Photographer Kilian Schönberger (previously) stays up all night, often driving 3-4 hours in the dark to hike up mountains in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and France, to shoot these foggy landscapes just before sunrise. Only at heights of 500 to 1,500 meters can he achieve a clear view of rolling mountains and treetops as they pierce through the fog for a few brief minutes. He shares via email:
Since I’m ascending the mountains during the early morning hours mostly alone it’s always a very special experience. When it’s still dark during the walk everything is calm except some animals of the night like owls. The anticipation is growing when the eastern sky starts to gloom gently. Around 30 minutes before sunrise the best stage of such a morning starts. The intensity of colors reaches the peak and due to the indirect lighting everything seems to be smooth. These are the moments that touch one’s soul in a very meditative way.