Image: Chiloza Waterfall – editors pick

NatureScapes.NET Landscape Gallery : Editors Pick
by Kristel Schneider

Chiloza Waterfall after the rain

 Auvergne,  France



After I published the blog post about the waterfalls of Chiloza I also put the image shown above on,
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!


Other editors picks so far (2013):

Waterfalls of Chiloza

Les Cascades de Chiloza
(Waterfalls of Chiloza)
by Kristel SchneiderCholizas_9

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


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 😉

Click here for my latest image.

The same but different

Waterfall Rossignolet
by Kristel Schneider

The same but different


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.



Trees in the winter

Trees in the winter
by Kristel Schneider

” Snow, chaos and trees”

Comparing earlier winters I experienced in the Auvergne, I can say this year was mild so far.  Last year I bought my own set of snow rackets but because of the lack of snow in my area I  decided yesterday  to look for some white powder higher up in the mountains.

Image by Cyril Coudert (2)

Kristel by Cyril Coudert


Readers who visit this blog more often know how much I love trees and one of the things I always wanted to do was walking on snow rackets in the forest. So together with photographer Cyril Coudert (partner from Massifs Centraux) I planned a photo day in the Sancy area (Auvergne, France).

Image by Cyril Coudert

Kristel by Cyril Coudert

Beech-tree-branch-in-winter_2Destination:  Vallée de la Fontaine Salée | Chastreix-Sancy  (1299m), the weather forecast was not that great but in the mountains it can change very fast so we gave it a try. Knowing that I had to walk for the first time on these snow rackets I decided to empty my camera bag. Camera body and only two lenses, the canon 24-105 and the canon 300 mm and my lunchbox + tripod.  Already missing my my 70-200mm lens, my favorite  ‘brick’ .
After walking for a while I was so happy with my earlier decision (LOL).

The tree branches had just enough snow to give it that little extra you like to see in your images. The view leaves gave a little touch of color in the brown/grey scenery.
The challenge was to find a nice  composition amongst the chaos.

Beech-tree-branch-in-winter Beech-tree-branch-in-winter_13

Hopefully next month the snow will return so that I can experiment some more in the winter forest. For more images click here

Publication in French Nature Magazine: Nat’Image

Publication in French Nature Magazine: Nat’Image
by Kristel Schneider

Nat’image, the nature edition of the popular French photo magazine Chasseur d’Image, published an article and an image portfolio from me about Mushroom photography.

The article (written by me and Fabienne Rousseau) describes the different approaches in mushroom photography. A total of 8 pages (+ small cover image) is published in the nr. 16  October/November 2012 issue.

Look for more images at: Mushroom and Fungi gallery

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