Tips from a professional photographer: The 4 most beautiful places & tips for the best photos
Pack your camera and let’s go! There are many superlative photo hotspots in the region around Seefeld for the most beautiful pictures. Professional photographer Mathäus Gartner has discovered four of them and reveals the best tips for the perfect picture: in the mountains, at the lake, in the village and in a mystical gorge.
The most beautiful places: Tips from the professional photographer
Being in the right place at the right time: that’s the secret behind the most beautiful Instagram shots. But finding the right place is not so easy with the large selection of photogenic spots on the high plateau around Seefeld. That’s why photographer Mathäus Gartner has picked out four favourite spots that are particularly “Instagrammable” and can be combined with a nice hike or bike ride at the same time. For an absolute guarantee of likes on social media and in the analogue photo book, here are his tips for the perfect shot.
#1: Spirit Gorge
There are many ways to travel between Austria and Germany or vice versa. The most exciting and the loveliest was one that I found in Leutasch near Seefeld – the Geisterklamm (Spirit Gorge). At the furthest end of the Leutasch valley a very special world opens up. Most visitors find the stunning gorge full of bizarre stone walls, noisy cascades and small waterfalls tumbling over the rocks amazing. Thanks to a spectacular metal walkway of over a kilometre in length the gorge can be easily explored. I was thrilled from the start as it was only the second gorge that I had been in. Like a small child I was waiting to find out what was behind the next corner.
There are also many possibilities and perspectives for photographers to get creative. The two bridges, around 40 meters above the river Leutascher Ache, are especially great locations for images. I really like pictures taken with a wide-angle lens. They have a kind of “drone-like” flair as the wider coverage makes the images flow more. I would also recommend that photographers take a tripod and a grey filter with them, so that they can take long exposures. One more tip for great photos in the Geisterklamm: go at dawn or dusk. You will not only have the gorge for yourself but the light is also better than during the day. The Geisterklamm is also perfect as a rainy-day excursion, as the rain makes everything seem more mystical and there is much more water flowing in the stream.
#2: The summit of the mountain Gehrenspitze
The Gehrenspitze definitely a mountain for views. I really enjoy visiting the mountains and have climbed a few of the best-known ones in Austria, such as the Großglockner, the Großvenediger and the Wildspitze. This peak is now definitely one of my favourite mountains, though. The mountain range where it is located is a stunning area.
It is not often that you find so many spires, towers and steep rock walls. You shouldn’t have to search for too long for a great subject for your photo, there are so many of them. My tip: the advantages of a very early or late climb are the fantastic sunrises and sunsets. There is no other mountain to spoil the view so the perspectives in all directions are open. Those who do not want to go up or down in the middle of the night can always use the Wettersteinhütte or Wangalm for an overnight stay.
Back to our tour: we were really lucky with the conditions. A high mist and wonderful light, something that every photo enthusiast would look forward to. I was especially fascinated by the views into the Gaistal valley and over towards the Karwendel. With a telescopic lens, one that you can use to zoom in, there are many more possibilities open. Here I always find it very interesting to work with a lovely foreground and get some depth into the picture. Flowers, grass or stones are ideal. In the background the mountains come into their own and round off the whole picture. But using a normal lens was also a lot of fun. On the beautiful ridges at the summit you can really let yourself go and take some cool shots. What did I like the best? We had a wonderful experience along with the great atmosphere and surroundings. On the way down at around 2000 metres in altitude we met up with around 50 sheep. After a little snack break together, we said goodbye with some great memories and headed our way back down into the valley.
Visiting Seefeld for the first time? I always find it important to get a quick overview of a new location. The Pfarrhügel in Seefeld is ideal for that. Ten minutes’ walk from the centre and you have a great view over the surroundings. From the Wildsee, over the village centre and through to the Karwendel and Wetterstein ranges. And there are enough seats to offer spots for relaxation.
Before this relaxation, however, I would like to offer a couple of tips about photography from here. This tip is directed at all of those who like to get up early: use the wonderful early morning light! If you are lucky you will also have some morning fog and will start your day off perfectly! Here are a couple more suggestions for better photos for those who prefer to stay in bed. The views of the distance from the Pfarrhügel are wonderful and should be used for images. So do not exclude the possibility of the mountains in the background and rocks in the foreground. If there are still beautiful flowers in bloom, take them with you into the picture – they give the photo more colour and freshen it up.
Whether as a family hike or as a mountain bike or e-bike excursion: this lake with its perfect location is a popular attraction. There is also an alternative for those who prefer to go downhill rather than uphill: the funicular to the Rosshütte. Once you get to the Kaltwassersee, a wonderful view towards the mountain Hohe Munde and the Wetterstein mountain range awaits you. If you are lucky and there is no wind, you can see the reflection of the peaks in the water. I was really very taken with the lake and found especially the view towards Hohe Munde was immediately photogenic.
There are extremely many perspectives that can be captured. Either with the telephoto lens, so that you can get closer to the mountains and work with a nice foreground or pictures with the wide-angle lens to show the size of the lake. Plenty of sky, a lot of water or less water and a little sky – the key here is experimentation. What I personally find particularly cool is that there is a slope behind the lake. So, you have, if you want, a perspective from above and can include more from the valley in the photo. As with every landscape picture, the mood is of course an essential factor to make a picture even better. For this I can really recommend a sunset tour to the Kaltwassersee. Take some friends and cold drinks with you and enjoy a wonderful sunset!
Mathäus is a professional photographer from the heart of the Alps. Thanks to his geographical location in Tyrol, he is practically at home in the mountains and prefers to spend every free minute outside, whether mountain climbing, mountain biking or ski touring. Photography also plays an important role in his life and is his greatest passion. He prefers emotional and authentic images. With his pictures Mathäus tries to get people out of their comfort zone and motivate them for future adventures.
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Fotos: Mathäus Gartner