Snowshoeing in Austria is a Photographer’s Dream

Last week, I didn’t post anything to the blog. That’s because I was out of the country, snowshoeing in the mountains of Austria. I can still feel the stress of climbing steep slopes in my knees, but the views were worth it.

Unfortunately, as you can see from this shot, there wasn’t much in the way of snow, especially in the forest.

I captured this on the second day of the trip whilst descending from a mountain hut. It’s taken handheld using a Panasonic G9 with Leica 12-60 lens at 14mm. It’s a 1/15 second exposure at ISO200 using f/8.0. I’ve found the G9 coupled with the Leica 12-60 to be an excellent combination for photography when trekking. Not only is it quite small and light, but the image stabilisation is extremely effective.

Then as the week progressed the weather deteriorated and dumped a lot of snow. Perfect conditions for snowshoeing in the mountains.

This is another shot taken with the G9 and Leica 12-60 lens at 22mm. It’s a handheld exposure of 1/100” at f/7.1 and ISO200. This was a steep ascent up through a forest at around 1800m.

If you like walking and don’t mind cold conditions, snowshoeing is excellent. The shoes provide relatively easy access up steep slopes that would be almost impossible on foot. They allowed me to experience the amazing scenery of Austria, and whilst this wasn’t a photography holiday, I managed to shoot quite frequently with the Panasonic G9.

I hope you like the photos and have a great weekend.

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