Albert Zabin  

The Land of the Trolls by Albert Zabin

May 2020 - The Land of the Trolls

About the Image(s)

Taken in Norway in the land of the trolls. Nikon 800, 14-120 Nikon lens, moderately wide angle around 35-40. The lighting was extremely flat. Post Processing in On1 2020. Some cropping contrast boosted brightening mid-tones, darkening blacks. Modest sharpening. Used infra red preset.

7 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
You've certainly presented an eery and other-worldly scene here, Albert, it's impressive. I like the rich, contrasty blacks, which keep the land from being over taken for attention by the dramatic sky. I'm not sure you've got the best crop, to my liking however. My eye goes toward the pass beyond the mountains to the right, but also to the foreground lakes and clouds in a ravine on the left border. I think a crop better guiding the eye might have been preferable.   Posted: 05/09/2020 11:06:46

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
The image youpr3sent is very moody and contrasty and for me creates an almost sinister feeling. I feel the drama is more in the sky so I did some editing shifted the drama to the sky.
Just an alternate feeling, what do your think?   Posted: 05/18/2020 13:24:49
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Don Crow   Don Crow
This is an impressive scene. The clouds produce a very dramatic sky as it is. My thoughts are that the rest of the scene has to much contrast. To me it makes the scene much too dark with almost no grays. I like the composition.   Posted: 05/23/2020 13:31:39

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
To me, Albert, this is a very moody and effective mountain scene. I like the treatment of the sky, soft, yet retaining enough detail to give it drama. I do like what Larry did with lightening the shadows to give the mountains a little more life.

I also like the pools of water which give the image a peaceful look in the midst of the harsh mountains.

To my eye a very nice image. Thank you so much for sharing It with us.   Posted: 05/23/2020 22:06:17

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
An interesting location Albert! Yes, very moody - perhaps too moody!

I do prefer what Larry has done, particularly to the land. In now invites the eye to wander up the valley more and take note more of what there is there.

The sky is personal preference I think. Too much detail and interest can take the focus and purpose of an image away from the landscape - I thus prefer your sky!

Thank you for sharing!   Posted: 05/24/2020 12:18:43

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Albert, I really enjoy the curves of the mountain anchored by the water pools below. The treatment of the sky is just right to my eye. This really grows on me and it would look good on the wall.   Posted: 05/25/2020 16:41:48

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Thank you all for your comments. I do agree with Larry's and Don's suggestions about the foreground being to contrasty and dark. I did experiment with a more dramatic sky, but decided for a softer and less eye arresting sky. The mountains and land is what I think akes the photo work and the eye is intersting enough, but doesn't fight with the land for attention.   Posted: 05/25/2020 21:17:42


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