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Winter Sky

Winter Sky
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-02
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Cokin P121S
Exposure: f/16, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Your favorites, 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-12 9:44
Viewed: 4026
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A cold front entered our region and temperatures dropped with more than 10 degrees C. So I thought I dive into my archive and see if I have any 'cool' photos left.

You've probably seen a photo of this tree before. But this time with a different cloud formation. This one is of a series of photos that I took while waiting for the light and the cloud position. A few minutes later the clouds touching the tree moved more to the left, and a balancing cloud came into the right side of the frame.

This is a single Oak staning in what I call a new piece of nature. This used to be farming land, but has been given back to nature. Only a small creek was running through the country side but was canalized to drain away the water. Now the creek is allowed to roam more freely. Resulting in a more wet envirnment which brings back old flora and founa.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-12 9:47]

Hi Niek

This landscape really capture the essence of the landscape - and is very like the area where I live. The division of the frame is exactly right - concentrating on the massive sky and the clouds scudding by.


Meraviglioso paesaggio, eccellente composizione con le grandi nuvole che avanzano sull'albero solitario nella piatta distesa, ottima nitidezza, splendida la luce e molto belli i colori saturi e il cielo polarizzato. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-12 10:34]

Hi Niek,

yep i recognise this tree and the 'new nature'! This is a great addition to the series, with a wonderful overall ambience and excellent composition giving full attention to the sky. Very good clarity and natural colours throughout too, well done.

Hallo Niek,
Mooi landschap, Niek.
Leuke Hollandse kleuren zelfs zonder oranje;-)

wow, nice lighting and colors, great scene. Nice composition and I like the angled look to the clouds

Hello Niek,
How are you! delighted to see your posting after awhile!
Thank you for sharing this beautiful landscape true to it's origin beauty!
the lighting is beautiful with good depth, sharpness, nice colour and details
take care and my best regards

Hallo Niek,

echt Hollands landschap met die mooie lucht.
Prachtige kleuren.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-12 14:07]

Ha Niek,

Een fraai landschap met mooi gekleurde lagen en wolkencombinaties,fraai camerawerk,groetjes


Thank you for your wonderful shot. Colours and light are very nice.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-12 15:35]

Hola Niek.
Fino trabajo para lograr esta bella imagen. La presentacion de gran imaginacion y muy buen gusto, dejando el arbol solitario a un lado de la foto.
Saludos Niek.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-12 22:03]

Hello Niek,
I find your captures quite ispired by the sky and clouds and i guess your TN name too has lot to do with the way you look up to the sky and its various component.Fine compositon, yes, clouds are such interesting natural elemenst that you can keep looking at forever considering the kind of formaitons that they are able to produce within no matter of time.I like the colours, the perfect lighting and the superb DoF you have managed here.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-13 1:11]

Hi Niek,
Very nice landscape photo. Light and exposure control are very good. I liked the POV, well balanced composition and the colors. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Niek,
fantastic landscape shot, good sky, great composition. well done

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-06-13 12:48]

Hi Niek

That sky really draws the eye, it has an amazing 3D effect and the clouds appear heavy and solid. You are so thoughtful over the composition of your shots and it really shows. Wonderful.



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-14 0:26]

Hi Niek.
Excellent landscape picture, which reflects an amazing place and state of nature. POV and composition of the shot are brilliant. I like great details of the entire image, nice lights and rich colours. Well done and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-14 5:13]

Hello Niek,
This looks very cold!! A lovely composition though in beautiful light. Great DOF, sharpness and lovely colours too. I hope you soon get some warmth down south!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-14 17:21]

I love those lonely trees pictures of yours, Niek, it is beautiful, artistic and the different moments and seasons, time of the day make a whole different picture. Really nice, superb pov and excellent lighting, thank you!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-17 1:25]

This is a lovely composition Niek. The tree is strategically placed. Well set out, natural colours and good lighting too.

The side light is wonderful Niek. I love the different values in the clouds and of course I love what the 10-20 does to clouds. Nice color and sharpness. The image really has a nice feeling to it. It is nice that people are becoming so much more aware of nature and preserving it.... just in time for global warming to mess it all up??????? I hope not.

Evelynn : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-08-12 19:07]

Bonjour Niek,

Bravo pour cette superbe photo. J'aime l'ambiance et les belles couleurs naturelles.

Merci pour le partage.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2008-09-06 13:14]
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Prachtige opname. Perfecte timing wat betreft licht en er goede POV. Zover hoef je het niet te zoeken voor mooie plaatjes, als reminder toegevoegd als favoriet.
Bedankt! Reina

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