I also travel with my friends from the Polish Tatra Society to more distant mountains, like the Polish and Slovakian Tatras, Bieszczady, the Greater and Lesser Fatra and Slovensky Raj (Slovak Paradise). I have been on a few trips in the Romanian mountains lasting for several days. However, experience has taught me that you don’t necessarily have to travel very far to take an interesting photo. When living in such a charming land, beautiful shots are at your fingertips and all you have to do is go out and photograph them.
"Because I didn't expect such great conditions to shoot, I left my backpack full of equipment, my tripod and telephoto lens about 650 feet away (200 meters) from the spot the photo was taken."
The Gorce mountains I'm describing here are very atmospheric at any time of the year, but it's best to shoot there in the fall. For this photo, I decided to go there once again to admire the beauty of the landscape and to enjoy nature. I parked my car near a farm, threw a backpack over my shoulders, held my tripod in my hand and started the hike. At one point the trail turned to the right, but I headed toward the glade located on the left side. Because I didn't expect such great conditions to shoot, I left my backpack full of equipment, my tripod and telephoto lens about 650 feet away (200 meters) from the spot the photo was taken. I can't say that this photo was planned, as it was supposed to be an ordinary tourist outing.I got the idea for this shot when I saw how the light after sunrise lit up the valley in the morning mist. Low, intensive light came from the right side and gently illuminated the mist, refracting on the treetops — a true light show. I ran back to retrieve my telephoto lens, grabbed the tripod and then returned to the glade as quickly as possible. I was absolutely charmed by the scene, but also aware that such a moment will probably never happen again in my life. I knew it was a fleeting moment, and I tried to capture it as best I could.
"In order to isolate this specific section of the landscape from its surroundings, I used a telephoto lens with a polarizing filter."
In order to isolate this specific section of the landscape from its surroundings, I used a telephoto lens a with polarizing filter. In doing so, it was imperative that the camera be attached to the tripod to take sharp pictures. I set the camera to Aperture Priority mode and selected an aperture of f/8 to get optimal results from the camera and lens, and to ensure I had a good depth of the field. I made over a dozen exposures there, and this photo turned out to be the best.When I started out on this trip, I did not expect to run across such wonderful shooting conditions. Fortunately, I was able to record the unusual scenery that nature had created. As I continued the hike, I realized what valuable material I had captured in my camera. I was quite impatient and wanted to see the results on my computer screen as soon as possible. The shot was very appealing to a lot of people, and it is my top-rated photo on 1x!
I live in Nowy Sącz in Poland. I'm an electrical engineer and I work as a teacher of electrical and automotive vocational students in ZSZ Grybow. I am very lucky to live in a region called Sadecczyzna. It is my small homeland, surrounded by hills and green valleys. I'm passionate about mountain landscapes, the misty morning atmosphere and unusual natural phenomena. Morning hikes shows me the world in an unrealistically beautiful, magical light. I want to share these fleeting moments with everyone. I have been shooting since childhood, and started presenting my work after winning the photo contest Polish Tourist Country-Lovers in 2003. Currently, I use two DSLRs — a Pentax K20D and a Nikon D5100.