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Vincent Bornbaum's picture

The Karwendel captured from the "Eng Alm"

This is a panorama which was created by stacking 9 images. The trees are maple trees that give the valley its name "Großer Ahornboden", which translates to "Great maple ground". Picturesque area with mountain streams, beautiful vegetation and of course the more than spectacular Karwendel Mountains. Curious to hear what you think!

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Jeff Walsh's picture

The scene is great, but photographically speaking, it's missing some things. First off, your foreground is dark, with no real lighting, this its sort of flat. Second, the light is blown out on the mountains in the middle. Lastly, the sky is boring.

With that, the composition is great. The road leads me through the image, it's balanced really will with the house, trees, leading into the mountains. I even like the light sort of hitting the peaks on the right. My guess, this shot simply needs to be taken at a different time of day, possibly stacking shots at different times.

Its a great image that just needs better/more interesting light, and anything going on in the sky.

Vincent Bornbaum's picture

I wasn't completely pleased with the light as well but Ioved the composition so much that I took the shot anyway. Next time I go there I will try to shoot this scene at sunset or sunrise and stay there a little longer to figure out the right time. Thanks for the critizism!

Idan Livni's picture

I think the light here is great!,
You got a shaodw/light game here,
I do think that the this photo is a bit raw and not editted properly.
I think that if you take the time to edit it properly you might get an amazing result.

Vincent Bornbaum's picture

Thank you for your kind words. I don't have much experience with postprocessing. Still learning, so I might try to edit it again soon :)

Idan Livni's picture

I really think that what you got here is gold in terms of raw materials for learning post processing,
The first thing I can suggest is adding some gradient filters on the skies and try to create some contrast between the skies and mountains - it require so fine masking.

Chris Jablonski's picture

I'm inclined to agree with Jeff. One option is to simply open up the foreground like this, although this may kill the mood you wanted to embody here. Just one option. It's your image, and your vision, Vincent.

Vincent Bornbaum's picture

That actually looks really good! I'm quite new to editing so I didn't reach the images full potential I guess. I will try to edit it again and take your advice into account

Chris Jablonski's picture

I neglected to say that it's basically an appealing image and composition. I'm new to stacking - in fact I've done no multi-exposure images of any kind, so you're ahead of me there, Vincent!

Vincent Bornbaum's picture

I'm stacking with Affinity Photo and took all the images handheld. That always works if you have somewhere around 30% overlay. Heard good things about Microsoft Image Composite Editor as well, which is actually freeware! Taking the images was a thing of 1-2 minutes (as I had to keep up with my fam) and the software allignes them automatically! So it's a quite easy thing to do if you want to try it :)

Chris Jablonski's picture

Thanks for the tips, Vincent. I should give it a try. I'm a bit of a purist, I guess, liking to frame up once and for all in the viewfinder, and don't often crop except to salvage something. I find it tedious and slow enough setting up the tripod when I use one, as well as bracketing exposure and aperture.

Chris Jablonski's picture

The second image you've added is much better, I think, Vincent.

Vincent Bornbaum's picture

Thanks for the feedback!