Early January usually marks my annual skiing holiday, and 2015 was no different. I always travel with a camera, but because of the active nature of a skiing holiday I took my trusty (and tiny) Olympus Mju away with me. Although only 5MP and with no manual settings the Mju is basic, but that’s no reason why with some care over composition and exposure it can’t produce some excellent photos, to help remember a great holiday.
The small Italian village of Courmayeur, is in the shadow of Mont Blanc and is a stylish and upmarket resort, with a small but varied ski area.
The village itself has a selection of hotels, and very smart pedestrianized shopping street, with shops selling Gucci and Rolex amongst many other premium brands.
Walking along the via Regionale, quickly leads to a small square with a number of photo opportunities. Most notable is the fantastic Christmas tree with more white LEDs than I’ve ever seen in one place. By setting out as dusk fell and climbing the stairs to the church I was able to take the image to the left showing the tree with the mountain in silhouette against the evening sky.
On another day walking around the church I found a series a statues, and the strong sunlight encouraged me to consider a high contrast black and white conversion(which was done in Light Room). In order to prevent the light coloured stone from overexposing, I used the exposure compensation on the camera to under expose by 2 stops, so I could retain the detail and get really deep blacks for the shadows.
During the week the snow had been very poor, and on the last day of the holiday I choose to abandon the slopes and take a trip up Mont Blanc. To get to the top required 2 cable car trips and to climb 228 steps to reach the restaurant at 3375M above sea level and a very welcome hot chocolate.
The effort was well worthwhile giving, a fantastic view across the Giant’s Finger, some views down the valley, an unexpected shot of the warm stone of the old Alpine Club house against the fantastic blue sky.
I hope you enjoy the rest of these pictures from my holiday to Courmayeur, I think they really show that you don’t need an expensive camera to take great images, although I’ll freely admit there are definitely times when it helps!