Steep or not steep?

January 5, 2013

Skibergsteiger Gemschtobel Sulzfluh

Backcountry skiing is a great way to combine sport, recreation and photography. Especially if your company acts as models-in-landscape. With the inclusion of people photographs of landscapes get a scale, the viewer compares the size of climbers and skiier with the surrounding.

This image shows the key part of the alpine ski climb route to mount Sulzfluh, Grisons, Switzerland. It’s a small couloir which you can’t ascend by ski, but some guys do ride it down. Most skiers told me they had the impression of facing a very steep and narrow passage on their way down. Looking from below, there is nothing really steep about it. It’s just as standing on a 3m spring board: Not high from above but veeery high when you stand up there.

The use of a wider view reduces the steep impression even more. Just as in this image.

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