Raymond Zurschmitten, QPSA  

Bavona Pasture by Raymond Zurschmitten, QPSA

October 2021 - Bavona Pasture

About the Image(s)

The image was taken with the Fuji GFX 50S at 1/4 seconds, aperture 22 and ISO 200 with 32 mm (lens GF32 “64 mm). The image was processed with minimal editing in Lightroom.

On a hike in the Bavona Valley in Italian-speaking Switzerland, we crossed this alpine pasture, which makes a good photo subject. The renovation of these stone houses was done with the support of Swiss cultural institutions.

12 comments posted

Francois Venter   Francois Venter
Hi Raymond. I love your composition. The star burst due to the F22 is also great. In terms of overall exposure I would say you unfortunately have too many underexposed areas. That is due to the massive dynamic range that are present in the scene. Two ways to counter that would be to use graduated neutral density filters over the sky (which on a hike might be difficult) or using HDR where you combine a few images to get a larger dynamic range in your image   Posted: 10/07/2021 13:13:55
Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Thank you very much for the feedback. I made the mountains lighter in the background (see attached image). I think the mood is more accentuated with the dark background. I like the contrast of the light cross against the dark background.   Posted: 10/12/2021 04:19:09
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Arief Rahardjo
"Whatever the dark situation you face, with faith we believe the sun with shine."
Those word automatically appear in my mind when saw your image.
The star burst in the sun was great, your shot at the right moment. I think underexposure area combine with star burst create nice contrast in this image.   Posted: 10/08/2021 20:36:28
Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Thank you Arief   Posted: 10/12/2021 04:20:05

Lin Sun   Lin Sun
Oh! This is the sunrise with beautiful rays. But did you use any filter lens? How did the sun light turn into such beautiful rays?

The place seems to be not easy to arrive. But you made it and arrived just in time. That should take a great effort.
And the picture was composed very well with no separation even involving the sky, and preserved a lot of details on the dark side of the mountain at the meanwhile.
Have to say it's really a wonderful work.   Posted: 10/08/2021 21:29:58
Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Thanks Lin for your feedback. The sun rays are related to the aperture: with f/32 they would have been longer, but would have disturbed the image from my point of view. Two friends and I stayed in tents on this alp, so I could photograph the sunrise in comfort.   Posted: 10/12/2021 04:24:45
Lin Sun   Lin Sun
I see. Now I understand what you mean in a previous thread about "close aperture". There seems to have 19 rays around the sun, if w/o filter, does this mean you possibly used a lens with 19 aperture blades? It's really a beautiful effect.   Posted: 10/15/2021 11:28:15

Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Great, moody image. Sure looks like a 1000 year step back in time. Maybe a hair dark, but love the mood.   Posted: 10/09/2021 11:11:21
Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
thank you Bob for your feedback   Posted: 10/12/2021 04:25:20

Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Wow. That is a very dramatic scene, bleak and haunting. Perhaps the scene could be brightened a small amount; but other than that, it's a great photo.   Posted: 10/09/2021 17:30:07
Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Thank you Marilyn!   Posted: 10/12/2021 04:25:52

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
When I first looked at this image I thought a bit messy, but then the thought crossed my mind of the harshness of living and working up there in these cold stone huts and that does come across, It is not one of my favourit images as it does not appeal to my taste but it does give a powerful feeling.   Posted: 10/15/2021 06:53:28


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