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Lour Burn

Lour Burn
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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: 2007-07-11
Categories: River
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Cokin P121F
Exposure: f/14.0, 3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Date Submitted: 2007-09-24 10:36
Viewed: 5729
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sorry guys, I haven't been very active this past week. I needed a little breather from sitting behind a PC all day.

The Lour burn starts at the foot of Ben Rinnes, where it is fed by the crystal-clear streams bubbling and bouncing down the great slopes of the mountain. Lour is Gaelic for "chattering burn", so called because in the summer when its level is low the water clattering over the stones on the riverbed sounds like voices. To the suspicious locals the voices were those of spirits.

The Lour glides across the valley floor, flanked by hedgerows and wild meadows. Then the river gathers speed as it enters a narrow wooded glen and falls sharply, cascading between boulders to form the spectacular Linn Falls. Its energy largely spent, the Lour burn then gently makes its way, via the Aberlour Distillery, to its watery junction with the mighty Spey.

I took this photo while on a day of exploring the back country of Aberlour. I was a bit lost and found a sign directing me back to the town. The path guided me along the small river where I took lots of time to find good compositions and get a good feeling of this beautiful piece of nature.

Here I was standing in the water on the ridge. It took a while before I was able to find the composition I wanted. When I found it, I positioned my tripod and leveled it. I used a 0.6 full ND grad filter to balance the exposure and to be able to slow down the shutter speed.

I did made some adjustments in contrast and color but only to create a photo as I remember it.

It seems that the shutter speed I used cannot be displayed correctly on TN. The actuall speed was 2.5 seconds. Even the extra photo information is incorrect.

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Hi nice shot
I like the landscape and the colours
nice pov
Tfs Toba

Hello Niek
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Perfect focusing,exposure and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,

Good Luck

Hi Niek,
I found very appealing this composition, your quest into the river for it really deserved the effort.
I must talk in this case about your "wet POV" :-)
I like the different depths seen on the river, the "texture" added by the stones and the beautiful amber tones got on the water.
It seems it was almost no trace of wind, because the long s. speed produced a very sharp image plenty of good details on the foliage.
The dark frame really stands out the better of the scene.
My compliments and best regards,

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-24 11:47]

Hi Niek,
Unusual but so beautiful picture.
Colours are natural. Sharpness and great details. I like stones in the river. They are very clean.
Very nice composition,


My friend Niek,
It's nice to see your posting again!
This is my sort of favorite scenery in landscape photo!
you captured so well in a great pov, the shade of lights play such a beautiful part in this composition and it brings so much mood of serene and peace in it!
the different coloration in the water and rocks look absolutely superb with texture!
great photo indeed and thanks for sharing, Niek
best wishes and take care!
friend Tony

Hi Niek,
Beautiful landscape very well captureted. I love the pov, the composition and the beautiful colours.


Hello Niek,
superb point of view with sensational colors, very beautiful composition, I like much the movement of water
well done,
cheer and thanks for sharing,

Hello Niek excellent clarity in the water and fine light well composed overall I like the colour tones Not got your 40D yet? tfs rgds necip

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-24 13:15]

Hola Niek.- Una agradable y hermosa postal. Bellos colores naturales y fino gusto en el encadre. Tu foto trasmite tranquilidad a quien la observa. Muy bella Niek. Luis52.

Hello Niek,
Fine point of view to capture the small stream!
Good details in the vegetation and I notice the colours of the water and rocks...
I'm impressed when I see you used the tripod in a situation like this!
Pablo -

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-25 3:14]
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Hi Niek,
Nice range of well saturated colours here, with an interesting variety of texture in the water. The strip of shallow stones has given you a very good lead in, which is well placed along the right hand third of the frame. Good job on the exposure too, just the right amount. Did you try it in portrait at all? Take it your 'Laarsen' came in handy here... ;o)

Good colours and well composed. Nice lighting.
Best wishes,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-25 4:31]

Niek, Nice landscape of the water flow and its sorroundings. Lovely image describing nature. Good shot. Ganesh

I like all the details throughout this shot, Niek. The rocks on the bottom shine through, and the leaves in the bg are really detailed. I think the ND did a great job of balancing the top and bottom. I often leave my polarizer on in this situation to reduce the reflection in the water. The blur from the long exposure on the right is interesting. I'm not sure it's necessary, but it does add some intellectual interest.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-25 9:44]

The colours in this are truly fabulous!
Superb clarity, ideal Pov. Worth getting your feet wet!

This is a really beautiful image. I like the mixture of sharpness and blur in the water. The areas that show the rocks in perfect detail contrast so nicely with the flowing water. The water color reminds me a lot of the boreal forest streams of Alaska, filled with dark tanins. If you return to the spot, you might consider panning the camera down just a touch more. If find the tangle of branches and foliage in the background a touch distracting from what I see as the real subject: the rocks and water.

-Dave Shaw

Hi Niek, great view of lovely river with great perspective and wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
:) later

Hello Niek.
Wow! This is right up my alley! A subject I can really relate to! Very beautiful. Great low POV and awesome colour and sharpness. I like the split line of reflected sky light and the shaddow allowing us to see the river bed. Very well done.
Best regards, Steve.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-01 3:33]

Hi Niek,
Exposure control is very good, colors and composition look lovely. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Niek,
I like this POV with the stream widening around me.
Good color and deatil. Fine composition.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-03 19:37]

I really wish I was sitting in the picture relaxing.
It is a beautiful place. Image is crisp and clear.
Thanks for sharing

Bonjour Niek

Il y a trop peu de paysage, à mon goût, sur ce site. Je profite de cette magnifique vue pour le souligner. Il est vrai que ce n'est pas chose facile de faire ressortir les couleurs et la luminosité du tableau que l'on a sous les yeux !
Cette photo me donne envie d'aller me promener en ces lieux.

Bravo et merci


Hi Niek,
Fantastic,beautiful place,congratulation,

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