MOUNTAINS

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I am very often a cycle tourist, so I rarely climb or hike up mountains. These images are from mountain roads that I was able to cycle up. My mountain images are therefore not as extreme as that of a mountain climber...I am an ambler who trundles up big hills using roads, slow but relentless.

This gallery, therefore, contains a display of my fair-weather mountain escapades.

traditional romanian house on the Brasov-Sibiu road. fagaras mountains in the background
Meander, River Vrbas, Bosnia and herzegovina,
View from the footpath on the slopes of Moel Siabod, Snowdonia, Wales, UK
View from the footpath on the slopes of Moel Siabod, Snowdonia, Wales, UK
Mountains in Western Serbia, Serbia,
Pass of Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales
Snow covered Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina
kotor bay, montenegro

I am not a mountain climber, in fact I am scared of heights.... so those precarious mountain ridges are out of the question for me.

But I do love mountain scenery, and hopefully these images capture the beauty of the places that I have passed through in order to get to the other side!

Carpathian mountains, Romania
Traditional rural farmhouse in the western Serbian mountains. Serbia
Trandfagarasan Road, Romania
View across Welsh mountains, near Bala, Wales, UK
Houses spilling down the mountainside along Hill Cart Road, West Bengal, India
Forset in the mountains in the Himalayas in Darjeeling District, India
Small village in the Himalayan mountains, Darjeeling District, India
View from Hill Cart Road, West Bengal, India

As always, composition is king. All the images on this page were taken in an ad-hoc fashion. I had no pre-planning, so I just took what the day provided, with the compositional skills that I possess.

Some of the compositions are closed - in other words, no sky - and that concentrates the eye on the subject, such as the small car on the road.

As is obvious with these images, scale is very important. Sometimes it's very difficult to understand the enormity of the landscape in a 2 dimensional depiction 1000 pixels wide on a computer screen. The photographer has many compositional opportunities to correct this by carefully selecting certain elements to present in the frame.

Mountains near Novi Pazar, Southern Serbia
Mountains near Novi Pazar, Southern Serbia
Transfagarasan Road. Fagaras mountains, Romania
Transfagarasan Road. Fagaras mountains, Romania
Perast, Kotor Bay, Montenegro
Cruise ship in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Mountains provide great weather (as long as you are prepared of course), so clouds, sunrays are never far away in these landscapes

Placing small (relatively) objects in front of large objects (mountains) will always have impact.

View across Lake ohrid, Macedonia to the mountains of Albania
View across Lake ohrid, Macedonia to the mountains of Albania

And don't forget the warm cosy sunsets either! they never look out of place.

The outline of a mountain ridge can also be very impressive, and can be used as a backdrop for other elements in the foreground.

Road in the mountains around the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Romanian countryside near Rasov. carpathian mountains in the distance. Romania
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