cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 8:33PM
two stunning versions I like them both, excellent clarity
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2015 9:27PM
The lighter version2 works well - a fascinating capture and story SmileSmile
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
5 Feb 2015 10:42PM
Wow! Dramatic and idyllic at the same time and stunningly beautiful. I love V1 a wee bit more, Dave.
Merbert 11 5 1 Australia
5 Feb 2015 10:55PM
I like v2 better.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
6 Feb 2015 5:26AM
A great place for a churc, I like v2 the most

ColleenA Plus
9 489 7 Australia
6 Feb 2015 9:17AM
Wow......excellent photography as usual
UrbaneMagick 9 172 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2015 12:28PM
Beauty Dave!!

capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2015 12:41PM
Gorgeous, an achievement just to be there.Smile

6 Feb 2015 6:34PM
A stunning scene Dave..Lin
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2015 7:34PM
This looks like the place where dreams are made !
You have captured so many beautiful details, the contrast of the house with the blue mountains is just fantastic... Outstanding image...
johnke Plus
8 230 17 England
6 Feb 2015 8:56PM
Super composition and detail, I think the Magenta/blue cast adds to the mood...John
stevenb Plus
18 281 7 England
6 Feb 2015 10:11PM
Spot on

A Booth 19 11 4 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2015 11:24AM
superbly composed and presented image.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
8 Feb 2015 1:57PM
Gorgeous shot Dave; love the old stone tones and textures against that pristine backdrop.
I prefer V2.
9 3 8 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2015 6:19PM
I prefer V1 as it is a more natural colour to that time of dayWink
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2015 5:45PM
Wonderful light.
13 Feb 2015 8:23PM
Fabulous composition

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