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Big Sky Country

Big Sky Country
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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: 2006-06-18
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer Vacation 2006: USA
Theme(s): Skies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-17 13:40
Viewed: 3980
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
If you you know me by now, you know that I am a big fan of beautiful skies. Just look at some of my other photos and you see what I mean. I made this photo on our way back from a rather disapointed trip to Bozeman. We were expecting a beautiful town, but nothing impresive crossed my lens. We were driving back to our cabin on Hebgen Lake when we made this stop, just inside the borders of the park on highway 191. The sky was almost completely blue and only had these beautiful stripes of clouds (the knowledge ones may give me the name)

Montana is named the Big Sky Country, and this is just a small example of what is yet to come. Later on, I will post some Big Sky Country photos and show you the wideness of this part of the USA and the impressiveness of th sky.

Anyway, I hope you like this first impresion of the big sky.

BTW, press F11 for a full view

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-07-17 13:53]

Un dia espléndido, una foto maravillosa... gracias

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-17 14:00]

Hi Niek,
Montana is definitely the right place for a sky fan like yourself. : )
Your composition does a great job of bringing out how the sky dwarfs even the mountains and the vast prairie.
The light and exposure are just right, and you have captured a beautiful cirrus cloud formation.
TFS. : )

Hi Niek,
This is what we in Norway call mackerel clouds, probably because the pattern looks like that on the fish..! Whatever... they always mean nice weather!
Classic composition in well defined layers, very pleasing lines and good balance...
Looks good!
Pablo -

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-17 16:11]

Hi niek,

A nice landscape with good colors and a nice cloudformation,well seen and captured,


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-17 16:31]

BEAUTIFUL landscape, great sky and colours. Nice POV

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-17 16:51]

Hoi Niek,
Hele mooie stratosfeer wolken. Prachtige verticale compositie met goede scherpte en natuurlijke kleuren.
Goed gezien en TFS

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-17 17:56]

Hi Niek !
What a wonderful landscape ! You're right, the sky looks huge on this photo. These white clouds are very nice, I love the shape. Excellent details and wonderful colors, great composition and POV. its the kind of picture I would like to hang on the wall. Very well done !

I think this is a nicely executed photograph; well exposed with good DOF. When I think of the Big Sky Country of the American West I think horizontally rather than vertically. Because you mentioned that your goal was to present "Big Sky Country" I'd suggest trying a landscape orientation. The tight vertical framing makes me feel constrained rather than that incredible feeling of expansion one gets when standing out in the middle of Montana/Wyoming. Just a thought...

Evelynn : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-17 22:46]

Bonjour Niek!

Bravo pour cette belle prédentation,les couleurs sont justes et la netteté est parfaite.


Hi Niek,
A very simple and uncluttered landscape that looks superb. I like the portrait composition to show alot of beautiful sky. Colors and detail are excellent. A great sense of depth to the shot. Looks great!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-18 10:02]

Hi Niek,
I used to live in Texas and I'm moving back there in 2 weeks so I know about how big the skies seem to be over there, never been to Montana though. A nice shot, it gives us an idea of how big the sky appears to be, but being portrait it's a slice of what is there. Great detail throughout, wonderful colour and beautiful cloud formations, they look really high. Nice work, so far it looks like you had a great trip!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-19 4:57]
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Lovely view, Neik!
I'm supposed to pick un my circular polarizer today from the post office and i hope it's going to work just like yours. Very well done. Magnificent colors...very well saturated, superb POV and composition.
Bravo and TFS

Bonjour Niek
Belle prise de vue C'est un très joli Paysage. Les contrsates et les détails sont clairs. Belle présentation avec de superbes couleurs et un très joli ciel.
Bravo et au revoir ....JP

Great shot, Sir. While I agree with Evelynn that most shots of "Big Sky Country" are taken using a landscape orientation, I think your portrait perspective gives a unique twist to the feeling. It actually caught my eye because it was different than most "Big Sky" shots I see! As to the striped clouds, Karin is right. Because they are high wispy clouds that are blown and scattered horizontally across the sky in 'flat' patterns by the strong winds in the stratosphere, such clouds are called 'strata.' Again, great shot - thanks for sharing! - Kelly

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