Interview Kristel

Nature photographer Mike Moats has interviewed me about Macro Photography for his Blog: Tiny Landscapes.
You can read the interview here.

Monts du Cèzallier | Auvergne | France

Monts du Cèzallier
Sunrise landscape shots

Getting up at 5am is not something I like but when I see the sun rise and the landscape changing colours in the fresh light I  forget all about that alarm clock.

Driving to the Monts du Cèzallier takes me to magnificent landscapes. Mountain meadows and valleys with nice lines and textures. My goal was to capture some images with wild Daffodils and because mother nature is a bit early this year I didn’t know exactly what to expect. The sunrise in itself was a bit disappointing but the early morning light provided me with nice warm light that I could use for my landscape shots.

See for more images : spring gallery

The massif of Cézallier is a French volcanic tray located in the Central Massif, between mounts Brown and the mounts of Cantal. It is shared between two departments: Puy-de-Dôme and Cantal. The medium altitude of the massif is located between 1 200 and 1 500 m. The climax of the massif is the sign of Luguet (1 551 m). -Wikipédia

Trees in movement

This morning it was all foggy and gray but this did not hold me from taking the car and drive to the forest. I was looking for some nice mist layers but ended up with some frozen bushes and trees. Because of the overcast weather the forest was full with different tints of gray light. I decided to take some movement shots. The moody atmosphere and different  gray and brown tints of the forest worked out nicely.

For these kind of images you need trees that are skinny or have a nice shape. It is also important to look at the background and the sky because when you move your camera up or down these elements can have an impact on your image. Set your camera on a slow shutter speed so that you have some time to move your camera in the directions you like. Just take a couple of sample shots and then compose your composition.

All taken with 5Dmark II|EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM|F22| ND filter 4| hand-held


First I wish you all a Happy New Year with lots of great photography moments!

Between all these nice dinners and kitchen table talks I took some time to walk in nature to get a fresh nose and capture some winter-shots. One day I was out around 4 PM and the sun was on its way down. Tree branches and grass where covered with ice and snow and the low shadows created a nice atmosphere. I decided to put the tracks from a tractor (?) in the frame to create a  ‘eye focus’ lines in the image.

(Canon EOS 5DMark II, 70-200mm at 155, F18, 1/40S, 250ISO, hand held)

Protect your gear in the Winter!

  • Keep your batteries warm. The cold can quickly take the energy out of any battery, but warming them up can restore much of their power.
  • Warm your camera slowly.  When you return to a warm place (your home or car) warm your camera slowly by putting it in a camera bag or zip-lock bag. If you walk into the house with a cold camera, it will instantly become covered with condensation.  Anyone who wears glasses will know exactly what I’m talking about. 
  • Balance ‘the body’ temperature. Although it is tempting to put your camera under your jacket after every shot you take, personally I don’t advice it.  Warming and cooling your camera will cause condensation and render your camera unusable. It is easier to brush falling snow off a cold camera as well.  Falling snow on a warm camera makes for first a wet, then a frozen mess.  And don’t don’t try to blow snow off your camera with your breath it can also freeze.
  • Protect your tripod legs. If your tripod legs have no foam or other protection around the legs you can wrap you them with pipe insulation.  This makes them easier on the hands in the cold.

New beginnings

New beginnings

Today is the new beginning for my website and photography blog. I decided that it was time for a new design that fitted my needs in today’s ever changing on-line world. Less time behind the computer and more time for what I love doing; being out in the field taking pictures.

I’ve just completed a nearly -indescribable task – to put keywords and meta data to my nature and landscape photography collection so that I could finally relaunch Kristel Schneider Photography.

I am  inviting you to take some time to browse through the entire brand new website. I’ll be adding more material weekly so please check back and thanks for taking the time to look!

Stop reading and jump right into the browsing if you are too curious and don’t worry if you don’t master all the functionalities. Just use one of the links at the top of the page, or keep reading to learn more.

So, what was wrong with the old website? Well,  the design was not bad but just  not very functional.  Especially updating my galleries was tedious. Using a Dreamweaver plug in and FrontPage was also just not it. The new design is a mix from me and Photoshelter. I customized one of their templates to my own needs so that I can still use all Photoshelter’s great features.

What’s new

  • The website is focusing now on one subject: Nature and Landscape Photography.
  • Nearly every photograph has been reprocessed, captioned and key-worded – and then sorted out into convenient galleries.
  • The different galleries can display enlarged views of my images and give a general overview via slide-shows.
  • I can now offer prints, licensing, personal downloads and on-line collaboration from a single database of photos – all with powerful searching, collecting and purchasing features.
  • New uploaded images are easier for people to find via the recently updated list on the homepage.

While working on my website I decided to create this new blog: Visions and Nature.
On this blog  I will not only be blogging  about my Nature and Landscape photography activities, visions and workshops news, but I will also publish new images with some details about the way it was captured. There will also be many other new items depending on the impulse and inspiration of the moment.

Just come back and follow me. You can do this by adding your email address  by singing in on: blog subscriptions.

Feedback and comments are always welcome.  I hope you will all participate.  Thank you in advance for your time and contributions.


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