Raymond Zurschmitten  

Soglio by Raymond Zurschmitten

August 2019 - Soglio

About the Image(s)

I took this photo with my Fuji GFX 50s: ISO 400, f16.0, 1.3 sec with tripod. The pictured village is Soglio, which is considered the most beautiful village in Switzerland. In the background is the Sciora mountain group with the Pizzo Badile.
The picture was basically edited with Lightroom.

7 comments posted

Ken Carlson   Ken Carlson
Hi Raymond,
A very pretty village and a wonderful scene. I like all the diagonal lines which give the image a dynamic feeling with the vertical lines of the bell tower giving a sense of stability or permanence. The image looks underexposed to me but as you bring the exposure up you are likely to lose the early morning orange /pink color the is just showing up in the clouds and the snow. I think that you need to treat the darker and lighter area separately so you get the details in the trees, etc and bring out the morning color developing in the snow and the clouds. I would hope that as you bring up the luminance in the lower areas, the yellows of the flowers in the foreground will come out more. One last suggestion about settings, you are shooting at 400 ISO which reduces the dynamic range of your camera a lot. Since it a landscape and nothing is going to move, you can drop your ISO to the native ISO and just increase the shutter speed   Posted: 08/07/2019 11:15:25

Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Thanks for your detailed and valuable comment. I will test this in about 1 week, when I'm back home again.   Posted: 08/08/2019 00:56:01

Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
The lines and weight of this image are very impressive. I agree that the dark's need to be brought up. It is easy to treat the separate areas in Adobe Camera Raw using the adjustment brush, if you have it available. You can lighten any area and darken any area individually. One other point: the horizon may not be level as the fence tilts down. It could be the perspective or the actual curve of the ground. It really is a lovely area with the mountains behind and the little village tucked away so nicely. good luck with your adjustment. This can be a real prize.   Posted: 08/09/2019 16:16:04

Ken Carlson   Ken Carlson
I see what Elizabeth is saying about the fence but the bell tower is vertical which is more important to my eye   Posted: 08/11/2019 16:19:13

Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
That's such a beautiful photo of such an inviting scene! I agree about bringing the dark areas up. I also wonder how it would look if you straightened the rock wall by tilting the image more to the left. I'm constantly straightening my own photos that way - It might just be me, but I'm wanting to see that wall straightened a bit. That really is a beautiful photo. It would make a great greeting or Christmas card or even a great book cover.   Posted: 08/14/2019 05:06:13

Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Thank you for your precious comments. I have lightened the lower part of the picture and given more contrast. This makes it more colorful and informative (but at the same time loses the mood of the magic hour, in which the picture was taken).

To the 400 ISO: My standard is 200 ISO. I can not remember - the only reason for the elevation could be be a light wind, where I cut the shutter speed with this measure.

  Posted: 08/15/2019 04:23:20
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Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
You have chosen a lovey view point and even given us a small hole to walk through in the wall. All the angles leads to the main point of interest of the tower. The main mountain scape is really pretty view. But this image is crying out for Luminosity masks to pull the detail out of the dark areas and to balance the image.   Posted: 08/15/2019 09:48:46


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