A foggy lake landscape in B&W: Stillness

The coming two months, I will focus on shooting and publishing snowy mountain landscapes. So, I thought I’d better squeeze in another minimalist long exposure photograph of a foggy lake landscape in B&W. 🙂

I ran into four rocks below last month when I was scouting the coastline of Lac de Neuchâtel for long exposure locations together with fellow Swiss photographer Dominique Dubied. I spent quite some time with these stones, to find the right angle. It was a very hazy day with slow-moving clouds, so I opted for a longer exposure to create a bit of a mystical look.

A foggy lake landscape in B&W: Stillness

A foggy lake landscape in B&W, featuring four rocks in a quiet mystical Lac de Neuchâtel, with the silhouette of mountains in the back.

I stacked three Lee neutral density filters (10+3+3) to push the duration of the exposure to 5 minutes.

I hope you like it! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cheers, Johan 🙂

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191 thoughts on “A foggy lake landscape in B&W: Stillness

  1. Christoph Fisher says:

    The B+W works beautifully here, and I love how the barely visible left hand mountain side balances the composition so nicely. Really nice work Johan !

    • Johan Peijnenburg says:

      Thanks a lot for the great feedback Christoph! Glad you noticed the mountains in the back. I actually have a slightly different version of this one on the pipeline which I think is a touch better :)

  2. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @shane: thanks again Shane. Thanks for dropping by!
    @Ada: it always makes ma happy when someone wishes me a great year, regardless of when it is Ada! Likewise! Thanks 🙂 

  3. Ada M says:

    it is February but this will not stop me from wishing you a great year! and for thanking you for your friendship and always nice words!

  4. Baldur McQueen says:

    Just brilliant! Beautiful stillness and the processing wonderful. I love the faint shadow of a hill sneaking into the shot… outstanding work.

  5. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Michel: thank you Michel. Merci!
    @Rikard: good to hear from you Rikard. Hope all is well !? Thanks for the kind words 🙂 

        • Rikard Lindby says:

          I sure did Johan. Now I have a huge backlog of photos to cull and edit. The curse of shooting digital with large amounts of flash cards 🙂 How are things with you? Any cool photo projects underway?

          • Johan Peijnenburg says:

            I know the problem Rikard! I just went through a pile myself. Have been locked in with a cold, but glad to go out again in the coming days 🙂 Focussing on winter landscapes at the moment (glad we have a bit more snow again now) and mountain LE’s. The latter is quite hard actually :)

  6. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Vishal: same to you Vishal. Just got back 🙂 Thanks for the compliment!
    @Ben: many thanks Ben!
    @Philipp: danke dir Philipp 🙂 

  7. Johan Swanepoel says:

    @Yasmin: Thank you. Will do my best 😀
    @Andy: many thanks Andy!
    @Muralidharan: Thank you!
    @Johan: thanks Johan! 

  8. Yasmin Simpson says:

    Lovely mystical rocks… :).
    Happy New Year friend Johan, wishing you all the very best to you and yours. Thank you for bringing a lot of smiles into my face during 2012, looking for more stunning images of yours.

  9. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Don: thank you Don and a very happy New Year to you too!
    @Javier: thanks Javier and all the best for 2013!
    @Vince: happy New Year Vince! Can you send me a private message with what you want to do? 

  10. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Kamal: thank you and a happy New Year to you too!
    @John: thanks for the feedback! Happy New Year!
    @Rohan: thank you very much Rohan and all the best for 2013 to you too!
    @Aline: dank je wel and blij om te horen 🙂 Jij ook een mooi 2013! 

  11. Vince Ong says:

    Johan Happy new year to you!

    Johan, I would like to interview you via G+ Hangouts, would like you to share your experiences as a photographer here. Do let me know if you are interested and suitable time for you. Thank you :)

  12. Aline van Weert says:

    What a beauty Johan!
    Door deze foto zie ik ineens allerlei mogelijkheden in vijvers en meren, dank je wel.
    Ik wens je een geweldig mooi 2013!

  13. Wilfried Haferland says:

    Beautiful exposure… Looking fwd to the coming snowy ones, they will be as great as this one, for sure. Thank you, Johan!

    • Johan Peijnenburg says:

      Thank you! Good to hear that you have high expectations Wilfried 🙂 Have a great 2013 and looking forward to shooing/hiking/etc with you and Nadine even more in the new year!

      • Wilfried Haferland says:

        Yeah, a very good ’13 to you too, I’m defenitively looking fwd to do all those fine things together! :-)

  14. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Lella: thanks Lella. Hopee your having a great time as well 🙂
    @David: thanks David. Like wise. Enjoy the holidays!
    @Angelika: thank you very much Angelika! Happy Holidays to you too! 

  15. Armand Dijcks says:

    I like that subtle outline of the landscape in the distance and the way it blends with the foreground. At first I thought it was part of the clouds, which makes it look like the rocks are floating in the clouds somehow. A great example of how good post processing can play with your perception of an image…

    • Johan Peijnenburg says:

      the trick in this one was to hold back and even tune down the background in this … at least in achieving what I wanted. Obviously that could have been the wrong choice 😉 Fijne dagen Armand! 

  16. Julia Anna Gospodarou says:

    Beautifully minimal Johan! I love the contrasts and how they emphasise the four rocks in the foreground. Merry Christmas to you too!! :)

  17. Heine J. Melgaard says:

    Beautifull capture Johan. I’m going to Avoriaz in the new year, leaving on friday, I will try my best to shoot some winter landscape as well 🙂 The family are going skiing 🙂
    Happy holidays!

  18. Christophe Friedle says:

    Happy holidays to you and your loved ones Johan . Thanks for all the support and if we return to Switzerland next year let’s try and get together for an espresso. 🙂 

  19. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Jim: Thanks for the detailed feedback and compliment Jim! Glad it is to your liking!
    @Nathan: yup, thanks 😀 Happy holidays and enjoy your walk early January! 

  20. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Bill: many thanks Bill. Always wanted to shoot something like this, so glad I found them 🙂
    @Nurcan: thank you Nurcan 🙂

  21. jim Warthman says:

    What an excellent photo, Johan! I love your minimalistic composition and post processing treatment – it’s very very effective! The foreground rocks balance nicely with the hint of shoreline in the distance, on the left. Well done!

  22. Stefanie Loges says:

    Oh this looks really great, nice piece of minimal and the glassy surface of the water is so super clean and nice in tones!! Have a Merry Christmas Johan :)

  23. Dominique Dubied says:

    This is very lovely, Johan! I remember the place well. Thanks for mentioning me. I wish you a merry Xmas and a great new year full of fantastic images to share!

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