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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: 2009-12-19
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/16, 1/20 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-21 7:50
Viewed: 3948
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Our winter began very wet and with high temperatures. But all of a sudden, the real winter arrived to larger parts of Europe. It has since kept us Europeans in a headlock. Many of the major airports are closed and public transportation is available with high limitations. But, nature became beautiful and she gave us the pleasure of seeing familiar landscapes in a whole different way.

When you visit this place during a non-snow winter, it is all brown and pretty boring to see. But with this thick blanket of powder snow it became so much better to look at. The Anserveld is part of the more known Dwingelderveld, a large peat bog in the northern part of the country.

I actually visited this area just a few weeks earlier and this photo was the one I posted.

Niek Bouwen Photography

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-12-21 8:06]

Hi Niek,
it's amazing how a familiar scene can look so different isn't it? The lighting here speaks volumes about the time of year, it has an almost 'Arctic Tundra' feel to it. The clouds are great, the mottled pattern adding alot to the frame and you've done well shooting into the light too. The grass in the foreground is simple yet very effective.
Overall, a beautiful winter scene :o)
Well done my friend, and a happy christmas to you and your family.

hallo Niek
Dit is wel weer een hele mooie
super zo met die schaapjes wolken,en de zon op de sneeuw
super shot
groetjes lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-21 8:20]

Hallo Niek,
Ik ken het Dwingelderveld redelijk goed, maar in deze kleurenpracht heb ik het nog nooit gezien. De patronen van de wolken in de lucht zijn erg mooi. Met de zon in de verte geeft het een enorme dieptewerking. Je positie van waaruit je de foto hebt genomen zorgt voor een erg mooie compositie.

Ha Niek,

Prachtig winters landschap
Geweldige wolken partij
Perfecte scherpte/diepte en fantastische kleuren
welk lee filter heb je hier gebruikt?

TFS Thijs
Ps, Fijne kerstdagen

Hi Niek!

Congratulations for this very seasonal picture. The winterly atmosphere is well represented and I particularly like the perspective you have created. The dark line of the forest separates the picture in two distinguished parts, but it's amazing to notice how similar the patterns are on the ground and in the sky.

Kind regards


Hi Niek,

Great winter landscape shot. Good exposure and a nice composition with a 'road' of snow bordered by the brown plants on either side drawing you into the picture.
Good capture and TFS


Hello Niek! Superb shot. Amazing clouds. Fantastic sky. Excellent light and colours. Good capture and frame. Original work. Well done!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-21 11:56]

Hi Niek. I love the patterns the clouds are marking the the sky. It looks as if they are draging you into the picture. With what little sun light just catching the snow. Winter has now arrived in England as well . TFS.

Have a happy Christmass and New Year.

Ciao Niek. Magnifcient low POV to exalt the perspective! Pefect details and sharp. What intigant sky!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-12-21 13:30]
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Hi Niek

Indeed snow has completely re-drew our landscape in the past week...let's hope we can catch up to it and take some great reminders.
I like your first attempt here. I agree with Paul with the "Arctic Tundra" feel of the scene, but indeed it's the clouds that dominate the photo. They are a beautiful pattern and worth focusing on, although this shot has made me curious on two aspects, and i hope you're ok with me saying this:
1. i would have loved seeing this shot with a reverse-ND gad filter...i think it would have been a very interesting comparison.
2. i would love to see a shot of yours focused on a snowy landscape again. I know its terrifically difficult given the relief of your area, but looking at this shot and knowing your skill with the camera, you definitely made me remember some of your older work with winter settings that i like really much and that we debated on...this and this come to mind.
Even so, it's always a pleasure to visit your gallery and watch new work from you, friend!

Bravo and Merry Christmas for you and your loved ones!

Hi Niek,

Beautiful shot - the sky is amazing - a definite "big sky" - actually, England doesn't look dissimilar at the moment - we're having a spell of rare snow - but it's not quite as open and as this - we have too many houses and farms everywhere!!

Lovely feel to it. Great work.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-23 7:19]

Hi Niek

This is an awesome shot. Magnificent exposure control between the bright snow
in the foreground, the shimmering sun in the background, and the darker clouds
in the air. The little tuft of grass in the front provide some additional interest and
it provides a degree of scale. The f/16 aperture took good care of all the delightful
and sharp details. The rich colour tones makes it a pleasure to the eyes.

Well done MF and TFS.

Hello Niek,

The snowy bogland makes an almost abstract impression in the pale winter light!
And the wonderful carpet of clouds hovering above makes the seasonal atmosphere complete...

And I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, if possibly white!

Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-28 4:38]

Hello Niek,
A very beautiful but cold-looking landscape taken from a nice low POV. I like the cloud pattern in the sky and the way the light is reflected on the snow. A great composition!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2010-01-03 22:46]

Morning Niek

thought I would drop by before work and enjoy your photo's.

OK, what I like about this photo is
the simplicity of it,
the pattern in the sky of the clouds
the colours
excellent use of the filters
and the accurate exposure

what I don't like is the
composition - it feels wrong to me - I'm not sure I can explain it but it somehow feels off - as though I need to be to the left of the tuft of grass in the foreground
the vignetting of the polarising filter especially on the top right,
and I feel that the picture is missing a focal point and something leading you into the picture

Whilst it is a good shot , I somehow feels that you have not done your best here Niek - not sure I can explain it, strange that Horia and I seems to be the only ones on this front, but I feels you could have made a lot more of the grassy tuft.



The color looks just right on this one Niek...to me... very natural. I like it a lot. I also like the magic produced by that lens. The sharpness in the foreground is exquisite. I don't really understand the dark upper corners, particularly on the right. Perhaps that's my monitor?

TFS. Snow does offer us a whole lot more subjects to play with.

Evelynn : )

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