The Colour Of Autumn At Lac De Joux Plane

Autumn Reflection, French Alps

After a six hour hike around the nearby mountains, this magnificent autumn colour in Lac de Joux Plane was the perfect way to end the day. The yellow leaves are still hanging on to their branches before winter grips the Alps, and I’d quite like to hang on to autumn in the same way. Is there a more beautiful time of year?

I only had time to try a few different compositions here, and this was the best reflection I managed to capture. There were some pesky ducks around the lake, bobbing in and out of the water on a fairly frequent basis. They created some nice ripples but weren’t really helping me very much!

Although I took more zoomed in shots of these trees and their reflection, I preferred this shot with the foreground interest in the end. Being able to see the bottom of the lake gives the image more depth and hopefully draws the viewer in. That’s the theory anyway!

10 thoughts on “The Colour Of Autumn At Lac De Joux Plane

  1. Gia

    Your theory about the bottom of the lake giving the photo depth is definitely true! There is something surreal about the clarity of the water juxtaposed with the brush-stroke like appearance of the hills and their reflection, and the brightness of the tree barks in the foreground. It looks like something from a dream 🙂

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Gia, I’m glad it worked out! I’m always very careful not to go overboard with my processing and stay just the right side of that line between reality and surreality. I think the colours here are just so striking, it’s almost hard to believe! And I have to be honest that the appearance of the hills was by chance, I was focussing so much on the trees!

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      1. Gia

        Yes, I completely agree. It’s so nice when you happen to stumble upon something by chance and can capture it to keep the moment forever.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thank you! I guess that’s another benefit of including the foreground interest, you feel like you could be standing there in the photo. But the water was cold so I wouldn’t recommend standing there!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Duke, that really means a lot to me! Hopefully I can keep the standard high enough to keep you around a little longer 🙂

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