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Alpine Reflections

By SimPick
OK. I must start off by saying that if you don't vote for this picture, I will personally hunt you down like a dog. And when I catch you, I will poke you in the eye with a pencil. Why ? Well, it's because to get this image I nearly had a heart attack walking up the steepest footpath I have ever walked up, and it went on forever - only ever up and up. And I also fell on the way back down the mountain, in the pitch black, twisting my ankle. And I am now sat at home off work today because I can't walk properly.
So, please please please vote and tell me it was worth it. Otherwise the next time you see me, I will be standing in front of you with a sharp pencil in my hand !!

Anyway, this image is of the very lovely Appenzell region of Switzerland, up in the mountains at the Saemtisersee. Super location, but hell to get to.

But seriously, all comments are welcome, good or bad. Please view large.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: bobalot, EMJAYCEE, livermilan and 21 more

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bobalot 11 10 England
18 May 2009 11:05AM
well done hopalong, great comp and a wonderful sky.

Rgds Bob

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9 10 10 England
18 May 2009 11:21AM
Voting because it is a beautiful shot!
18 May 2009 11:22AM
nice image
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
18 May 2009 12:34PM
Nice work! Certainly worth the trouble (and pain).

(And I'm not just saying that because you know where I live.... Wink)
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
18 May 2009 12:48PM
So, you went for 50D then.
SimPick 12 545 2 Azerbaijan
18 May 2009 12:54PM
Thanks everyone. Nice to know the hassle was worth it.

Jools. It's worth the pain right here and now, but didn't seem that way at the time.In fact I very nearly didn't get this picture. I was at the top of the hill looking down on the lake, and couldn't be bothered walking down and then back up again, due to the monumental effort it took me to get up there in the first place. One of the two guys I was with called me and told me to get my lazy ass down there ASAP, and I gave in. As it happens, it was the shot of the day for me, that very nearly didn't even happen..

Cole. Yep, decided on the 50D due to price mainly, which helped me get away with it with the wife. She'd have probably cut off my dangly bits if I had bought a 5dMKII. But I have to say that I am very pleased with the 50d now I am used to it, and it's a super step-up from the 350d. It wasn't easy at first, as it is definitely less forgiving than the 350d. I just had to concentrate on getting my technique better than it was. I am only really just starting to put a bit more effort into what I am doing than I used to.
18 May 2009 3:11PM
Very clear shot.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
18 May 2009 3:19PM
Here is my vote, I love the write up and am now toooo scared not to vote..... lol

Hope you get better soon and get up there for some MORE please....

Glad you like the 50d, I am having great fun with mine and so happy with the results, use it on full manual now and getting used to it, still a lot to learn though..... Smile

Linda Wink
SimPick 12 545 2 Azerbaijan
18 May 2009 3:38PM

Quote:Hope you get better soon and get up there for some MORE please....

Sorry Linda. I couldn't face going up there again, unless I was allowed up on a donkey ;o) Lugging half a ton of camera equipment up there made me feel like a bloody Llama !!

Keep it up with the 50d. It is great once you start really getting to know it. I found that it helped me become better at photography because you have to take a little bit more care in what you do compared to a 350d or lower end camera.
dawnUK 9 1 United Kingdom
18 May 2009 4:45PM
I had already voted before i read the decription, now im wishing i hadnt as i wanted to see how good at hunting you was and if you were really good i was going to pass your name onto dog the bounty
But lovely scenic shot.
Sorry about your ankle but not the hike up the path, we all have to pay somehow for the images we go for.
This is a beauty and I'm sorry again that it didn't get the attention it deserves. Had it been in the Lake District I'm sure the response would have been quite different.

All the very best and I'm watching, not for the pencil,


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