Long frowned on by purists, snowboarding has become popular in resorts such as Arosa, despite their long history and traditions. Laax has also made itself a snowboarding center by offering affordable hostel accommodation aimed at a younger market.
Switzerland – Photo Tip

The secrets of better winter photography

Photo by Christof Sonderegger

Switzerland – Photo Tip The secrets of better winter photography

As a tourism photographer, I try to convey the joy of visiting the beautiful Swiss countryside. Choosing a background typical of the region is a major part of composition.

Christof Sonderegger
Christof Sonderegger

Switzerland is full of lovely villages, interesting people and, of course, dramatic mountains. As well as sports photography – skiing, snowboarding, sledging, snow-shoeing – I also look for other activities such as winter hiking or picturesque landscapes. To get the best images, I cannot always rely on coincidence but sometimes have to precisely arrange them with people willing to pose for me. Choosing a background typical of the region is a major part of the composition. For example, I might want to include the Rhaetian Railway in Albula, or some of the perfect pistes of the Jungfrau area.

Once I have found the right location, I have to communicate the right line to the model. This is especially important if I want to show a really clean area of snow, or use flash to freeze movement. Another factor is natural light; choosing to shoot in the warm evening light always helps to make the perfect photograph. To shoot snow, the most important thing is to turn up the exposure compensation dial by +1 or +2. All that white fools the exposure meter if you leave it to its own devices.

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The Albula and Bernina lines of the Rhaetian Railway were completed in 1903 and 1910 respectively and recognized by Unesco in 2008. Despite its mountains, Switzerland has the densest rail network in Europe and building these two lines alone involved the construction of 196 bridges, 55 tunnels and the Landwasser Viaduct seen here. Photo by Christof Sonderegger / Alamy

Christof Sonderegger

Christof Sonderegger

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The Albula and Bernina lines of the Rhaetian Railway were completed in 1903 and 1910 respectively and recognized by Unesco in 2008. Despite its mountains, Switzerland has the densest rail network in Europe and building these two lines alone involved the construction of 196 bridges, 55 tunnels and the Landwasser Viaduct seen here.

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