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South Sister at Sparks Lake

South Sister at Sparks Lake
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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: 2009-07-15
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, B+W 77mm CIRC. POLARIZER MRC
Exposure: f/16, 1/20 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2009: USA
Date Submitted: 2009-10-17 3:19
Viewed: 3867
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought I post another photo from Sparks Lake viewing the most southern mountain of Three Sisters. This time a vertical one with less color in the foreground.

The Three Sisters are three volcanic peaks of the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the Cascade Range in Oregon, each of which exceeds 10,000 feet (3,048 m) in elevation. They are the third, fourth, and fifth highest peaks in the state of Oregon and are located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, about 15 mi (24 km) southwest from the nearest town of Sisters, Oregon. The three peaks have 15 named glaciers among them, nearly half of all the 35 named glaciers in Oregon. The Sisters were named Faith, Hope, and Charity by early settlers, but "these names have not prevailed"

Source: wikipedia.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-10-17 4:19]

Hi Niek

I was waiting for when you would get back :) I was starting to feel a bit "alone" here among landscapes posters (since Evelynn and Paul are also mostly absent).
First and foremost, BIG CONGRATULATIONS for your new website! It looks wonderful and very elegant and your photos stand out so well from the BG and fonts there. I'm sure what you have posted there now are only a fraction, so i'll be checking it out regularly for updates. Many thanks for adding my link there as well. Immediately after finishing writing this to you, i'd be glad to return the favor.
As for this image, it's again a lovely presentation of the famous Three Sisters.
The fact that it has less color in the FG doesn't bother me at all...if anything it makes the beautiful sky and its reflection pop out better and thus make the white mountain stand out superbly. However, i feel that the texture of the FG is a bit cluttered here and i for one would have probably made one or two steps ahead and used that nice dry log and a more upfront element.
That aside though, i like your composition - that is so neatly framed naturally by the branches of the fir tree from the left.
Very nice work my friend and, as usual, hope to see some more :)

Cheers and have a nice weekend

Hello Niek! Amazing vertical composition, wonderful landscape, very original mirror. Good exposure. Well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-17 4:31]

Hi Niek.
I like clean fine colours of the shot, crisp sharpness of the entire image and wonderful selection of the subject for shooting. You have used your nice wide angle lens perfectly. Excellent landscape shot. Thanks a lot.

Ciao Niek. Great vertical cut to exalt perspective and right space's management. Lightning sharpened compo with special details on the reflections. Ben fatto!


A fine wide angle shot with infinite depth and an exaggerated perspective Niek, the colours look quite natural in this serene image. TFS indeed!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-10-17 6:41]

Hello Niek,
Your landscapes show beautiful places so huge country. This also is composed very well. Perfect setting and very good result.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Niek,

Well composed and good color tone/sharpness!
It draws out good effect in the entire image on transparent lake and mountain that reflects to lake as well as this photo angle, I think. And, it is understood that here is a peaceful, quiet place.


hallo Niek
dit is een prachtige opname
super scherp met mooi licht
mooie kleuren en een goede compositie
great shot
groetjes lou

Hi Niek,

You have been busy. I love your website. I WANT ONE OF THOSE! What did you use? Do you think I could do it??

I like your vertical presentation of South Sister. I agree with Horia about the foreground. I think the dark shadows are a bit distracting. I wonder how it would have looked had you used a lower point of view, starting closer to the log, so that the ratio of land to sky could be the same. Don't you just love hindsight?! We sometimes call that "Monday morning quarterbacking" (This expression, first recorded in 1932, alludes to fans who verbally "replay" Sunday's football game the next day, the quarterback being the team member who calls the plays." Monday morning quarterbacking refers to the process of passing judgment when one has hindsight.)

Anyway...technically your image is super and the reflection is wonderful.

Evelynn : )

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-10-17 11:41]
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Hi Niek,
firstly, many, many congratulations on your website! It loosk superb and is a grwat place to showcase your talent and skill...i have left a message :o) I will also return the favour and put a link to your site on mine, if this is ok with you.
This shot is just as good as the last, although i think i prefer the vertical format in this one. The depth is enormous! Good interest throughout - i wonder if you took any making that wonderful spikey log a bit more prominant? Technically excellent as always, well done my friend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-10-17 13:25]
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A nice shot, Niek!
Very well composed with great foreground detail.
Superb sharpness and clarity.
Nice saturated colours.

Great website too! I've left a guestbook comment :) Can I add your site to my websites' links page?

All the best,


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-10-18 17:50]

Hello Niek,
A gorgeous view, composed perfectly and with wonderful detail and exposure!! Love the vertical composition!! Well done!!

Hello Niek,

A beautiful landscape and the point of view adds a wonderful sense of depth!
Great light really brings out the colours and the f/16 gives good DoF...
And 10.000 feet is sufficient for snow to survive the middle of summer..!

Pablo -

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