Immediately when I first saw the landscape captured in this photograph in B&W, the two big rocks in the foreground seemed like stepping stones. Stepping Stones for reaching the beautiful mountains on the other side of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). Like phases in life that need to be lived, to hopefully get you where you want to be at some point. I spent the first 40 years of my life working towards fulfilling a dream. A dream of living in the Alps during the remaining 80 years of my life, and to work there as a photographer. Yes, I plan 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!
Besides that, the rocks in this scene reminded me of something a Canadian ski teacher told me a long time ago when he sent me down a very steep triple diamond black trail 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 🙂
I captured this photograph in B&W near Préverenges in Switzerland using a Nikon D3x and a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. The combination of a 10-stop and 2-stop ND filter pushed the exposure time to 60 seconds. As a result, motion blur smoothened the lake surface. The sky was rather bright. Therefore, I needed to use a 2-stop graduated ND filter to balance the exposure.
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Cheers, Johan 🙂