Spring rays over Schneebergland

First rays of spring over the Schneebergland with the sun star

On the rocky cliffs of the Hohe Wand there is a panoramic view from the Hungarian lowlands to the striking Schneeberg, the highest mountain in Lower Austria. This is located west of it and is therefore ideally suited for a landscape photo with a sun star. Follow me here and find out how I can control the high contrast range in the photo and what can be seen on it.

AR:Photo of the first rays of spring over the Schneebergland with sun star


The Schneeberg belongs to the Rax-Schneeberg Group in Lower Austria and, with the 2076 m high Klosterwappen, is the highest mountain in Lower Austria, as well as the easternmost and northernmost two-thousanders in the Alps. The Schneeberg high plateau has been accessible by the Schneeberg rack railway since 1897.

Ascent to the Wilhelm-Eichert-Hütte

First you drive to the Pension Seiser Toni. From there the Grafenbergweg leads up to the Wilhelm-Eichert-Hütte on the Große Kanzel. At 1052 m, it is the highest Hohe Wand hut and also one of the oldest mountain huts. With a bit of luck you will also see ibex there.

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The photo spot is at the cross of the Großen Kanzel, right next to the Wilhelm-Eichert-Hütte. You can see the striking Schneeberg, far below the village of Grünbach and many upstream hills up to the market town of Puchberg. On the AR:Photo, the Breite Ries stands out. On the eastern edge of the Alps, it is the steep descent highlight for ski tourers with a famous driveway. In the 3D SLOPE Model, it reveals its slope of almost 40° in the uppermost section.

Taking photos with sun star

When taking photos with a sun star, the high contrast range with up to 27 exposure levels must be taken into account, because even really good full-frame cameras do not manage more than 16. In addition, there are annoying lens flares or lens reflections that often take up a large part of the photo. This can be eliminated by taking another photo in the same pose, but with a finger held out over the sun. In addition, an underexposed photo is taken for a beautiful sun star. The photos are then merged in Luminar 4. Voila, you already have a photo without lens flares and with a beautiful sun star.

I hope to have captured the spring-like atmosphere with the snow-covered snow mountain, the hot sun star and the green topography and I am happy if you like this photo.

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In the next few posts I will visit other beautiful photo spots in the Vienna and Lower Austria area. I report on the different lighting conditions and image compositions on site, the previous search for suitable photo spots and of course the final photo development with Luminar 4.

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