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Gruyere, Switzerland by Frederic Charriere

I hiked in late afternoon for the opportunity to photograph the sunset. The upwards way from Jaun was quite steep. It was the first time that I was going to the Schafberg, one of the big summits between Fribourg and Bern in Switzerland, where I live. The name of the mountain means “mountain of the sheep”.

The picture was taken with a tripod and a remote to keep the ISO low. I use a M4/3 system: the Olympus OMD E-M1 Mk II with two PRO lenses, a cheap light super-tele lens for wildlife and a tiny macro prime. This crop-sensor system helps me keep the total weight low, the lenses being a lot smaller. If I go away for a few days, I take only the two PRO zooms : the 7-14mm f/2.8 and the 12-100mm f/4. They are not only sharp, I love their color signature.

That day it took me around 4 hours to go back down to Jaun. Sometimes I sleep in my tent but I avoid summits and ridges because of the wind and their lack of sources of water. The only thing that can scare me at night is a too technical and exposed way-down, as I have fear of heights. I am a still trying to accustom myself to it with some results. However, I have never been bothered by wild animals, even if nowadays bears are slowly coming back in this country: I have not met one yet.

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Camera Olympus OMD EM1 Mk II
Lens Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8
Aperture f/11
S/S 1/6sec
ISO 200
Additional Notes Sirui T-024X carbon and third-party wired external remote
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42 years old amateur photographer, mostly autodidact. Loves the mountains and try to share this love with people.

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