Mid October, I went up to the Derborence valley in the Swiss canton of Valais very early in the morning. The plan was to shoot the mountain lakes there with fall colours in the soft morning light. In retrospect, I could have slept in. I found out that the light only starts to hit the valley at around 10:30 am. Although mountains are one of my favourite subjects, they do get in the way of the sun sometimes. 😉
Lac Bleu in AutumnFall colours and reflections at Lac Bleu in Derborence, with the mountains Les Diablerets and Tête à Pierre Grept in the background.
I used the waiting time to scout the valley a bit better. Additionally, I looked for a mountain lake that I hadn’t found before with the name 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 tale feel to it. When I discovered it, I sat down on a rock. I 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 autumn photographs. This photograph was one of the first ones I shot. The light was still lovely 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 captured this photograph using a Nikon D800E and a 14-24 f/2.8 wide-angle lens. No filters were used.
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