Get to the Shot. Week Six. Searching for the Abandoned Hut

January 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Get to the Shot. Week Six. Searching for the Abandoned Hut

Last year I walked form Chamonix to Les Houches along the north side of the l’Arve river. In Les Bossons, half way to Les Houches, I came across an old abandoned hut. After the last snow fall we had this week, I wanted to go and find it again and maybe get a few good black & white shots. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0884Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows.

The walk through the forest was quite scenic with all the fresh snow. Specially with the late afternoon sun piercing through the trees creating warm colours and long shadows that gave a little extra depth to my photos. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0899Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0896Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0893Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows.

The sense of mystery created by the winding path, obscuring the far distance, always makes me eager to go further and see what’s around the next corner. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0887Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0886Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0890Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0922Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows.

After about an hour I found the hut, and of course … it wasn’t as picturesque as I remember. At least the walk was enjoyable. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0916Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0918Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows.

On the way back I also found a small part of the river where the water was till and created a smooth mirror reflection of the winter wonderland above. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0913Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows.

By the time I got back to Lac Sinclair, the end of my walk, it was already dark. Guess what … I couldn’t resist the urge to try painting with light through the snow covered trees. The last few weeks, it seems like I get my best shots at the end of the day and this week, it was no exception. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0941Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows. Forest, Winter WonderlandDSCF0932Walk along the river, through a snow covered forest. Late afternoon sun piercing through the trees, creating long atmospheric shadows.

With the two shots above, I used a shutter speed of 30sec and my aperture wide open (f4.5) to allow more light in and avoid getting a black sky.

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