Waiting for the light

Fall colors and reflections at Lac Bleu in Derborence

Waiting for the light
November 1, 2012 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
Fall colors and reflections at mountain lake Lac Bleu in Derborence, with the mountains Les Diablerets and Tête à Pierre Grept in the background. (Johan Peijnenburg)
16mm – f/11 – 1/60sec – ISO100 – D800E with 14-24 f/2.8

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.

Comments (292)

  1. Shelly Gunderson 7 years ago

    Beautiful scenery!

  2. very good, love this reflection

  3. Ela Kupiec 7 years ago


  4. yuei tsuchia 7 years ago

    Beautiful colors and reflection !! :-)

  5. Dominique Dubied 7 years ago

    Cool spot and a great shot Johan! I can imagine how this was beautiful in early morning!

  6. jany viala 7 years ago

    The reflection of the mountains and Magificent.

  7. Author

    @Shelly: thanks Shelly! 🙂
    @Busarin and @Ela: thank you very much! 

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    @Yuei: many thanks Yuei!
    @Dominique: thanks! It is a cool spot. Have you been there already? It is quite a drive from us but worth it 🙂 

    • Dominique Dubied 7 years ago

      Johan, I was there once a long time ago but only on the road to Derborence with my motocycle (not pictures at that time).
      I should go back there…

      • Author

        yes you should! I think by now the road will be closed. It is gorgeous there in Autumn! The road to get there is kinda fun as well :D

  9. Mark Esguerra 7 years ago

    Amazing! Great work as usual Johan!

  10. Francesco Gola 7 years ago

    Stunning my dear friend! The reflection is superlative! Well done!!

  11. Lilia Lin 7 years ago

    Hidden treasure indeed, what a lovely office you have Johan! :)

  12. Author

    Glad you like it Jany !!
    @Mark: 🙂 Thanks for the kind words Mark!
    @Francesco: thank you Francesco!! 

  13. Mikael Sh 7 years ago

    Lovely view/place and writeup ~ :-). Waiting for the right light can indeed be a great thing all by itself :-)

    • Author

      I am always happy to sit and watch a scene develop Mike! Thanks for the kind words! 

  14. Wojciech Toman 7 years ago

    Fantastic reflection

  15. Subra Govinda 7 years ago

    Stunning shot Johan! reflections and colors are top notch!

  16. Fabrizio Vignali 7 years ago

    Nice reflection and details Johan 

  17. David Orr 7 years ago

    Johan, it is awesome to see when you post ! Its always worth the wait because you know something awesome is coming ! Love that reflection ! Heck this whole photo is awesome !

    • Author

      And it is not that I am lazy David 😉 I think I should post more, but I always get caught up in other thinks …. mainly the urge to get out and shoot 😀 Glad you like the image. I have a nice series of that day. 

      • David Orr 7 years ago

        By no means do I think you are being lazy, 🙂 lol I know you are master of your trade out there capturing the best photo with the perfect light. Cant wait to see the rest of this series my friend ! :)

  18. Domique Hilbert 7 years ago

    Marvelous scene, I can almost feel the clean air filling my lungs. Yes you managed very well, the coffee smells delicious and the company is great :)

    • Author

      thank you very much Dominique and you are great company! Merci! 

  19. Horia Bogdan 7 years ago

    Superb scene, excellent light (both on the lake shore, but even more so on the mountains behind) and terrific reflection. Overall, a splendid composition and image!

    • Author

      Thank you Horia! The light is what I liked best in this one as well. I have punchier and brighter versions of it, however liked this one best 🙂 

      • Horia Bogdan 7 years ago

        Absolutely. I think the subtlety of the light by the lake give the place a whole different mood and makes the light on the tall mountains stand out. If it were all lit strongly and more evenly, that effect would be totally gone and the photo would loose some charm :)

        • Author

          Thanks for the great feedback Horia. You describe exactly what I thought when processing it 🙂

  20. Dane Clingan 7 years ago

    I agree – as usual, the light makes the shot. The sky and the composition are excellent, but it’s almost always about the light!

    • Author

      Very true Dane! Without the right light it usually isn’t worth shooting. Hope you like the light in this one Dane ! :)

      • Dane Clingan 7 years ago

        I love the light. Some might try to open the shadows a bit more, but I think this one is perfect.

  21. Charles Lupica 7 years ago

    Johan, another magnificent mountain lake photo Johan. Perhaps in the spring I’ll be in a better position to get out to some of those mountain lakes. I’ll sit and drink my coffee and think of some of the wonderful images you brought to us over the past year. As wonderful as those images are, I can see a progression of skill and sensitivity in your work that is moving you to the top of the craft. Each image somehow seems better that the last, if that’s even possible. :-)

    • Author

      That is very nice to hear Charles! I most certainly work on getting better each and every day, but to be honest I am a bit clueless as to where I am 🙂 I’ll just keep at it and see where it gets me!

      • Author

        Btw this is a nice area to visit with the camping car by the way. The valley has a few nice lakes, great fauna, ancient forest and Les Diablerets in the background.

  22. Stunning photo Johan. Its front to back and left to right awesome!! Love he detail, colours and reflection 🙂

  23. Milena Llieva 7 years ago

    Beautiful view and reflection!

  24. Simply Arlie 7 years ago

    Johan, there are certain photos that make us sigh in relief, “Life is Beautiful” and this is one — natural and pristine beauty. The mirror and symmetry are exceptional:)

  25. Rohan Reilly 7 years ago

    Simply fantastic, the curve and reflections are beautiful

  26. aditya Sharma 7 years ago

    Wow awesome 

  27. Author

    @Simply: Glad you like it Simply Arlie! Ain’t nature beautiful !?
    @Rohan: thanks for the compliment Rohan!!!
    @Aditya: thanks for the “wow” and the “awesome” Aditya! 😀 

  28. doina ghinea 7 years ago

    goegeous !!!!!

  29. Jerry Johnson 7 years ago

    My processes for looking at a Johan Peijnenburg photo:

    Get a cup of coffee
    Pull up your photo on the big screen
    Admire its composition
    Study its details
    Write a comment to thank you for sharing such a high quality photo! 🙂

    This one looks marvelous on the black background, in my opinion!

  30. Tehseen Shaikh 7 years ago


  31. Author

    @Doina: many thanks!
    @Jerry: lol. I am glad that I fulfill a need Jerry! Really glad you like it!!
    @Tehseen: thank you! 

  32. Outstanding photo :)

  33. Debby Vos 7 years ago

    Beautiful picture Johan and the first one with snow for this winterseason, although very delicate in this picture 🙂 

  34. Author

    @Grzegorz: thank you Grzegorz!
    @Deborah: dank je wel 😀 

  35. Ada M 7 years ago

    sometimes words fail me…this is one of these moments….Absolutely beautiful and I feel like I am there…enjoying the perfection of nature….

    • Author

      great comment Ada! Very happy that you like it. Can you imagine that I was grinning the whole time I was there !? 😉 

      • Ada M 7 years ago

        grinning? what do you mean Johan ?

        • Author

          smiling all the time Ada :)

          • Ada M 7 years ago

            aaaa, got it….Well, I would have done the same if I were in your place :)) Superb image, superb place and I am grateful there are such places left on Earth for us to enjoy….

  36. The landscapes where there is mountain are always special for me , because I adore mountains …And loved this view especially because it looks sooo natural ,like I can now sign in there , sit under one of these tress !!! 🙂 mmmm now laconic – this is Breath taking picture for me Johan! 

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    @Syuzanna: glad you like it Syuzanna 😀
    @Ada: 🙂 One of the reasons I became a photographer Ada! 

  38. great reflection

  39. Henry Jones 7 years ago

    Tremendous scene

  40. John G Moore 7 years ago

    Lovely shot Johan ;-)

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    @Henry: many thanks Henry!
    @John: glad you think it is lovely John! 😉 

    • John G Moore 7 years ago

      How do you like the 14-24 Johan? Getting one tomorrow! 😉

      • Author

        It has been my favorite since I have it John. Very sharp and not a lot of distortion! It’s a bit heavy but I always carry it around happily John! You will love it! Pitty it doesn’t take filters, but I find that it can deal with contrasty situations quite well on the new Nikon cams.

        • Johan Swanepoel 7 years ago

          Good to hear that. I was used to a Zeiss 21mm previously, so looking forward to getting it! 😉

  42. Lori Hibbett 7 years ago

    Johan, I have the 14-24 and love it. I just don’t like that even a 6×6 GND picks up reflections behind me and adds them to the shot. Still playing around but it is definitely worth its weight and you will love it John G Moore .
    Beautiful capture Johan!

    • John G Moore 7 years ago

      Thanks for adding your experience with the 14-24 Lori. I was wondering about the GND filter scenario. ;-)

      • Author

        @John: Would be interesting fo see how it holds up against the Zeiss. I think you will be amazed!
        @Lori: thank you!! I didn’t notice that it picks up reflections from behind. In what type of setting do you get that. I don’t have the filter holder for it, so I don’t use filters on it.

        • Lori Hibbett 7 years ago

          I hand hold my filter usually during daylight shots similar to this one when the sky is much brighter than the subject. I’ll have to look in to a 16-35. Let me know how you like it.

      • Author

        John: btw if you get the filter holder plus the glas you are paying as much as the 16-35 costs! And that’s not a bad lens to have in the bag either, especially if you also do LE work. There is no big stopper for the 14-24! 

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    @John: lol I have one in the pipeline too. Tried to resist for ages, but I like the ability to go wider then 24 for LE’s.
    @Lori: that probably means that you have light coming in through the curves of the hood no? The filter holder would eliminate that! 

    • Lori Hibbett 7 years ago

      Johan, I looked at a picture of the filter holder and it didn’t seem like it covered the curves of the hood so I opted to not get one. Plus I typically like to hand hold my GND’s so I can place the soft line where I want it.

      • Author

        then I must be mistaken Lori. I forgot about the idea of getting one quickly when I saw the prices and a find that the more recent Nikon bodies need much less GND then older ones :)

        • Lori Hibbett 7 years ago

          I just got the d600 and find it has quite a bit of dynamic range but I still get blown out skies when a GND would do the trick. I tried putting a tube of material around my lens but the reflection still was in the upper corner. I still love the lens though especially for night photography!

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            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            now that is something I hadn’t tried yet with that lens! Need o put that on my long list of things to do 😀 

          • Lori Hibbett 7 years ago

            you should give it a try Johan and let me know when you do, I’d love to see what you capture.

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            I have star trails and the milky way on my agenda. Now I just need to gett my butt up a high alp at night and do it 😀

  44. Dalibor Pačić 7 years ago

    fantastic shot Johan

    • Author

      thank you very much Dalibor! Hope you are doing well!? 

      • Dalibor Pačić 7 years ago

        thanks Johan
        I’m great, and you?!
        Except now is bad weather, raining almost every day so no mountains for me for two weekends… I’m so frustrating :-))
        but at least found some time to sort photos a bit!

        • Author

          all’s fine here as well! The weather is bad now here as well. The fall colors went a way quickly with the cold we had last week. So now it is waiting for mornings with nice fresh snow 🙂 Using my time to catch up with processing as well!

          • Dalibor Pačić 7 years ago

            ah, the same then Johan 🙂
            yup, with fresh snow, but not slippery ice on my way to office without crampones :-))

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            I thought guys like you and Wilfried Haferland take the crampones everywhere including the office and the beach 😉

          • Dalibor Pačić 7 years ago

            I live on 120m, usualy not common peace of equipment to wear :-))

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            Just kidding Dalibor 🙂

  45. Upasna Thakor 7 years ago

    Good picture

  46. Landscape, a camera and coffee… What more? 🙂 I really like the colors here. Thanks!

    … Crampons? I’m even driving the race track with crampons on! :-)

  47. Well, that turned into quite the good fortune, Johan … beautiful!

  48. Author

    @Upasna: thank you Upasna!
    @Wilfried: thanks race dude! Glad you like it!
    @Robin: hey thank Robin! Good fortune is what every photographer needs once in a while 🙂 

  49. Markus Landsmann 7 years ago

    Johan there you have found a wonderful place during your waiting time.:)

  50. heaven

  51. Author

    Thank you Emamullah and Markus!

  52. jessica Hofer 7 years ago

    love it !!!

  53. What on earth! Great image Johan, where is the wildlife? :))

    • Author

      You are just slow Anette 😀 Thanks. The wildlife was in the water. The trouts kept messing with my perfect reflection, but in the end I managed to get it 😀 I need to get myself that long lens soon Anette!

      • First you need to change your brand, just heard / read how your NPS service sucks worldwide. Man not good at all. Did you ever had those probs too, bad service I mean or refused to repair…etc ?

        We can have a chat what kind is good for you, there are certain things in these days to consider

        • Author

          No I don’t have bad experiences so far Anette, except that they are not always responsive when you mail them 🙂 I am eying a 300mm f/2.8 Anette. Want to have something I can use for landscapes as well and IQ is just so much better then 200-400 zoom 🙂

  54. Robby Bowles 7 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Johan! And I wish I was sitting on that rock next to you having some coffee!

    • Author

      thank you! Just let me know when you happen to be in Switzerland Robby. I would love to take you there and offer you my coffee! 

  55. Armand Dijcks 7 years ago

    There’s something about this image that makes it hard to look away from it. It’s super crisp and almost hyper real looking, almost like a computer generated image (but a really good one). Must be that extra sharpness from the D800E…

    • Author

      Dank je wel Armand!!! The D800E certainly has something to do with it Armand. It is amazing for scenes like this when combined with the right lens. Part of it will probably also be how I processed it 🙂

  56. Andy Korolis 7 years ago

    thanks for taking us there, Johan 🙂 A wonderful alpine scene !

  57. David Shield 7 years ago

    The scene has lit up beautifully Johan. The shades of green and symmetry are so nice.

  58. Eric Rousset 7 years ago

    Nice location Johan 

  59. Author

    @David: thanks David! Thanks for the feedback!
    @Eric: Glad you like the location Eric :)

  60. Another grandiose shot… it’s so beautiful, the colors and the view are amazing.

  61. How quiet…….

  62. Georg Carlson 7 years ago

    Beautiful scene and lovely reflection

  63. Jutta Sötje 7 years ago

    Wunderschöne Stimmung und Spiegelung Johan 

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    @Елена: it was! Thanks 🙂
    @Georg: thank you Georg!
    @Jutta S

  65. Steve Barge 7 years ago

    Wow – stunning capture! Great lighting and amazing reflections. Love it!

  66. Giuseppe Basile 7 years ago

    You never disappoint me with your photography Johan. Stunning scene. 

  67. Another mountain beauty from you Johan! This place looks amazing! :)

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    @Steve: many thanks Steve!!
    @Giuseppe: that is good to hear Guiseppe!
    @Julia: thanks Julia! It is indeed a gorgeous place!!

  69. Mikko Tyllinen 7 years ago

    such a stunning view! its such a beautiful capture of poetry of nature Johan! amazing refletions on water and all othere details create such a magical mood! love it!

  70. Michael Russell 7 years ago

    A beautiful photo of a great view – I love it when a lake offers a near perfect reflection like this – so many possibilities! :)

  71. Mark Imhof 7 years ago

    Very very nice! Great Reflection

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    @Mikko: glad you love it Mikko!!! Thanks for the kind words 🙂
    @Michael: thank you Michael!
    @Mark: many thanks Mark! 

  73. Rikard Lindby 7 years ago

    Truly a perfect reflection. Nice and crisp as it should be 🙂 Well done.

  74. Gemma Costa 7 years ago

    wow, what a perfect reflection!

  75. Aileen Sorenson 7 years ago

    Stunning. Stunning!
    Beautifully composed and reflections! Love it!

  76. E.E. Giorgi 7 years ago

    like all of your beautiful images, this one too is absolutely perfect — light, compositions, focus, everything. Once again, hats off to you!

  77. Robert Skreiner 7 years ago

    Great photo and work Johan!

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    @Gemma: thank you Gemma!
    @Aileen: glad you like it Aileen! Thanks for stopping by again 🙂
    @E.E. Giorgi: you are too kind Elena! Thank you :)

  79. Meg Rousher 7 years ago

    This is beautiful, good thing you did get up early. Looks like you found the perfect location :)

  80. Derek Fogg 7 years ago

    Really nice image Johan, wonderfully natural colours

  81. Joseba Ibarbia 7 years ago

    Nice reflections

  82. Gorki Ortiz 7 years ago

    Beautiful composition and reflection Johan ! 😉 Nice job.

  83. Vitor Ferreira 7 years ago

    Very good Johan 

  84. Manuel Votta 7 years ago

    This is another truly astonishing mountain landscape Johan, I totally love it and its details! :)

  85. Yes, it’s a beautiful photo to silently enjoy nature’s beauty! Fantastic work Johan !

  86. Pam L.K. 7 years ago

    Stunning shot!!

  87. Stefanie Loges 7 years ago

    Most beautiful alpine scene Johan, hopefully this view will endure for long time despite the global warming we are going thourgh!!

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    @Meg: thanks Meg. Yes true 🙂 i think I will go back once in a while 😀
    @Derek: thanks for the compliment Derek!
    @Joseba: many thanks Joseba! 

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    @Gorka: many thanks Gorka!
    @Vitor: thanks Vitor! Hope you are doing well!
    @Manuel: glad you do Manuel! I love these types of places! 

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    @Emanuele: And I really did Emanuele. Thanks!
    @Pam: thank you Pam!
    @Stefanie: many thanks Stefanie! I hope so as well. The damage is already done here. A glacier used to come down from the mountain to the right 🙁 

  91. Tom Tran 7 years ago

    Fantastic scene, Johan. You painted a great visual with words as well; I find myself sitting on the rock next to you, enjoying a plate of hot breakfast and coffee, in the hot pink hair that I manage to keep out of my face due to the light wind. :D

    • Author

      Hihaa! Talking about visuals Tom! 🙂 You’re so cute 😉 Thanks for the compliment Tom. Really glad you like it!

  92. Tom Tran 7 years ago

    Kidding aside, your love and ability to capture the beauty of nature are quite evident, Johan. Thanks for sharing it.

  93. Barbara Mi 7 years ago

    Beautiul work.

  94. Beautiful!!! The reflections are gorgeous!!

  95. jim Warthman 7 years ago


  96. kamal deep singh 7 years ago

    beautiful capture….thanku for describing to give a mind set…..i like the feel of the place……!

  97. Paulo Fontes 7 years ago

    Hi Johan , been there last month, sadly without my camera!! Anyway thank you for sharing and I hope I can get such an amazing capture when I get back… Meanwhile enjoy the cheese ;)

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    @Jim: thank you Jim! You’re welcome!
    @kamal: glad you like the image and my write-up Kamal!
    @Paulo: definitely a place to re-visit with a camera, especially in October Paulo! Glad you like it! 

    • Paulo Fontes 7 years ago

      I know it quite well. Been born in Switzerland and I visit often. But yes you are correct, definitely a place to visit with a camera!

      • Author

        check out the Swiss Photography Club on Google+. Maybe you can join in on a photo walk one day when you are in CH! 

        • Paulo Fontes 7 years ago

          Oh thanks Johan, didn’t know that Club. Will definitely take a look and try to join one of those photo walks!! :)

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            We will be announcing a series of events for the winter period soon Paulo, so make sure to keep an eye 🙂 

          • Paulo Fontes 7 years ago

            I`ll keep an eye then. Would love to go! Will see what we can do 🙂 And thank you again. Will try to share some of the photos from my last visit to Switzerland!

  99. Randall Sanger 7 years ago

    Incredible work as always, Johan! Love the reflections and those majestic mountains in the background . . .

  100. Bill Wood 7 years ago

    What a wonderfully still day, Johan. The textures are breathtaking. Call me any morning and I’ll bring piping hot coffee.

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    @Paulo: Cool. Looking forward!
    @Randall: hey busy man! Thanks for the kind words! Hope all is well with you!
    @Bill: it was wonderful indeed Bill! Thanks for the compliment and the coffee! 

  102. Athena Carey 7 years ago

    Nice one Johan – maybe we should go here Tuesday?

    • Author

      Thanks Athena … not sure if the road is still open. It was closed last week. Don’t think there will be a lot of fall color left though …

      • Athena Carey 7 years ago

        Maybe we should look down this way then. We are just now getting our fall colors here. I guess because we have a lower elevation?

        • Author

          Yes Athena. The Derborence valley gets long cold nights very early already and is at a much higher altitude. 

  103. Absolutely beautiful! Wish I had places like this near by :)

  104. John Dunne 7 years ago

    Very nice Johan

  105. Wonderful colours and reflections . Have a good weekend Johan :-)

  106. InfoGate 7 years ago


  107. gorgeous!

  108. Bert Sendobry 7 years ago


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    Thank you R ‘n R, Infogate and Bert!

  110. Manuel Acebedo 7 years ago


  111. Garry Zeweniuk 7 years ago

    Very nice!

  112. Author

    Thank you Manuel and Garry !

  113. Kurt Harvey 7 years ago

    I love how you composed this Johan. Its beautiful and intimate. I could easily imagine the Lady of the Lake rising and presenting Excalibur. :)

  114. Stunning capture!

  115. Magistral 7 years ago


  116. Nikola Nikolski 7 years ago

    What can I say, just great Johan :-)

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    Johan Swanepoel 7 years ago

    @Marianne: many thanks Marianne! thanks for stopping by 🙂
    @Magistral: merci! Thanks for sharing! 
    @Nikola: you said enough Nikola 🙂 Dank je! 

  118. Joanna Pechmann 7 years ago

    Beautiful scene Johan and so well captured. I nearly can feel the breath of fresh air coming through :)

  119. Ben Locke 7 years ago

    stunning colours and reflections. Great work Johan

  120. Wonderful beauty!

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    @Ben: thanks for the feedback and compliment Ben!
    @Оксана: many thanks! 

  122. Really perfect nature photo, Johan !

  123. Vishal Kumar 7 years ago

    Beautiful composition & Lovely colors 🙂
    Awesome shot !

  124. Yasmin Simpson 7 years ago

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, so neat!… :)

  125. Yasmin Simpson 7 years ago

    Upsss I forgot to add… gorgeous, gorgeous as always! dear Johan … ✯

  126. Alberto Cane 7 years ago

    Fantastico Johan Peijnenburg 

  127. Neil Camara 7 years ago

    Amazing! Always my friend!!!

  128. Author

    @Alberto: many thanks Alberto! Nice to meet you 🙂
    @Neil: hey thanks Neil! 

  129. Johan Swanepoel 7 years ago

    Always such a pleasure to view your work !!!

  130. How incredibly gorgeous, Johan. That lake looks like a flawless mirror. Wow!

  131. Andy Kennelly 7 years ago

    such a crystal clear reflection. a beautiful scene, so well captured.

  132. Author

    @Johan: thanks Johan! Likewise 🙂
    @Lorenzo: thanks for the compliment and for stopping by Lorenzo!
    @Andy: nice to see you around again Andy. Hope all is well!? Thanks for the kind words! 

  133. Oh my, this is stunning!! I love the wonderful reflections and great details!!

  134. Davorin Mance 7 years ago

    This is great!!! Beautiful scene, colors and composition.

  135. Author

    @Margaret: thanks Margaret! Glad you still like it 😀 Thanks for the share as well !!!
    @Davorin: many thanks Davorin! 

  136. Morkel Erasmus 7 years ago

    beautiful serene image Johan!!
    how are you enjoying the D800E? I am getting a D800 myself in the next few weeks…

    • Author

      Thank you Morkel! I am enjoying the D800E a lot. The dynamic range is even better then what I was used to with my previous camera. Sold the latter now and will get another D800E or D800 as a second body now. It is a great camera in a size/weight that makes a lot more sense! You won’t regret the choice Morkel!

  137. Sumit Sen 7 years ago

    Great shot!

  138. Doug Hagadorn 7 years ago


  139. Maggy Meyer 7 years ago

    Dreamlike!!! What a fantastic composition, Johan!! Love this image very much!!!

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    @Sumit: thanks Sumit!
    @Doug: thanks Doug and nice to meet you!
    @Maggy: very nice to hear Maggy. Thanks! 

  141. Christof Simon 7 years ago

    Great scenery Johan. I like the fine details in the tree parts and the light spots in the mountains in the background. I wish I could see that image printed in DIN A1 :-)

  142. bellisima imagen muy bien tomada ……Genio….!

  143. Gail Beerman 7 years ago

    Lovely composition and early fall colors Johan 

  144. beautiful sight!

  145. Nice mix of autumn colors and first snow on the mountain tops. Looks like a really beautiful place

  146. Author

    @Christof: thanks for the great feedback! Yes it looks very nice when viewed big 🙂 And there is a possibility to print it on DIN A1 😉
    @liliana: gracias!
    @Gail: many thanks Gail. Glad you stopped by 🙂 
    hank you Нина Верба! 🙂
    @Maciej: ow yes it is a very beautiful place. Thanks! 

  147. George Marquardt 7 years ago

    I can see 2 or 3 coffees required to enjoy this spot; it looks fabulous Johan!

  148. Kerry Murphy 7 years ago

    This is so beautiful, Johan! I feel peaceful just viewing it.

  149. Gaurav Mittal 7 years ago

    Beautiful shot and great symmetry!

  150. Gracias por tu comentario es muy bello lo que haces.-

  151. Alex Filatov 7 years ago

    Gorgeous reflections!

  152. Wes Lum 7 years ago

    The reflections are just awesome!

  153. Author

    @George: thanks it was fabulous. Went bak there today actually to shoot it with a bit more snow on the mountains. There stille were some fall colors left 😀
    @Gaurav: thank you Gaurav!!
    @Kerry: Thank you Kerry! The place is very peaceful. Not many people know about it and go there 🙂 

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    @liliana: thank you! Gracias!
    @Alex: thanks again Alex!
    @Wes: a well hidden lake which doesn’t get a lot of wind 🙂 Thanks Wes! 

  155. Richard Murphy 7 years ago

    Fab shot! Love it

  156. malcolm lloyd 7 years ago

    Crisp and detailed a great capture 

  157. Paul Turkowski 7 years ago

    idyllic view Johan, very lovely composed with great reflection!

  158. shane holsclaw 7 years ago

    stunning! so stunning Johan. so many wonderful details to take in. almost feels three dimensional. wonderful work.

  159. Author

    @Malcolm: thank you Malcolm and nice to meet you!
    @Paul: thanks Paul! It’s a very nice place to go shooting!
    @Shane: many thanks Shane!!

  160. Lord Parker 7 years ago

    Just Awesome Johan Peijnenburg

  161. Paula Ellison 7 years ago

    Brilliant View, Dazzling Colors, Magnificent Reflections.

  162. Author

    Thanks for the compliment Lord Parker. Nice to meet you 🙂
    @Paula Ellison: thank you as well for the kind words 🙂

  163. Jo Smith-Dromey 7 years ago


  164. Garry Zeweniuk 7 years ago

    Very very nice!

  165. Author

    Jo and Garry: thank you! 

  166. Really nice, worth the effort..

  167. Stéphan Bondier 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Johan. Excellent work indeed.

  168. Paul Paradis 7 years ago


  169. Beatrice Habert 7 years ago

    Le Valais une superbe région j’en garde un très bon souvenir… !

  170. splendide !!

  171. Rose Ferrer 7 years ago

    bravo pour le paysage, bravo pour la photo

  172. Nicole de Bodt 7 years ago

    Là aussi un bel exercice de réflexion.

  173. Nicole de Bodt 7 years ago

    @Beatrice, Anne-Marie, Rose et Nicole: merci!

  174. Mady Sach 7 years ago

    wonderful picture,love the colors and the reflections

  175. Wow! This is incredible! The dappled light is so gorgeous. 

  176. Author

    @Mady: thanks mady!
    @Sinead: thanks Sinead 🙂 Glad you like it. One of my favorite places. Unfortunately it isnot reachable in winter time … 

  177. Wallace Wormley 7 years ago

    A lovely landscape composition Johan . The colours and reflections are so complementary.

  178. Armand Buchs 7 years ago

    Thank you very much Wallace and Armand !

  179. All my best wishes for success and happiness for this New Year 2013 Johan !

  180. Author

    Thank you Jean-Michel! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2013 as well!

  181. lizett Beltran 7 years ago

    fantastic reflection….. wow just wow

    • Author

      thank you Lizett. This is actually one of my favorite places to go shoot. It looks different in every season. Pitty I can’t reach it in winter time … 

  182. Muy lindo paisaje y perfecta foto .Me gusta .

  183. Very nice place !

  184. your gallery is amazing, hope I’m not leaving too many comments :)

  185. Author

    @Thierry: thank you!!
    @Sweedon: thanks! Nope I love comments and interaction, so feel free 🙂 

  186. Love this !

  187. Mona Youssef 7 years ago


  188. Joan Munford 7 years ago

    So great, leaves me speachless!

  189. Awesome!

  190. Author

    Thanks Joan and Anatoliy ! :)

  191. Ric Lav 7 years ago

    Jolie endroit très paisible bon pour aller à la pêche

  192. Anna Rimovska 6 years ago

    Beautiful scenery!!!

  193. Margaret Wong 6 years ago

    A glorious spot to sit down and dream )

  194. Mutita EdiblArt 6 years ago

    Beautiful …

  195. Krystyna Balunda 6 years ago

    Chciałabym w tym miejscu być.
    Dużo uroku wyraża zdjęcie,zatrzymuje
    wzrok na długo w pamięci.Pozdrawiam

  196. Jason Bartimus 6 years ago

    Perfect! Great reflection. I really like the tones and the blues in the sky.

  197. Author

    Many thanks Margaret, Mutita , Jason and Krystyna ! 🙂

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