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Archemerberg III

Archemerberg III
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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: 2006-04-30
Categories: Bushveld, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen Grad ND 0.6
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sallandse Heuvelrug, lovely landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-09 14:56
Viewed: 4928
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another photo from the Archemerberg. This time a view toward the west where you can find the Lemelerberg. For details on the Archemerberg, please see my previous photos.

PP: talk: I want to see what reactions I will get with doing almost no PP work at all on colors. What I did: +12 on saturation, USM, frame, resize for TN and USM. Let me know if this feels natural to you.

BTW, I am also curious what you feel about this POV.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-05-09 15:40]

Very nice landsape and wonderful sky ! The clouds are fantastic, and I like this little road in a form of S. Well done !

Bonjour Niek
Félicitation pour cette superbe composition. La nettetée et les détails sont parfaits. les couleurs et le cadrage sont très bons.

Merci et au revoir...JP

Hi Niek,
This looks great! When you do it right, There is not much PP work to do. Your eyes just follow the path right thru the photo. I just love the sky. I would be tempted to try and give it just aittle boost in contrast to make it pop even more. Great job!

Hi Niek,
Winding dirt road lead to nowhere. Gently rolling landscape with open space to the horizon. Cloudy sky. All add up to a perfect scenery. Very good POV.

Hello Niek,
Do I have any choice??? Can I possibly go another way here..?? Seems like I'm trapped, I have to follow the path you show me...
Well composed, strong lines and good details!
Sky is impressive, with some wonderful summer clouds...
Pablo -

Hi Niek, Sorry I missed this yesterday. Another great landscape photo you have greated, Wonderful colors, Details are crisp, Just a pleasure to view, TFS Kyle

Great compo.
Nice sky and good colors.
Well done and TSF

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-11 22:55]

I love the sinuous road leading to nowhere, great composition Niek. Sharp and clear too. Good work.


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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-05-12 15:15]

Hi Niek,
Another lovely one just like the last!What makes it different from the previous is that it has a clear subject within....that lovely winding path drawing you deep in the image.Good contrast in light...wonderful sky....composed with thought.
Regards, David


much better than the last IMHO - it has a focal point, and a lead into the picture. the lines are excelletn as is the composition and I just love the sky. The water (?) strip onthe left is a touch distracting, but the green area on the right works exceptionally well espcially as the track leads you round that way.

but I think I woudl have used a polarising filter as well as the ND grad, just to add a touch more saturation, or even a tripod, and a much longer exposure and something like F/22, that woudl have given you the natural saturation without any pp work..

One final though, what about a lower camera posistion? It would have brought that tree out clearly onto the horizon, stilohetting it and breaking up the horizon.... and would have accentuated the path even more...

Nicely done and TFS


Hi Niek,

We're back...a little early. We didn't go as far north as planned...1. the weather 2. the price of gasoline! Driving a low mile per gallon camper and hauling a canoe too, made the $5/gallon price too steep for us. I guess it is about time that we got used to those prices...huh? It is still about $3/gallon in the States, and $4 in southern BC.

This is another great sky!. I think the composition works because of the "S" curve of the path. If the path had gone straight, the composition would be quite static. It would have been even more dynamic, I think, if the left side of the path exited the left frame at a right angle (as the left railing does already but the path doesn't); and the right side exited the bottom frame at a right angle (as the path does now...but the railing doesn't. It would require you to change your POV slightly. That kind of compositional strategy can be very effective in leading the eye into the scene rather than out as the right had railing does now. The left hand railing draws you right in...but the right hand railing works against it. It is a strategy that is taught in some composition art classes.

When a shot is good enough and does not require PP work, it is best to leave it at that (which most of us perhaps don't do).
I like your image as it is; it has all the qualities of a good photograph.

Hi there Niek.
A very eye catching landscape, even as a thumbnail, with your use of the foreground elements, and the winding road leading into the background.
It just seems to me, though, that the perspective need a little correction in the lower left corner, as it looks like it's sloping upwards.
An excellent shot, anyway.

Hello Niek,
Lovely sky and an excellent composition with the road FG winding through the frame..
Very nice color and details.
I have been waiting for some cokin GND filters for 3 weeks now, they are back ordered..How do you like the Tiffen?
Perhaps I'll cancel and get them instead.
Very well done.

I love the winding path, the clouds are stunningly beautiful. I'd love to see a little more detail in the greenery, but I like the view just as it is too, well done.

Great shot Niek. The clouds are perfect and the composition draws you in to the picture. The path draws your eyes down to the point where it ends, and then your imagination takes over. Great shot. TFS!

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