Stephan Debelle  

View of Bora Bora by Stephan Debelle

September 2020 - View of Bora Bora

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Here is a sunset, "View of Bora Bora" in the background, taken from Tahaa (our sister island).

Tripod / ISO 50 / 35 mm / f22 / 1/25 sec

7 comments posted

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Stephan, this image seems to be lacking your consistent Wow factor. Maybe you were running out the door to head on vacation? If one didn't know that Bora Bora is under that cloud in the distance, I think, then this image would not represent a winning view. Even the sunset is lacking color that I would expect from such a beautiful location during my week vacation there. Maybe, I'm just way off base and Bora Bora doesn't have colorful sunsets or that you don't get the chance to leave at sunset. I apologize if I have offended you, but I'm disappointed with this snapshot of your work. Admirer of your work. Bob   Posted: 09/16/2020 09:35:03
Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Hi Bob, Thank you for the feedback, absolutely no offence taken and it is actually constructive feedback. The image is far from reality, I lowered the saturation and tones to give it an "instagram" filter look. I often wonder as I see many of these images with 1000s of like! It certainly is more on the Monotone side. Attached is the "standard" version, I can't say the Sunset was fantastic that night and we were there only two nights and low hanging clouds just over the mountain. I also only had traveled with a 16-35mm and probably would have been better off with a longer lens.

Instagram being an important part of our marketing, I find it so interesting to see some of the "filters" applied to photos and collecting 1000s of likes!   Posted: 09/16/2020 20:42:09
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Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Whew...I now understand better...You toned it down, and you only had 1 lens, and I'm a poor judge on Instagram because I haven't gotten more than 10 likes on a image and I've posed 15 images over the last 5 years. My marketing days are obviously over. Sorry, I'm of no use to explain anything on Instagram. Okay, you've restored my confidence, now if I could do the same for you. So maybe your clientele are not 70+ photographers, but rather young rich kids who don't know anything about photography? I think some of the images showing your mountain and the beautiful water colors etc might be what would attract me. Take care and taken at least a short tele when leaving home.   Posted: 09/16/2020 21:34:12
Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Hi Bob, IG is an interesting beast indeed, mostly younger with some influencers used to get freebies anywhere they go! That is one aspect of our clientele but we have people from all horizons , younger and older too:-) I wished I had another lens but photo was not the primary objective but I will next time. I did some reading on pano photography and it seems many photographers use a 70-200 to capture more details and then stitch the images VS using a wide lens. I actually just bought a 360 Pano head to correct parallax and do 360 photography but I have not tried it yet.   Posted: 09/17/2020 00:50:36
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Keep on living the good life Stephan. Sorry, I can't help you with pano either.   Posted: 09/17/2020 13:16:27

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Stephan, I am glad you added the original--it is much better! I am not involved in Instagram and have no desire to be. I rarely post my images in Facebook. I am pretty much past the point where I have to have my work appreciated, but do get upset at lousy exhibition reports! It does make a difference when one is doing professional work. I used to take candid pre-school pictures and the publications wanted real candid images. I had to tell kids not to look at me! The area you live has always fascinated me and I always wanted to go to Bora Bora, but won't make it. We were in Fiji after a trip to Australia and NZ, but were too far from anywhere and were glad to get out.   Posted: 09/18/2020 12:00:51

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
A nice image but it definitely lacks a WOW factor as Bob has said.   Posted: 09/18/2020 12:23:02


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