Bachalpsee @ Grindelwald Swiss by Raf Olaerts
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Bachalpsee @ Grindelwald Swiss

September 24, 2015

I got up at a inhuman hour to hike several miles up the mountain over 6000 feet to get there before sunset. When i eventually got there the hole thing was covered in mist. so i had to do it all over again the next day, but i'm glad i did...

47mm · f/18.0 · 30s · ISO 100
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Joost Daniels's picture

Loving the mood and colors here. I've been looking at this image a few times over the past days and would love some pointers on how to create this in similar images. Please comment or shoot me a message if you're willing to share, Raf! Groeten, Joost

Raf Olaerts's picture

Hi Joost, (ik heb de indruk dat dit ook in het Nederlands mag...)
i have no problem with sharing how i got and processed this picture but i have to get back to you later..., it's kinda buzy at the moment. I'll post a full "how-when-what and where" in a few days.
Thanks for the interest.

Joost Daniels's picture

That would be great (geweldig!). Looking forward. Thx.

Raf Olaerts's picture

Hi Joost, I'am sorry i did'nt post a comment yet, too damn busy, But i did'nt forget...

Raf Olaerts's picture

Hi Joost, So finally I found the time to write, in short, how i came about this picture.
For the “taking” of the frame I link you to a short video we made of the trip (it’s in Duch)

When I got back home I took the files in to Lightroom and did the normal processing color, contrast, sharpening e.t.c.
After the normal processing I took the file into Photoshop because I was not satisfied with how the water in the foreground looked. At the moment of capture there was just a little to much wind to get a nice reflection so i enhanced that a little. (You’ll see the wind clearly in the drone-footage on the video)

After photoshop i desaturated the colors a little in Lightroom and than took the file into on1’s perfect effect 9 and used the “Magic Landscape” filter.
Then, back in Lightroom I cropped to a 1920x1080 (Full HD) format, thus, when viewed in full screen on a computer it is actually ‘Full Screen’.

So, in short, the trick is the on1 Perfect effect 9 filter…!

Thank you for the interested!

Joost Daniels's picture

Thanks Raf, for taking the time to respond. Great behind-the-scenes, that was quite the adventure! I suppose I'll have to check out that filter, great scene for this tonal change, well worth you guys' effort. Keep up the good work!

Scott Foster's picture

I keep waiting for the stars to swirl into frame, followed by Paramount pictures. lol Great shot!

Raf Olaerts's picture

Thx Scott!
Haha, yes indeed. Everyone that sees the image tells me "this looks familiar... but i can't put my finger on it...) untill i say "Paramount"!