Lesson learned today: Go out, no matter what the weather is like!

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by quatchi, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    Today I (re-) learned a lesson. It of course is a bit more complex than just going out in a windy, snowy and medium cold 0°C (~32°F) weather. It has more todo with overcoming the inner chicken (i.e., conquer the inner self). It is usually more cosy to sit in front of the PC with a cup of warm tea and browse beautiful pictures on 500px, this forum or elsewhere.

    But today I felt the urge to go out no matter what the weather was like. So, I packed up my stuff (along with a beanie and gloves :biggrin:) and got into my car to drive towards the Alps. I ended up at a place I've been shooting at before. The last time I've been there, however, was in late spring with fresh greens and a crisp blue sky.

    Here is the old picture:

    <a href="http://500px.com/photo/32301257"> 4. "Chapel by quatchi on 500px.com" border="0" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0;"></a>
    <font style="font-size: 80%;"> <a href="http://500px.com/photo/32301257">Chapel</a> by <a href="http://500px.com/olli_muc">quatchi</a></font>

    As I said, today was different. Like the forecast predicted, the chapel presented itself with an overcast sky, it was lightly snowing and the warm light of the spring's sunset was long gone. Nevertheless I took another shot from a similar angle as the spring picture. The only modification was a strobe positioned inside the chapel to illuminate the small window.

    This is the winter edition of the chapel photo:

    <a href="http://500px.com/photo/59067826"> 4. "The White Chapel by quatchi on 500px.com" border="0" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0;"></a>
    <font style="font-size: 80%;"><a href="http://500px.com/photo/59067826">The White Chapel</a> by <a href="http://500px.com/olli_muc">quatchi</a></font>

    Maybe it's only me defrosting right now, but I actually quite like the winter version of the photo. For me, it was totally worth going out today - enjoying the cold and fresh air as well as getting a different impression of a scene already seen before. Of corse, I heard and read many times before: "There is no bad weather for photography", but one needs to experience it for oneself once in a while. At least for now, there goes the inner chicken... :woohoo1:
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  2. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    I think your strobe was a brilliant idea and really livens up the little ... hut thing/chapel.
    Cute picture, well worth doing.

    Although ... I'll stay by the fire for today, tanks.
  3. Ger.mcg

    Ger.mcg Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 17, 2013
    Nice shot, it was well worth the effort to capture the scene.
  4. shutterduster

    shutterduster Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 8, 2013
    Keremeos, BC. Canada
    Dave T
    Very nice indeed. The strobe certainly adds that certain something that makes it look more alive.

    Thanks for braving and sharing.

    Dave T
  5. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Brilliant. You should appreciate the lovely scenery you have around you! If I lived there I would probably be out shooting all the time. Where I live it's just shopping malls... :( 
  6. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    I definitely do. The chapel is about an hours drive from where I live. A couple of minutes more and I am into the foothills of the Alps.

    That said, I have to admid that I should go more often...
  7. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Very nice.

    Looks like the mountains migrated to a warmer place too? :biggrin:
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  8. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    Yeah, it can be interesting visiting the same spot at different times of the year. I should do it more, but here's three shots of a river behind my apartment in Summer, early Fall, and Winter:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45634447@N00/9691562853/" title="GX1 Photo for comparison by aggray, on Flickr"> 9691562853_296580a2d3_z. "640" height="481" alt="GX1 Photo for comparison"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45634447@N00/10355094224/" title="Quinnipiac Rive by aggray, on Flickr"> 10355094224_9d854a35c9_z. "640" height="479" alt="Quinnipiac Rive"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45634447@N00/8459946640/" title="P1000882 by aggray, on Flickr"> 8459946640_70c7c33bc1_z. "640" height="480" alt="P1000882"></a>
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  9. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    That means, you are preparing for the spring shot at the moment? :big grin:

    My favorite is the fall one. I like the reflection of the colored leaves in the river.
  10. kittymama3

    kittymama3 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 20, 2014
    nice shot! It's currently -18 below here with a windchill that is beyond ridiculous :)  I love the winter photo.
  11. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    Here are two more photos from my "winter tour". Both are from the shore of lake Walchensee which is about half an hours drive from Riegsee (the one with the tiny chapel) away.

    @kittymama3: It would be nice if you could manage to give us some of your minus degree temperatures. Not all of them :biggrin: but a couple so we get stable under 0°C. Currently the weather is always around ~0°C and the snow keeps falling as well as melting. :-(


  12. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    Good lesson, worth sharing, good images. Great!
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