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Ghost Forest

Ghost Forest
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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: 2008-09-27
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/16, 1/13 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-01 8:46
Viewed: 3159
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These are the remains of a forest fire at the Friezenberg near the town of Rijssen. As you can see nature is resilient enough to survive a fire and slowly these scars will disappear. First the basic form of live and later the more complex. You can see the first fungi on one the burned braches and the different mosses on the floor. The larger tree in the back seems not to have survived this inferno, but others have.

I shot this photo into the sun on a foggy morning. I got up early hoping for less fog and a bit of a colored sunrise. I located a nice water mill a while a go and thought that it would work in a sunrise shot. Unfortunately one cannot control Mother Nature and I had to find a different location and something else to play with. After a bit of a search on a map and a play with the satellite navigation I found a parking space close to this location. The area is new to me but I've certainly found some more possible locations for the near future.

I used a 0.6 ND hard grad to balance the exposure. The color in the sky is caused by the effect of shooting into the sun.

gracious, PaulH, Argus, eqshannon, Jamesp, horia, erve has marked this note useful
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Hello Niek,
This may be part of the cycle of nature after the fire destroyed them and see the new life in them!
I loved this foggy scene with the sun try to penetrate through them! also the coloured fg makes the image great!
many thanks for the sharing, my friend!
take care and sincere regards from NZ

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-01 11:33]

Hi Niek,
i see you have mastered the new Lee filters then! A great shot that shows you can still produce something worthy of sharing even if your plans are ruined by poor weather, a scenario i know well.
Your POV is very well chosen, relying on detail and content rather than dramatic lighting. Excellent clarity and very sharp front to back. My only minor note would be perhaps you could have had less sky and more FG, giving you a less centrally placed horizon...but, i think that's just me being fussy!
Very well done ona lovely natural scene, i'm pleased to here you have found another location with possibilties for the future.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-01 12:20]

Hello Niek,
This shot is full of atmosphere: not just depicting the aftermath of a forest fire, but the early autumn mistiness giving a sense of decay. I like the POV and composition with the ghost-like form of the solitary giving some hope for the future in the gloom. It would be interesting to take the same view in the late spring or early summer!
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

I can truly feel you as you take this...or took..as it were...I too feel the loss and such...and it happens here in the US from not only natural but human...with the later being the worst of all...Very delicately done sir!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-01 23:21]

Hi Niek

I love the stark feeling of this shot - the skeletal tree is well balanced by the wealth of detail at the bottom of the shot.


Belle ambiance, belle composition.
Bien fait !

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-02 4:14]

Hello Niek, Very useful information and an excellent shot. Good view. Ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-04 1:02]

Hi Niek

What a powerful composition here! The message is clear and the way it's presented really shows your excellent skills in seeing some elements and "playing" with them in the right way.
You managed to control the fog and the direct sun very well here and the result is a very well balanced exposure in the entire scene. In fact, it's so nice that is adds a lot to the drama of the shot and complements the FG elements. The latter, on the other hand, are simply terrific. The criss-cross logs attract a lot of attention, especially with that contrasting BG behind them, and among all that burnt wood there's that cut trunk...very dramatic.
Overall: a superb and touching picture!


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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-10-06 4:52]

Hi niek,

very eery and mysterious scene. The rich green in the foreground combined with the foggy bg ,akes a very nice composition.



Hallo Niek,

Waar ligt toch in godsnaam die Friezenberg. Nou even Googel Earth en ja hoor Luid en duidelijk. Met een aardige beschrijving erbij met wat foto's. Wordt het toch allemaal wat duidelijker over welk gebied iemand het heeft. Je hebt trouwens mooi het herstel van moeder natuur weergegeven. De verbrande bomen met daaronder het frisse groen (mos??)De mistige achtergrond roept een leuk sfeerbeeld op. Volgens mij heb jij wat met alleenstaande bomen (-: Intigrerend ???

Groeten en TFS BOB

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