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WinterLandschaft (Winter Landscape)


WinterLandschaft (Winter Landscape)
Copyright ©2006, Hans-Dieter Stich ¤ $

View of the small village Baad in the valley Kleinwalsertal. Although the Kleinwalsertal is only reachable from Germany it belongs to Austria. Some years ago, before the introduction of the Euro in Europe the official currency in the Kleinwalsertal was the German Mark and NOT the Austrian Shilling. Until today they use both german AND austrian phone numbers and zipcodes.


Photographer: Hans-Dieter Stich ¤ $
Folder: MFT Book of Images Selection
Uploaded: 2006-Jan-10 00:24 EST
Copying allowed: No
Camera: Olympus E-500
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 200
Aperture: 8
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Focal Length: 29
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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That is truly exceptional, I like the composition and the postprocessing which makes it look like a pencil or charcoal sketch. I've been to the Kleinwalsertal sp,e 30+ years ago.

Torsten Hoff ¤ at 01:03 EST on 2006-Jan-10


I like this a lot. Great depth and contrast. The village makes it all interesting. Well done.

On a technical note: I think you may have squeesed out that extra bit of sharpness with going for ISO 100. The light was sufficient, I think.

Jakob Bentsen ¤ at 04:31 EST on 2006-Jan-10

Jakob, ...

you're right! the aperture is at 8 which should indicate that there is enough room for a smaller ISO. at the moment ISO 200 is my standard for shooting because were I live it is very often foggy with only a dim light. coming from a compact digital camera with automatic ISO I must learn now to adjust the ISO settings myself! ;-)


Hans-Dieter Stich ¤ $ at 05:22 EST on 2006-Jan-10


Great b&w. I like the light, the composition and the post processing. Regards.

Bruno Filipazzi ¤ at 07:54 EST on 2006-Jan-10


I think the treatment suits the subject well, including the yellow tone on the building.

Not so sure about the yellow snow bottom right.

It may also be worth blurring the sky to remove the grain texture as this detracts from the rest of teh image.

I like it! Cheers

Martin Farrow ¤ ¤ at 08:34 EST on 2006-Jan-10


Even though I agree with Jakob about a bit less sharpness it would be good, I think this is fantasticc photo. The composition is very beautiful, the conversion very good and the light and shadows are extraordinary; If it were not for the little over-sharpness it would definetely be a 10!

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $ $ at 10:34 EST on 2006-Jan-10


I love the contrast and composition. My only wish is that the pine branch in the upper right corner was not there.

Very nice. Could you share your B&W conversion technique, or was it shot this way in-camera?

Thanks Kurt

Kurt Nelson ¤ $ at 22:08 EST on 2006-Jan-10


I think this is an outstanding b/w conversion. Great range of tones while maintaining sharp contrast. Beautiful composition as well. I think your sharpening suits the subject well.

Ken Williams ¤ $ at 01:21 EST on 2006-Jan-11

hi all, ...

for the nice and friendly comments!

@Kurt: regarding the pine branch in the upper right corner I was too thing about cloning it out, but I'm not shure about the effect on the shot. together with the part of pine tree on the left side the pine branch is building some sort of 'window' for the picture, which enhances the spacial impression.

regarding the B&W conversion, I'm a lazy PS user with too much money ;-) so I bought ConvertToBW Pro from The Imaging Factory which is IMHO THE BEST tool for such conversions. after the conversion I used a technique called 'Split Toning' to tone only the shadows with blue.


Hans-Dieter Stich ¤ $ at 06:23 EST on 2006-Jan-11

sorry for the messed up link! :-(

the correct link for The Imaging Factory is:

sorry for the mess! :-(


Hans-Dieter Stich ¤ $ at 06:26 EST on 2006-Jan-11