Jean Wu  

View from the top of Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Matterhorn), Zermatt, Switzerland by Jean Wu

November 2020 - View from the top of Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Matterhorn), Zermatt, Switzerland

About the Image(s)

This image of Matterhorn was taken during my trip to Switzerland. I took many Matterhorn photos but I like this one the most. It was taken from the top facing Matterhorn in the distance when the mountain top of the Matterhorn was slowly becoming visible. Tech info: Canon 7D, EF24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM lenses, ISO 200, Aperture priority, 1/1250 s at f/11.0, 38.0mm focal length. Minor post process with PS.

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8 comments posted

Jeff Coyle   Jeff Coyle
Beautiful image. Have you tried converting to B&W. It could add some extra drama to the clouds.   Posted: 11/03/2020 14:20:24
Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Thanks for your suggestion. I'm not expert in B&W. Here is BW version for critic.   Posted: 11/04/2020 11:57:05
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Michael Nath   Michael Nath
I prefer the color image Jean. The repeating pattern of the 3 peaks leads my eye through the image from left to right and the blue sky brings it back to the beginning. In my opinion. the B&W image lacks the inherent contrast that the color image has except where the light is reflecting off the snow. The clouds in the B&W image are a large expanse of gray without much definition.   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:10:22
Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Thanks Michael & Darcy for your feedback. I am not BW expert and did a bad job in conversion. I prefer color version too.   Posted: 11/11/2020 20:45:06
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
I disagree, in my opinion you did not do a bad conversion. At worst your conversion is incomplete and could use more post processing. To be fair, all of us would need to know how you did the conversion before any of us could compose a critique that would be of any use.

A simple desaturation would leave a lot to be desired for almost any color image. Using either "channel mixer" or "Black 7 White" under Image then Adjustments would provide multiple sliders that would adjust the gray tones (lighter or darker) produced by the color information. Using NIK Silver Effects Pro, by itself, would provide for even more choices. Using Silver Effects Pro after converting in Photoshop adds even more choices.

Just for arguments sake, I downloaded your original color image and did a black & white adjustment on a duplicate layer where I adjusted the blue slider a lot to darken the sky. I then added another layer using NIK Silver Effects Pro and adjusted almost everything possible using several sliders including global adjustments, film types, and finishing adjustments to name a few. The result is not great but hopefully illustrates what is possible through experimentation. Don't give up on B&W conversions, it is another tool available to express yourself with. As with all modifications that are done on separate layers, if you don't like the results, then you can delete the layers and keep the original color image. As for the changes I made, I would not keep them. Your color image in my opinion is much better.   Posted: 11/11/2020 22:26:26
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Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I also prefer the color version, it seems something is lost in translation so to speak. This is my opinion but the second peak seems to be way washed out. I love the clouds and the blue sky that is peaking out.   Posted: 11/11/2020 16:09:10

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
I see several things to admire in this photo. What impressed me first is the composition. I like the way you have positioned the peaks so that they are shown poking up from the clouds with a layer of clouds above them and I like the way you have one in the foreground with the other in the background. I also appreciate the way you caught the whiff of clouds forming just above the peaks for me adds interest to the image. The depth of field looks very sharp to me with detail visible for both peaks. I also appreciate the way you have the blue of the sky and I think the colors work well together. Great Shot   Posted: 11/14/2020 16:50:10
Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Thanks for you nice comment!!   Posted: 11/16/2020 11:21:09