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The First shot

That morning, it wass very cloudy, cold and quite dark as well. It’s already been couple of weeks since my last vlog.

My second daughter was born six weeks ago and I was also very busy with work. Hence I have not been outside with the camera. So much, that today I was desperate I need to capture something. I was not after any award winning photo. It was about getting the gears out and get the first shot out of the way.

My first shot is always meant to break the ice and to get the creativity factory up and running. I’ve never been here before, so I’m not expecting anything. But I am keen to find some compositions for some future shots. It still needed a week or two to get its autumnal peak. What do we have here?

The first image of every trip always goes into my photo of the location box. Only after capturing that first time, I can restore calm, relax and take my time to wander about in search for more compositions. After then, I can become more creative and it becomes fun too. The leaves were still green, but there are some yellow hot spots which gave some decent images.

Half tree

Half tree

Finally it is below freezing point. Winter is here and so is frost.

This is another tree I walked passed several times this year, but never managed to isolate the tree from the background. However, today I felt the composition and colours were just right. It seemed that the story of this tree can not be told without its environment. Hence, I went for a painting-like image.

Vertical stems

Vertical stems which nature depends upon.

Some things change and some things do not change as we hop from one season to another.

The atmosphere in the woods today felt like winter is knocking on the door. The leaves would soon lose their strength and will turn brown. But the tree trunks will hold tight and firm. Mist is gaining ground and soon, these trees will turn into monochrome.

This image is a tribute to these vertical stems which help nature to regenerate and feed an ecosystem we all depend upon.

Hidden

A curved look shape tree with yellow leaves
Today, I had nothing in particular in mind while walking in the woods, except looking for some "autumn" opportunities. I passed by this curved looking shape tree with yellow leaves several times in the past. But I never quite managed to photograph it, the way I would like.
It was cloudy and 4 degrees celcious outside. Light was scarce and I was hoping for some mist to spice up the scene. In this part of the forest, there were only some hotspots of trees which had yellow leaves. The rest are still green. It appeared that these yellow leaves are hiding and soon "hidden" became the title of this set of photos.
A lost path
A hidden shed

One forest path

In this post, I'll show two different angles from the same location as the one both.

Near the river Aare

Autumn is here already. My second daughter was born this month and for about a month I didn't go out without this little darling.

Autumn is the time of the year I do the opposite of what I normally shoot with lots of the negative space. In the next couple of posts, I'll be photographing a rural woodland. But these photos on this post, were taken during a small walk along the river Aare with the family.

Greens turn yellow and red is the defining character of autumn. It was quite nice to go out after the photography drought of last month.

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