After almost a week of very difficult driving due to the continuous snowfall here in Belgium, I managed to reach the Hautes Fagnes in time for the sunrise. It took me almost two hours to get there and I was almost too late to catch the best light. I barely had the time to jump out of my car, run (well… as best as I could) in the deep snow to a few hundred of meters away from the road to take the pictures of the sunrise. I had no snowshoes and it was impossible to get very far from the road without them so I will need to be better prepared next time !
I usually do not take part in photography contests but, this year, I submitted one image to the 2010 Best Holiday Picture Contest organised by the company where I work. And I had the nice surprise to get the third prize in the contest with the following picture. You may already have seen it on my Wyoming & Utah photo trip page. It was taken early on a cold September morning, on the car park of the Grand Prismatic spring in Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming). I still wonder if this sign was meant as a joke or if it was real ! The huge smoke cloud at the back is caused by vapour coming out of the springs in the cold autumn morning.
Some time ago, I was discussing with a colleague about the importance of the sky and atmospheric phenomena in landscape photography. Blue sky is not interesting if it is not improved by a least a few clouds. And colour appears in the sky only if there is something (like clouds) to support it ! So, I made a quick selection of some of my pictures from the last few years to illustrate the point. Here they are: