The path from the Britannia Hut back to Plattjen above Saas Fee in the Valais Alps is a delightful balcony walk. Narrow in places, it traverses a steep slope, and shortly before it reaches Plattjen the path winds its way through an impressive boulder field.
As always, paths in the Alps are well marked. Alpine paths (as opposed to easier paths) are marked with three flashes – red, white, red – and curiously at one point in this area an old and rather battered tin Swiss flag stands beside the path. You can trace the path on from the flag, past the marker to the skyline over rocks that have been partially levelled to make the route easier to negotiate
45 seconds later a walker passed me, by which time I had moved forwards to the path marker for my second shot
Whenever I look back at these two images I enjoy them individually for their compositional diagonal strengths, but I also curse myself for having not been more aware of a potential image that I failed to catch.
I don’t often include figures in my images but the presence of the figure on the skyline in the second image is critical to its success. If only I had been aware of the approaching walker (when I shot the first image) then I could have waited until he was on the skyline and got the complete picture.
So, as you will see in this third image, I’ve experimented with cloning him in to get the shot I missed. Personally I think he’s a bit out of scale in the combined image but that maybe because I know he should be smaller. Maybe for those seeing the image in isolation, that fact would not be so obvious.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Do leave a comment.