Wim van de Water (The Netherlands)

worked on shots taken by -

Alireza Vafa (Iran)

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Strange Mountain

Shot: Alireza Vafa

Edited: Wim van de Water

Wim writes:

As this project intended to challenge each of us, that was indeed challenging to get the perspective of what this exactly is: either ice, salt or just a worn-out ridge.

 

What I have done is bringing out the irregular structure of the mountain. The mountain contrasts beautifully against the clear blue sky. 

Shot with Tokina AT-X PRO 16-28mm f/2.8

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Lone Tree

Shot: Alireza Vafa

Edited: Wim van de Water

Wim writes:

A beautiful photo of a setting sun. The bright light of the sun sometimes makes it difficult to see what is in the foreground.

 

By illuminating the shadows a little, you still get to see more of the structure of the landscape. Additionally, I decided to shed some more light, just a little more in the foreground in order to radiate to the viewers the warmth on such a beautiful day. 

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Shot with Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4

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Take me Up!

Shot: Alireza Vafa

Edited: Wim van de Water

Wim writes:

Well, this is such a wonderful photo that pulls you right at the top of the mountain. The difficulty with such an incredible photo is to show all of the colors well.

 

The snow is white, the sky is blue. I think it worked out pretty well. I feel that I would certainly like to take a walk uphill!

Shot with Tokina AT-X PRO 16-28mm f/2.8

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Rocket Pillar

Shot: Alireza Vafa

Edited: Wim van de Water

Wim writes:

Continuing with that great challenge that Alireza has put on me, as with the other photo called "Strange Mountain", here I also exhibit the structure of the rock pillar to speak for this photo.

 

Such a massive structure is precisely reflected in the thundery blue sky. 

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Shot with Tokina AT-X PRO 16-28mm f/2.8

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Sky

Shot: Alireza Vafa

Edited: Wim van de Water

Wim writes:

Something that Alireza is extremely good at is photographing the starry sky. This is not an easy task, as after taking the shot, you also have to get something visible in the photo...

 

I spent a long time with this photo. I had for the task multiple exposures but still decided to do it with a single shot. This indeed challenged me and I had to completely forget my own workflow and do all settings differently. And I'm actually quite happy.

 

Now I hope Alireza thinks the same way!

Shot with Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4

Shot while mounted on the Kenko "Skymemo S" equatorial mount

Shot with Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4

Alireza Vafa, self-portrait

Edited: Wim van de Water

Wim writes:

Alireza, Alireza. I was asking myself "how well do I know him?"   I was truly battling with the question and eventually got it; prior this project I had seen a picture of him passing by in the Tokina group and on the Global Ambassador page of this fabulous lens manufacturer's website. But otherwise not really.

 

I was really fascinated by his Astro photos. Truly fascinated as a photographer, especially since photographing the galaxy is still on my bucket list.

 

While I was initially approaching to work out this shot, I made a decision to not to bump up the shadows. That way the entire frame would not bear too much lights in it. Then, after editing the frame, I looked at the first results. I realized that this is just how I wanted to develop this photo. The capturing a beautiful person. I imagine this photo was taken late at night or after he was taking some pictures of our universe again. I see Alireza in what he is good at, and wanted to reflect that in my work here - to show that the camera thought so, too. Therefore, I have put a circular reflection of Alireza as if this is the lens that focuses on the person.