L'Arche - Southern Alps - France

After the storm, L'Arche in the Southern Alps - Winter - Black & White

L'Arche, near the Piolit - Hautes Alpes - Southern French Alps

Sometimes in the winter, the elements are just against you when you are a photographer. It was the case during one of my visits to the Southern French Alps near Gap (Hautes Alpes).

There had been continuous rain and snow with low clouds for four full days, when, at last and without warning, a sunburst from the west illuminated L'Arche near the Piolit peak. The wind made the clouds swirl while the sun was just lighting the peak up.

The Black & White treatment of this photo makes it a little more dramatic in an attempt to convey how I felt in front of this evanescent scenery. This peak is located in the Ecrins National Park (Parc National des Ecrins), a wonderful area in the French Alps that I recommend visiting in any season of the year.


Main subject:

Winter photo of L'Arche after a snow storm - Black & White.


L'Arche near Le Piolit, Ecrins National Park (Parc National des Ecrins), 05260, Ancelles, Hautes Alpes, Southern Alps, France


44°36'11.43"N 6°16'2.11"E


Canon 1Ds, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens at 400mm



Lou B.
+1 # Lou B. 02-24-2014
Wow, this is a great photo, I just love the way the clouds are wrapped around the top of the mountain.
Francois Roux
0 # Francois Roux 03-12-2014
Thank you Lou.
This is one of these evanescent moments that I love so much to capture (when I can!).