Photo-tour : Best of Auvergne – last spot

Thanks to modern technology (Skype) I could meet the participants of the summer photo-tour to Auvergne this morning.
A nice mix of photography experience and people, looks like we are going to have lots of fun and photo moments together!

Like to join us in the Auvergne, there is only one spot available. (update: this tour is fully booked!, new dates for 2016 will be published soon)
More info: EnglishDutch

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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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Publication in French Nature Magazine: Nat’Images

Publication in French Nature Magazine: Nat’Images 31

To photograph trees
by Kristel Schneider

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

The article (written by Kristel Schneider and translated/adapted (French) by F.Rousseau) describes the different approaches in tree photography.
A total of 8 pages is published in the nr. 31 April/May 2015 issue. For those who live in France the issue is now for sale in the kiosks. Publication-Natimages-31-Vairaiontions-in-trees-JPGlowUpcoming exhibitions ‘ Variations in Trees’

  • Exposition Viborg | Denmark, 3rd Fotofestival DK, « Variations in trees », 22-24 May  2015
  • Exposition Picardie | France- ,25e Festival de L’Oiseau et de la Nature , « Variations in trees », 1-3 May  2015

Look for an overview of tree images on Kristels site: portfolio trees

 

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

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)

 

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