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Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Does it make sense?

My opinion is that with increasing the contrast and saturation, we destroy the atmosphere (dreamy look, serene mood...) and vice versa.
This photo may be a good example as there is enough room to raise contrast and saturation. What do you think about my observation?

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joseph cole's picture

i think you are correct as there is very little color in the first place the image is so subtle it needs a little punch i would however turn this into a square composition

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

It makes sense with the square, but I think that the subject has been sufficiently separated, and I could not omit all the vastness of the lava field. Thanks!

joseph cole's picture

true i didn't think of it in that way i think i would make a wider crop then to exaggerate that idea you wouldn't lose anything either
maybe like this

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

This is not a vignette above, but a darker layer of clouds, and it's not good to leave it out because it serves as an excellent stopping element for visual flow. Maybe it could have been a little brighter. Thank you for your efforts, Joseph!

joseph cole's picture

Ahh gotcha i assumed it was a vignette

user-216690's picture

I really like it, but I tend to subtlety anyway.

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Thanks for input William! Yes, subtlety is otherwise recommendable!

user-216690's picture

I'd like to think so, Radisa, but it's not particularly popular.

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Yes, unfortunately, few who apply it.

Chris Jablonski's picture

Agree with you both. Regarding this view being a bit of a minority position, it strikes me that people from the USA tend to prefer what seems to me to be overly vivid colour & strong contrast, sometimes at the expense of subtlety (to my tastes). I don't mean this as a criticism of US tastes, rather wondering about cultural preferences.

Many Fstoppers are from the USA, so this preference is often expressed on this excellent forum. And we 3 are 2 Aussies, 1 European, and 2 Slavs! Actually, William, I note you like Velvia - now that's not subtle! I mourned Kodachrome deeply. :-(

I wonder if even this image has saturation boosted a little, Radisa. Another great image from you. Moody afternoon on Mars indeed! ;-)

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

An interesting analysis at world level!
Yes, only some selective saturation is boosted on this occasion maybe even more than I normally do. Well spotted Chris!
Thanks so much!

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

What happened, William's account disappeared?

Maicon Leonard's picture

Agree it definitely gives a more moody/clean look although it leads to less detailed subjects yet in this images is well compensated by the dirty/rocky 1st plan as it highly contrasts with the far serene background. Great photo looks like a moody afternoon in mars calmly waiting for the sun to set down into the rise the silent darkness

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Thank you for your opinion and for the poetically inspired comment :)

Jan Eide's picture

I think this photo is stunning. Ready for large prints. Where is this?

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Thanks a lot! Herdubreid table mountain and vast lava field of Odadahraun in northeast Iceland.