Francois Venter  

Farmworker's Hut by Francois Venter

October 2021 - Farmworker's Hut

About the Image(s)

Title: Farmworkers hut with a view

Equipment: Nikon Z7_II, Sigma ART 24-70mm F2.8 lens of a tripod. Focal Length 24mm, F11. This is an HDR Blend with Shutterspeeds used of 1/4s, 1/60, 1/250s. I also used a 3 stop graduated Neutral density filter in front of the lens.

About the image:
As I mentioned, I zoomed in a bit on this farmworkers hut (52mm). At 24 mm you see the whole farm. It created a nice scene for me .I used the neutral density filter over the sky and the HDR blend to bring out the detail in the clouds, snow and darker patched int he foreground. The images was shot in the “Swartberge” (Translated as Black Mountains) in the western Cape of South Africa. I just loved the house against the snow capped mountains

6 comments posted

Arief Rahardjo
What a nice view. You put the farmworkers hut in the right composition. The white color very contrast with other that direct viewer eyes to that direction. You divided three dynamic area in your image Cloud, hill, and land. I don't have experience in HDR, but, as mountain hiker there part of the hill that make unnatural in your image.   Posted: 10/08/2021 20:21:14

Lin Sun   Lin Sun
Very beautiful place to visit and a very nice picture.
Under the HDR, everything seems to be very clear in detail, and the color seems to be soft and uniform no matter for the cloud or the ground.
And the most wonderful thing is, even though everything is clear in the picture, we can clearly see the snow mountain is hidden in the cloud. Actually it's partly hidden and partly visible, which made me want to pluck aside the cloud to see what exactly the snow mountain looks like. But somehow I'm not sure if everything is necessarily to be clear in a picture. Anyway, it doesn't feel bad and it's good to see more details of such beautiful place.
And welcome to this group!   Posted: 10/08/2021 21:47:14

Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Sweet. Maybe just a hair dark for me, but close to perfect. HDR at its finest. This raises the bar.   Posted: 10/09/2021 11:05:25

Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
That's a fantastic photograph! The immense clouds, the colors of the mountains in the background and the shadows of the clouds on those mountains add a lot to the scene of the farm and the farmworker's hut. Great job!   Posted: 10/09/2021 17:17:52

Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
A beautiful image with a good composition, interesting colors and clouds that make the scene interesting and dynamic. The white of the cottage goes well with the snow in the mountains. I also think that the house is very well placed. The temptation to give more contrast to accentuate the clouds has been resisted, which is good for the image.   Posted: 10/12/2021 03:43:38

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
This is a lovely image with a very pleasing format to view. The main interest has been placed perfectly in the frame and the clouds on the mountains is just right.
If this was mine there are two things I would do, first I would remove that bush/growth bottom left corner, not needed and catches the eye. Second I would select the sky and clouds and then just brighten the landmass a touch and I mean a touch. If you use luminosity mask a lights 2 on a curves and lift the bright's and paint black on the mask over the sky and cloud. Otherwise lovely.   Posted: 10/15/2021 06:18:13


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