You know, there is something about Winter in Switzerland. All that snow, the blue sky, crystal clear air, snowboarding in deep powder …
It’s all a lie!!!!!
Well, unless you live in the mountains of course. But for most city dwellers, Winter is a season of grey bleak days, where life is muffled unter a cloud of grey depressing fog. And looking out your office window and knowing that there is a beautiful world wating for you, just half an hour drive away… is not really improving the motivation at work.
Now you probably think, I’m exagerating, right? Well, have a look at the picture above, have a look at the city of Zürich, the beautiful lake and the soft hills in the distance. You can’t see it? But it is there, the city and all its thousands of people. It’s just hidden under the #ç%&@# (censor beep) clouds!
Oh, sure, the fog sometimes leaves. Usually to make room for rain or a winter storm. Which usually happens on the weekend.
From RAW to final
My sister often wonders how much I tinker with my shots. Well, let’s lift the secret 😉
Here’s the shot as it was captured by the camera. Deliberatly overexposed in order to be able to get as much detail as possible in the fog when processing it.
I then applied these adjustments in Lightroom:
Crop to 16:9 format
Highlights: – 53
Shadows: +74 (To get the trees in the foreground back
Whites: +45 (To get the full tonality in the highlights)
The shot is now ready for final processing in Nik Color Efex Pro. I used the “Tonal Contrast” filter, applying it to the hightlights in order to get as much structure as possible back into the fog, and then “Brighten center” filter to add a bit of vignetting and put more emphasis on the tower.
Photo was taken on the Hochwacht Tower at the Albis Pass in Switzerland using the Leica M9 and a 90mm lens