Autumn Photography

Autumn Photography
by Kristel Schneider

Autumn, one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. A season full with colors and atmosphere .


Every year the Autumn season makes a photographer’s heart go faster and every year is different. This year the season was late, the climate was too warm to bring out the nice autumn colors on the trees. But when the trees finally are at their best, photographers have to act quick because the top season does not last long. Rain and wind can destroy the scenery overnight.  The sun is not always required for Autumn photography an overcast day and mist are great weather conditions to get these colors popup.

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TIPS for successful Autumn Photography:
– go out even if the weather is cloudy and grey
– get up early to get the first light even in combination with mist.
– use a polarization filter, the colors  get more intense and the filter is also very useful for
wet leaves reflection .
– look at your white balance settings, try out different modes.
– when taking photos of mushrooms look at your background to create a nice color
contrast.

Even the late Autumn colors (red/brown tints) are nice to capture in landscape photography. So although this year may not have been the top Autumn season, even now,  in November, it is still nice to go out and enjoy some mushrooms and  the late season colors.

New autumn workshop/tour dates available for 2012.

Soft Focus and colour contrast

With some hesitation, because of the low light and weather conditions I decided to go ‘mushroom hunting’. Like yesterday there was a lot of wind. The ground was very wet and the temperature was mild, a good combination for mushrooms to grow.
Local people say that when we have a full moon mushrooms grow best ?!

I found what I was looking for, some very small Bonnets and one of my favorite mushrooms the Amethyst Deceiver. Because of the wind I decided to try out some different Soft Focus shots with color contrast. Not an easy task when everything blows away around you. A stable underground is a must, so I set my tripod very low to the ground and my little silver reflector screen provided the mushrooms with enough light. Because of the overcast day the colors gave a nice clear contrast.

I like to play with the point of focus in the image frame. In this image I focused on the tiny little mushroom with a small fly on it.

Look for more mushroom images in my Mushroom and Fungi gallery.

Special Winter Photography Tour

Special Winter Photography Tour
featuring Photographers Jeroen Stel and Kristel Schneider
Winter, maybe the most thrilling and challenging photography season. Rough weather conditions combine with beautiful light, high key landscapes and close-ups.

In the winter season, and if Mother Nature allows it, the French spectacular volcano chain in Auvergne wraps in a white blanket of snow. Ideal for all nature lovers, the scenery looks different every day. For us, photographers, winter offers never-ending opportunities to try out a wide variety of landscape shots as light becomes magical at that time of the year.

‘It will be a unique photography experience, as we will travel on snow rackets and dog sleds in the heart of the beautiful Auvergne volcanic countryside’ – Kristel

Read more…

Cascade Besse-en -Chandesse

Waterfall nearby Besse-en -Chandesse
by Kristel Schneider

Because of the overcast day the light was perfect to capture some nice forest landscapes and with the cascade in the scene  the day was not a total disappointment for me – Kristel Schneider 


This year the autumn season is slow in the sense of the coloring of the leaves and the lack of mushrooms. The temperature is too warm and there is not enough rain. Many of you who are not in the (nature) photography field would say, we have a great after summer season. But normally autumn is  THE TIME of the year when you can find me outside in the woods and getting up early to capture  the first sunlight over the misty mountains.

This week, together with a friend, I  had planned a trip to the Massif du Sancy.  Meteo France had predicted a nice morning.

The alarm clock had been set early and before sunrise we arrived at our spot and waited for the nice sunlight to arrive. Luckily we had some nice hot coffee to warm us up and …..later on to swallow our disappointment away, because the sun decided to stay behind the clouds that day. This kind of weather situation is something a nature photographer often has to deal with. For that day no nice sun rise mountain images.

We changed our plans and headed to a local cascade, nearby Besse en Chandesse. Because of the overcast day the light was perfect to capture some nice forest landscapes and with the cascade in the scene for me the day was not a total disappointment for me.

Images were taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark II | EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM + Lee ND filter + natural light+ tripod.

Image of the week in two categories

Image of the week in two categories
by Kristel Schneider

I just found out that two of my images had been  selected as ‘Image Of the Week’ at Naturescapes.Net (a photography forum) in two categories, Landscape and Travel and Culture.

This is the Image of the Week selection for the Landscapes Gallery, week ending 7th October, 2011! Kristel Schneider, Autumn and mist.

Some feedback:

– Very pretty image – makes me wish I was there.

– This is just great – simple, elegant and beautiful.

– Stunning!! I like this a lot!!

– Great soft colours and light with the mist Kristel, very pleasant
tranquil scene.

The Image of the Week selection for the Travel and Culture Gallery, week ending 7th October, 2011! Kristel Schneider, Street scenery| Clermont Ferrand, France.

Some feedback:

– Beautifully composed street scene Kristel — I really like full
tonal range, and especially the curve disappearing a few doors
away. Lovely work!!!

– What a treat!! Look forward to seeing others on the blog!

– I love the way you capture the ‘spirit’ of these wonderful old
streets and buildings Kristel! This is superb!

– Congrats on the beautiful image along with the well deserved
IOW!!!! Lovely shot – all the best.

Photowalk in Clermont Ferrand

Word Wide Photowalk
Clermont Ferrand, France
By Kristel Schneider

Saturday, October 1st, Clermont Ferrand was part of the largest global Social Event for Photographers: the 4th edition of Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk.
I was happy to organize this local walk and be the leader of a small but enthusiastic photo group. We had a great day and were lucky to enjoy some very nice weather!

From today on the group members can upload a photo of their choice and take part in the Local and World Wide photo contest. I will pick the Local winner, the best image from the Clermont Ferrand walk which will then take part in the WWPW photo contest. Scott Kelby and his team will choose the grand winner.


See for more images my Facebook page .

Publication in French Nature Magazine: Nat’Image

Latest news:
Publication in French
Nature Magazine: Nat’Image

Nat’image, the nature edition of the popular French photo magazine Chasseur d’Image, published an  issue with a series about female nature photographers. I am one of the 19 female nature photographers. An article about how I started photography and why I choose for nature photography is published in nr. 10 the October/November 2011 issue.

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