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Reminiscing About the Matterhorn, Part II

As I started my mini-hike for a better vantage spot, I noticed a small hill in the distance, and given the time constraints (I had to be back to catch the train back down in a couple of hours), made the quick decision to capture the Alps and the Matterhorn from there.

On my way there, I did notice this small cross seemingly bolted to a rocky extension.  I really wanted to make the climb up to see if there were any inscriptions, but given the time crunch, decided to hurry on to my vantage point.  Alas, the mystery of that cross will continue to haunt me.

I eventually made it to the bottom of the hill, and after a short but somewhat steep climb, finally made it to my desired shooting spot.  To my surprise though, there were two American tourists already there, enjoying the view!

What stunned me the most though was the fact that Rob, the gentleman in the picture, was wearing shorts.  Granted, it wasn't freezing outside, but I was dressed in a fall jacket with an Abercrombie hoodie underneath, so I knew it wasn't warm either.  Anyhow, Rob was kind enough to snap a quick picture of me, and this shot serves as my lone piece of proof that I was actually there.

Sunset was fast approaching, so I quickly set up my tripod and mounted my camera, with the 14-24 F2.8 lens as my weapon of choice.  I was ready to take the picture, but after looking through the camera's viewfinder, was disappointed with what I saw.  Even at 14mm, I just didn't have enough width to capture the majesty of the Alps, and because of the perspective distortion of a wide-angle lens (objects close to you appear to be much larger than objects further away), the mountain range itself appeared tiny.  It's at this point I recalled some reading I had previously done on panoramic pictures and how to capture them.  I had never attempted one before, but now was as good a time as any, and I'll go through the process in my next post.