Stephan Debelle  


Toiki Sunset Quad by Stephan Debelle

October 2019 - Toiki Sunset Quad

About the Image(s)

This is a recent photo, it was for a local company providing local tours in Bora Bora..Their new offering being a sunset view from up in the jungle. Shot on a tripod in HDR, stacked 5 images for the final result and not flash of course. Not a romantic, soft photo as the intent is to show the Quad and view.


9 comments posted

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Your client should be quite pleased.The tree branches form a nice circle with the figures in the center. The shadows form nice leading lines and one can see the sunset approaching.   Posted: 10/10/2019 16:44:59

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
I agree with Judy. I love the long shadows. I'm going to suggest a couple things though. The horizon has a port list. The sunset sky color looks too much to me like our polluted inversion layers, so I would add some red to the yellow. That benefits the quad color too. The flora is gorgeous, but if the purpose is to sell tours, I would crop some from both sides. I'd probably see if the quad sales people would be interested too, if that is ethical.   Posted: 10/11/2019 21:25:13
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Karen Harris   Karen Harris
Lovely image. It was fun to play with. I like a crop that brings the female leg shadows right out of the corner. I don't like cropping the water off. That to me is very important to the meaning of the photo. I like the look of the image when I just plain darkened it a bit. It gives it more of an evening sunset look. Be sure to open the image before you decide it is too dark.   Posted: 10/16/2019 11:31:45
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Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
I probably should have cropped the left a little. My original had a little more vibrance to it. @bob do you mean selling the photo? I gave them a dozen of so images from that evening. I believe they will use it on their web site, although not very visible if you don't know is a Maori marae (temple ruin) under the tree which they could point out on their brochure.   Posted: 10/16/2019 13:30:40
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Yes. I have always assumed that your clients were paying either for your images or your time, or both. I also assume that like jeeps in Hawaii, quads are big business in B-B. Just wondering if you guys speak French and Tahitian? I would not have noticed the ruins.   Posted: 10/16/2019 13:51:22
Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Hi Bob,

Actually yes, we sell photo sessions for weddings, honeymoon as well as aquatic photography and mostly in Bora but were recently shot a wedding in CT. In this case, he is a friend of mine and thus it was a non profit type deal but we get to go quading when we need:-) . I speak English & French, know a few essential Tahitian words and Bonnie (my partner in crime / fiance) speaks Mandarin, Cantonese & English.

There are a few companies offering quad tours in BB and he is has the best product in my opinion due to having exclusive access to some amazing spots.   Posted: 10/17/2019 01:29:12

Tam Phan   Tam Phan
I try to follow Ms Karen Harris,I crop a little and put some more light to make the picture more romantic...Sorry If you don't agree. I like your picture.   Posted: 10/16/2019 19:09:38
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Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Hi Tam,

Nice touch with the vignette blur, I like it! Good idea!

  Posted: 10/17/2019 01:30:15
Tam Phan   Tam Phan
Thanks.   Posted: 10/17/2019 08:33:41

 

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