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High-resolution desktop wallpaper The Old Furka Pass by Dominic Kamp
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The Old Furka Pass

August 4th, 2010

The Furka Pass (elevation 2436 meters) is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps which I crossed over on my way home from Zermatt to Zurich. As I found out later, this pass has been the location for a chasing scene in James Bond - Goldfinger!

This image is a panoramic photo, stitched from 12 single frames using the program "Kolor Autopano". The sky has been replaced to make it look more dramatic and I used Nik Color Efex 3.0 to add some atmospheric warmth. Furthermore, I did some heavy repairing in Photoshop to get rid of the central roads, wires and other distracting elements. Finally, I added low opacity vignetting to focus the view to the center.

You can view the original photo at http://dominickamp.de/furkapassoriginal.jpg

Nikon D700, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, Adobe Photoshop, Kolor Autopano Giga, Nik Color Efex 3.0.

46°34'22"N, 8°25'00"E

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: dxm765
about 3 years, 11 months ago
voted for this in the loupe,so glad to see it out,beautiful work! Right to my desktop n iphone4
Posted By: danielTPL
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Absolutely breathtaking, seen it on your website a few days ago and hoped you'd upload it on here, the depth is amazing must have been a nice moment to actually realize this beautiful landscape ... Thank you!
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Ditto previous commentators minus the iphone deal. This is like a dream come through Dominic! Your hard work paid off. I really love the mood and atmosphere that you have created here much more than than the original scene. This is what I call a flawless wallpaper. Cheers.
Posted By: Derek McKinnon
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Very nice, very nice! Using it on my desktop and iPhone as we speak!
Posted By: Richard Mohler
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Must be nice, I use to always get things posted not anymore, oh well...
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: Tophmeister
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Saw this on your website and it's already my wallpaper. LOVE IT.
Posted By: Frostmint
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Wow, good job! Lots of makeup, but who cares - it's the final result that counts.
Posted By: Nick O
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Great scene. Love the tones.
Posted By: den4ps
about 3 years, 11 months ago
outstanding image! the warm tones are great. i have the D700 and want the 14-24 so bad - my next lens for sure!
Posted By: briansanderson
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Breathtaking photo. Thanks a bunch. Currently using on my iPhone 4 and desktop.
Posted By: bjlemenager
about 3 years, 11 months ago
the wires are hanging in midair. But very surreal...
Posted By: eknirb
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Goldfinger, eh? Fantastic.
Posted By: jrm125
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Lovely wallpaper...very surreal.

My only complaint is the wires(?) on the left side. They distract me a bit.

Great work as always.
Posted By: AnkurP992
about 3 years, 11 months ago
So this is basically AMAZING!!
Posted By: tony_danza
about 3 years, 11 months ago
stunning
Posted By: stubulman
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Macindows, this is a lovely shot(s). I love the composition with the road to the far left.

As a side note, I knew Auric Goldfinger. He was not a very nice man. Sadly I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bond.
Posted By: choyjay
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Very impressive! The editing from the original is flawless, and it definitely improves the photo in my opinion. Saw it on your site earlier, and I'm glad to see it here on IFL. Keep up the good work!
Posted By: OneDunya
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Another great pic by Macindows.
Posted By: antonis7
about 3 years, 11 months ago
I absolutely LOVE the colour spectrum in this image, hats off...

I just have one question. Since you went into all that editing trouble, why didn't you remove the TV masts ( or whatever they are ) that can be seen along the mountain line almost at the center of the image and a little to the right?

I am not saying that they are necessarily distracting, i am just curious about their purpose in the composition
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Thanks for all your nice comments! I was amazed to see how easy it is to create a good looking panorama with Autopano. Love that program!

Regarding the wires / eletrical tower(s):
You can actually see the wires coming from the middle mountain, going down into the valley, then going up the mountain again and disappearing behind the far left mountain. I removed most of the wires (which you probably can't distinguish on the original, low-res photo) but those (the ones on the left) were by far the most difficult ones to remove. No matter what I tried, it didn't look natural to me. So I decided to keep this one electrical tower (I removed two others already) and decrease the opacity of the wires so that they don't pop into your eyes.
Posted By: Mister Q
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Epic. Just epic :-)
Posted By: sabern
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Edit:
http://funkyimg.com/u2/438/042/02326_theoldfurkapass_1680x1050-Edited.jpg
Posted By: K
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Nice work of yours, great tones. Furkapass is one of my favorite roads, I have climbed it with my motorbike quite a few times. Indeed some scenes of Goldfinger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RbLqJDUf7M&feature=related) are taken there. The best part is the Belvedere Hotel, stayed there three times, it's something, with an overlook on the Rohne valley (the opposite side of the pass).

HST, I don't think this is the best effort of yours, although it's good stuff.
Posted By: Lenegal
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Another of Dominic's amazing wallpapers.
Posted By: only4now
about 3 years, 11 months ago
incredible re-work.. that original pic is nothing compared to this one!!

great pic!!
Posted By: quicksand
about 3 years, 11 months ago
this is a great shot but how can you remove "most of the wires". having a picture with a set of high voltage lines that go from nowhere to nowhere is more distracting that having them all the way they were. objects shouldn't be removed from a photo unless they can be removed in their entirety.
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 3 years, 11 months ago
@Quicksand:
Look more closely. Go to the 2560x1600 version and simply follow the eletrical towers from right to left. Then you should be able to see a) the electrical leads and b) the issue of removing the cables entirely. I went for the middle road and removed the easier ones (like the second electrical tower plus wires from the middle mountain) and decreased the opacity of the other wires. Also, keep in mind that the sun reflects the wires in that part of the picture, which is why they're much more noticable than in the rest of the image.
Posted By: buck2825
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Great editing!

have you tried Hugin.
Posted By: animeinme
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Great looking picture! Nice capture.
Posted By: onis_uk
about 3 years, 11 months ago
yet another awesome vista ....can i come and live with you please ?? lol
Posted By: dtmoody
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Very well done. I would love to travel as much as you do... take me with you? LOL
Posted By: Parki
about 3 years, 11 months ago
the view is great! nice landscape.
but i have to say that i don't like what you did with the colors. especially in the sky and the clouds.
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 3 years, 11 months ago
@Parki:
You mind telling me why you don't like it? It's simply warmer and has a nice sepia touch. If you don't like it, just go to Photoshop, select the area you don't like (e.g. select color range) and hit CTRL+M to fire up the Adjust Curves for enhanced color correction. Then adjust it the way you like.
Posted By: King_Belleauh
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Mac you consistently put up good shots and if you feel the editing in this was sufficient, then I trust your judgment.
Posted By: precalc2
about 3 years, 11 months ago
amazing
Posted By: Parki
about 3 years, 11 months ago
yep, i think the blueish/purple areas in the far mountains + the bright sky don't fit the brown tones in the clouds.
but hey, thats just a matter of taste so don't mind =)
anyways a great shot!
Posted By: Abrosious
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Now "that" is how I imagine paradise.
Posted By: Syanide
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Lovely shot! and good job on the editing!

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