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Keep calm and shoot

Giving a try to a long exposure shot on the wooden walkways of Plitvice Lakes National park on August may be one the biggest patience test for the nerves of a photographer. Any people 50 meters ahead or behind you will irremediably create vibrations ruining your long exposure. Keep calm and shoot... --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @16mm, f/22, 8s, ISO 50

Road to paradise

Road to the Mount Cook, aka Aoraki (its Maori name), the New Zealand Highest summit, along the Lake Pukaki, heading to the amazing Hooker Valley and its glacier. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @70mm, f/2.8, ISO50, 1/200

The Sound

First sundays over the Milford Sound, New Zealand, the day after finishing the famous 4 days hike, the Milford track. Such a weather in this place is absolutely not common, as it rains approximatively 7 meters a year at Milford Sound, one of the wettest places on earth. I woke up just before the sunrise, and immediately looked at the sky through the window, even if the forecast was, as usual, rain. Eyes still half-closed, I thought it was totally overcast, as the sky seemed like all grey. After a shower to wake me up, I finally realized that the sky was actually all blue without any cloud. I got dressed in a few seconds, and ten minutes later, I was on the shore, tripod in place to start shooting the first rays over the sound. 2 hours later, the rain was back, but I left the place happy, I got what I was looking for. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @17mm, f/11, iso 50, 1/6 Manual blending from 5 raws

Aoraki/Mt Cook at sunset

Sunset over the Mount Cook, aka Aoraki (its Maori name), the New Zealand Highest summit, along the Lake Pukaki and the road heading to the amazing Hooker Valley and its glacier. I stayed almost 2 hours enjoying the moment and the colors change over the valley, a perfect place to have a beer until the dusk and finish another great day in NZ. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @155mm, f/11, ISO100, 1/13 Blending of several shots taken before and after the sunset

Reflection

I spot this amazing place weeks ago before leaving to NZ, but I finally had only 1 free day to hike here, so only one chance to get perfect conditions. I started the hike around 2pm, but all the mountains were completely surrounded by the clouds with no visibility. I met a few hikers on their way back down, same reply: summit is invisible and hidden behind the clouds. No way ! I crossed the fingers and followed the hike, as weather may change very quickly over there. When I finally reached the spot around 4.30pm, the summit was half covered by clouds, but at least visible. Tripod in position, camera ready, I made a few shots. I was really excited, seeing clouds moving until having an absolutely clear overview. I finally decided to wait until the sunset, despite the long way back to return. This has been very rewarding, some high clouds appeared, and the light became absolutely stunning. I did not see anybody of the whole afternoon, without any sounds than my camera. Just a really magic moment I will probably keep in my mind for a while. The way back down was a bit less exciting, with no torch (forgot in the car) nor phone (no more battery¬タᆭ) to light the path. I ran as fast as I can during 30 minutes until the dust, but an additional hour in a total dark (no moon) through a very dense forest has been necessary. I finally used my camera's LCD screen as a torch to finish the hike around 10pm¬タᆭ Really, I won't forget this day. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @21mm, f/10, ISO 100, 0,5s (DRI from 5 raws at -2/+2IL) #Photography #NewZealand #Sunset #Lanscape #Reflection #DRI #Mountain #Lake

First ray over the Sound

Sunrise on my last day at Milford Sound, NZ, the day after finishing the famous 4 days hike, the Milford track. Such a weather in this place is absolutely not common, as it rains approximatively 7 meters a year at Milford Sound, one of the wettest places on earth. I woke up just before the sunrise, and immediately looked at the sky through the window, even if the forecast was, as usual, rain. Eyes still half-closed, I thought it was totally overcast, as the sky seemed like all grey. After a shower to wake me up, I finally realized that the sky was actually all blue without any cloud. I got dressed in a few seconds, and ten minutes later, I was on the shore, tripod in place to start shooting the first rays over the sound. 2 hours later, the rain was back, but I left the place happy, I got what I was looking for. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @16mm, f/6.3, ISO 50, 1/20 Blending of 2 series (foreground / background) of 5 raws (-2/+2 IL)

Out of the fog

First rays of sun on the Machu Picchu, the fog disappears slowly to discover the entire site. A magic moment Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @28mm, ISO100, 1/200, f/9 - DRI from 5 Raws (-1,3/+1,3IL)

End of day

Facebook page First day at Grand Teton National Park, on my way back from Solitude lake after hiking more than 10 hours, half of the time on a fully snowy trail. The sun was setting down on a tiny lake along the path. We stopped just a few minutes in this absolutely quiet place, as we still had a long way to come back to the campground. I wished I could stay longer to enjoy the sunset, but I was still 4 hours away from the camp. I had to finish the trail hiking by night in the bear territory, but it was worth every step. Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @17mm, f/10, 1/30, ISO200 DRI from 3 raws (-1/+1IL + a f/22 exposure to get the rays)

Plitvice garden

While walking along one of the trails of Plitvice National Park in Croatia, among the incredible landscapes offered by this amazing place. If you plan someday to come there, which you definitely have to, come on the early morning or late during the afternoon for a better experience. July and August are obviously very crowdy, so better come in June or September. As hunting, fishing, camping and swimming are prohibited, the fauna and flora are perfectly preserved. This place is located in the lower lakes area, just nearby the wooden trail. Fortunately, a tripod can be used on the ground and avoid all vibrations due to the wooden trail. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @16mm, f/8, ISO 50, 1s (DRI from 5 raws)

The Water Palace

Jal Mahal, meaning basically the water Palace, located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, was the main reason to come in Jaipur, capital of the Rajasthan. Even if there is a lot of more beautiful places in and around Jaipur, I found that place incredibly photogenic, specially at sunrise. I woke up around 05.30, used TPE to find the right location, and when I arrived, the place was still quite et peaceful, contrasting with the usual noisy mess at daytime. The light was just perfect thanks to a slightly foggy ambiance that morning. Unfortunately, the place is also reflecting one of India's biggest trouble. Face A is amazing, but face B is very different. Edges of lake are used as garbage dump, and I was literally surrounded by rats while taking my pictures in the middle of rubbish. This is hard with our occidental culture to admit that incredible heritage is not better preserved, but this is unfortunately far from people daily life concerns over there. Indian contrast, and mixed feelings while shooting. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @32mm, f/8, 1/8 iso50

Shadows of Vik

The famous rocks of Vik, Iceland in June. I've never seen Vik under the sun, but the last time I came, the weather offered me an amazing storm scene for the blue hour from Reynisfjara beach. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @60mm, f/6.3, iso400, 103 sec (Lee Filter Big stopper)

Into the clouds

Cloudy and rainy day in Jacques Cartier National Park Canon EOS 60D + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @100mm, iso400, f/4.5, 1/50

The North Face

Last evening before hiking the Stampede trail to the "Magic Bus", and for the very first time since we arrived in Alaska, a quite good weather. As I felt like I've missed too much things due to the climate, this was my last chance to discover Denali mountains and glacier with offering me a trip over Denali in an aircraft. An amazing 1 hour flight, a few meters from the ridges. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @58mm, f/6.3, iso200, 1/640

Golden rays

Sunrise thought the forest down the Villarrica, one of Chile's most active volcanoes, a few minutes after starting to climb. Snowboard fixed to my backpack, ready for a 5 hours climb till the crater and his smokes. After saying a few minutes at the summit (due to toxical smokes), time to climb down in snowboard, one of the coolest memories in my life. Follow me on FB: https://www.facebook.com/bgspix

Into the fog

Despite of my expectation, the weather was quite bad when I arrived to the famous Jokulsarlon in Iceland. Low clouds, iceberg entirely surrounded by the fog, rain and poor visibility (Basic icelandic weather so¬タᆭ). After waiting 2 hours, the visibility improved a little bit, with sometimes a very shy sunray to warm the place and create a foggy atmosphere at the surface around the floating iceberg --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @105MM, 1/320, ISO50, f/6.3

Altiplano

The altiplano between Chile and western Bolivia

Reflector

An impressive lake with great reflection along the rv. 63 on the way to the Geiranger Fjord (Norway). First time I saw it, a cloudy day but without wind, I was totally impressed, like a breathtaking show out of the blue. I came back here each day to get the best conditions, I wish I could catch a sunset or sunrise in this place, but unfortunately, not the right period to get the alignment… Canon EOS 60D + EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @12mm, f/9, iso100, 1/125 (tripoded)

Parinacota

A few minutes before crossing the border between Chile and Bolivia, on my way to the altiplano. Natural border of Chile and Bolivia, the Parinacota (6,348 m/20,827 ft) is a potentially active volcano Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @40mm, ISO200, 1/1000, f/5.6

Milky Rum

During an overnight trip in a tiny bedouin camp in the Wadi Rum desert, an usually amazing photospot for crazies skyscapes. It was unfortunately a full-moon night. Alarm set at 4.00am, ouch, just after the moonset, barely 30 minutes before the first lights of the sunrise. I rubbed my eyes, put a jacket and took my tripod. Temperature is fine, sky is great, but to be honest not as much as I imagined, but this is anyway a great moment. A few minutes to find an appropriate foreground, and the milky way began to disappear slowly, a new day began over Jordan --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @17mm, 30s, f/4, ISO6400 (+a second shot 30 minutes later to get a better-exposed foreground)

Atlantic Road

The famous national road 64 section, in Norway, also known as "The Atlantic Road", before sunset. An 8km road which runs through small islands, spanned by eight bridges and several landfills along the Atlantic. Drove it 3 times in a row, a very nice moment on a such uncommon road. --- Canon EOS 60D + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @105mm, f/8, 1/30, iso 200

Kilimanjaro slopes

Last camp site on Kilimanjaro slopes at 3700m. The day before, we were at Uhuru peak, highest summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro at 5895m, so we deserve to get some rest. Waking up with this amazing view Canon 5D Mark III + EF 17-40 f/4L @17mm, 1/200, f/8, iso 800

Good Morning Africa

During a night in a camp site located very close to Manyara Lake National Park in Tanzania, an amazing point of view over the park and the rift Valley a few minutes before the sunrise, with amazing pastel tones in the sky. Alone to enjoy this moment, a really nice feeling of freedom.

Parc National des Écrins

First travel for my new toy, during a 2-days hike in the Écrins National park, french Alps. Taken the second day in the morning, after a night in tent near the lake you can see on the right. Weather was pretty good, with amazing clouds. First experience with a FF sensor, and already in love

Rv64, the Atlantic road #2

The famous norwegian national road 64 (Rv64), aka The Atlantic Road, before sunset. An 8km road build on several small islands, spanned by eight bridges and several landfills along the Atlantic. Drove it 3 times in a row, a very nice moment.

Before the storm

Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy, France A few minutes before a storm, and not enough time to go back to the car, completely wet in a few seconds...

Cliffs of Aran

From the cliffs of the main Island of Aran, Inishmore.Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @105mm, f/6.3, 1/160s, ISO 100

Treasury in the night

On our way back to the city of Petra at the end of the day, the treasury place full of light candles and dim lighting, ready for the "Petra by night" event. If the so-called 'show' is a real joke imao, the moment before the tourists arrive definitely worth the 12 dinars --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @17mm, f/5.6, 5S, ISO 1250

Easter Island Sunset

Last evening before leaving this really magic place (an unforgettable memory), a nice sunset over the Moais of Hanga Roa and the Pacific. Canon 550D + EF 24/105 f/4 @ 24mm, f/10, iso100

The three of night

An amazing three, along the road to Lough Ennell lake, Ireland. I wish I was here for the sunset, but I only got the blue hourCanon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @40mm, f/7.1, 1.6s, ISO 400 (tripoded)

a Night in Wadi Rum

During an overnight trip in a bedouin camp in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, far away from any light pollution, an amazing place to enjoy the skyscape after the moonset. Located in southern Jordan, Wadi Rum is a 720 square km valley cut into the sandstone, and background of the famous movie "Lawrence of Arabia". --- This picture is actually a combination of 2 different shots merged, both taken in Wadi Rum on the same day Foreground: Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @17mm, 30s, f/4, ISO6400 Background: Canon EOS 5D Mark III + Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS @24mm, f/9, 1/30, ISO 250

Golden Hour

First Day in Mont Tremblant National Park, QC. In Canada, even the sky knows how to take care about his visitors :)

Get some rest...

Halt for lunch after a few kilometers hike in a deep snow in May at the wonderful Geiranger Fjord, Norway.

Irish sunset

Sunset in Northern Ireland, not far from Giant causeway Canon EOS 60D + EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @10mm, f/11, 1/80, ISO 160

160"

Long exposure (160s with a ND110 Filter) in Mauricie National Park, QC, Canada. EOS 60D + EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @21mm, f/11, 160s, iso 100

Torres del Paine

"La Valle del francᅢᄅs" (French Valley) in Torres del Paine national Park, Patagonia, Chile, during the Famous "W" hike. Canon EOS 550D + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @24mm, iso200, f/22, 1/30

Christmas session

Kite session at Sunset on December, 25th, the best way to burn some calories after Xmas dinner¬タᆭ Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @200mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/320

Roof of Africa

Sunrise from the roof of Africa, the mount Kilimanjaro (Uhuru peak), after climbing all night long, the only way to deserve this awesome moment. Uhuru Peak is the highest summit of the Kilimanjaro at 5895 meters above sea level. Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @20mm, f/5.6, 1/80, iso 400

Surrounded

Kayaking experience surrounded by the ice inside Valdez Glacier, Alaska --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @27mm, f/5.6, ISO250, 1/500

The falls

Long exposure of the falls, last day in Canada before crossing the border on the way to NYC. Canon EOS 60D + EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM@12mm, ISO100, 40s, f/7.1

Last light

Sunset in la Mauricie National Park. DRI from 3 raws Canon EOS 60D + EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @10mm, f/11, ISO 100, 0,4s

End of Day

End of day over the beach of "Le Verger", near Cancale in Brittany, France. I arrived just in time to catch the last sunray. Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 10-22mm f/3,5-4,5 USM @10mm, f/10, I/50, iso100 (3 raws @-2/+2IL)

Ocean 60

Off the beach "Le Verger", Cancale, France, a long exposure with Lee Filters (first attempt), my brother as standstill model. First test with my new toys, difference filters Lee (and specially the bigstopper). Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @20mm, f/11, 60s, ISO200

Geiranger

View of Geiranger fjord (Norway) from my camping site Canon EOS60D + EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @10mm, f/9, ISO 200, 15s (tripoded)

Jump

The famous norwegian national road 64 section, aka The Atlantic Road, before sunset. An 8km road which runs through small islands, spanned by eight bridges and several landfills along the Atlantic. EOS 60D + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @200mm, f/4.5, 1/400, ISO 100

Last ray

First day in Grand Teton National Park, enjoying the last ray of the day not so far from the campground. The sky was clear with a single tiny cloud lost in the blue. A deep silence, without anyone around, a peaceful gift to celebrate this first day. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @29mm, f/13, 1/25, iso 200 (Polar filter)

Étretat's Cliffs #2

The famous cliffs of Étretat, Normandy, France (North west coast) 5 raws with bracketed exposure (-1,3/+1,3IL) + ND2 graduated filter

Lonely

Lonely tree in the middle of the seasonal Eyasi Lake, on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, Tanzania Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

United Colors of Yellowstone

Overview on Grand Prismatic Spring, probably the most amazing treasury of Yellowstone National Park, and one of the largest hot spring in the world. The most frustrating thing in this incredible place is probably the lack of any high point surrounding the spring to get a better perspective, might be a perfect place for drone photography¬タᆭ --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @105mm, f/6.3, 1/125, iso 50 (Polar filter)

Poulnabrone

Poulnabrone dolmen is a portal tomb in Ireland, dating back to the Neolithic period. A quick stop in a windy place, i've been lucky to have a good light between two rainshower...

Chilean night

On a very clear chilean night, a 34 minutes exposure, near the small town of Putre, at an altitude of 3,500 m (11,483 ft)

Cliffs of Moher

The cliffs of Moher, in the Irish fog In ireland, you have to be patient if you wish to have the best weather and the best light for your shot. It was a very windy, foggy and rainy morning, with a very low visibility, but for some seconds, the rain stopped, and the coast appeared through the fog Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @35mm, f/9, 1/320, ISO200

Verger

Off the beach "Le Verger", Cancale, France, a 46' exposure with Lee Filters Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @17mm, f/11, iso 100, 46s (Lee Big Stopper)

Peaceful norway

An amazing quiet lake near Geiranger Fjords along the rv63 in Norway, producing an incredible reflection of the moutains around, some kind of paradise, the nature at its best. So quiet and peaceful place… Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 10-22 f/3,5-4,5 @11mm, f/9, 1/60, iso100 (tripoded)

Finish steam

Long exposure from the island of Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 10-22mm f/3.4-4.5 USM @10mm, f/13, iso100, 37s

Stars of Kilimanjaro

Second night on Kilimanjaro, unfortunately a full-moon period, at 3800m, a 800 seconds exposure in a cold night, 2 days before the summit. The quiet place ever Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 17-40 f/4L @17mm, f/7.1, 807 seconds, iso 100

United colors of Yellowstone

Overview on Grand Prismatic Spring, probably the most amazing treasury of Yellowstone, and one of the largest hot spring in the world --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @28mm,f/6.3, 1/60, IS0 50

Behind the fall

Before coming to iceland, I imagined being at Seljalandsfoss for an amazing sunset, and get a terrific shot of this wonderful place. That was unfortunately just a dream, I tried 2 different days, but the only thing I got was a heavy rain on a windy day. Any long exposure shot had finished with a dozen of water drops on the lens, but that's part of Icelandic magic. I finally left the fall with this one (DRI with 2 shots), wet but happy anyway --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @17mm, f/9, ISO50, 1/13

Jokulsarlon bridge

Despite of my expectation, the weather was quite bad when I arrived to the famous Jokulsarlon in Iceland. Low clouds, rain and poor visibility (Basic icelandic weather so¬タᆭ). After waiting 2 hours, the visibility improved a little bit, with sometimes a very shy sunray to warm the place and create a foggy atmosphere at the surface around the floating iceberg. Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @84mm, f/9 iso 50, 19s (Lee Big stopper) on June 2014

Monastery

A supposed old Nabatean temple, the Monastery is an hour's climb northwest of the city center of Petra, on an ancient rock-cut path of almost 900 steps. The place is less crowded than the Treasury, specially at the end of the day. Nearby, 2 viewpoints can offer great spots to enjoy the sunset. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @17mm, f/10, 1/60, iso100

Rum at sunset

During an overnight trip in the Wadi Rum desert in the south of Jordan, our bedouin guide bring us on the best spot he knows, far away from anything, to enjoy the sunset while he was starting up a fire to prepare the tea

Cedar sunset

When we arrived at Al arz, where remains one of the very last forest of cedars in Lebanon, it was around 6.30pm. The park (protected area) was already closed since 30 minutes, but we met Francois, a shop tender, who bring us directly to a ladder behind his shop. A private access to the cedars forest, to enjoy alone an amazing sunset. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @35mm, ISO400, f/7.1, 1/10 (Natural tripod), ISO 400

The Lost City

The lost city of the Incas at the end of the day, when most of tourists has left the place and let it quiet and empty Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @28mm, f6/3, 1/200, iso 100 Manual blending from 5 raws (-1/+1IL)

Wonders of Chile

Somewhere not so far from Bolivian border, an amazing lunch spot, absolutely peaceful. Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @24mm, f/11, iso100, 15s (Lee "Big stopper" filter)

The Atlantic road

The famous norwegian national road 64 (Rv64), aka The Atlantic Road, before sunset. An 8km road build on several small islands, spanned by eight bridges and several landfills along the Atlantic.

A foggy day

A viewpoint not so far from the N71 (Ring of Kerry) on a cloudy and foggy day, a few kilometers before Kilarney National Park, Ireland.Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Sun is rising

Sunset in La Mauricie National PArk, QC, Canada -- Canon EOS 60D + EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @12mm, f/11, ISO100, 4s DRI from 3 raws (2s, 4s & 8s)

Go

In a few seconds, the sea became almost white by the sea foam, under the last sunray of the day, all followers boats in a same direction, face to the storm, the 10th edition of la Route du Rhum was just starting... --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM @180mm, f/5, 1/5000, ISO800

Maasai at work

A small Maasai Village near Tarangire National Park in Tanzania at sunset, as hundreds others in this region, living in self-sufficiency and traditional lifestyle, a contrast with high voltage lines crossing their land Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM @400mm, ISO3200, f/7.1, 1/125 (

Kilimanjaro shadow

The 3rd and last day before the summit of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Same weather each day, blue sky on the morning over a cloud sea, then the clouds rose slowly in the early afternoon till fully covering the summit. A wonderful point of view which truly deserves his nickname of "Roof of Africa", I'll never forget the sunrise at the summit after climbing all night long. Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @21mm, f/11, 1/100, iso 100

Summer love

Summer sunset while the tide rised, last seconds of life for an evanescent heart of a summer love Canon 5D Mark III + EF 17-40mm f/4L @19mm, 1/5s, f/10, iso100 (tripoded)

Rising Tide

On a beach at the bottom of the cliffs of "La pointe du Grouin" in Cancale, visible and accessible only when the tide is out. ND2 Grad Filter + ND8

Reflection

An impressive lake with great reflection along the rv. 63 on the way to Geiranger Fjord (Norway)

Étretat's Cliffs

The famous cliffs of Étretat, Normandy, France (North west coast) during a summer sunset. Another occasion to play with the Mark III. ND8 FIlter + ND2 graduated filter 5 raws with bracketed exposure (-1,3/+1,3IL)

United Color of Svalbard

During an overnight trip in snowmobile to the east coast of Spitzberg (Svalbard's main island) in May 2012, feeling like alone on earth, driving during hours and hours in the white immensity, an amazing and unforgettable moment...

Sandsurfers

Sandsurfing session in the death Valley, near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Unhappy Moais

Silent inhabitants of Easter Island, on the flank of the volcano Rano Raraku

United Colors of Quebec

Mauricie National Park, QC, Canada

Cloudy day

Rainy day in Jacques Cartier National Park, near Quebec

Back from the clouds

Rainy day in Jacques Cartier National Park, near Quebec

39' in Jokulsarlon

Despite of my expectation, the weather was quite bad when I arrived to the famous Jokulsarlon in Iceland. Low clouds, iceberg entirely surrounded by the fog, rain and poor visibility (Basic icelandic weather so¬タᆭ). After waiting 2 hours, the visibility improved a little bit, with sometimes a very shy sunray to warm the place and create a foggy atmosphere at the surface around the floating iceberg --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @28mm, 39s, ISO50, f/13 (Lee filter Bigstopper)

West Coast

Last stop on my way back to Keflavik airport not so far from Grindavik, on the south west coast of Iceland --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @24mm, f/6.3, 1/800

Winter Sunset

Winter sunset over the estuary of the river Rance from the shore of Saint-Malo, near the Solidor Tower. One of my first shot using my new 16-35 f/4 bought recently, edge sharpening is significantly improved compared to the 17-40. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @18mm, f/9, iso100. DRI from 5 raws + f/22 exposure to get the sunrays

Sunset on Taranaki

I spot this amazing place weeks ago before leaving to NZ, but I finally had only 1 free day to hike here, so only one chance to get perfect conditions. I started the hike around 2pm, but all the mountains were completely surrounded by the clouds with no visibility. I met a few hikers on their way back down, same reply: summit is invisible and hidden behind the clouds. No way ! I crossed the fingers and followed the hike, as weather may change very quickly over there. When I finally reached the spot around 4.30pm, the summit was half covered by clouds, but at least visible. Tripod in position, camera ready, I made a few shots. I was really excited, seeing clouds moving until having an absolutely clear overview. I finally decided to wait until the sunset, despite the long way back to return. This has been very rewarding, some high clouds appeared, and the light became absolutely stunning. I did not see anybody of the whole afternoon, without any sounds than my camera. Just a really magic moment I will probably keep in my mind for a while. The way back down was a bit less exciting, with no torch (forgot in the car) nor phone (no more battery¬タᆭ) to light the path. I ran as fast as I can during 30 minutes until the dust, but an additional hour in a total dark (no moon) through a very dense forest has been necessary. I finally used my camera's LCD screen as a torch to finish the hike around 10pm¬タᆭ Really, I won't forget this day. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @21mm, f/10, ISO 100, 1/4 (DRI from 5 raws at -2/+2IL)

Sisters shadows

Located on Tongaporutu beach, the 3 sisters are a couple of rock (formerly 4, only 2 remains) formations. I left Tongariro National Park around 4.30pm after Hiking the Alpine crossing, and a 3 hours drive was necessary to reach Tongaporutu beach and the 3 sisters site. I drove as fast as I was allowed to, but I finally arrived 5 minutes too late, the sun already disappeared. Unfortunately, the car park was not nearby the site, and a 10 minutes walk was necessary to reach this amazing place for sunset. I ran as fast as I could in the black sand and slippery rocks (I even lost one part of my right shoe during the sprint), the fishermen already there probably made fun of me¬タᆭ A few seconds to discover the site, find a framing (could have been much better¬タᆭ), prepare the tripod and manage the camera settings to catch the very last lights of the day. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @19mm, iso 100, f/9, 0.4s (bracket of 5 raws -2/+2IL)

Surrounded

Reflection of Mount Taranaki, New Zealand, a few minutes after appearing from the clouds. Read the whole story on my other shots at this place. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @31mm, f/13, ISO 50, 1/25s (DRI from 5 raws at -2/+2IL) #Photography #NewZealand #Sunset #Lanscape #Reflection #DRI #Mountain #Lake #Taranaki #Clouds

The Sound at sunrise

Sunrise on my last day at Milford Sound, NZ, the day after finishing the famous 4 days hike, the Milford track. Such a weather in this place is absolutely not common, as it rains approximatively 7 meters a year at Milford Sound, one of the wettest places on earth. I woke up just before the sunrise, and immediately looked at the sky through the window, even if the forecast was, as usual, rain. Eyes still half-closed, I thought it was totally overcast, as the sky seemed like all grey. After a shower to wake me up, I finally realized that the sky was actually all blue without any cloud. I got dressed in a few seconds, and ten minutes later, I was on the shore, tripod in place to start shooting the first rays over the sound. 2 hours later, the rain was back, but I left the place happy, I got what I was looking for. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @17mm, f/6.3, ISO 50, 1/25 Blending of 5 raws (-2/+2 IL)

Shadows of Milford

The amazing Milford Sound, under the rain and surrounded by the Clouds during a cruise in the Fjord. As Milford Sound is one of the rainiest places in the world, I was fully prepared to be cold and wet. I know that kind of weather can offer amazing lights and scenery during a few seconds, so I stayed on the upper deck during the whole cruise, trying to catch the atmosphere of every moment in this incredible place. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @125mm, f/2.8, 1/400, ISO 100

Edge of Titicaca

A few hours after crossing the border to Peru from Bolivia, we drove on an unsealed road along the famous Lake Titicaca, until a tiny village a few kilometers before Puno to stay for the night. We were hosted by an old widow farmer, in her house on the edge of the lake. Just enough time to unpack my stuff, get the tripod and enjoy the last rays of the day. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @105mm, ISO400, 1/500 (2 exposures at f/4 and f/22 merged)

Morning at the Taj

When I arrived the day before at Agra, I immediately went near Mehtab Bagh, a garden with a nice view behind the Taj on the other side of the Yamuna river. I was so disappointed to discover scaffolding on the North East minaret. The winter ogwas also really present, and at 10am, due to sunlights, the Taj was only a grey shadow from the other side of the river, only 100m from there. Ouch, no good news. I tried to convince me that tomorrow would be better, but disappointment was huge. I woke up at 5.30am the next day, to be one of the first to enter the site at sunrise, ticket already bought online before leaving. A couple of minutes past 6, the queue was already 20 meters long, ouch. Finally, the East door opened around 7.00, 15 minutes of adrenaline, discovering the impressive monument and trying to find out framing with no people. Only a few seconds on each spot, then "strategic" move to another one. Even if I deeply checked before coming every potential spot, once inside, this is definitely different. The site was crowded, but most of people went directly inside the mausoleum after the garden and the usual shots with water reflection. Then the mosque area (West) was quite clear, and i had 5 minutes in a foggy atmosphere to take pictures while the sun rising Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @16mm, f/9, 1/60, iso 400

Christmas sunset

Taken on Christmas day, while walking on the beach, a good opportunity to test the new Lumix FZ300 we offered to my mother some hours ago. The sunset was quite impressive, and very colourful (no processing). A few second after the sun went down, all the clouds took a very deep color for a very short moment. --- Panasonic FZ300 @26mm, f/2.8, 1/125, iso 100

Sunset over Tower Bridge

The afternoon was quite cloudy on London yesterday, a few hours before the sunset, a lot of dark clouds appeared, and the light was really not good. I gave it a try and moved to the River Thames edges near the city hall in the end of the afternoon after a burger at Shake shack. The London Bridge City Summer Festival helped a lot to wait until the sunset with DJs, music and drinks ! During 20 minutes, when the sun was setting, the light was just amazing while the sun appeared between the clouds and the horizons. Good light, music and fresh drinks, definitely can't ask for more :) --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @33mm, f/8, 1/8, iso 200

End of day

First day at Grand Teton National Park, on my way back from Solitude lake after hiking more than 10 hours, half of the time on a fully snowy trail. The sun was setting down on a tiny lake along the path. We stopped just a few minutes in this absolutely quiet place, as we still had a long way to come back to the campground. I wished I could stay longer to enjoy the sunset, but I was still 4 hours away from the camp. I had to finish the trail hiking by night in the bear territory, but it was worth every step. Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @17mm, f/10, 1/30, ISO200 DRI from 3 raws (-1/+1IL + a f/22 exposure to get the rays)

A sunset in Valensole

This is the beginning of Lavender season in Provence, and for the first time, I finally came to this amazing place yesterday. I wish I could stay longer, because there is so many photo spots around Valensole. This is absolutely a must seen for anyone, an incredible experience for all your senses, and specially for the photographers. It began a very popular place since a few years, so you will have to deal with all tourists and other photographers if you're planning to go there, which can require a little bit of patience ! I spent the afternoon driving and walking to find out a good spot, as I did not seek on Internet before coming. I finally decided to come on this one, which is very popular as visible from the Road. I arrived almost 3 hours before the sunset, and some photographers were already waiting to enjoy the best light. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @145mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/50 (Blending of 5 raws, -2/+2IL)

A morning at Chenonceau

First sunrays over the famous castle of Chenonceau in France, spanning the river Cher (and not the Loire !). This is probably one of the most beautiful castle in France, due to its uncommon situation, and also a witness of french history. I arrived the evening before to scout the place and its surrounding. Hopefully, access to this part of the river is free, and you can easily enjoy amazing view from the castle. I was trying telephoto pictures at 500mm a few hundred meters from the castle when I saw a hot air ballon taking off nearby. I just ran as fast as I could to get closer to the castle, swap the lense in a few seconds, no time to use the tripod. I just has time to get a few shots before the ballon disappeared. Timing is everything ! --- Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @27mm, f/5.6, ISO400, 1/500 #Chenonceau #Chateau #Castle #Sunrise #France #Photography #AirBaloon