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#300 Haystack Rock

#300  Haystack Rock
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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: 2009-06-29
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, B+W ND 3.0
Exposure: f/16
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2009: USA
Date Submitted: 2009-08-09 1:25
Viewed: 3984
Points: 27
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
According to the counter on my intro page this is my 300th upload on TN.

This is another photo of the much photographed Haystack Rock. This time I choose for a vertical composition using the Grass Kelp(?) covered rock to lead the eye into the composition. Again I used my ND3.0 filter to slow down the shutter speed. For some reason the shutter speed is not shown in the EXIF data but it is 32 seconds.

Ad for locating Haystack Rock, there are three sea stacks called Haystack Rock in Oregon. The most famous, and third largest of the world, is located near Cannon Beach. There is another one located near Bandon and then you have this one. So when ever you are in Oregon, don't make an appointment at Haystack Rock, because you might end up driving up and down the coast a lot.

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Hello Niek
congratulations for your 300th post on TN.
Come sempre è uno scatto di gran qualità con cui ci mostri sempre in modo quasi poetico questi bellissimi paesaggi costieri. Molto bello il movimento fluido che sei riuscito a dare alle onde che diventano quasi fumo impalpabile nell'infrangersi sulla riva. Ottimi dettagli e gestione della luce.

Hi Niek
300 - nice number ;-) Congratulations! another beautiful, mesmerizing landscape in you gallery. The same place as on previous shot but a completely diffrent photo I like it very much

Hi Niek,
Congrats that you reached your 300th posting on TN!
Wonderful perspective you captured. But it would be nice if i could see the blue sky more balanced in the frame.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Niek

Congratulations on 300. That's a long exposure, the surf is completely blurred, well done. Pleasing composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-09 3:02]

Congratulations on reaching this milestone of 300 on TN Niek!
Thank you for your kind words on completing my third anniversary with TN!
This is a fine celebratory capture of Haystack Rock. The composition of the sea-grass covered rocks leading to the sea is great and the perspective is great.
The mistiness of the sea caused by the slow shutterspeed is very effective here though I don't usually like the steamy effect that slow shutterspeeds cause on running or moving water. here there is just wetness and haziness, which is great.
Thanks again and best regards,

Hi Niek,

My best regards to you on your 300th contribution! As always, also a great shot this time. the colorrs are superb and well defined. The sharpness and POV is wonderfully chosen. I like the mood in the picture.

Thanks for posting!

Paras Bhalla

Hi again,

#300 huh? Well it has certainly been an interesting, educational and rewarding photographic road we've traveled these past years. Thank you for your important, reasoned, honest and calming voice on TN.

You know I love this image and think the sky/land ratio is just fine! I love the grand sweep out to the sea that the 10-20 produces. I think I like these slow shutter speed images because,like Ivan said, the water doesn't look like a steaming, bubbling witch's cauldron. It lends, instead a peaceful, ambiance to the scene. Lovely work.

Evelynn : )

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-08-09 16:44]

Hola Niek.
First. congratulation for Your 300 Post!
Excellent and fine work here. Very clear and sharp image, well framed and great note. Beautiful blue colors on sky and BG. I also like the camera and lens effect.
TFS My friend, and have a happy 300 photos here.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-09 23:57]

Hi Niek

An excellent composition - you have used the dof and the low pov combined with the geology to create a stunning image.

Best wishes


Hello Niek

Congratulations on your 300th post and what a superb shot. I love the angle here and the detail is picked out very nicely. I like your chosen sky to earth ratio here as more detail can be seen in the rocks than the sky. Kind regards Helen

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-10 10:30]

Hello Niek,
Congratulations on reaching 300 and thanks for this wonderful coastal view. I like the 'misty' look of the sea and the lovely low POV. A brilliant composition too and beautiful colours.
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-08-11 14:30]

Hello my friend

I come back and i'm glad to see such amazing new work from you! Together with other friends (such as Ev and Paul) you've made me post a few again now :)
Firstly, congrats on your 300! I don't see any Spartans, but it's fine like this, too :))
Excellent work here with your full ND filter (and not only)! I love the effect on the water and the contrast it creates between it and the algae on the rocks. Very nice game of textures and, surely, a superb composition with mighty lead-in lines and a terrific focal point in the distance.
This photo exploits the beauties of this place and technique so well that it even managed to persuade Evelynn to buy a filter that makes water silky and smooth...and when i remember that it was she that didn't like this effect on streams ;) You really have some skills, mate!

Lovely work, again, and looking forward for more!
Bravo and TFS

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2009-08-11 16:59]

Hi Niek!

Wow I didn't know that.. I saw the one at Cannon beach but never thought there were other ones with the same name.
Anyway this one's a wonderful shot, your concept for composition works well (I'm fine with rocks/sky ratio). A very nice job, TFS!

Best regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-08-12 5:03]

Hi Niek,
an interesting variation on the previous shot of this place. You have achieved your usual clarity and technical brilliance. I love the tones, exposure and light here, it is almost dreamlike without becoming too unnatural.
Now, for the composition. I for one would disagree with Bayram about the blue sky here. True, it is a very nice deep blue, but i think you were wise to compose the shot the way you did. There is little real interest in the sky, aside from it's blueness. No clouds or variation in colour. For me the composition is about the wonderful foreground. Here i wondered if you could have perhaps moved slightly round to the left, to line up that small boulder in the middle of the frame with Haystack rock in the background? Of course, you may not have been able to position yourself to do this, so ignore me if this is the case.
Finally, congratulations on contributing 300 fine images to TN. Althought the pace has decreased, the quality hasn't my friend.

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S Niek!
A lovely 300 and a superb 300th!
Very well done, bro!
Hope to see many more such 100s and 1000s!

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