Looking Out Over Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy, France

Given the positive forecast for Sunday we decided to take a trip to this lookout over Lake Annecy in the French Alps. Unfortunately the weather ended up being absolutely terrible for photography! The sky was not blue, cloudy or moody. It was covered in a blanket of thin, white, textureless haze which was just thick enough to stop the sun shining through.

Needless to say I didn’t get many good images! So I’ve had to do a bit of post-processing to salvage something acceptable. Because the sky was so bland I decided on a yellow hue to give this shot an otherworldly feel, and also provide a little more interest in the upper third of the shot.

I’m determined to go back to this spot when there is actually some nice weather. Just out of shot is a restaurant terrace with great views that would be fantastic for some lunch, and I spotted a few short hiking routes that might be interesting once the summer comes around. It’s just an hour away from Geneva so I have no excuses!

16 thoughts on “Looking Out Over Lake Annecy

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks! I’ve not thought about it like that, but I see exactly what you mean. I really like this effect actually, I think I’ll be using it more in the future!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Scott, I really think the yellow hue adds something completely lost with the original light. Perhaps I’ll post a before/after comparison for this one!

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    1. Ben Post author

      I think it might be a spot for paragliders to take off, but don’t know for sure! The sport is really popular in the region though.

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  1. Heyjude

    Lake Annecy is lovely, you must explore there. And I like this image, though I can’t decide whether or not I like the bright green ‘thing’ on the right in the shot. The colour just looks all wrong! What is that Ben?
    J xx

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    1. Ben Post author

      Yeah I didn’t like that in the shot either, but unfortunately there wasn’t much room for a different composition from that spot. Lots of trees in the way! I’m not sure what it is, but my best guess would be a (rather dangerous) jumping off platform for paragliders.

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        1. Ben Post author

          That’s an interesting idea. I could probably mask that area and then reduce the saturation. Might have to give it a try, thanks!

  2. i*Kan

    Beautiful place. The yellow hue really works in this shot. I’m wondering about the composition though… I don’t mind the green thing, it could be sort of a leading line, but the foreground is a bit distracting for me. What if the image was cropped from the bottom (near the base of the wooden planks on the left)? Even though you don’t end up with a standard image size?

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    1. Ben Post author

      I agree on the foreground actually, I wasn’t totally happy with it. I’ll have a go with that crop you’ve suggested, as it wasn’t something I tried. I did look at cropping almost the whole bottom half out (to above the green board), but there was something that seemed unnatural about the composition afterward.

      I’m convinced that if I spent a bit more time exploring the area there would be some much better opportunities. Thanks for the feedback Kan! 🙂

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