The Auvergne in the world’s top 10 destinations !

#6 Auvergne region
Published on Lonely Planet.com

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Cast your eyes upon the Auvergne’s dramatic volcanic landscape and you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Iceland rather than the heart of France. And yet this region has been overlooked by visitors. No more, though – the Auvergne is reinventing itself with a series of ambitious art projects and a growing portfolio of wilderness adventures …
– Loneley Planet Best in Travel 2016

The travel guide Lonely Planet placed the Auvergne in the world’s top 10 regions at #6 to visit, as one living in this region, knowing its beauty,  I can say this nomination is well deserved !
This overlooked region has such a diversity in nature wilderness, a real (Nature) photographer’s candy box.

 

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Also want to see with your own eyes why Lonely Planet put the Auvergne region in the world’s 10 regions to visit, join me in the field and photograph
its remarkable scenery with glacier-carved valleys and volcanic peaks, the Chaîne des Puys, (a 40km chain of craters and lava domes), volcano lakes, waterfalls and springs, the Tuscany the Auvergne and much more. Every season has its own beauty, that’s why I organize workshops and photo tours (in cooperation with Nordic Vision Photo tours) all year round.
Click here for an overview .
What workshop-photo tour members are saying:

” This photo workshop was a great enrichment! Kristel not only showed me a different approach to photography but also one of the probably most impressive valleys of Auvergne” –Guillaume/France

“…We loved Auvergne – it was absolutely the most interesting and beautiful of the regions of France which we visited (including Paris and Dordogne) – and we intend to return as soon as possible, probably this time in autumn for fall colors. And we definitely will have a return engagement with Kristel! Highly recommended! ” – Steve / USA

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Autumn in Auvergne phototour (2016)

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– Autumn in Auvergne |  Phototour
(for Nordic Vision phototours – photography travel compagny )

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

  • Forest lakes, brooks and little waterfalls
  • Landscape- and macro photography mix
  • Abstract photography with Intentional Camera Movement technique
  • Guided by photographer Kristel Schneider

During the 7 days we will explore this beautiful mysterious forest landscape and visit a couple of lakes in the middle of the forest. We will explore the high Chaumes du Forez with its wetlands and open landscapes. You will discover a beautifull old glacial valley, Vallée du Fossat. We strive to organize at least two photo discussions, focusing on how to create effective compositions (what works what does not) learning to look differently (eye for detail) and depending on the groups experience some basic image processing. The program includes short walks in nature to forests and lakes (depending on the weather conditions) and we will drive higher up in the mountains. This is not just a photo-tour but a workshop with professional guidance, where the group is kept small so that everyone gets personal attention and practical tips in the field.

Date:  October 9 – 15, 2016
7 days – 6 nights
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Other photo-tours in 2016: overview

Winter in Auvergne  | Best of Auvergne (summer) | Autumn in Auvergne

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New in 2016 – Winter in Auvergne | Photo-tour

New in 2016

with Photographer Kristel Schneider
In cooperation with Nordic Vision photo-tours
Spoken language: English and/or Dutch
Date:  7-13 February 2016

7 days – 6 nights

More information: Dutch | English

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 More information: Dutch | English

Last winter images of the season

by Kristel Schneider

 

Col de la Croix Saint-Robert
March 2015

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As nature was already showing all signs of Spring I decided to go out and take some last winter images.  Considering the warmer temperatures coming up this week I think this will probably be the last change for a nice photo day on snowshoes in my area. Last Friday (6th March 2015) I first drove to my favorite valley, Vallèe de Chaudefour, but  I was unlucky, the snow was already very soft so I had to walk to the middle of the valley to get some thicker snow. I decided to walk to the end of the valley on my snowshoes and enjoy the nice weather, great walk but no interesting photo-subjects for me, so the camera did not move the whole morning.

After a long lunch break I drove higher up  and saw that the road to Col de la Croix Saint-Robert  was still closed for traffic, a good sign!
I put my snowshoes on my camera bag and started walking up the closed road, higher up I could see a nice white open landscape . The weather was a bit too sunny, not what I had in mind for my last winter images of the season, but that is also nature photography, you have to work with what you have, you can’t have it all 😉
Knowing the area a bit without the snow, it was handy for me to have some landmarks and interesting point to photograph. For example a group of lonely trees on a hillside, that looked totally different now as it was surrounded with snow. Unfortunately in front of the trees I saw some elements that would be distracting in my frame,  so I decided to put myself flat on the floor to try to get an other angle. I used a  snowbank for a  ‘new’ foreground and looked for lines in my composition.

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Another spot I wanted to visit was a group of birch trees, higher up.  These trees are  always a nice subject for me to explore.  At the spot  I noticed, by the many snowshoe tracks, that more people had the idea to walk to Col de la Croix Saint-Robert today. The composition I had in mind with the trees was impossible to do now so I had to be creative. With Puy de l’Angle in the background and just a small group of trees in the front I turned around to avoid the tracks in my frame.

Col-de-la-Croix-Saint-Robert_2I walked to the Puy de l’Angle,   overlooking a great winter scenery, ….nobody around…empty, with only the sound of some happy birds in the air and the cracking snow under my snowshoes.
Although I had hoped for a more exciting light, I had a great time exploring the area with my camera. Later in the afternoon, white stripes and clouds appeared in the blue sky and I had to make a decision, wait for a nice sundown or walk slowly back and be home before it got too dark. Looking at the sky I decided to be reasonable and not get disappointed by a closed sky.  I took some last images from the winter scenery and I know that next year I will definitely come back, earlier in the season with hopefully more snow and rougher weather conditions!Col-de-la-Croix-Saint-Robert_5 Col-de-la-Croix-Saint-Robert_5b

First winter shots

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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

Image: Chiloza Waterfall – editors pick

NatureScapes.NET Landscape Gallery : Editors Pick
by Kristel Schneider

Chiloza Waterfall after the rain

 Auvergne,  France

 

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After I published the blog post about the waterfalls of Chiloza I also put the image shown above on Naturescapes.net,
a nature photography forum. And today I got a message in my mailbox that the images was recognized as an Editor’s Pick.

Some feedback so far:

  • Lovely scene — I like the contrasts of the dark green mossy rocks against the white stream.
  • Oh this is SO beautiful!!!
  • This is so classy. Great tonality, superb flow and a delicate presentation. Excellent work. The fact that your logo looks like it is part of the scene is also a bonus. Superb image.
  • Pure beauty! Love it!

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Other editors picks so far (2013):

Waterfalls of Chiloza

Les Cascades de Chiloza
(Waterfalls of Chiloza)
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Nearby Besse, a French village in Auvergne  you can find a great area with many waterfalls and water basins. They come together, one after the other, within 1 km along the Pavin river. The waterfalls are quite different from each other and the forest shows a wide variety of trees, especially beeches.
It was the 3rd time I  visited this place and every time it looked different. The 1st time was in 2011 (see earlier post) and last week I went back there twice.

During my first visit I wanted to see the effect the autumn colors had on the scene. I also wanted to look for other possible compositions. I was not totally satisfied with the color and light conditions, so I went back two days later with my friend (photographer Sebastien Lamadon). The night before we had had heavy rainfalls and I could immediately see the impact the rain had made: the scene looked amazingly different from the one I had seen a couple of days earlier. The Autumn colors had not changed, contrary to  the light and color contrasts,  due to wet weather .Cholizas_6

Image of the 2nd visit

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Image of after the rain

The rough water conditions were challenging but it was a great morning,  rainy and overcast – ideal to photograph a forest scenery. Seb and I walked all the way down to the bottom of the river, and up again….looking for nice angles. Unfortunately, and despite the nice weather conditions, the water was too rough at some place, thus impossible to capture in the way I had imagined. After uploading my memory card at home,  I finally decided not to keep a lot of images. But, nevertheless, the walk had given me extra new ideas to work on some other time, with hopefully just the right amount of water 😉
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