Frans Gunterus  

Crystalline Turquoise Lake – Jiuzhaigou, China by Frans Gunterus

November 2020 - Crystalline Turquoise Lake – Jiuzhaigou, China

November 2020 - Frans Gunterus


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Crystalline Turquoise Lake “ Jiuzhaigou, China

This is one of unique Tourism spots in China. Jiuzhaigou National Park of Sichuan Province. Well known for beautiful lakes, sceneries and waterfalls. I was visited the National Park in Oct 2016 and was so lucky took a lot of pictures. Most of these pristine sites were destroyed by earthquake on August 8, 2017. You might never see this beautiful scenery again. Unfortunately, the beauty of the scene looked flat in RAW. I crafted my imagination as a surrealism landscape image. Thanks for Judy Murphy who has educated me the word ‘surrealism’. I have submitted this image in French Digital Circuit 2020.

Canon EOS 6D, 24-104 f/4 L IS USM at 24 mm, ISO 100, 1/125 sec at F/8.

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8 comments posted

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Wow Frans who knew where a comment would take you. I think you would enjoy John Paul Caponnigro's work.
Lines and shapes are important elements of composition and in this image I see triangles, the strongest of shapes, everywhere: the sky reflection in the foreground, a group of underwater logs, the primary mountain, the sky above. They all support the dominant mountain and take you to it and the colorful foliage. The color palette is strong and so well saturated it keeps me in place exploring, rather than wandering beyond to the distal mountains. I keep studying what's underwater and how all the trees seem to glow with color. It's the juxtaposition of this color next to the steep severe rugged mountains that is the compositional hook for me.
  Posted: 11/11/2020 09:00:05

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Judy, thanks for your fine comments. I have seen John Paul Caponnigro's work. It is so rich. Originally, the trees and water are glowing. The water is clear but colorful. I have just enhanced the nature. I really appreciate your time for this remarkable 'education' to me.   Posted: 11/13/2020 20:18:20

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Wonderful scene. Nice lines and composition. To my eye, I found the water reflection to ge a little too saturated.
I imported your image to LightRoom and used the neutral density filter twice (1st mainly to reduce the saturation on the bottom left and 2nd mainly to decrease highlight and brightness on the top right)+ slight brushing on the middle hill.

  Posted: 11/15/2020 16:29:29
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Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Pierre, Thanks for comments and suggestions.   Posted: 11/15/2020 18:22:03

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Amazing transformation from the original into a world of color! The reflections on the water are a particularly absorbing portion of the image and a visual treat.   Posted: 11/16/2020 19:05:44
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Thanks Lamar.   Posted: 11/18/2020 03:23:49

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Frans.
What a wild image! I feel like I've entered another world--like something in a Hollywood movie. I would like to know If you used a sky replacement because if you did, you did a great job of getting a similar look in the water reflection in the Right lower corner. However you accomplished this, the entire image is fantastic.
Todd   Posted: 11/24/2020 21:29:44
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Yes. I replaced the Sky. I used Luminar 4, Photoshop was not yet ready with their Sky replacement at that time. I regret I should have use my Polarizing filter that actually I got it in my camera back. I hesitated to open my camera back because I was standing on a wooden walkway where many people were passing by. Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 11/30/2020 20:59:58