Image: Like a frame, editors pick

NatureScapes.NET  Landscape Gallery : Editors Pick

Like a frame


Since the new website layout from Naturescapes.NET the editors no longer  announce a image of the week per gallery but choose a  Editors Pick.

I am happy to see that my personal favorite from the last photo session, trees in winter, is chosen by editors.

Some feedback so far:

  • I like using trees as a frame too. And this is a particularly nice one.
  • Beautiful composition, Kristel. The tree has a powerfully earthy—almost sensuous—aspect that might make periodic revisits worthwhile.
  • Fantastic!! This is gorgeous!!
  • Very nice Kristel! A unique and interesting composition, love the detail!
  • Beautiful bit of art Kristal — love the composition.


Nature Photography in Your Own Backyard

Nature Photography in Your Own Backyard
by Kristel Schneider

Nature Photography in your Backyard sounds easy but you still have to walk around and look for the right light, different angles and backgrounds to create an interesting image.
Yesterday afternoon I decided to remove the dust from my Sigma 150mm macro lens. I noticed that lately I was stuck to my 300mm L 4.0 lens for close-up photography so I made myself walk around with the Sigma lens and I looked for a nice insect or a nice flower.

This little Crab Spider (Thomisidae) was waiting for its next pray. I did not see the spider at first because it was white and sitting on a white flower.
For me ‘the white on white’ was interesting  so I looked around for some nice soft background light. I turned and turned to get another  flower  in the upper part of the frame to make the composition complete.

The white little spider has two orange/red stripes and while I was looking for different angles I noticed an orange Lily nearby. In my mind this could be a nice repetition of the two colors and the white from the flower against the orange background would provide a nice color contrast.  While waiting for the little spider to move into the right position on the flower I walked around and tried out different angles and positions.

Both images were taken with a Canon 5DMII -Sigma 150 Macro lens, natural light.

Nature backyard photography tips:

  • Look for an interesting  subject (flowerbeds, insects, different details, water movement, etc.) and study it.
  • Think about different compositions.
  • Look for the right light (natural light or fill flash, reflectors)
  • Look for a nice background color and/or elements.
  • Walk around your subject and try out different angles. Image of the week selection

Image of the week in category Flora and Macro
by Kristel Schneider

Congratulations – Kristel Schneider IOW 11th May, 2012! by Greg Downing

I just found out that my image: Wood Sorrel,  has been  selected as ‘Image Of the Week’ at Naturescapes.Net (a photography forum) in the category, Flora and Macro.

Some feedback:

– Very painterly, looks a bit like a fantasy forest.

– Very cool. Excellent use of blurring in both foreground and background in a way that enhances the subject rather than distracting from it.

– I enjoy this very much. A dream-like work of art.

– Delicate, ethereal and just beautiful! This is gorgeous Kristel!
– Very much out of a fairy tale, Kristel. Lovely in all respects.

Click here to see more images from my Wood Sorrel series.

Color Transformation

Color Transformation
by Kristel Schneider

This weekend I met, for the first time the members of  Massifs Centraux (a collective from four local Photographers). Together we explored an area nearby the Mont-Dore (Auvergne -France), Col de Guéry. Although the calender tells us we are in Spring, the weather is reacting differently with colder temperatures.  Between rain showers and thunderstorms I  was able  to take some images.

The Col de Guéry , is located in a regional nature park, Volcans d’Auvergne.
Due to the altitude (1268) and the colder Spring temperatures you can see that the tree tops in the Col de Guéry show a different color pallet then in lower parts of the Auvergne, where you already can see the different tints of green.
The leaf buds in the valley are still closed and the colors are gradually transforming from a  nice red pastel color glow to different tints of green. But before we can see the green leafs we still  have to wait a couple more weeks.

Images are taken with Canon 5DMII, 24-105 MM  and Canon 300 L mm.

A study of nature patterns

A study of nature patterns
by Kristel Schneider

During my photography workshops I always mention that to take an interesting photo requires certain skills.  A very important one is to have an eye for details, color and structure. A good exercise is to look at patterns and details in nature. You can go to a forest or in my case a mountain field with lots of rocks.

I just looked at pattern and details on rocks and little stones. Before you know it you get sucked in all the nice color contrasts and then the goal is to focus on a nice frame.

Here are some examples of my study of nature patterns. All taken with a Canon 5DMII – Sigma 150 macro lens and a tripod.

Print of the Month, February 2012

Print of the Month, February 2012
by Kristel Schneider

I am happy to announce the first —  Print of the Month. Every month, I will offer a different  print for only € 39 ! More information about my Art Prints click here.

Print of the Month, February 2012 —a photograph from Montpeyroux, a medieval village located in the Puy de Dome – Auvergne (Massif Central)- France.  Classified in the list  ‘most beautiful villages of France‘.

Pink Morning Glory, a magical moment with the sun rising over the hills gradually enlightening  the medieval village in the frozen scenery.

Page size
(metric stds.)
  cm   inches Paper finish
A4  21×29.7 8.27×11.69 -Matte

Read How to order and then click here to purchase the Print of the Month February 2012.

This image—at this price—will only be available for the month of  February 2012!

For gifting or decorating

Any image in the Art Print folder can be purchased as an ART PRINT.
Each print is quality-checked and signed by Kristel Schneider before it is sent out to you.

Images will be added to the Art Print folder regularly. So, check back for new additions!
and every month a special, Print of the Month will be announced. See this Blog for more information.

Abstract images via panning technique

Abstract images via
panning technique
by Kristel Schneider

‘To create interesting images of moving subjects requires some practice’

In my latest blog post I commented on Serge Deboffle’s exhibition entitled Art Animalier. Looking at what he showed at the Nature Photo Festival in Montier en Der made me look quite differently at the cranes gathering on Lac en Der.

It’s quite renowned that November brings thousands of cranes to France, in their migration from the northern parts of Europe. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to see some big flocks flying together, and I could even go to Lac en Der before sunrise. To be there at the break of dawn when they gradually awakened to the first lights of the day was quite a unique experience then, as they slowly gathered to reach the day’s feeding spot.

This year, I have to admit, the lack of water in the lake was a big problem: the birds were too far away to be captured as portraits or even landscape shots. That’s when I could recall Serge Deboffle’s work to my mind and decided to experiment on the technique of abstract images. One of the techniques I currently used was panning, i.e. you move the camera horizontally and scan the moving subject as it moves along.

Proper panning imples motion. It creates the feeling of movement and speed without blurring the subject – as a slow shutter speed would tend to do. Indeed, think of the Tour de France: the biker you photography is sharp but the road and the surrounding are a blur, giving the impression of movement and speed.

My idea was to get the exact opposite in my images : I wanted the crane not to be sharp, or let’s say, their bodies would be but not their moving wings.

That was not as easy as I might have imagined, just because you want to see something, and not just a blurry stripe or some dark dots floating in the sky of your photo. So after numerous and various camera settings, I managed to capture some kind of picture I once had had in mind.

The result will be the same as painting: some people will claim that kind of photography is not their cup of tea, as opposed to me. Indeed, in my opinion, it’s always nice to learn and experience something new while trying out new techniques.

Look for other Crane images: Fauna gallery

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