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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: 2008-12-14
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/16, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-14 11:19
Viewed: 3607
Points: 24
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I just got back from a wonderful but exhausting trip to the northern part of my country. A place I visited once before. But that time I arrived too early and the temperature was too high. This time I took my time and dressed for the freezing wind.

I am going to be a bit lazy. The trip brought me wonderful photos but also a pounding headache. So I am copying the information about the area from my previous photo.

Some information about the living shifting sands area called Aekingerzand from the Dutch National Park Internet site:

The Aekingerzand, or Kale Duinen, is a very special area of natural beauty. Weather and wind can do what they like, here. The area has been restored in the last few years by the Dutch Forestry Commission. Trees and scrubs prevented the sand from shifting. This caused a characteristic landscape with several special animals, like the sand lizard and the comma butterfly, to slowly disappear.Now that many trees have been cut, the sand can shift again.The Aekingerzand lies in a beautifully varied area. The Grenspoel, a fen at the edge of the shifting sands area Aekingerzand, is a little gem. Nearby is the brook valley of the Vledder Aa. Here, nature is also developing. Cultivation ditches have been filled in, contaminated soil has been taken away and the water finds its own route, once again. Slowly, plants and animals for whom brook valleys are their natural habitat, return.

I used a 0.6 ND filter to slow down the speed and a 0.6 grad ND hard edge to balance the exposure.

Apologies for not giving any critique today. I am going to lie down on the couch and take a pain killer. I will be back tomorrow to pay back my dues

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Hallo Niek,

Dat is een heel mooie wolkenstraat die je daar geschoten hebt. En dan nog wel op de grond van "ons Ackingerzand" Doet me deugd dit gebied weer terug te zien. Moet er toch vlug weer eens op bezoek gaan. Het gebied verdient dit in ieder geval.
Je compo (POV) is heel doordacht. Het duintje op de voorgrond aen daarachter het weidse gebied van de kale duinen. Schitterend. Dan nog die wolkenluchten erbij en je hebt Holland weer op zijn best aan de wereld getoond.

Ik hoop dat je hoofdpijn ondertussen wat gezakt is.

Groeten en tot TFS BOB

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-12-14 12:30]

Hi Niek!

Nothing to pay back... I just hope you will be better soon! But for now, let me appreciate this beautiful picture. I love the sky that creates such a fine perspective with the lines formed by the clouds. For the rest, it reflects the seasonal ambience and atmosphere. The pastel colours are so fine and delicate, and the interesting foreground helps to dive into the picture. It's a simple, yet so pleasant picture.

Kind regards


Hi Niek,
that's an unreal landscape, like at the end of the world.
I like that wonderful sky, it's a fantastic post, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

All the best for you, keep well soon.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-12-14 13:19]

Helo Niek !
Great to see one of your pictures, after such a long absence - I really missed looking at your landscapes ! This one makes no exception, it is wonderful. Composition and POV are splendid, as well as the very natural colors, but what I like most are those wonderful clouds in the blue sky - their shapes look great. Very well done, and I hope you'll feeling better ver soon.

This is a very effective shot, the lines in the clouds really add depth to the image. Good composition,
well captured.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-14 23:53]

Hi Niek

Superb sky and really good composition from a low pov. I hope you are feeling better.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-15 5:37]
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Nicely done here, Niek!

Great to hear you had a lovely day out...hope you head ache has disappeared since yesterday and i hope to see more cool shots from this lovely place in the future :)
This is a great exposure management here..i think you did excellent with the filters here although the 1 sec. shutter speed was still a bit fast in order to clearly retain some good motion in the clouds (i'm assuming that's what you were after with the ND).
Even so, the textures everywhere are gorgeous and the colors are natural and just perfectly saturated (not to much as other do them).
Very nice composition, too - with this little bush contrasting the brighter sand as a FG element.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Niek,

Fantastic photo.
Excellent detail with beautiful colours.
Lighting and composition are splendid.
Good notes.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-12-15 10:44]

i HAVE to get me some of those Lee filters! This is such a perfectly exposed shot, you can't tell any were used...which is the idea i guess! Superb POV, details and composition giving maximum depth...those clouds are stunning and you used them to their maximum potential here.
I do hope you feel better soon AND i look forward to seeing more from your recent adventure :o)

I certainly hope that your headache has improved by now!!! That's no fun... and on the weekend too! No fair!

My favorite parts of this image are the sky (super!) and the foreground (interesting. sharp, and well exposed.) My least favorite part is the very straight horizon line...even though I know that horizons are pretty straight in the Netherlands. I do think that a lower point of view may have enabled the foreground triangle and grasses to intersect that line and tie the foreground interest to the interesting sky. I sent you an email trying to show what I mean. Technically the image is excellent... again! : )

Evelynn : )

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-15 19:52]

Hello Niek, What a beautiful sky with the landscape. Both are standing out in this frame. TFS Ganesh

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-18 5:19]

hello Niek,
This is again a very fine and subtle paysage from Netherland. I like your vertical framing and the different layers of colors from the bottom to the sky. Very subtle the front part and the sky. Very artistical shot again.
Thanks a lot

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