Raymond Zurschmitten  

Obstalden by Raymond Zurschmitten

January 2020 - Obstalden

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Specifications: X-T2, shutter speed 1/250 sec, aperture 11, ISO 200, lens: 18-55 mm (here 22 mm).
My wife and I went to Lake Walen. While we ate our sandwiches for lunch, the cloud cover opened and the sun shone on the village of Obstalden - a scene I liked to capture with my camera.

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11 comments posted

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
The color palette you used to process your image adds a wow factor for me. The image appears sharp to me also. Your composition is good, but there is a problem for me. All the beautiful leading lines take me to the center distant mountains which for me is a stopper in the image. My eye never is actually drawn to the village. I think there is promise in what you've captured, it just needs some work to get it to where the viewers eye is led to explore around.   Posted: 01/08/2020 09:53:01
Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Thank you for your feedback. This is an average photo with guidelines to the mountains in the background. By breaking up the cloudy sky and the ray of sunshine on the village on the right-hand side, a new situation is created, breaking the rules and creating a new, charming picture. I think that the colour created by the ray of sunlight and the surprise of the moment creates a picture worth leaving standing like this.   Posted: 01/12/2020 01:52:35

Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
I felt the same as Bob upon viewing your photo. Your sky is so phenomenal, I didn't even notice the village at first. Yet you captured the village very crisply and clearly and the colors of the village and its green grassy areas work so well with the blue tones of the sky and river. Do you have any photos of this spot where the village is more visible? That sky really is phenomenal, definitely has a wow factor!   Posted: 01/08/2020 22:52:04
Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Dear Marilyn, I am happy to post another picture of this place, but from the same place where I took the other picture. By zooming in, the sky becomes less prominent here.   Posted: 01/12/2020 01:51:18
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Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Ow, wow, that version is absolutely stunning!   Posted: 01/12/2020 23:39:13

Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
The shot works. Everything in the shot impresses me. After the 1st impression of wow mountains, etc. I look around and see the town. The colors and tones work in this one. Good one.   Posted: 01/10/2020 21:56:59
Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Thank you Bob   Posted: 01/12/2020 01:53:58

Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
Raymond, this is a WOW image to be sure. I do agree that the sky is outstanding. I wonder if you opened up the foreground dark area just enough to suggest some texture, it might help the eye in taking the eye to the village. I gave levels a try and just moving the right slider over until the histogram picked up, helped give the foreground enough light to cause it to say, "Look at me'. I then cut off just a little of the bottom (the bottom third line was right at the water level) to help emphasize the trees. This is certainly the most beautiful spot you can hope to see. Congrats on finding and capturing it.   Posted: 01/12/2020 19:35:03
Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Thank you for your feedback Elizabeth. I put a radial filter on the village and edited the surroundings so that the contrast between village and surroundings was less. I think the image has a better effect that way.   Posted: 01/15/2020 03:36:56

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
I think you have chosen and framed a beautiful scene and have been very lucky with that sky and the splash of sunlight hitting the village as it has.
But I look at this image and all I want to do is get hold of it and have a play in Luminosity Masks to balance the contrast out. The black for me is so filled in they are spoiling the image and are fighting the brights to much.
So this image needs to either LM from raw file or needs to be 5 images brought together and then oh my would this image pop.
The second image you have posted is much better and for me a much stronger composition as you are not giving the viewer so much to chose to see, I still think that luminosity mask work to balance out those shadows would lift the image. But must have been wonderful to see.   Posted: 01/14/2020 09:07:59
Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Thanks Paul for your feedback with the good suggestions. I have brightened up the trees in the foreground, which gives the picture a better effect.   Posted: 01/15/2020 03:32:29