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Glacial Erratic

Glacial Erratic
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-01-01
Categories: Bushveld
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Cokin P121S
Exposure: f/16, 1/5 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geological Wonders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-03 12:56
Viewed: 3960
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Your first reaction to the title might be; Is this guy going nuts? Glaciers in The Netherlands and on this piece of flat country? Well this is really a Glacial Erratic. Meaning a rock deposited by a glacier. It is just another relic of the last ice age that covered this country with a huge layer of ice. This rock might even be from Norway. So Pablo, a piece of your country in my country :)

I am trying to master my B/W skills and when I saw this setting, I thought I needed to capture it and make it a B/W. In my rush I forgot one thing, and that is to get a lower position. Anyway, I am happy with the B/W conversion. Please let me know what you think.

Some information on Erratics in general:

A glacial erratic is a piece of rock carried by glacial ice some distance from the rock outcrop from which it came. Erratics can range in size from pebbles to large boulders. They can be found miles away from their original location.

Doane Rock, at Cape Cod National SeashoreGeologists identify erratics by studying the rocks surrounding the position of the erratic and the rock of the erratic itself. Erratics were once considered evidence of a biblical flood, but in the 19th Century scientists gradually came to accept that erratics pointed to an ice age in Earth's past. Geologists have suggested that landslides or rockfalls initially dropped the rocks on top of glacial ice. The glaciers continued to move, carrying the rocks with it. When the ice melted, the erratics were left in their present locations.

BTW, this is taken in the same location as my last upload.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-03 13:02]
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Hi Niek!

You're fooling us :-) I know! You put this stone before taking picture and now you wrote note about glacial erratic :-) You're very naughty :-)

Very original picture! Black and white works very well with surface of stone and textures of sky/water/ground. Great composition. Interesting note. Very rare subject on TN.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-03 15:32]
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Hi Niek

My what a big rock you have :)

I always like B&W. Lovely textures and great tones and contrast. I love the sky



Hi Niek,
A very interesting photography, really stands out much more in B/W, would be well a WS in color. Very artistic results.

Hi Noek

Nice b&w shot, the stone on the foreground is very interesting.



La photo est très belle et bien composée. J'aime beaucoup les trois plans air-eau-rocher, avec une profondeur de champs qui met l'ensemble en valeur. Très belle lumière avec un beau traitement du rocher et du ciel. Le sujet est également en soi très intéressant.

Hello Niek,

Excllent work, great composed and capture, nicly B&W BG POV DOF nice work

TFS Kyle

Are you sure this isn't just some fancy cloning trick??? Just kidding. My area of Oregon is full of large round boulders...from Montana! ...brought here by glaciers. You acheived a nice range of tonal values here. I had to really crank up the brightness on my monitor to see them though....frustrating. I see what you mean about getting lower. It would have been more interesting if the rock had intersected with the water or even the sky. Thanks for sharing an interesting photo and note.

Evelynn : )

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-03 19:50]

Hola Niek. Una muy bella postal en blanco y negro, verdaderamente me gusta mucho la foto pues tiene un detalle muy bueno. Luis52.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-04 5:12]

Hi Niek

A very beautiful and interesting post!
Before i forget: lovely work again with your new lens! :)
This is a very informative picture above all - i personally learned that the Netherlands was affected quite strongly by the last iceage, but i had no idea that you may actually find rocks from Norway ;)
The B&W conversion looks great and it pushes the mood of the picture even further.
It also concentrates almost all the attention to the big round rock (i think if it would been in color, the colorsful BG would have been distracting).
So, as a conclusion, i really like it :)
Great work, my friend!
Bravo and TFS

Hi Niek,
I like your conversion to B&W here. I think this was a perfect shot for that. Nice tonal range and strong contrast in the scene. I agree that a lower POV would have made even a stronger composition. Great texture in the clouds. Well done my friend!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-04 16:02]

Bonne prise originale,j'aime bien l'ambiance.

Besides the interesting note, that shows the incredible power of a glacier transporting this huge rolling stone huundreds of Kms., I like the composition and the mood in B&W that you have given to this picture.
Lovely post!

This is one of those shots that was begging for a BW conversion. Seems a bit on the dark side to me though; maybe a bit too much contrast?

Hi Niek
a very interesting geological event and a great landscape in b&w with a beautiful composition...that huge rock in the forefront is absolutely awsome !

Hi Niek,
good subject and I enjoyed seeing it.About 26 kms north and west from where I live is the world's largest glacial erratic,which is just west of Okotoks Alberta.I think I'll post a picture of it soon,so stay tuned.Your picture is perhaps a little bit dark but that is alright by me,one more thing how large is this rock? Bob

Hello Niek,
I have missed this posting... And that rock could well have come from Norway in the year 8000 BC!
Yeah this is a typical retreating ice deposit, and no problem as the rim of the glacier was as far south as France...
A well composed image, which also has educational value!
Have a great spring weekend,
Pablo -

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