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


 More information: Dutch | English

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

Emptiness on the summit

– Emptiness –

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


The last couple of days I visited the summit of Montagne des Allebasses twice, and each time the weather conditions were totally different. This is what makes going back to the same location so interesting, it never looks the same and light conditions change very rapidly, especially when you’re on a high altitude. I just love walking into the emptiness with my snow shoes. The sound, the view of such a huge open space in-front of my eyes make me feel so small. Sometimes the overwhelming beauty of such a scenery, the emptiness around me can be difficult to capture in just one shot. It’s at that moment that I am happy to see lines in the field, or fox-tracks. I just want to follow these tracks and explore the same route this animal followed before I did. You can see the zigzag in the open field, wandering, looking for food. Following the route, it was important for me not to step into hidden holes the wetland is known to have underneath the snow. The trees on the summit were not totally covered with snow anymore, the warm temperatures had removed the heavy loads from the branches. But there was just enough left for me to capture the winter spirit.

On the second day there was a lot of wind and the sun was already very low. The summit did not only feel cold but it also looked very cold. The peaceful empty scene  of the day before had now transformed into a rough textured snow field. The wind was blowing the snow over the ground and the sunlight was changing fast with the moving clouds in the back. There was no use of putting on my tripod and because of the low angle I chose I had to be very careful not to get the full blast into the camera lens. And at one point I was not alone anymore, two people and a dog popped-up from behind, this made my ‘empty’ scene look totally different again. Summit-Montagne-des-Allebasses_12

Image| Pine trees in the clouds, editors pick

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 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. Pine-trees-in-the-clouds Some feedback so far:

  • Always love your winterscapes!
  • Beautiful Kristel. Your images always seem to have a certain surreal yet realistic appearance. I so enjoy your work.
  • Great image. Very nice. Excelent shot.
  • Love this!!! moody, excellent presention…First class!
  • Beautiful winterscape
  • Wonderful image Kristal.   Thanks for sharing this beautiful shot.

Pine-trees-in-the-clouds     Other editors picks so far (2013):

Sunny moments in the snow

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.

Livradois-Forez-winter-scenery auvergneTrees-with-frostLivradois-Forez-winter-scenery_2Pine-trees-in-the-cloudsScotisch-pine-tree

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