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Sunrise over Bern Countryside

This video is about location scouting on the bank of river Aare, Bern.

It is actually another proof to shoot local.

The little red bridge

A gorgeous red bridge over the river Aare

My search for new locations for landscape photography continues. This morning I hiked up to another cliff. But it was far too hazy to shoot the sunrise.

A little fog started to form near a red bridge which suddenly caught my attention.

A portrait shot of the Aare region

Sunrise of the River Aare

At this location, the portrait orientation seemed to be the right way to shoot this river.

Today, I woke up at 4 am to go up the cliff to photoshoot the Aare river. I was very nervous at it was the first time I came to this location. But it turned out to be fantastic during the sunrise.

Mont Vully Sunrise

A lovely morning on top of Mont Vully became the highlight of the day. The colours on the sky was so vibrant coupled with this beautiful view it is simply gorgeous.

Perseid 2016

Perseid star trail

The Perseid Meteor Shower was simply stunning. It could be seen with the naked eye.

However, I totally forgot that it would happen this week. While going through my twitter feeds, I saw that the peak was tonight. So I rushed out instantly. After several hours, it turns out I was quite fortunate to capture one small meteor flying by. 

Perseid meteor shower

Solar Power

Solarsail

This is a solar energy harvesting sail. It was close to a parking lot. So it was a struggled to find the right composition to avoid vehicles on the image.

Waves on a usually calm lake

Waves on a usually calm lake
Just like yesterday, today remained windy, but with a few sunny spells from time to time.So, I went out to hunt for some rocks on which water can be spilled over by the waves. Lake Neuchatel is rather calm as shown on the image below taken in summer 2016.
La TèneSubtle summer lakescape.

So it was time to capture something different from this lake. First, I opted for some reflection on the water to give it a shinny metallic surface. Then, it was all about wait time game to capture the right wave.

Lake surfing

Lake surfing

I was after the rain curtains today after looking at the weather forecast, this morning. The prediction expected high chances of occasional showers and wind speeds of at least 25 km/h.

However, I was not the only one after such weather conditions. Some surfers were out as well. It was impossible to avoid them in my compositions, unless I move locations. But I thought to use them to add a sense of scale on my images.

The composition was selected in such a way to hide the buildings in the city by the rain curtains. Thereby, there would be less distraction on the end image. Lake Neuchâtel is usually calm. Thus, waves on the lake would bring an interesting element for those who knew Lake Neuchâtel. The clouds brought a dark and moody element to suggest that this is an extreme sport. The gradient of colours on the water would lead the viewer's eye to the lake surfer.

Project: Magnetic fields

It's been some time now that I wanted a landscape photography project which somehow relates to my professional work as micro-nano electronic engineer.

Such project should represent an evolution of my current photography style and somehow relates to electronics.

Thus, we have this abstract project entitled "Magnetic fields". The reflection of sun rays near rocks would be represented as the magnetic fields. Although I like wide open space on my images, this project mainly inherited my black and white retouching.

The photographs of this project can be found here and they are all single exposures.

Luxury sailing boat

A fine sailing yacht enjoys the space and comfort of a gorgeous lake.

It was very challenging to extract some texture from this calm lake. A lot of patience was required to get a gentle breeze to create some ripples while the boat is dead in the centre.

Luxury sailing boat

Lauterbrunnen Valley

The weather forecast of May 1st, 2017 suggested rain the whole day. That did not stop me from going there. It was the perfect day and Lauterbrunnen was the perfect location for black and white photography.

The image I had in mind was a dramatic black and white panorama of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, along with the famous Staubbach waterfall. Under such weather, I knew I would be completely drenched and so would be my gears. But, the end image would be majestic.

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Composed from four images, this panorama describes perfectly what I was after. It rewarded the effort of being in Lauterbrunnen while it was pouring and snowing.

The Staubbach waterfall itself deserved a dramatic black and white image as it falls about 300m.

Staubbach fallsThe second highest waterfall in Switzerland with a height of 297m.

A more intimate shot of the waterfall.

Staubbach falls - Close up

A fine-art style of the Staubbach waterfall.

Staubbach falls

Sometimes during the day, the weather become worst and visibility decreased drastically. It

Project: Luskentyre colours

Last week and weekend were productive ones.

Last summer (July 2016), I was in Isle of Harris and was amazed by the sense of wide space on its beaches. I came back home still buzzing about the colours of Luskentyre beach and negative space out there. These elements then became a fundamental part of my photographs.

The last 3 weeks, I carefully planned a project of six photographs to express that feeling and these elements. It was entitled "Luskentyre colours". The last 10 ten days were spent on location to produce the colours of Luskentyre beach along with lots of negative space. The location sadly was not in the Outer Hebrides, but rather on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel, 20 minutes from where I live.

The six photographs of this project can be found here.

Hard horizon

Sharp horizon

In search of compositions with more and more negative space, I have been developing a new technique to create lines with a lot of space through intentional movement. The image above is the end result I was after: Hard and sharp lines.

To achieve this effect, the scene plays an important role to convey the balance on the image. For example, in the image below, one's eyes can easily be drawn to the mountain on the right hand side.

LakescapeEarth is moving ...

Natural Letter X

Sun rays, mist and haze ! All natural elements which help to create the letter X.

Natural X : coldX letter formed by the mountains.
Natural X : sunriseX letter formed by the sunlight and the silhouette of the trees.