If you are blinded by colors, get rid of them

I know I'm living in a very picturesque region and I probably do not appreciate it enough but every time I see this view I get reminded of that fact. I'm literally living just around 4 miles away from where I shot this picture.

The tallest mountain in the background is Mount Pilatus and the lake right below it is Lake Lucerne.

Exact Location of shooting position:

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Shooting in my back yard - well, kind of

This is the view from top of Rigi Scheidegg, a mountain right next to the village I live. You can actually see part of my home-town in the lower left corner of the picture.

This is not an HDR picture - it's a single exposure image with no tone-mapping processing at all. This was possible as I shot this quite early in the day On December 26, 2009 at around 10am. I added a graduated filter in Lightroom to darken the sky and boosted the contrast using a black&white layer in Photoshop by using an overlay blending mode. Finally some minor tweaking in Lightroom by desaturating the image a tad.

View from Rigi Scheidegg towards Lake Lauerz and Mythen