Mid October, I went up to the Derborence valley in the Valais region in Switzerland very early in the morning. The plan was to shoot the mountain lakes over there with fall colours in soft morning light. In retrospect I could have slept in, as I found out that the light only starts to hit the valley at around 10:30 am. Although mountains are one of my favorite subjects, they do get in the way of light sometimes … 😉
I used the waiting time to scout the valley a bit better and to look for a mountain lake that I hadn’t found before: Lac Bleu. And I found it! It turned out to be a bit of a hidden treasure. It is a crystal clear mountain lake full of trouts and surrounded by a variety of trees in different colours. This mountain lake has a bit of a surreal fairy tail look and feel to it. When I discovered it, I sat down on a rock and quietly enjoyed my breakfast and coffee with a gorgeous view while I waited for the light to arrive.
As soon as the light arrived, I made a tour of the lake and got away with a nice series of fall images. The image above was one of the first ones I shot. The light was still nice and soft and there was hardly any wind. I composed the image a bit tight to give you the impression that you are sitting next to me on that rock to have a coffee and to silently enjoy nature’s beauty with me. I hope I managed!
I captured this image using my 14-24 f/2.8 wide angle lens on a Nikon D800E. No filters were used. The image was processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.2.