The End, a new B&W long exposure of Lac Léman

Last week I went out to photograph B&W long exposures at the shores of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). The weather was quite awful. I went out anyway, hoping that the weather would clear up just in time to allow me to shoot the sunset with some drama in the sky. And it did. Sort of … just going works out well often enough in photography! The colour results I got that evening were quite dramatic. However, I couldn’t resist converting this particular one to black and white.

This B&W long exposure photograph shows a lake landscape with a line of rocks in the lake. It is there to break the waves and keep the sand on the beach in place. In the background, you see the silhouette of the French Alps. As the waves were actually rolling over these rocks that evening, I shot the scene with a longer exposure time of about 4 minutes. As a result, a bit of a misty effect appeared on the rocks. The dark brewing clouds and the soft evening light helped to create a moody atmosphere. Hope you like this B&W long exposure photograph!

I captured this photograph with a Nikon D800E in combination with a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. A 10-stop plus a 3-stop ND filter pushed the exposure time to 4 minutes. I processed the image with Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. The other settings were: 27mm, ƒ/9 and ISO250.

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Cheers, Johan 🙂

The End, a moody lake landscape in B&W

A moody lake landscape in B&W, with a line of rocks in Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) leading the eye to dark clouds and the silhouette of the Alps on the horizon.

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294 thoughts on “The End, a new B&W long exposure of Lac Léman

  1. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Ian: thanks again Ian and thanks for catching up with my work 🙂
    @Sandra: that is a very nice compliment Sandra! Thank you 🙂
    @Sweedon: glad you like it Sweedon ! 

  2. Sweedon Hedenberg says:

    absolutely stunning…love the texture and sharpness of the rocks in foreground in contrast to the beautifully silky Lexp water

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  4. Daryl L. Hunter says:

    Johan, a stunning shot, I’m going to have to get one of those big stoppers for my bag. I was checking featured photographers at photoshelter and recognized you from google +.

    Your blog is doing great with a ton of commentors – congrats

    • Johan Peijnenburg says:

      Hi Daryl! Thanks! Nice to see you around 🙂
      Yes, these big stoppers are fun. You will have to add a 2- and 3 stop as well. Otherwise you will often not get to 2 to 4 minute exposure!

  5. Kasha L says:

    This is a outstanding picture. I feel as though I’m walking a baeutiful path to somewhere unknown beneath the fog, when I see this picture.

  6. H larsson says:

    This is the work of a master, no doubt about that. I wish I one day get the opportunity to photograph these wonderful places. Right now I’m shooting boring advertising images, and feel abstinence not to photograph images like these.
    Have a great day my friend and thank’s for showing the world your amazing photos.

  7. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Gaurav: yes, has to happen once in a while 🙂
    @Laurie: thank you Laurie!
    @Richard: wow you are catching up. Thanks Richard! 

  8. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Joseba: thanks for the compliment Joseba!
    @Barbara: missed this comment earlier 🙂 Thank you!
    @Darla: glad you like it Darla. Thanks 🙂

  9. Anna Rimovska says:

    Jendhamuni Sos, Rubén Val, Olena Melnyk , Debrah Diva, Terre Britton and Anna Rimovska: thank you all for the kind words!

  10. Olena Melnyk says:

    Wowwww! fantastic landscape,is not transmitted sensations of delight!!! looks like another planet .I can not describe the feelings that are evoked soih your picture. Thank you, for that!!!

    • Anette Mossbacher says:

      :)))) loved it from A-Z. Still trying to figure out what day we have today. Never knew what day we had down there. Loved it :)) You need to go there for Landscape, you freak out and would extend your Holiday for 5 years :))

      • Johan Peijnenburg says:

        It’s Monday Anette :))) Yes I would probably love it there as well …. I have a long list of places still to visit though!

  11. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @rohan: thanks for the compliment Rohan! Much appreciated 🙂
    @Hotch: many thanks!
    @christian: glad you like it Christian!
    @Aidan: thanks Aidan! 

  12. Shannon Meng says:

    This is beautiful, the rocks lead me right to that bright spot on the horizon. Really amazing, thanks for sharing how you set up the shot as well.

  13. Caspar Thomas says:

    Brilliant picture – really like the line of rocks leading into the image and the great contrast you managed to get between the sharp textures of the rocks and the smooth LE of the water surface – really cool.

  14. Heine J. Melgaard says:

    Don´t think so Johan, the Ironman distance is to demanding, so if I take up the challenge again, it will “only” be the half Ironman 😉
    I´m coming to the Alp´s next sommer, participating in the Mont Blanc Marathon, so maybe we could make a little photowalk? :)

  15. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Aileen: thank you Aileen! Thanks for catching up 🙂
    @Alexandre: thanks for the compliment Alexandre!
    @Paul: dank je wel! 

  16. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Jean-Michel: merci Jean-Michel! Have a great weekend!
    @Joel: that is very nice to hear Joel. Thanks for the share 🙂 Still plenty of colour in my life! 

  17. Joel Tjintjelaar says:

    Your B&W work is getting more and more impressive with each post Johan ! What happened to all the colour in your life? 🙂 Well these are the ‘true colours’ Johan and I love those dark grey tones and overall dark feeling to it.

  18. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Armand: somehow I expected that you like the dark side 🙂 Tnx!
    @Trever: thanks for the compliment and nice to meet you!
    @Carsten: well thank you Carsten!
    @Tom: thanks for the compliment and nice to meet you Tom!

  19. Cédric Leblond says:

    marvelous LE work Johan , a great depth thanks to the foreground, a beautiful and soft gradient in the water, excellent!

  20. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Daniel: that is very nice to hear Daniel! Thanks!!
    @Heine: lol thanks Heine! How did the Iron Man go?
    @Joseph: many thanks Joseph!! 

    • Heine J. Melgaard says:

      It vent really well Johan, I´d cross the finish line in 11:53:09 and considering the course and weather, it was 36 C, i´m happy that I finished under 12 hours :)

  21. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Wendy: thanks Wendy!
    @Sophie: merci Sophie !! 🙂
    @Charlotte: many thanks Charlotte! Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Wilfried: thanks Maestro 😀 And they are fun to create, but you know that now 😉
    @Meg: thank you Meg!!
    @Patrice: much appreciated Patrice. Nice to hear 😀 Hope al is well in paris!
    @Steve: well thank you Steve! 

  23. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Rhandy: thanks for the compliment Rhandy and nice to meet you here! Make sure to get an extra 2 and 3 stop filter, as that 10-stop won’t suffice most of the times 🙂
    @Lilia: your comment rocks Lilia! Dank je wel. Alles goed?
    @Mikko: glad you like my poetry Mikko 😉 

    • Rhandy Cruz says:

      Thanks Johan. I did try stacking a polarizer on top of my 10 stop just to see what would happen. I got strange colour cast issues (nothing that I wasn’t able to correct in post) but it worked really well when converted to b+w.

  24. H. Larsson says:

    This is not a Photography – it’s art!
    Amazingly beautiful photo Johan! I like silence and desolate as the picture shows. Leading the path to sadness or happiness – That decision can only be decided by the viewer
    Right now it is a beautiful fog over most of the Nordic forest lake, you’re lucky you can see a moose look forward edge of the forest, or a fairy dancing on the water meadows. All trees are dressed in fabulous autumn colours. Next year, you should consider a visit to Sweden or Norway – I know you are the right man to capture the right feeling.

  25. Patrice PVK says:

    A little more impressive everyday Johan … I’m repeating myself, but I love the way you process your photos, B&W or colours.

  26. Rhandy Cruz says:

    Amazing piece. I love the stillness of the water contrasting with the storm clouds over head. This is inspiring me to do more long exposures with my 10 stop filter. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @E.E. Giorgi: thank you 😀 I always think I will, but I never do. I usually decide on either colour or B&W, process accordingly and then move on to the next image. I am planning to create a colour LE gallery at some point though, so who knows 🙂

  28. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Patricia: thank you very much 🙂
    @Leyla: hey Leyla 🙂 Many thanks as well!
    @Dominique: yes my dreamworld! Glad you like it ! 

  29. E.E. Giorgi says:

    wow, this is truly fantastic, Johan. Though since you mentioned colours, now I’m really curious to see them too…. any chance you’re going to share that version too? :-)

    • Johan Peijnenburg says:

      lol … no master yet. I am just practicing and hoping I am improving! thanks for the great compliment anyway Paul. Much appreciated! 

  30. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    Thank you very much Markus Landsmann !
    @Julia: well thank you Julia! Really glad you like it 😀
    @Andy: LOL Andy. Are you telling me you read all of the comments to find that out? Thanks for the compliment ! 

  31. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Tom: thanks Tom!! Yes. I am loving square crops more and more 🙂
    @David: many thanks David! Have to gamble and get out there as often as possible. The circumstances one gets at the end of a rainstorm can be very rewarding especially at sunset 🙂 

  32. Andy Korolis says:

    Really fine work Johan , a beauty!! Your technical details are even more illuminating, including all that rock moving ;-)

  33. Julia Anna Gospodarou says:

    What a beauty Johan !!! Absolutely love these gorgeous mid-grey tones and the light on on the horizon. Everything looks perfect! :)

  34. David Shield says:

    Superb composition with great drama Johan! I really like the milky water; you anticipated for this shot brilliantly.

    • Johan Peijnenburg says:

      thank you! Yes that was a bit of hard work to get them lined up like this, but it was worth the muscle pain ;)

    • Johan Peijnenburg says:

      thank you Athena! I like the word “enchanting” 😀
      Yes, you know this place. I went back one night last week when it was very very windy and raining a lot. A gamble that worked out perfectly. The best one of that night still needs processing: the pier :)))

  35. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @David: many thanks for the compliment!
    @Peter: thank you Peter! It worked in colour as well yes. The composition and mood came out nicer in B&W though.
    @Dominique: thanks Dominique! Another place we can visit together 😀 

  36. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Swetcha: maybe it nicer like this. You can quietly enjoy the view from that last rock 😀
    @Emanuele: many many thanks Emanuele! Much appreciated!
    @kevin: thank you!

  37. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Suan: thank you!
    @aditya: you can. You just need to recognise them 🙂
    @Ty: a very cool description Ty. Thanks! 

  38. Peter Sandin says:

    Beautiful Johan!! I’m sure it would work in colour too but with a b&w conversion like this you can’t go wrong!

  39. Ty Lewis says:

    wow it looks like some sort of alternate world where rocks float. this is a picture that just gets you but you dont get it

  40. Tim Nunyer Bizniz says:

    I just went through a banding problem with a sunset pic, hard to get rid of in post when one doesn’t know how

  41. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Matthias: many thanks Matthias! Hope all is well with you!
    @peter paul: many thanks for the compliments Peter Paul.

  42. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Ingo: danke dir Ingo!
    @markus: thanks Markus! Yes, this was not an easy one to process. Getting all the tones right can be difficult 🙂
    @Christopher: and I REALLY like that you REALLY like it Christopher! 😉 

  43. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    F@rancesco: thanks Francesco! Going to plan Italy soon btw 🙂
    @Tony: you are very welcome Tony. Glad you like it!
    @Baldur: I love WOW’s Baldur! Tnx 😀 

  44. Tony Harratt says:

    As a regular user of black & white this is right up my street… thanks for sharing, Johan. And a big thank you for the technical data… 

  45. Bill Wood says:

    Thank you Johan, for your inspiring image, your exif info is so helpful to those of us who aspire to your excellence. I know I could tiptoe to the last rock and touch the horizon!

  46. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @David: glad you do David. Thanks!
    @Bertrand: thanks for stopping by Bertrand! Thanks for the kind words 🙂
    @Nuraini: thank you! 

  47. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Michael: thanks Michael and nice to see you around 🙂
    @Natasha: many thanks Natasha and nice to meet you 🙂 

  48. Johan Peijnenburg says:

    @Vishal: thank you Vishal!
    @Annette: always nice to see those hearts come by 😀
    @Mike: hey Mike! Thanks 😀 

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