Matthias Haug  

Sunrise in the Dolomites (Italy) by Matthias Haug

November 2020 - Sunrise in the Dolomites (Italy)

November 2020 - Matthias Haug


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Image Data: Canon EOD 5D Mark IV; Sigma 14-24 mm; 1/2 sec at f16, ISO 100, ND gratuated filter (soft), tripod
This photo was taken in October 2019 at the Passo Falzarego (Dolomites; Italy) and shows the view from the top of the pass towards Mount Lagazuoi. Autumn is already further advanced and the larches in the foreground are already showing their autumn colors. Unfortunately, the sky was almost without clouds that morning, so the light of the rising sun is only visible on the rock.
The image processing was done with Photoshop. Only slightly increased the contrast as well as brilliance and warmth. Any suggestions to improve this photo are appreciated.

9 comments posted

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Mathias I love the Autumn colors that you captured and the warm of the red, brown, and gold colors. The placement of the mountain peak and foreground tree is perfect per Rule of Thirds. Along with this placement, the leading lines draw your eyes to the peak and large foreground tree. The only thing that bothers me is the picture looks slightly blurry. If you were going for a blurred look to focus the viewers' attention on the colors, I would have added a little more blurring to the picture. Otherwise a slightly sharper picture would allow the viewer to linger on the subjects in the scene.   Posted: 11/03/2020 14:25:19

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Mathias, Nice photo, I agree with everything Thorro has shared with you. You might also want to reduce the green contrast, they are very bright and are getting the viewers attention. I hope you make the changes and share it back with us.   Posted: 11/04/2020 20:10:06

Matthias Haug   Matthias Haug
Sophia & Thorro,
thank you so much for your feedback.
I made - as suggested - the following changes at my photo: I made it a bit sharper and reduced the green contrast in the trees (mountain pine) in the foreground.
The photo looks different now and the viewer's attention goes now to the autumn colors.   Posted: 11/08/2020 10:23:18
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Just dropping by. I really agree with all the suggestions but I've got one more.

Looking at the image I noticed the shadows on the mountain are quite faded (they are a soft grey). However, the scene appears to be taken in bright light, which should yield darker shadows. The more I look at the image I begin to feel the image has been brightened and or the shadow areas opened. This imparts to the image an unnatural aura. As a photo judge one of the things I look for is a realistic feeling and to me it feel missing. Might I suggest bringing down the exposure and slightly increasing the black or contrast? Of course the image is yours and it you refer it this way then this is correct. Your thoughts?   Posted: 11/08/2020 11:28:05
Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Larry thanks for dropping by and providing your input. I find your feedback invaluable to my own photography journey.   Posted: 11/09/2020 08:10:24

Matthias Haug   Matthias Haug
thanks for your advice.
I reduced the exposure by 0.25 and increased the contrast and the black a bit (+6). The picture now looks much more realistic and reflects the original light mood on autumn morning.   Posted: 11/08/2020 16:16:28
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Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Matthias I like the changes that you made to the photo based on all the feedback. It is really a wonderful Fall Colors photo.   Posted: 11/09/2020 08:08:33

Else Seligmann   Else Seligmann
Hi Matthias. I am new to this, but really like the changes you made. They look more natural but still dramatic. A beautiful capture.   Posted: 11/17/2020 22:54:40

Matthias Haug   Matthias Haug
Dear all,
thanks for your feedbacks. I really appreciate your suggestions and as you can see I made all the changes. The picture now looks much better than before :-)   Posted: 11/22/2020 11:29:03


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