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New Nature II

New Nature II
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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: 2008-02-02
Categories: Trees, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Cokin P121S
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-59 points Chapter 7 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-04 10:57
Viewed: 3868
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After standing for over half an hour at my first location waiting for the right light, I continued my journey in this new nature area. I walked along the fence separating the forest from the free roaming Highland cattle in the new nature area. I don't think this area has received a proper name yet, other than Mepper Hooilanden (roughly translated to hay-field of Meppen)

I then ended up at a gate with the sign informing that the free roaming animals can react unpredictable. Soon after, I found my self staring in the eyes of three large Highland bulls. I wisely decided to take a detour through the woods to give them the opportunity to go where they wanted to go. After a mile walking through thick mud and droppings, I finally came to a second gate exiting the fenced area.

It took me another few minutes to get to this location. I could not resist the invitation of this view. The single oak tree standing with its feet in the water in this wide open space just had to be captured.

I set up my tripod in such a way that it didn't touch the electric fence (I didn't feel like frying my camera or myself) and was set to the correct height so that the bottom branches of the tree would not touch the horizon and the top wire of the fence would not show in the frame. For the latter I did have to zoom in a little. After all that it was just another waiting game. At first a large cloud formation was too dominant and did not give me that bit of blue behind the tree. Later some clouds blocked the sun and gave me a dull light. Finally I noticed that I had a good window of light and a reasonable balancing cloud formation entering the frame. Unfortunately the cloud, which you can see on the right, didn't move fast enough. Soon after this photo the sun disappeared and the perfect moment was gone. The temperature started to drop and the wind picked up more speed. It was time to pack up my gear and walk back to my car.

Another day well spend in a beautiful piece of New Nature.

kjpweb, rcrick, Luis52, Jamesp, NinaM, Evelynn, SelenE, horia, bobcat08, PaulH, hester, timonejoon, dejo, thijs, pablominto, earthtraveler has marked this note useful
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Nice wide open landscape set off well by the lone tree.

Hello Niek,
Excellent pov with a such a great depth and focal point!
perfect landscape with a lone tree and the beautiful sky with good clouds formation!
the exposure and focus is good with clarity, colour and details
good job well done and a good notes

Hoi Niek,
splendid landscape very well composed with a wonderfull point of view and very nice colours,

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2008-02-04 12:22]

a tree..no more need be said except how it is presented..one of my favourite subjects and shown in a mysterious and enchanting way
interesting to see a tree all on its own like this..but that makes it special
good sky control and your usual sharp tripod enhanced technique leave sharpness to itself

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-02-04 13:04]

You said it - well spend! This beautiful shot alone is worth well the effort. Well done! Cheers, Klaus

Hi Niek,
What a superb landscape, excellent d.o.f and colours, well framed with the tree just of centre, beautiful cloud formation, and excellent use of the rule of 3rds, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-04 13:47]

Hola Niek.
Bella postal. Agradables tonos de colores. Al parecer la primavera esta cerca ya.
Saludos Y gracias por compartir.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-04 14:40]

Hi Niek

This scene looks very like the Ouse Washes near me (not surprising , they were constructed by a Dutch man called Van Muyden). Lovely colours and carefullu composed shot.


Hi Niek,

I love reading your descriptions in your notes and appreciate the thoughtfulness that goes into your photography. This photo benefitted from it! It is quite lovely. The wonderful depth of focus that lens gives a photo is stunning. Beautiful work.

Evelynn : )

Hi Niek,

Very nicely composed image, I like the off-centered position of the tree.
Lovely natural colors.
Always amaze with your beautiful landscape photos!

Ben Lakitan

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-02-05 1:36]

Hello Niek,
I like such composition, good light and colours of the sky.
Regards, Pawel

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-05 3:50]

Hi Niek

This one is simply gorgeous!!! Much much better than the other one in my opinion!
I see that you remembered the discussion about the lower branches from your other tree photos :) You did great here and this way this oak really feels even more isolated.
The small window of good light was well speculated and the result is a splendid shot, with lovely warm light and a terrific balance of blue sky and clouds.
Very good exposure balance with the filter and an absolute brilliant composition!

Bravo and keep going there for more photos! ;)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-05 6:03]

Hi Niek,
I will be back later with a proper critique. Sorry friend.

Hallo Niek,

Het is maar goed dat je die drie stieren bent tegengekomen, want anders had je waarschijnlijk dit plaatje niet geschoten. In het engels: "It is a beauty" Helder met gigantisch mooie contrastwerking, zowel in de lucht als in de achtergrond. Die eenzame boom maakt het landschap een beetje dramatisch, maar daardoor des te mooier. Ik denk dat je geduld heel erg beloond is. Groeten en tot TFS BOB

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-05 10:31]

Hi Niek,
once again an excellent, well thought out composition thats really made the most of this wonderful view. I like the split of grass and flood water that makes up the foreground and you really made the most of the short window of time you had to get this. Well worth the muddy feet and the near miss you had with those bulls!
Very well done indeed.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-05 12:23]

Hi Niek

I loved the note. I was walking along the river in Arundel the other week and came across some free roaming bulls who were running around. They were huge and I was over the stile in a flash :)

There is something beautiful about a bare winter tree. The light and composition here are very attractive. Great sky.



Hi Niek

I must say i envy you. for two reason: first, becuase you saw such an amazing view and second becuase you are very patient photography.
very nice work, well composed and vey good control of light. perfect,


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-05 15:17]

Hello Niek,
beutiful landscape pic, I like the composition, great work!
lovely colors and very nice details,
regards, Dejan

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-05 16:08]

Hello Niek, I read your notes with utmost interest, I really am captivated by this nice interpretation of your picture. The picture in itself is fantastic and mastery, no doubt, but with the addition of your notes, I feel I learned some mysteries, well hidden... you're generous. And yes, the light is splendid. Your comment reminds me of the first impression I felt when I started photographing more often: the fluidity of life, all the fast passing of moments, animals, clouds, light... which you don't notice when you don't take the time to observe or take time to capture life and nature in pictures... life is movement and we feel it in your wonderful picture. Thank you!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-06 0:55]

Hi Niek,
Composition, POV, DOF, light, exposure handling and colors look very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-02-06 5:15]

Ha Niek

Soms is Nederland nog best mooi! Je hebt het op een geweldige manier weergegeven. Prachtig, deze eenzame eik in het natte veld. Heel mooi licht en compositie. Goed verhaal erbij. Well done!

TFS, Thijs

Hello Niek,
Bulls are animals that should be treated with the utmost care indeed!
The old ok is beautifully captured, sharp fine details in the naked branches and the wonderful sky makes a fine background...
I suppose the water came after the tree, hopefully it will survive these wet environment..!
Pablo -

Hi Niek, Beautiful scene captured with skill. Your patience payed off handsomely. The wide angle big sky with the lone tree along with the other elements of grass, water and the dark BG is a very pleasing view. Fine work, tfs

Hi Niek,
Beautiful effect, I love the depth in the photo and the lighting is lovely. Glad you didn't get stomped by the bulls in the field! TFS

Hi Niek, your pics are postcard perfect... I am really jealous. I think landscape photos displays the real artistic skills of a photographer. This shot is incredible. I like the leave less tree against the blue sky and the contrasting green. also I like the detail on the tree trunks..almost like a marble sculpture... well done and TFS!

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