Moonset and sunrise on the Kreischberg

It was an astonishingly mild morning when the frosty wind whipped into my face. But I was too excited to feel the cold. You don’t get chauffeured to a summit in a skidoo every day. And certainly not at 6 a.m. But my job that day was to photograph the sunrise at the summit cross of the Kreischberg, which is why I was able to use this pleasant means of transport. But that’s not all, because apart from the perfect weather, the moon phase was also ideally selected on this day, as the setting of the full moon was only a few minutes before sunrise. Therfore, I was able to use this for impressive moonset photos. These were already an absolute highlight, as a moonset rarely happens at dawn.

No sooner had the moon disappeared behind the mountains of the Alps, I had to make my way to the other side of the Rosenkranzhöhe summit plateau. In the few minutes I had left, I prepared my cameras (the Canon with the Tamron 15-30mm F/2.8 wide-angle and the Fuji X-PRO 1 with the Fujinon 35mm f1.4 fixed focal length) and enjoyed the view of the orange red stripes on the horizon.

At around 7:15 am, the first rays of sun finally ccame out from behind the Frauenalpe to the east and heralded a wonderful sunrise. Even if the dawn without clouds sometimes seems a bit unspectacular, the sight is always breathtaking. Especially with the striking nature cross of the Rosenkranzhöhe in the foreground, the pictures are a dream for every nature lover.

After the bright colors passed quickly at sunrise and the orange gave way to a solid blue, it was time for me to stow my photo equipment again and move down the freshly groomed slopes; Of course not without stopping at my friend Suli’s at the snowboard school. But this is another story…

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