"The Storm Machine"  © David Richter
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(@pamelabole) Pamela Bole said:June 2nd, 2013 (11:35am) PDT
(@zdravc69) Zdravko Horvat said:May 19th, 2013 (4:06pm) PDT
B&W brings out all the stunning details! Bravo.
(@JamesA1) James Anderson said:May 2nd, 2013 (8:47pm) PDT
nice catch and good and white really catches the mood!
(@MaryAngelini) Mary Angelini said:February 22nd, 2013 (10:00am) PST
Beautiful B&W, the tones are fantastic!
(@pellibird) Terrence Pellikaan said:November 25th, 2012 (11:13am) PST
Fantastic view, a magnificent b&w picture
(@Nalini) Alex Greenshpun said:November 12th, 2012 (4:09am) PST
Truly breathtaking image! Beautiful and inspiring work, David!
(@davidrichter) David Richter said:October 1st, 2012 (4:17am) PDT
Whoa guys (and gals), thanks for the amazing response here! :)
(@biegly) Rafal said:September 25th, 2012 (3:09pm) PDT
Great shot!
(@Miklos) Miklos Molnar said:September 13th, 2012 (1:00pm) PDT
Amazing picture and fantastic landscape!
(@InspiredByChelle) Rachelle Crockett said:September 2nd, 2012 (2:37pm) PDT
Fabulous conversion with immaculate detail!!! Love this!
(@Uteman) Ute Man said:August 20th, 2012 (3:41am) PDT
Awesome L&F great job !!
(@sonofanative) William A Leonard said:July 29th, 2012 (9:12pm) PDT
Awsome David
(@rodrigo) rodrigolegua said:July 1st, 2012 (10:47am) PDT
(@Hsghumman) Harmeet said:June 27th, 2012 (7:25pm) PDT
wow , sharp shot
(@JeremyBarton)  said:June 23rd, 2012 (4:04pm) PDT
Great capture
(@mypic) ♛MY~ PiC★ said:June 13th, 2012 (3:45am) PDT
(@rwofford) Richard Wofford said:June 8th, 2012 (9:44am) PDT
(@AlisonMeier) Alison Meier said:May 29th, 2012 (1:16am) PDT
Epic landscape and epic processing! Congratulations on getting it in the Spotlight! :)
(@nairfotografia) Nair Fotografia said:May 11th, 2012 (9:50pm) PDT
wow excellent use of b/w, amazing clouds
(@Michael) Michael D. Friedman said:May 10th, 2012 (1:14pm) PDT
Well worth the soaking rain! Superb!!!
(@Aneto3404) Amel Jiménez said:May 9th, 2012 (2:41pm) PDT
Impresionante fotografa y encuadre. Felicitaciones. Saludos.
(@davidrichter) David Richter said:May 9th, 2012 (1:46am) PDT
Thanks everyone for the kind comments!
(@vysota) Max Vysota said:May 6th, 2012 (1:30pm) PDT
- splendid work! fantastic result. bravo
(@EmeraldWake) Emerald Wake said:May 2nd, 2012 (9:55am) PDT
monumental view, like
(@PeterMichael) Peter Michael said:May 1st, 2012 (7:32pm) PDT
What a wonderful view. I especially like the waterfall on the right. You certainly picked the right place to take this shot and the processing is great, lots of detail and texture.
(@Aneto3404) Amel Jiménez said:April 30th, 2012 (12:47pm) PDT
Magnifica foto y procesado. Voted.
(@mikesnature)  said:April 28th, 2012 (10:39am) PDT
No - I think the balance between the two (b&w) was orchestrated rather nicely - not too heavey nor too bold. The comp coincides so as to induce the eye to travel from up to down around and back up- nice job David!
(@davercox) Dave Cox said:April 27th, 2012 (3:46am) PDT
Fantastic shot. The waterfall off the summit of that mountain on the right is fascinating!
(@DaniParra) Dani Parra said:April 26th, 2012 (1:33pm) PDT
Impresionante imagen David, felicidades.
(@MickeydelPilar) Michael del Pilar said:April 26th, 2012 (10:16am) PDT
Beautiful shot !
(@davidrichter) David Richter said:April 26th, 2012 (3:15am) PDT
@foothillsphoto @JeanDayPhoto @Leckie1463 @pietflour @Marthe @PSLessey @DaniParra @inter211 Thanks everyone for the kind words!
(@foothillsphoto) Neil Jolly said:April 25th, 2012 (9:18pm) PDT
This is brilliant work David! The processing, both panoramic, and B&W are superb! Cutting edge image IMHO!
(@JeanDayPhoto) Jean Day said:April 25th, 2012 (7:40pm) PDT
Execution and processing are expertly done and getting the waterfall a bonus! Congrats on a superb image.
(@Leckie1463) Todd Leckie said:April 25th, 2012 (4:58pm) PDT
Stunning image
(@pietflour) piet flour said:April 25th, 2012 (12:31am) PDT
superb BW landscape
(@Marthe) marthe said:April 24th, 2012 (5:23pm) PDT
(@PSLessey) Peter Lessey said:April 24th, 2012 (11:25am) PDT
Magnificent work !
(@DaniParra) Dani Parra said:April 21st, 2012 (9:16am) PDT
Espectacular paisaje, gran edicion.
(@inter211) Willie Huang said:April 20th, 2012 (8:25pm) PDT
Dang that is an impressive and dramatic b&w shot! That waterfall coming down from the peak is spectacular. Time to print this huge over a wall?
(@davidrichter) David Richter said:April 20th, 2012 (1:15pm) PDT
Vielen Dank, Steffi. (Ich hoffe, ich habe dies so richtig mitbekommen.)
Sagen wir so, nher mchte ich einen Blitzeinschlag nicht kommen. Zumindest nicht in den Bergen mit Stativ in der Hand. ;-)
(@pandora) pandora said:April 19th, 2012 (1:00am) PDT
die grauwerte sind wunderbar. im ganzen bild. der standort mit den felsbrocken im vordergrund und dem seitlichen blick ins tal ist groartig, gibt tiefe. die lichtsituation wirkt gewaltig und bedrohlich. und das war sie wohl auch ;o) danke frs warten und nass-werden und zeigen!

David Richter
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This is a 16-shot, exposure and focal panoramic blend; looking across the Zmutt valley and glacier towards the north face of the famous Matterhorn, from the bottom of Arbenbach Falls.

The Matterhorn is prone to clouds due to its exposed location, so there are only a couple of days in the year, where no banner clouds form over the course of the day. These banner clouds are caused by air flowing around the mountain, thus creating vortices, conducting condensation on the lee side; usually the eastern face.

Being the sixth highest peak of Alps with 4,478 meters (14,690 ft) and the isolated pyramidal shape allow the Matterhorn to create its own weather systems. So it can be clear a couple miles to any direction while rain and hail is constantly pounding the Matterhorn and surrounding areas, including me. Especially on this very day.

Very shortly after shooting this series of images, I literally raced back down the trails to escape the lightning and pounding rain. Despite some of the best rain gear available, it kept coming down so hard, when I reached my tent, I was drenched.

Went bezerk with the black and white on this frame, so keep the thoughts coming.

Uploaded: Apr 18th, 2012 (4:20pm)
Category: Landscape

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