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Garden on the Loch

Garden on the Loch
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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: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-17
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 400 5.6L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Theme(s): Abstract Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-01 7:05
Viewed: 4256
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken during our wildlife safari near Aviemore. We arrived real early at Loch Garten enjoying the stunning morning light and foggy conditions. While stolling along the lake I was atracked to the water lilies and was able to capture them perfectly with the 400mm lens. The lack of bright light and color has given this photo a monotone look that almost makes the photo feel black and white.

For those wondering about the title. The German word for Garden is Garten.

BTW, it looks like the busy time is past and I can finally return to my passion.

pablominto, Adanac, gracious, PaulH, anel, horia, Jamesp, SelenE, hester has marked this note useful
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To horia: 400mm lensSunToucher 1 12-03 05:08
To Evelynn: eye to eyeSunToucher 1 12-01 10:12
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Hello Niek,
Pleasant minimalism!
The lovely flowers and the calm water is all it takes to make some eye candy...
Low point of view works well!
Pablo -

Hi Niek ,
nice work with good light.
well done

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-01 7:53]

Hello Niek,
Fantastic, phenomenal, etc. I absolutely love this capture. The low point of view and as you say the almost monochrome effect are outstanding, great job Niek.

Hello Niek,
very good low pov for capturing these water lilies with good light reflection on the plant and water!

Hi Niek,
I am so glad that you are finally able "to come up for air".... if you know the expression. Now I am feeling a "bit swamped" and have slowed down a bit on TN. It is so nice to have you back.

I do like the subject and the low point of view you used here. I love the greenish monotone. I like the composition/crop. To my eye... and we may not see "eye to eye" on this.. if you know that expression... anyway to my eye the frame fights a bit with your photo. It is so white (whiter even than your lilies) against the dark that it attracts attention. I want the image to attract the attention and the frame to complement it. I might have chosen a more neutral frame so that the lilies would "pop" a bit. Check the workshop. Maybe we will see "eye to eye" or maybe you will think I am "all wet". There you get three English idioms in one critique! I have to make up for lost time.... oooh there is another one. : )

Evelynn : )

Hi Niek!

Great, you're back! And in what a manner! I love that picture. The point of view is well chosen and gives the picture a special perspective, underlined by the blurred fore- and background. The colors are superb, I like the grey dominant, just broken by the white and green spots of the water lilies.

Kind regards


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-01 10:41]

Great to see you back Niek, and what a lovely moment you've caught. Super sharp, perfect DOF and excellent clarity...that lens is amazing! (in the right hands obviously :o)
tfs and have a good weekend

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-01 11:57]

hello Niek,
I like your special approach with the low point of view. Very intetresting light and composition. I also like Evelynn's worshop, gives to the picture even more impact.
Thanks for this fine picture
Have a nice evening

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-01 12:54]
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Hello my friend

I'm happy for you, hearing that your "busy times" are over and that you'll have more time to relax and pursue your passions :)
Unfortunately, i've been quite busy this past week and it looks as the same for the up-coming one as well...i'm working on some "projects" (you'll see) plus i finally got the chance to go on a small trip today too, so i'm taking some time off TN for this short while.
However, i can't be indifferent whenever you are posting and i must once again remark the originality of your work.
This is a very delicate composition and a very tranquil setting - something that i would have not connected with such a long lens :) Yet, you managed to combine them and pull out this lovely shot of these water lilies.
If i recall correctly, you rented this great lens, right? I wish i could do that here...i could have used it today... (day-dreaming)
Anyway, I really like the shallow DOF you were able to get here in order to make this first group to stand out like this. The perspective is very well chosen.
Also, the dark reflection on the water works well in bringing out the white flowers as well as adding mood to the scene. But, (i don't know if you did this on purpose or if you had any other choice or not) i also feel that the bright lower right corner is a terrific touch. If the entire water would have been dark, i think that this would have only been a simple picture; this way it is more artistic.
Wonderful touch, Suntoucher! ;)

Cheers and TFS

Hi Niek,
I love waterlilies, and I like your low POV and the glittering water so much.
Also a good frame, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-02 1:09]

Hi Niek

There is a Japanese print quality to this posting - very Zen! Good focus on buds and good use of shape and colour.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-03 7:20]

Hi Niek,
This is quite an unusual, interesting and an elegant photo. I liked your low POV, composition, color tones, details and the light. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-07 11:57]

Hi Niek

You are right this has an almost monotone look which suits the image. Nice POV and tight framing.



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-09 6:26]

Hello Niek, very interresting composition with a touch of Zen in it. I like the way the DOF is kept very shallow for the purpose of the shot, thanks !


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