Get to the shot. Week One. Les Drus

December 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

A new start.

 

This blog of mine has been ling idle for some time. And since I’m no good at writing, not even close to what other travel blogs write, I’ve decided to take another angle and give this blog thing another good crack.

 

On a weekly basis, hopefully, I’ll show what I’ve been up to with my photography and how I got to my favourite shot. That includes my screw-ups and reasons why and how I choose my favourite for the week.

 

For the next 5 months I’m base in Chamonix, so my photos will include many landscapes that feature mountains, mountains and a few more mountains. If things go well, there will also be macro photography. I’m also busy with a little side project. For the first time I’m trying my hand at time-laps. So while I'm out looking for things to photograph, I'm compiling footage for this time-laps of Chamonix and it’s beautiful mountains in the clouds. The name of this video is also a work in progress.

 

Get to the shot: Week one. Les Drus

 

This weeks “Get to the Shot” feature the beautiful and majestic peak of Les Drus, and most likely it will feature again in my future posts. The first few days (stretching into weeks now), the snow is yet to make an appearance in the Chamonix valley.

 

My first photography outing was to a place I love to visit. The local Golf course. And no, I'm not a golfer. There are other reasons why I come here. The very still water of the water hazards gives mirror reflection of the mountains. Late afternoon the landscape has lang shadows and if you find the correct vantage point, it makes for beautiful photos with lots of depth to them and warm colours from the low afternoon sun.

 

With my first shot, I got the reflections. But as far as shadows are concerned. Not much of that was going on.

IMG_5669-2Les DrusMy very first attempt. Good reflection, but the image is flat due to a lack of shadows. And now warm sun either.

The second time, I got a bit more lucky with the weather. The sun and the shadows was there, but I wan’t quite in the right place for good composition.

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While looking for a better composition of the peak and it's refection, including the other two elements I want in the photo (shadow, warm sun), I took a few more photos to try out different compositions (I got a bit distracted by a dandelion too).

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Not far from where I started, I found what I was looking for. My favourite of the week. The location had all the elements I was looking for. Shadows, warm afternoon sun and a near perfect reflection of Les Drus. With the right afternoon sun, this peak of Les Drus has seriously vivid colours, and I hope to capture that in the next few months I'm here.

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​So there you have it. My favourite shot of the week and how I got to it. In short, it took more than one visit, I had to take a few photos to see if the composition works, and I got lucky with the weather.

 

Let me know what you think of these photos, and fire away if you have any questions.

 

Next week I'll show you my attempts at "painting with light". Be sure to come back ... there are quite a few flops.


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