Expert Critique: Mont-Blanc by Bernard Treyvaud

Review by Matej Tandara

Mont-Blanc 4809m Highest European peak, view from Geneva, Switzerland 90Kms away

"Interesting mix! Camera Olympus OM-D E-M10 MarkIII, Lens 1960 Leitz Elmar 90mm with Mft adaptator!" by Bernard Treyvaud

The composition of this shot is spot on with a good balance of foreground and background. The layers in this image and the depth they create are extraordinary and really give a great perception of distance and scale too. Meanwhile, the different shades of blue are so soothing, giving the sense of peace and freedom.

However, rarely is a photo perfect and there are 2 things that the photographer could have improved on to make this shot even better than it already is...

The Focus

The image in general is pretty soft but it does seem that the focus is on the trees rather than the mountains. This is one of the drawbacks to using an old lens with an adaptor - it just gets really hard to focus, especially in extremely bright or dark environments.

The Post-Processing

Looking at this photo, it doesn’t seem like there was a lot of post-processing done to it. Even though it looks great straight out of camera, there are some things that could use some fixing. I would suggest making the photo a little sharper and with more contrast since it does look a bit washed out. This can easily be done in any image editing software, just look for a sharpen tool and a contrast slider. Little tweaks like this can really improve an image in a matter of seconds.

The image with the mentioned post-processing adjustments applied


A technically great image with a few fixes due to gear limitations. All in all, an awesome capture and a photographer with a lot of potential!

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