Disentis #1

Photo Spot Summary

Country: Switzerland

Category: Landscape

City: Disentis

GPS Latitude: 46.704563

GPS Longitude: 8.854531


The best way to get around is to drive or walk. What I normally do is to choose a valley and then spend the day there. Just walking through it with my gear and then you will with great certainty find a lot of photo opportunities.

Photo Spot Details

There is a fantastic landscape in Switzerland. You just have to be prepared to walk a lot even if you can take your car quite a bit up the mountain. The last couple of 100m cat be tricky since you try to get the angle you want. And it is steep, really steep at some places. But don’t let this set you off, it is worth it!

NIKON D810 @ 35mm, ISO 64, 10/1000, f/8.0

Recommended gear:

  • A sturdy tripod
  • Wide angle lenses, 15mm to 25mm
  • Medium tele lens, 135mm
  • Cable release
  • A camera system that is light enough to carry for hours
  • Extra battery, you are probably going to spend some time in Live View

It is very hard to use graded filters in the valleys since the sky is often v-shaped. But a polarized filter is always good to bring.

Disentis #3
NIKON D810 @ 135mm, ISO 64, 10/130, f/8.0
Disentis #4
NIKON D810 @ 25mm, ISO 64, 200/10, f/9.0

Boot hiking gear:

  • A good paar boots helps when you have a heavy backpack
  • Food
  • Jacket
  • Long trousers
  • Hat
  • Phone
  • Maglite

You don’t need too much in summertime. The weather is usually stable, it want get surprisingly cold in a day. What is good though is a Maglite. The light can go away quickly in the evening and you might be faar up the mountain.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II @ 95mm, ISO 100, 1/60, f/8.0

One thing you will notice is that there are now sunsets. There are but the mountains are big enough to cast shadows quite early in the evening. This might be getting used to since you have to work harder to get those beautiful magic hour colors. But this is also a good challenge. You have to climb high to get up to the sunsets.

And one last thing, don’t forget to look down! It is a beautiful scenery but sometimes the best photos are hiding right beneath you.

NIKON D810 ISO 450, 10/3200, f/1.0

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