The Harder Kulm is one of Interlaken’s most popular tourist destinations because on a clear day it has amazing views of some of Switzerland’s most famous mountain peaks. Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau are in full view from this vantage point. Here, you can sit back while having a nice cold one and take in the majesty of the area. The building itself is quite interesting, but unless you can get in a helicopter, there are only a couple of good places to make photographs.
This was an unplanned stop because the day had yielded nothing but overcast skies. Nonetheless, we decided to head up via the famed funicular and take some chances with the weather. As luck would have it, the skies started to clear and, unbeknownst to me, a skywalk had been installed that allows people to stand above the sweeping valley. As the sky started to change from overcast to sunny, the few people who were around started to just stare at the incredible scene unfolding before them. Changing weather can be a blessing or a curse, but here it was pure luck that our overcast skies gave way to gorgeous, raking light and revealed this incredible view.
Photo Tip: Describing a scene so vast can be challenging, but by employing a few compositional techniques you can change a typical landscape into a dynamic moment in time. Here, I used the railing of the skywalk as a leading line, which takes your eye straight to the person standing at the very corner of the deck. I stood on my toes to be as tall as possible and used a wide lens to capture in one shot a bit of the lake, the valley lit by the sun, and the mountains in the distance. Mother Nature added another surprise with the horizontal cloud layer hovering above Interlaken, which helps lead your eye back to the mountains.
Photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon EF 24-105mm, f/4L IS USM lens. Camera settings: 1/500; f/4; ISO400.
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