Spontaneity, agility, change. Continuous change is happening, every day, everywhere. Far-reaching forward planning is associated with more and more unknowns, and the business world is adapting to this circumstance with new working methods that understand and accept change as an opportunity.
What can we take away from this on our photo trip today to Berneuse, 2045 m above Lake Geneva?
Planning in landscape photography is everything. Isn’t it?
One of the most important rules of landscape photography is that you should always plan properly. Think about the subject, the location, the position of the sun or the moon, whether it’s windy or raining. There are tons of apps, websites, and “The 5 most important tips for landscape photographers” articles dedicated exclusively to extensive planning. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and in some situations it’s perfectly valid. However, in this article I would like to rebel a little, question the common methods and give a little more room to spontaneity and chaos.
Let’s go! 😎
Rules are there to be broken. In other words, why not just go for it with the camera and listen to your gut feeling?
A van trip to Leysin
On a recent van trip Marina and I took, our journey took us to central Switzerland for work reasons. Instead of just driving to our destination on Mondays, we started already on Friday. Our destination: the multinational mountain village of Leysin in the canton of Vaud. On board, of course, the photo equipment, because you never know. In Leysin, there is a top-equipped mobile home parking, which will be our quarters for the next three nights.
After our arrival, a quick look at the sky in the late afternoon brings the realization that the view is clear and a few cloud streaks are floating around. This could possibly lead to a beautiful atmosphere with the corresponding depth effect with the twilight that sets in around two hours.
Marina is not too enthusiastic about my suggestion to climb now still with the whole heavy photo equipment about 800 meters altitude to the Berneuse and that, by the way, but best now relatively quickly, so that we are still in time for the golden hour and sunset at the goal. A few motivating words later, however, we can already be seen marching off, with camera, lenses, tripod and a pack of gummy bears (important!) in the backpack.
Most important ingredient for landscape photography: the light
Shortly before we reach the Berneuse towering high above Leysin, there is already an unexpected opportunity to photograph a fairy-tale light atmosphere with light fog streaks and sunbeams breaking in it in the Rhône valley deep below. From more or less exposed positions, I can capture different variations of this mood with focal lengths between 50-200 mm. A motif that would be almost impossible to plan in advance, but spontaneously makes quite a bit. After all, who knows in advance that the factors of fog, visibility, sunlight and angle in combination with the overall motif from this location will fit together in such a way that ultimately a landscape photo of high quality is created?