New in 2017 – Italian Dolomites Photo tour

Dolomites-2017

 

Experience the impressive decor from the ‘other’ Italy

When all my school friends went to the beach my parents took my brother and me every summer to San Cassiano, in the heart of the Italian Dolomites. Unfortunately when you are so young you do not appreciate all that beauty around you, it is much later that you realize that this was the seeding of my love for the mountains and for nature. Going back to my childhood holiday destination almost felt like going back home again. Tucked away memories came back and I rediscovered the beauty of these magnificent mountain ranges with their stone cathedrals. Pure enjoyment! I will be more than happy to share this beautiful area with you during this 8-day photo-tour – Kristel

More info: here

Tre cime in the clouds with afternoon sunlight just after a storm

Publication on Zoom.nl

Publication on dutch photography website, Zoom.nl,
about photography in the French region Auvergne with text and images by Kristel Schneider.
Part 1 about the summer and the winter was published last year, part 2 about the spring and autumn is now online: fototips voor Auvergne, Frankrijk (in Dutch).

 

Zoom blog publicatie

Website portfolio update | Latest Work

update
by Kristel Schneider

Spring time, the season of colors and new life.
For me the time where I focus a lot on flower photography, especially the last couple of weeks I visited my favorite flower ‘hotspots’ in the area
I was happy to see that the wild orchids were doing very good this year, some species came out even too early for me as they were already to damaged to photograph.
Nature is acting pretty unpredictable over the last couple of years and the flora is adapting better to this than our nature flower guides. So it is better to see for yourself and look when
certain species are out or not. Because of the weather (hot, warm, wet, wind) I returned to the flower areas a couple of times to see  their blooming status and to have better photography light conditions.

Today I updated my portfolio | Latest Work, to give you a small overview of what I have been photographing lately.
Feel free to have a look at my website

 

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Publication in Dutch photography Magazine: Natuurfotopassie

Publication in Natuurfotopassie 17
Natuurfotopassie, a Dutch photo magazine published an overview of my work in an 8-page portfolio.

The text was written by René de Vos and features some of my toughts about photography and what made me a nature photographer.

 

Natuurfotopassie-April-Mei-2015

 

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 😉

Image: Wood Anemone | Editors Pick

NatureScapes.NET  Macro and Flower Gallery : Editors Pick

Wood Anemoon

St. Flour L’Etang| Auvergne, France

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Its March and today we had snowstorms as if we are in the middle of Winter. Normally I would already cowl on the flour to look at the first flower buds or even the very first flowers. This image is from last April (2012), lets hope Spring will arrive soon …..

Some feedback so far:

  • nice colour pallette … an overall outsanding dreamy effect…nicely done.
  • Pretty wide-open look, nice textured background, lovely foliage.
    I’ll think spring for you! We just had 6 inches of snow, but it’s melted now.
  • Very nice.We are just getting Spring-like here in the Southeast
  • Fantastic soft color and light , sweet image
  • Somehow I missed this one! Congratulations on EP! The neutral tones in the BG with hints of grass is lovely & I like the way the flower is just peeking out!
  • A beautiful representation of this spring beauty – you had me all excited for a moment until I read this was from last year. It’s the same over here, snow all week, and now rain – spring seems to have gone missing this year
    Editors-pick_wood-anemone

    Other editors picks so far (2013):

Protected Orchids site – Puy de Pileyre

Protected Orchids site- Puy de Pileyre
Parc Livradois-Forez
by Kristel Schneider

Natura 2000, an EU-wide network of nature protection areas aims  to assure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats.
France counts 1700 of these nature protected areas. In the Regional Nature Park
Du Livradois- Forez
there are already 18 of them. For a nature photographer this kind of information is very useful and because I am rather new to this area I did some Internet-research about protected areas not far from home.

Being a real Wild Orchid lover  I was very happy to find a protected Orchids site – nearby the  Puy de Pileyre vulcano. Orchids are on list of protected wild plants, but not everybody cares about these lists and many times I can see that the side of the roads are cut radically with a land-mower.

A lot of Orchids prefer chalky soil and I could see on a map that around the Puy de Pileyre you had this kind of soil. This week I went, with my camera bag, to  find this Orchid site and I was lucky to still find some fresh Orchids that normally grow in May or beginning of June. Of course I was very careful not to harm any plants. But as a Nature Photographer you know how respect nature and its beauty. Seeing so many Orchids in one spot you wish that there would be more ‘respect for protected species’.

Here is an overview from the Bee Orchid – Ophys apifera (Orchidae) and the Red Helleborine Orchid – Cephalanthera rubra (Orchidae).

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