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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: 2007-11-17
Categories: Trees, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Cokin P120
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 70-79 Puntos (chapter 2), Your favorites, Sallandse Heuvelrug [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-17 10:59
Viewed: 4767
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Finally a sign of life from me. Finally a new photo from me. Finally a break in my busy schedule. Finally a break in the weather. Finally a good spot for a sunset photo.

I think its obvious why I called this photo Finally.

I had it all planned for today. First I would do some light household chores and then leave for an hour drive to the highest waterfall in our country and later continue to a great National Park. But the weather didn't turned out as was forecasted. Which made me decide not to go to this new location, as I wasn't sure what to expect. So I stayed home, watched some TV and visited my parents. When I was about ready to selected a photo for TN, the sky cleared and a wonderful orange glow started to appear along the horizon. I immediately grabed my gear and head for the Sallandseheuvelrug, an area close by and well known.

The advantage of knowing an area is that you do not have to search as extensively for a good spot as you would need at a new location. It also helps to have the knowledge where the sun will set throughout the year. Studying a map and using a sun positioning compas do help to determine a good location, but maps do not show each small incline or tree and will surely not give you a 3-D recollection.

For me, this photo made my day and maybe even made my week perfect again.

XOTAELE, gracious, hester, Adanac, Evelynn, pablominto, valy67, TBW, Debz, Aramok, uleko, Alex99, Silke, SelenE, marhowie, Isu, kjpweb, Heaven, NellyD, loot has marked this note useful
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Un paisaje de ensueño.
Perfectos tonos pastel y un encuadre de lo más acertado.
Un cordial saludo Niek, JL.

Hi Niek,
a contemplative moment - just a fantastic shot, the view is wonderful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Niek
Great work here..the tree is silhouetted perfectly against a sky emblazoned with colour..lovely positioning of the tree in the frame..a result for you and for us!
best regards

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-17 12:58]

Hi Niek

So this is how a tree landscape shot should be done :) amazing light and colours, stunning framing of the shot and spot on exposure



Hello Niek,
Very impressive. Composition and colors are magneficient.I liked the clouds so much.
This photo will make our day and week perfect too. Elegant framing.Thanks
Best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-17 14:53]

Hello Niek,
This is an absolutely exquisite image, amazingly sharp in detail, colors are beautiful, lines are very interesting. This is just WOW, thanks for sharing.

This is lovely Niek. It reminds me of Emma's recent post. It is interesting that her sunsets often lean towards the oranges and yours is pink. I wonder what causes the colors... Oh, I am only wondering... not expecting a lesson on the science of light : )
It is a nicely exposed, composed and presented image. I like the way the silhouetted tree ties the foreground and the colorful sky together. I'm glad you are back and glad that you had a perfect day/week!! aaaaaah... life is good!

Evelynn : )

Hello Niek,
This is an award winning tree photograph!
Every single element is beautiful but even more important they merge well into this great unity!
Pablo -

Hello Niek !
Wow, what a wonderful picture ! The shape of this big naked tree against the red sky is wonderful - he looks gorgeous. The colors in the sky and the shape of the trees are beautiful too. Composition and POV are truly perfect. I understand why you are so happy about this picture. I love it too. Very well done !

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-11-18 2:45]

Hi Niek!

I can see why this photo makes the week all right! Great shot it is! The exposure is very good, and so is the sharpness. i see you used a small aperture, which works great here. It is very good to have you back as well! Sooner or later the itching in the shutter finger gets to us..hehe.
Nice note to tell the story behind the picture!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-18 2:53]

Hi Niek

This is indeed something inspiring :)
You did great to grab your gear and go to this splendid spot and capture this lovely setting sun atmosphere.
The silhouette of this lonely tree looks amazing against that magnificent sky! I LOVE the composition and the positioning of the tree in the frame as well as the among the ground takes from the scene, in comparison to the sky.
The exposure and DOF are great here, too, but the colors are the ones that just take the eyes away! The way they transcend from one tone to another here - slowly and faded - is just awesome!
I'm glad to hear that you finally had a break from work. I really hope that you will go out more from now on so that we can enjoy such beautiful photos...inspiring photos :) I should search for such a place around here, too ;)

Cheers, TFS and have a great weekend!

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-18 2:54]

Hi Neik, this is a wow shot and a lovely composition. Well saturated colours in the sky and the tree is perfectly silouetted against the background. Great low pov. Wonderful shot all round.

Hi Niek

What a wonderful capture you have here and not knowing the area either. The colours, composition and light in the photo are really great. The folds in the land really help with the composition as well.


PS. What is the Coking P120 filter equivalent to?

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-18 4:01]

Hello Niek,
This moment was certainly worth waiting for!! This is a very beautiful capture of a sunset taken from a fine POV with the beautiful silhouette of the tree in the foreground. Lovely colours and I like the cloud formations. An excellent composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello Niek,
Very nice to see your posting in very well captured!
good low pov with clarity, beautiful colouration and so much details
the tree really a big bonus towards this superb composition!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-18 9:50]

Hi Niek.
You have created so poetic picture. Amazing nicely coloured clouds and sky, well details sharp image of the tree and lovely horizon line create a strong esthetic impression. Bravo. Refined artistic work.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-18 10:27]

Hello Niek, good to have you back ! Don't work too much ! ;-) That's a fine presentation of this nice sunset ! Great composition and very strong technical qualities ! Thanks !


Hallo Niek,

Fijn dat je er weer bij bent. En dan al gelijk weer zo'n zonsondergang. Maar ja dat kan haast ook niet anders dan dat je zoiets alleen maar tegenkomt op de Sallandse Heuvelrug. Die vloeiende lijnen op de achtergrond maken het beeld zacht. De voorgrond is redelijk zwart, dus dat vloeit mooi over naar dat wat zachtere achtergond. Schitterend. De lucht is ook zo'n plaatje. Helder als glas, kijk maar naar de contrails. De alleen staande boom geeft iets geheimzinnigs aan het geheel. Nou weet ik niet of hier witte wieven zitten. Het zou zo maar kunnen, gezien het sfeertje. Je compositie is gewoon mooi. Het frame heb je ook aan de hoofdkleuren aangepast. Chapeau. Prettige avond en tot TFS BOB

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-18 13:28]

the delicate colours of this make it really fabulous, especially set against that superb tracery of a tree.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-18 23:16]

Hi Niek,
Beautiful photo :o) Color tones, light, silhouettes, the clouds, composition and your POV look very good. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-19 3:44]
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Hi Niek,
i known the feeling...the weather here this weekend has been awful, i haven't been able to get out with the camera at all.
Still, it's great to see somebody's been out there getting something beautiful. The expsoure is the ket to this kind of shot, and you've really nailed it here. So well done. Your composition is clearly excellent too...although i'm wondering what a lower POV might have looked like, with the whole of the tree sitting on the horizon...but thats just out of curiosity really! This is a fine image that you should be very proud of my friend.

Wow Niek, this is grand!
The sky glow is wonderful, lit from underneath by the setting sun..I think I can see jet contrails on the right side. The tree in silhouette, and low lying rolling hills, make this multi-layered composition a sure winner :)
Very well done,

Hello Niek.
I noticed a coincidence. You and Emma have both been tied up lately, for diffrent reasons, and take a look at your first posts back. Almost identical. There must be something theraputic about silhouetted trees. You both must have been thinking the same. Very beautiful. Wonderful colour and composition. Glad to see you back into it. Take care. Have a good week.
Best regards, Steve.

Hi Niek, a truly superb capture with excellent composition, tone and loads of mood. Definitely one of your best..Love it

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-11-19 15:06]

Hola Sun Toucher, sepectacular,equilibrada,
el horizonte destaca la zona del cielo y favorece la impreción de espacio y lejania agradables colores y detalles. Sira

Magnificent capture. Natural colours and a beautiful sky.
Best wishes,

A beauty! TFS and Cheers, Klaus

Hi Nieck, fascinating composition with splendid colors, wonderful silhouette of great tree, superb sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Niek!

It also makes my day...

I just love it! It's very well composed and the different lines of the foreground in the graduated tones lead us to a wonderful sky. It's a very good idea to cut the colored clouds by the fingers of the tree that try to catch them.

It's one of those rare sunset pictures that break the banality of so many others.

Kind regards


Hello Niek
a chief of work... colours, shades, details... Cheer

Hoi Niek,

Fijn om weer een nieuwe foto van je te zien hier. En ook meteen een prachtige zonsondergang. De kleuren in de lucht zijn heel bijzonder en de sfeer heeft vind ik iets geheimzinnigs. Prachtfoto met een toepasselijke titel.

Groetjes, Nel

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-11-28 20:05]
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Hi Niek

"Finally" I managed to get to this photo as well even though it's way down the queue, but who cares who's lying where on the list anyway, as long as I managed to make it too.

A lovely capture of the late afternoon fading light playing with its paint brush to fill in all those lovely colours in the clouds and the sky. Good compositional proportions to the shot with the tree on the 1/3 vertical plane (while it also provides excellent scale and perspective) and the ±1/3 division of the earth, sky, and clouds on the horizontal plane. A perfect way to end the day – with beauty in the eye and tranquillity in the sky.

Great work and TFS.

Hi Niek ,
very nice work with lovely colours and nice composition.
well done

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-12-16 12:19]

Hoi Niek, prachtige compositie, perfecte timing. Moet erg mooi zijn in Nijverdal. Weer een goede werkweek. Groet Reina

This is a very nice shot. Everything just works well with the simple composition. Nicely done,


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