Flower season is open….

Erythronium dens canis | dog’s tooth violet

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In Puy de Dôme (Auvergne, France) this wild flower is rather rare. They normally flower around March till April/May . Lately we have very nice warm weather in France and nature is far ahead. So yesterday afternoon I had a look at the spot I know in the forest, to look if the little violets where already above the ground.  Despite the nice weather I was still too early, but after some thorough ground search I  found a couple of the flowers I was looking for. Personally I find this flower very photogenic and a lust for the eye, in contrast with the little forest location where it grows. I think it’s an (old) dump place, full with thorns, dead leaves and trash (car tires, electrical wire, metal barrows, washing machines etc).  It is the third visit for me to this place and I must say  it’s a real challenge to crawl with your 300mm lens over the floor and find a nice low angle shot 😉

 

New year new beginnings!

Happy New Year !

New year new beginnings, I am happy to announce that I have joined Dutch photo-travel agency, Nordic Vision photo tours, with its great team of photographers : Theo Bosboom, Jan and Mart Smit, Wilco Dragt, Marten Bril, Charles Borsboom.  At the moment Nordic Vision organizes photo tours to spectacular photographic destinations such as Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Nordern Ireland, China, France or Spain.

My first tour for Nordic Vision will be organized in my own living area, Auvergne | France :  the best of Auvergne, 19-25 july 2015

A 7-day photography workshop : we will explore Puy de Dôme hot-spots, its diverse hillside landscape scenery, sunflowers and wine fields, which make it the so-called Tuscany of Auvergne. We will look at how the spectacular and unique light conditions play on the dramatic Massif Central mountains and volcano chains. Explore the Billom area and its picturesque villages, through the maze of small hillside roads and small hiking trails, in the later afternoon light. On the way you will discover one of Auvergne’s most beautiful valleys, National Reserve, Vallée de Chaudefour and get some fresh sparks at the many local waterfalls.

More information: here or here
Meer informatie: hier

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First winter shots

Vallée de Chaudefour | Auvergne | France

The two participants of last Sunday were lucky  during their one-on-one workshop.
Weather forecast prediction was good, snow and cold temperatures with some sun in the late afternoon .
The sun came unfortunately a bit earlier than planned, this meant that we had to act fast to get some  shots with ‘frosty trees ‘.
Skies were changing during the day and the mountain tops appeared from behind the clouds.
A nice beginning of the winter season !

© Kristel Schneider

© Kristel Schneider

© Kristel Schneider

© Kristel Schneider

A short photo holiday in France

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More info: Workshop page  (Eng)

Meer info: Workshop pagina (NL)

 

Photograph the beautiful Tuscany of Auvergne, France

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A short photo holiday in combination with a great learning experience
 
Photography workshop with
Photographer Kristel Schneider
Date:  24 August – 28 August  2014
 
While people are talking about the winter of 2014, I have already prepared your summer break for August 2014, a 5-day photography workshop in the Tuscany of Auvergne, in France.
When you hear Tuscany you may immediately think of Italy. Before my discovery I did the same but now I know that in the heart of France there is a place called Tuscany of Auvergne, in Puy de Dôme.
So close your eyes and let your thoughts go ….think about…….sunflowers, garlic, picturesque villages, volcano chain, dramatic light and….French wine and food!
 
Join me during these 5-days and you can expect:  diverse hillside landscape scenery in the heart of the Tuscany of Auvergne with picturesque villages. The spectacular and unique light conditions playing on the dramatic Massif Central mountain and volcano chains, will take your breath away.  We will explore the Billom area through the maze of small hillside roads and hiking trails. Although the main focus will be landscape photography those of you who like macro, close-up or street photography will have plenty of opportunities to indulge during the walks in the field and the small villages. Throughout the day, you will get personal field instruction as well as photo feedback.  The group is kept small so that every participant gets enough personal attention.Be assured of a great learning experience and of course a lot of fun sightseeing and hiking along short trails. You will get introduced to the specialties of the area, visiting local organic wine producers and photograph the vineyards in the soft evening light.
More info: Workshop page  (Eng)
Meer info: Workshop pagina (NL)

Photographer in action

 
Photographer in action by Kristel Schneider


Me in Action during a photo-shoot for
Regional Nature Park Livradois Forez
 
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Last year I posted a blog post about my first big photo assignment in France.
The  start up was a bit slow as the weather in Spring did not make it easy to plan things.  But now, after a very busy Summer this assignment is reaching towards its end.  I have still some work to do this month and in Autumn, but the big part of the assignment has been dealt with.  And I can say that it was instructive and enjoyable at the same time.
I met a lot of very nice and interesting new people and I could explore some great (for me , new ) nature areas .  Later on this year I will make a ‘best -of’ of my  images in the final  selection and put it all on my website under portfolio PNR Livradois Forez.

In the meantime people outside the project scene ‘ noticed’ the photo project for PNR Livradois Forez. It all started with the request for models for a photo shoot at the lake in Volle Montagne. The local newspaper, La Gazette picked it up and made an article about the photo reportage in the park, featuring me in action at a local garlic producer.

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Moreover  the editor of blog: Vollore Montagne – Gazette des Montagnards had heard about the photo-shoot in their village and asked me if it was ok to do a photo reportage on the shoot in Vollore Montagne (see images, Michel MENSE).

Yesterday the photo shoot took place at 8 AM at he lake.
The subject was: recreational activities at the lake.
A nice family and a St. Bernard (dog) signed up to volunteer. They had a pic-nick, a family walk and  fun at the play ground. They also enjoyed the sun laying in a chair. Even though the ground was still very wet and the sun not very warm, they acted as naturally as possible, they did a very good job.Kristel-Schneider-Photographe-_3Kristel-Schneider-Photographe-_5

 
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The same but different

Waterfall Rossignolet
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The same but different

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When you organize workshops in your own region you visit certain locations a lot,
as the so-called Rossignolet waterfall nearby the town of Mont Dore.
Each time the view and the atmosphere are different there, a reason why
visiting photo locations in all types of seasons and weather conditions is a must.

This week I introduced this waterfall to my partner and a friend of ours. They both loved
the ‘intimacy’ of the area. What is nice about the Rossignolet waterfall are the little rocks in the wall. The water rolls over the rocks downhill and, depending on the season and the amount of water, the vision you have of the place varies in a vast variety of details.

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