Thibaut Froehly's picture

Ceremonial pipe

July 22, 2018

A mountain in the Dolomites, Italy, dressed in the late summer colours.

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I like it. Ther's always the temptation to crank up the saturation. Glad you didn't do it :). The image has a velvet feeling to it.

Thibaut Froehly's picture

Thank you for pointing it out John. I usually compare saturation to salt in cuisine, a touch is sometimes enough! :)

Lambrinos Papaioannou's picture

beautiful dodge and burning to create more texture

Thibaut Froehly's picture

I did some dodge and burn, my aim was to re-create depth and emphasize the direction of the light.

Michael Moon's picture

Absolutely gorgeous!

Thibaut Froehly's picture

Thank you Michael!

Ara H.'s picture

Absolutely beautiful! I'm tempted to say I would've liked to see a tiny bit more contrast, but like you pointed out, it's a personal preference similar to salt :) Well done!

Thibaut Froehly's picture

Yeah that's definitly a personal choice. For the past year, I worked a lot find and get the look I had in mind. I made a long 500px/facebook pause, not to be influenced or to try to please someone other than me.
Now that I started on fstoppers, I see the big "gap" between my pictures and the other ones in terms of contrast and saturation, but now I'm stuck with my own style :)

When I review photos, I am also tempted to say "it would have been so much better with a touch of this or this", but now I try to make the difference between objective and subjective feedback. I won't go in the details, but to summerize now I judge mainly by two things: emotional impact (personal and subjective, eventhough we are all humans with similar feelings) and the quality of the work (objective), I try not to take a personal style that is not mine in account.

Thank you for your comment by the way :)

Mario Valkenborg's picture

EPIC shot ! Like it a lot, leave it as it is ....

Thibaut Froehly's picture

Thanks Mario! It was an epic moment to witness it!

Christian Lorenz's picture

Passo di Giau, by the way

Peter Moss's picture

So nice to see a landscape photo these days that actually looks natural and real. Lovely shot.

Love the fact that the author didn't go over the top with the photo sugar (aka saturation)