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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.

Le pavillon des bains

Last time I came to this location, there were a lot of birds which made the photoshoot hard to get one clear of these birds. This time, it was icy and moody.

Le pavillon des bains

Cold path to horizon

Been here several times and even walked the path to its end, but I believe winter (specially when the right hand side of the lake is frozen) only gives the cold moody and negative space I am after.

Youtube: Isle of Lewis, Scotland

To be precise, we are on the Dalbeg beach, alone. My wife filmed all the clips. Isle of Lewis stunned us with amazing light and colours. At this location, I feel it captured the best (my favourite) photo of 2016.

Youtube: Schwarzsee (Winter)

A new youtube video when I was on the frozen Schwarzsee Lake to shoot Schafberg and Kaiseregg.

Project: An area of natural beauty: December's mist

Picked up this ongoing "An area of natural beauty" project where I left last time and this time of the year mist is covering Neuchâtel, where I work (20 mins from where I live).

The green treeA gorgeous tree which is still holding his green trees at this time of the year.
Light daring to enter this thick mistMist took over not only the forest but also the sunlight coming through
Mist is taking over the forestDramatic mood brought by the mist at the edge of the woods.

Tempted by Symmetry

Last couple of weeks were pretty hectic to complete a work project (not photography related), I was not able to go outdoors for the sole purpose of photography.

I was tempted by symmetry from a photo contest. So it was the themed of this outing. It's the foggy season, hence I went for a moody black and white shoot.

Le Pavillon des BainsChez-le-bart, Neuchâtel