Dog’s Tooth violet

Spring flower Photography
by Kristel Schneider

Dog’s Tooth violet
(Erythronium)

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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 second visit for me to this place and I must say  it’s a real challenge to crawl with your 300mm or 150 mm lens over the floor and find a nice low angle shot 😉

Follow the steps editors pick- Landscape gallery

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Montagne des Allebasses
Altitude, 1365 m.
PNR Livradois Forez | Auvergne |France

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See blog post: – Emptiness – for more images, Montagne des Allebasses

Some feedback so far:

  • Wonderful image. I usually get frustrated when I see footprints on an otherwise immaculate snow cover.
    You used it to tell a story. Great job!
  • Great composition, wonderful details in the snow……and I just love the Fox tracks, excellent!
  • Perfect! A good eye in composing this…well done!
  • very pleasing image
  • Very beautiful composition.
  • Very compelling image. Great detail capture in the snow up close. Well done.
  • Nice use of the elements to introduce a strong leading line into the distance where that lone tree is.
  • Gorgeous!
  • Lovely scene
  • The isolation here is excellent!

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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

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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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Honorable Mention IPA 2013

International Photography Awards (IPA)
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IPA 2013 Honorable Mention
Nature : Trees pro

I am very happy that my image : Spot Lights got rewarded with a Honorable Mention at the International Photography Awards (IPA) 2013. I participated only in one category : Nature |Trees pro, and although it is not amongst one of the price winning images, I am very pleased that the jury picked-out my image out of the thousands of other images.

IPA  is one of the largest and most important international photo contests , with this year 15,000 entries from 103 countries.

Congratulations to all the price winners and other Honorable Mentions, especially :
Theo Bosboom, Sandra Bartocha, Marsel van Oosten, Rafael Rojas, Andrew George, Jasper Doest, Jeroen Stel

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The same but different

Waterfall Rossignolet
by Kristel Schneider
 
 
 
 

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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Image: Greens and white – editors pick

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Greens and White

Col de Guéry | Auvergne,  France

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Some feedback so far:

  • Beautiful Kristel! I can’t believe it! In the NE USA we had 35 degrees and snow last week and today it is almost 90 degrees (F of course) and hot and humid!
  • The snow gives it a pastel look. May was colder than usual here.
  • Love the detail and contrast.
  • Another beautiful image!
  • So beautiful!!!! Stay warm
  • I love the delicate detail and dusting of snow Kristel — superb image!
  • I like this low-contrast rendition. It shows that winter must not always be harsh, but can be gentle too.

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Image: November mood in spring – editors Pick

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November Mood in Spring

La Grande Cascade| Auvergne, France

 

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Some feedback so far:

  • Who says you can’t get a great shot in bad weather :) Very nice!
  • his says cold and damp. I like the waterfall peeking from the fog.
  • What a beautiful scene. Your framing and use of the fog in the frame is well done. Nicely done.

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