High and Wild

Marc Graf's Image

With the promise of sun on the mountaintops, Marc went for a hike in the hope of capturing some atmospheric shots of the sunset. The lower slopes were engulfed in thick cloud, but it thinned out as he climbed. At the end of the day, Marc looked down on ‘a world packed in cotton wool’, the soft evening light filtering through the mist.

Berchtesgaden is the only national park in the German Alps. It protects more than 200 square kilometres of forest, valleys, glaciers and mountains. One of the wildest places in central Europe, it is home to red and roe deer, marmots, chamois and ibex. Golden eagles also breed there, at their northern limit in the European Alps.

Behind the lens

Marc Graf

Marc Graf


Marc is a professional photographer, filmmaker and conservationist based in Austria. He holds a master's degree in wildlife conservation and ecology. He primarily works on wildlife stories for magazines, conservation institutions, NGOs and television.

Image details

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 100–400mm
  • f4.5–5.6 lens  •   1/640 sec at f5.6 (-0.3 e/v)  •   ISO 800
  • Berchtesgaden National Park, Bavaria, Germany
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