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Strabrechtsche Heide - Starven

Strabrechtsche Heide - Starven
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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: 2011-04-12
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/16, 1/3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-16 10:12
Viewed: 4006
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think I've found my little spot close to home that I can visit quickly when the light and sky are right. This small fen is only located 15 minutes away from my home and it has some wonderful features to capture from different sides and at different times of the year. The Starven is one of the many fens located on this moorland, but I feel it is the best of them all.

I took this photo last Tuesday when I noticed that the sky was finally filled with some wonderful puffy clouds. Unfortunately most clouds disappeared when the sun came closer to the horizon. But luckily I arrived on time and could use the golden side light to illuminate the landscape and clouds that were still there.

The Starven was naturally created by the wind. Sand was picked up deposited further to the west. The whole slowly filled with rain and ground water. It is now a paradise for birds, insects and other animals.

I made this photo with my recently purchased camera and lens. A hotshoe spirit level was used to make sure that the horizon was running straight. A grad ND and ND filter were used to balance the exposure and to slow down the shutter speed. And finally a cable release and tripod were used to make sure camera shake would not ruin the result.

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hallo Niek
je maakt er altijd wat moois van
Dit is weer super!!
de scherpte licht diepte en kleuren maken het weer helemaal kompleet
Groetjes lou bedankt
Ik heb de man nog in mijn workshop gedaan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-16 11:10]

Hallo Niek,
Fantastische foto met een prachtige dieptewerking en schitterend licht en kleuren. Je hebt deze foto vanuit een erg mooi standpunt genomen. De wolkenbanken geven de foto nog eens extra diepte.

Very appealing and should I say elegant set up we have here, Niek! Love that "chaotic" yellow water grass! 5D Mark II is the camera of choice for that kind of images, indeed! I have no idea what kind ISO settings has been used here but from an experience I can say convincingly that the richest color gamut of this full-frame camera can be seen between ISO200 and ISO400. Enjoy the new gear my friend!
George Veltchev

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-04-16 12:25]

Hello NieK !
As usually your photo here is perfect in all sens, but the most impressive is the DOF.Great job ! terrifc ! TFS
Nice w-end!

Hello Niek,

First of all i must commend you on your selective camera settings, to achieve this awesome image,
Fabulous angles of the brush in the foreground and to compliment that you have the Cloud formation,
Absolutely awesome composition with fantastic natural low lighting,
Congratulations Niek and have a wonderful weekend,
Best Regards,


Hello Niek,
Beautiful calm and harmonizes image, the composition so great, this is beautiful in simplicity, beautiful natural colours, gorgeous clouds,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-04-16 17:10]

Hello Niek
Your photo is very artistically done, a good composition with perspective. Your sky is well contrasted aand colorful, the horizon at 2/3 is perfect. Good us of natural light.

Hi Neik,
Wonderful landscape. Great light on the grass and water. Very unusal and beutiful cloud formations. Well done.

Oh Boy! You outdid yourself with this one! It's gorgeous, A new camera and lens, eh? Wow. How do you like them? I owned a 5D for a couple of days but it was too heavy for my tired hands. I do think it is better than the 40D. Isn't that what you had?

Your composition is super...wonderful foreground focus and light and tremendous depth. I'm glad you found a nearby place to photo.

I've so enjoyed witnessing your photographic progress. : )


Hi Niek,
Nice landscape. Excellent atmosphere. Amazing colours, great depth of field.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Niek. Great perspective here and exciting tones/copours. The best spaces management.


Hy Niek
I am very pleased to see a landscape from you and that you have another spot for such photography. As I said many times before, I like the horizon line, quite far away, which allows you a large perspective. I am looking forward for other incredible images from you.
Kind regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-05-11 20:21]

Hello Niek,
Now to see if I remember what Evelynn taught me. The key elements are the sunlite grasses in the fore ground, the different layers and the lines of the clouds and glasses leading into the water. All this elements create depth and pull the observer into the image. Hows that Niek am I close. All I see is a wonderful eye pleasing image, thank you sir.

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2013-01-10 8:26]

Hello, I just discovered your gallery of photos and I am so pleased. I agree with you that light is one of the most important aspects of landscape photography along with composition. In this image one sees how the light shines on the grasses in the foregorund bringing interest to the front of the image as well as the background.
You have a beautiful gallery of photos,

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