A couple of weeks ago I visited Lac de Neuchâtel near Estavayer-le-Lac in Switzerland with photographer friends Michael Diblicek and Athena Carey. The plan was to do some long exposure photography together. It was a very windy day with dark clouds. Luckily there were also a few little patches of blue, to let some sunlight slip through once in a while. We searched for interesting locations along the borders of the lake for quite a while. At some point, we got lucky and stumbled into a little hidden beach with 6 or 7 abandoned piers in various states of decay. So we found our subjects, had some big waves, an exciting sky with cloud movement and patches of light hitting Lac de Neuchâtel. Great ingredients for creating minimalist lake landscape in B&W.
Tranquillity, a soothing lake landscape with two piersA soothing minimalist lake landscape in black & white, with two abandoned piers in a tranquil lake ( Lac de Neuchâtel) on a foggy day.
Because (and despite) of the wind, I decided to go for exposures of one to three minutes to smoothen the water as much as possible. I expected the waves and light patches to create a subtle milky effect in the resulting photographs. The minimalist lake landscape in B&W to the right is one of the photos I got away with: a rough-looking lake magically turned into a tranquil one. Its title is Tranquillity. I hope you like this fine art photograph!?
The photograph was taken using a Nikon D3x with a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. A stack of 2 neutral density filters pushed the exposure time to 4 minutes.
Click on the photograph to learn more about it or if you want to buy a print or a licence.
Cheers, Johan 🙂