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Lonesome Snag

Lonesome Snag
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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: 2009-11-21
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/18.0, 4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-24 8:02
Viewed: 3807
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last Saturday I revisited a place that was in dyer need of a new visit. My last visit was in June 2007 and I never saw the area during a different season.

At first I found a spot that would do good for a sunset, but just before the happening, thick clouds appeared along the horizon blocking the sun. I did make a few photos with a hint of color in the sky and will probably post a photo at a later moment. I then walked back to this tree, which I had spotted, on my way over to the sunset location. Although the sky was not a spectacle of colors and clouds, a cleaner photo would work as well. I positioned my tripod 2 to 3 meters away from the snag and about 50cm above the ground, so to get much of the tall grass above the horizon line. I also wanted to get a good slow shutter speed to allow some movement in the grass. I was able to get the result at an aperture of F18. I used a 3 stop hard grad to balance the exposure.

This is certainly a spot I want to revisit and probably best at sunrise. It’s only an hour drive and a 15-minute walk from the parking area. So not an issue.

Niek Bouwen Photography

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Hi Niek,
realy puristic - and beautiful.
I like your low POV and the colour-gradient of the sky.
Very good work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hallo Niek
dit is echt een mooi plaatje
zo'n mooie compositie, die donkere blauwe kleur van de lucht samen met de boom.
zo scherp, een super plaatje
groetjes lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-24 8:46]

Hallo Niek,
Mooie foto van het Dwingelderveld. Zeker in de herfst is dit een prachtig gebied. Erg goede scherpte en heldere kleuren in de foto. De boom vormt een prima compositie, samen met het laag ingenomen standpunt.

Ik heb je kritiek ter harte genomen, nog even goed gekeken en de foto teruggetrokken. Je had volkomen gelijk. Veel te snel geplaatst. Soms is een mens veel te haastig.
Bedankt voor de moeite die je hebt genomen.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-24 9:22]

Hello Niek,
This tree skeleton looks quite surrealistic! Excellent low POV and fine sharp details. Lovely blue sky too. Hopefully you'll be able to capture this in various weather conditions - interesting!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-24 9:45]

A great capture Niek!
The POV, cloudless sky the dry grass Fg all contribute to a fine composition, reminiscent of a painting by the American artist Andrew Wyeth. Wonderful colours and lighting.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hello Niek! Amazing tree, amazing scenery. Wonderful minimalistic composition. Perfect capture. Well done!

Nice shot Niek though I admit being partial to snags.

Ciao Nieck, a dead tree for you too, beautiful composition with good natural colors, splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

I love this composition Niek... similar to Silvio's recent capture. The low angle taken through the grasses is very well done. :)


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-24 13:14]

Hi Niek

Great tree…(chuckle). No seriously, it has a lovely shape for such a "silhouette"
shot. You made good use of the grasses in the foreground to provide some bit
of leading or additional interest. Clearly you though about and planned the image
before releasing the shutter. I like the gradually changing colour of the sky. From
azure to a deep midnight blue. This actually ensured that the empty sky did not
appear drab or uninteresting. The 1/3 rule for composition was neatly applied both
horizontally and vertically (even though this may not necessarily be a decree cast
in concrete).

Well done and TFS.

Hallo Niek,

Bij deze weet ik het niet zo goed.
Mooi laag standpunt maar die sprieten storen mij.
Zelm maak ik altijd liggende landschappen voor de verhouding.
Wel mooi kleuren.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-25 4:23]

Hello Niek,
A very fine picture again. No need of dramatic sunset-colors, this area looks very intersting like this too. Very dramatic the tree with its arms trying to reach the sky.. And for me always fascinating the flat environment, like we don't see it here. Very subtle also the fine gradation of the blue color in the sky.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-11-25 7:21]

Hi Niek

Very nicely done, my friend! Getting back to the basics in the best way possible! I really like this clean composition that actually offers some tiny special details for those who dare look closer :)
The idea with the tall grass was superb and that is the one that sets this photo apart. I love the motion captured as well as the radial display of the grass itself - it almost remind me of those asian hanheld fans that ladies use when it's hot (i couldn't find a specific term for them in English). Anyway, the details and action here allow the viewer a much more candid view over and through than if they were placed as FG elements, in the lower part of the compo.
The shape of the tree itself is also beautiful and the dark colors make it stand out so well from the grass and sky.
Overall, a beautiful and very well thought of photo.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-12-01 10:20]
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Hi Niek,
a lovely minimilist shot, showing the stark beauty of this dead tree. The low POV has added some great dynamisim to this shot and the details are pin sharp. I think perhaps that the grad had darkened the top of the tree a little too much, but not to any great distraction!
Hope to see some more form here in different conditions - looks like a it might make a good subject for some star trail shots?

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-12-03 9:38]

Hi Niek,
this is a real creative shot. you make full use of everything available in a very thoughtful manner.
Well presented in lively colours and excellent composition.
Very graphical and the catch is excellent.
Well manifested skills.


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