Here are the amazing mountains of, from left to right, the Eiger, or Ogre (3970m), the Monch, or Monk (4099m) and the Jungfrau, or Young Lady (4158m). They rise above the small train station of Kleine Scheidegg in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland, near the ski resorts of Wengen and Grindelwald.
A train station takes passengers all the way up from the valley to the train station on the plateau, but even more impressively, as far back as 1910, a train line was built through the mounains all the way up to the Jungfau joch, the highest train station in Europe at 3500 metres!
What is most impressive about this area though is the history of the north face of the Eiger, seen on the left of the photo. It's title as the most infamous north face in Switzerland or perhaps even the whole of Europe is not without reason. To date it has claimed the lives of 64 climbers and, the combination of extreme danger aswell as the ease with which summit attempts could be viewed by tourists from the comfort of hotel balconies down on the plateau meant the mountain very quickly became extremely (in)famous. The face was so dangerous that it earnt the name, "Mordwand", or more simply, Murder Face. I highly recommend the docu-film, The Beckoning Silence...[link]
which explains the heroic yet ultimately tragic tale of a young group of Austrain and German climbers attempting to climb the north face for the first time. Seeing this imposing vertical wall of rock and ice close up certainly puts into perspective the extreme bravery of the young men who first tried to ascend it as far back as 1935.
Here's another incredible video to show how things have progressed... [link]
Anyway, this is my first effort at a panoramic photo, and although not entirely satisfied with the result, I have put this up in the hope that I can get some advice on how to improve certain areas. It is stiched together from five photos, all batch processed from 6 exposure values in Photomatix. The stiching was done in Photoshop, but I had a few problems. Firstly I had trouble getting a uniform sky with certain areas lighter than others. Furthermore, I also had problems with noise, again in the sky. Anyways, hope you like the picture and any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated!