Posted on March 12, 2014
Dog’s Tooth violet
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 😉
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Posted on February 13, 2014
Follow the steps editors pick- Landscape gallery
Montagne des Allebasses
Altitude, 1365 m.
PNR Livradois Forez | Auvergne |France
See blog post: – Emptiness – for more images, Montagne des Allebasses
Some feedback so far:
Other editors picks in 2013:
Posted on February 6, 2014
Visions and Nature’s :Tuscany of Auvergne workshop is one of them !
Photoshelter made a list of just some of the photography classes happening around the world in 2014 and in chapter: outside of the U.S., Visions and Nature’s Tuscany of Auvergne is listed.
France: Kristel Schneider is teaching a 5-day workshop in Tuscany of Auvergne, a photo-holiday and learning experience wrapped into one: Aug. 24 -28th
To see the list of all the 50 awesome photo workshops happening around the world, click here.
Posted on January 7, 2014
A short photo holiday in combination with a great learning experience Photography workshop withWhile 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.
Photographer Kristel Schneider Date: 24 August – 28 August 2014
More info: Workshop page (Eng) Meer info: Workshop pagina (NL)
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Posted on January 3, 2014
2013, looking back at another great photography year
Fun, challenging, exciting and rich
Now, in 2014, I can look back at a successful but busy photography year. Through my work for the regional natural park (PNR) Livradois Forez I could, by all means, draw a lot of lessons. To put myself outside my comfort zone (Nature and Landscape Photography) and to do photo reportages with lots of different types of people in all kinds of weather conditions and locations was exciting and challenging. But most of all, fun to do (click here for an overview). The only drawback was that there was not a lot of time left for my personal photography plans. And if at the same time the weather acted funny, then I ended up with a poor selection of images for 2013. However I think I had some great moments in nature and thanks to the wide variety of photo assignments I was given, I could discover new photo sites to explore from now on.
To say goodbye to 2013, here is my selection of my private best shots of 2013:
Last light taken in January 2013.
Etang de la Colombière, a local fishing lake in the middle of the forest in Haut-Livradois. That day, I remember, it was cold and the mist was gathering around the trees. I only had to wait for some great light to finalize the nice atmosphere. A beautiful place that always will be on my photography list ; it will have its own particular charm, whatever the season.
Trees in the winter taken early February 2013.
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) in the place calledVallée de la Fontaine Salée | Chastreix-Sancy (1299m). There is nothing more peaceful than walking in a forest covered with snow. Great day that was ! Read all about it here.
Puy de Redon taken in February 2013.
A snowshoe hike I will surely never forget. That day was the 3rd time I went on a trail with snowshoes on, so the idea of climbing to the top of the high mountains in the Sancy was exciting and hard at the same time, but a real adventure. Read all about it here.
Man Orchid taken in May 2013.
Being a real Wild Orchid lover I was very happy to find a protected orchids site – nearby Puy de Pileyre vulcano, not far from my home. This year spring was very wet and although I visited my orchid site a couple of times it was difficult to find flowers that had not been damaged by the heavy rains. These Man Orchids were nicely protected by a bush and the day I took that image the light was poor and that I had to work fast between the storms that passed by over my site.
Winter in Spring taken in May 2013.
During a private photo tour we visited Col de la Croix St Robert in Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park. The plan was a sunrise session but due to the weather conditions we unfortunately had to skip the sunrise. Instead we got lots of snow, fog and frosty trees later on in the morning. Not quite what we expected during this Spring Photo Tour in Auvergne. But the scenery was so beautiful and the trees with the morning frost were magical.
Rossignolet taken in June 2013.
When you organize workshops in your own area you visit certain locations a lot. Such is the case with the so-called Rossignolet waterfall nearby the town of Mont Dore.
Each time the view and the atmosphere are different there and the day I took this image the fresh green leaves popped-out nicely against the white running water.
See here my blog post about that day.
Common-dog-violet taken in August 2013.
On my way home from a photo session I saw this purple color patch of violets on the ground. I parked the car on the side of the road and just put myself next to these fragile little flowers. This lonely violet caught my eyes and made my day!
Cholizas taken in November 2013.
The rough water conditions were challenging that day but it was great, rainy and overcast – ideal to photograph a forest scenery.
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.
Read more here.
Tuscany of Auvergne taken in December 2013.
Driving back home from a Christmas local market I remember thinking that the weather was so mild that the scenery in front of me could be the one of a late summer evening.
With the only difference that the fields were empty and not nicely covered with sunflowers or garlic.
Sunny moments in the snow taken in December 2013.
Sometimes the weather is not very motivating to go out with your camera, like the day I took this image : the weather was grey and dull.
But I am happy I changed my mind and around 3 pm I drove to the Haut Livradois area, not very far from where I live. The temperature was below zero degree celsius, which made the scenery frosty and cold.
The clouds were hanging low over the trees, many still covered with snow from the heavy showers. After that day temperatures went up and the snow disappeared fast.
Read more here.
Overview 12 favorite photos 2013 click here.
Posted on December 4, 2013
Pine trees in the clouds editors pick- Landscape gallery
Pine trees in the clouds Livradois-Forez Auvergne France
It’s touching to see that one of my images again got recognized on NatureScapes.net as an Editor’s Pick, for the 14th time now in 2013.
They must like my photography 😉 and it makes me happy when people tell me that I inspire them with my work. Personally I am not always satisfied when I come home from a photo shoot because of the light or I could not find what I had in mind. A lot of the images land in the bin or in a folder ‘to look at later’. This image was for me a mind breaker, not really sure if it was in ‘balance’ if I had captured the right mood etc. And now I am happy that the little touch of sunlight and the clouds in the pine trees was appreciated and that the mood I had in mind is well translated.
For other images of that day see earlier blog-post: sunny moments in winter. Some feedback so far:
Other editors picks so far (2013):
- Frost texture – Macro and flower gallery
- Chiloza Waterfall – Landscape gallery
- One– Macro and flower gallery
- Greens and White – Landscape gallery
- November mood in May – Landscape gallery
- They are awake – Macro and flower gallery
- Snow Dunes – Landscape Gallery
- Wood Anemone – Macro and flower gallery
- Snow waves- Landscape gallery
- Like a frame –Landscapes gallery
- Falling snow – Landscapes gallery
- Lake with mist- Landscapes gallery
- Abstract gras scene – Macro and flower gallery
Category: Editors Pick, Landscape Photography Tagged: Auvergne Photography Workshops, foto workshops auvergne, foto workshops Frankrijk, Kristel Schneider Photography, Nature and Landscape Photography, Nature Photography Workshops, NatureScapes.Net, Stages Photo en Auvergne, winter photography, winter shots
Posted on December 2, 2013
Sunny moment in the snow
by Kristel Schneider
– A cloudy December Sunday
in the Livradois Forez –
Sometimes the weather is not very motivating to go out with your camera, like last Sunday, the weather was grey and dull.
But I am happy I changed my mind and around 3 pm I drove to the Haut Livradois, not very far from where I live. The temperature was below zero, which made the scenery frosty and cold.
The clouds were hanging low over the trees, many still covered with snow from the heavy snow showers of 2 weeks ago.
What made me happy last Sunday was the fast transformation of the light in the forest landscapes. The thick clouds were moving fast over the forest but when there was a tiny hole, these landscapes got a warm natural filter by the sun. Sometimes just for a few seconds and then the clouds would cover the sky again. These light transformations did not last long at around 4 pm the sky was too thick and dark, no warm sunlight would appear anymore. So even when the weather does not look that great at first, when you have time, go out and just look for the light.
Images taken with Canon 5DMII- 70-200L lens in Auvergne,France.
Category: Genereal, Landscape Photography Tagged: Auvergne Photography Workshops, foto workshops auvergne, foto workshops Frankrijk, Kristel Schneider Photography, Livradois Forez, Nature and Landscape Photography, Nature Photography Workshops, PNR Livradois Forez, Stages Photo en Auvergne, Visions and Nature, winter photography, winter shots