When I first saw this scene, the two rocks in the water reminded me of stepping stones on the way to the beautiful mountains on the other side. Like phases in life that need to be lived to eventually get you where you want to be. I spent the first 40 years of my life working towards fulfilling my dream of living in the Alps during the other 80 years of my life and to work there as a photographer (yes, I am planning to be at least 120 years old one day). It was a challenging journey, however I did enjoy it and got there in the end! The scene also reminded me of something a ski teacher told me a long time ago, when he send me down a very steep triple diamond black trail somewhere in Canada with waaaaaay to many trees: “Forget about the trees. Just focus on the space in between them”! It worked (more or less)! So, try to forget about the stuff that might get you wet once in a while and you might be going places 🙂
This black & white photograph features a couple of rocks in Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). In the background you can see the silhouette of the French Alps. I captured this image near Morges in Switzerland. I used a Lee 10-stop ND filter and a Lee 2-stop ND filter (to achieve an exposure of 60 seconds) in combination with a Singh-ray 2 stop graduated ND filter (to keep the sky in check). I processed the image with Adobe’s Lightroom 4.1 and Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.