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1st Anniversary

1st Anniversary
Photo Information
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: 2007-01-14
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/22, 1/6 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): ~~ Sunsets & Sunrises part I ~~, Sunsets, 70-79 Puntos (chapter 2), Milestones [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-18 13:09
Viewed: 3918
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday I celebrated my first year on TL. Today, I am celebrating it here.

For me this day is special. One year ago I started as a beginner to photography. I did make photos before I joined TN, but they were more the point and shoot type of photos then a photo with consideration about composition, light, depth and all the other important aspects of photography.

In this short period of a year, I know that I have learned a lot and I consider myself a keen amateur photographer. I still have a lot to learn, but I m now more consious of what I am doing.

This is not because I made more photos, but because of you all. You guys have given me the current knowledge of photography and the knowledge of nature.

Thank you!

The photo, a sunset over 'De Wieden' Taken last sunday at the end of a wonderful sunny day.

mikou, Necipp, sAner, scottevers7, lovenature, loot, TAZ, ramthakur, Alex99, dew77, SkyF, horia, NellyD, edal, jeanpaul, coasties, Signal-Womb has marked this note useful
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Hello Niek what a lovely sunset superb composition awsome colours and sharpness I love the lens also I use it mainly for portrait work and use a canon 10-22 for landscape nice use of filter also TFS rgds Necip.

Congratulations! I think we have both come a LONG way, don't you? It has been a good year. I now have less time and less money to call my own!! : P But, I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's been great getting to know you and learning from you.

This is a nice, strong image. I do like simple compositions. Nice exposure control. Be careful of oversharpening in high contrast areas ( halos around the silhouetted posts against the bright sky)

I wonder where we both will be photographically a year from now! I am looking forward to the journey.

TFS (this image and your time)

Evelynn : )

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-18 13:37]

Hi Niek.
Beautiful post for your celebrating here.
Splendid composition.Amazing colours tones on sky.I like POV and your work with light.
Well done,amazing sunset.TFS.
Best greetings Milos

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-01-18 13:54]

Nice image, Niek. I like the elements and the diagonals. I just hope the sunset isn't symbolic of an end.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-18 14:03]
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Gefeliciteerd Niek!! Ook zo'n last van de storm? Het is een prachtige foto, die veel recht doet aan je mooie jubilieum. :)


Hi Niek,
excellent landscape shot,beautiful composition and tones!

Hi Niek congratulations for your first year also on TN, great year full of wonderful photo and great sunset with amazing colors of the sky. Great photo to commemorate your anniversary, BRAVO! Ciao Silvio

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-18 19:06]
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Hi Niek, happy anniversary. And yes, you have come a long way and learnt heaps - like most of us. We have a lot to be thankful for here on TN. (Thanks Adam and Rob)
I love Evelynn's comments - time and money - but we do have fun, and frustration.
I like your composition and the colours - definitely, TFS

Hi Niek,
Your progress has be remarkable. Congratulations! It is fun when we help each other and learn together. A beauiful, well composed sunset.

Awe...Happy Anniversary Niek.
TN is such a great place to be and to learn new things.
THANK YOU ... for sharing all of your knowledge and for showing us your part of the world.

Your sunset is very pretty with such deep colours of orange, yellow and grey. The wood pillars add a artistic value to your shot.
TFS and TFBSH (thanks for being so helpful) LOL
Janice :))

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-18 21:03]

Hello Niek,
First congratulations on one year and what a great posting for this celibration. Fantastic colors, composition and feeling with this posting.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-18 23:02]

Hi Niek

Congratulations my friend. How time has flown. In a couple of days I will also celebrate my first anniversary on the site. As a matter of interest, two days after I joined TN, I wrote my first critique to you (it was only my 5th on TN) and since then we have come a long way as far as our friendship are concerned and gaining many other friends, knowledge, and appreciation of nature.

You did very well in this past year and if only we had more members like you TN would be an even far greater place. This past year you have posted 152 photos, wrote an astronomical 3,348 critiques (an average of 9.18 per day), posted 75 workshops, and contributed a tremendous input on the forum. You have enriched our lives with your wonderful personality, pleasant characteristics, and friendly mannerism. This is great stuff and I salute you for the example you made to us and especially to all ‘young’ people on this site. It was great walking this past year with you and learning from you as well so keep on going my friend.

Don’t worry, I did not forget your lovely photo for it is excellent work and symbolic of your labour here on the site. Not that the sun is going to set on it, but it is still rising as we are continuously seeing the improvements you make. Lovely colours, great details, and beautiful light.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-19 1:39]

Hello Niek,
You offer us a smart composition. The silhouettte of the pieces of wood give a bonus.
The "+++" : subject, point of view, sharpness, colors, exposure...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations for the photo and the first year !

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-19 2:48]

Hello Niek,
Congratulations, my friend. : )
One year and over 150 posts later... : )
It sure has been fun, seeing all your photos and learning from you.
Your enthusiasm and earnestness have been contagious. : )
I think this is a very dramatic scene.
The dark silhouettes against the sky ablaze with the colors of the setting sun. The angle you chose for your shot does a good job of showing the decreasing size of the posts in perspective and creates a pleasing composition.
I am not sure about the thin blue line you put in the frame.
Thank you for sharing so much of yourself... your time and talents and dedication.
Looking forward to another year of great photos and great fun.

Hello Niek,
A beautiful composition!
Scenery is captured with wonderful warm colours, a worthy celebration of the first year in TN...
I just went back to have a look at your first posting (Soleduck River, quite nice actually) and I have to admit there is a development in skills!
Greetings & congrats,
Pablo -

I'm just a few days behind you, Niek :-)!
Going by this beautiful sunset image, you have really attained new heights as a skilled photographer.
It is a fantastic image, technically outstanding and a pleasure to look at.
Thanks for sharing it and wish you greater perfection in your second year.

Hi Niek,

Many congratulations on achieving so much in a year - so many lovely photos!

I agree entirely, the comments and advice and feedback from everyone here on TN is worth so much, it's also helping me develop my skills and understanding and generally look at what can be achieved in a different light.

Keep the wonderful pictures coming Niek!

ps stunning sunset :-)


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-19 9:19]

Hi Hiek.
My congratulations on this round date. TN community is a rich source of human experience, wisdom, attention and support. I wish you to draw from it by full measure creative inspiration and to enrich it with your fine works and comments.

I like your elegant colourful picture, its delicate beautiful cloudy a bit sky and excellent details of the whole image. My best wishes and TFS.

Pieter (sAner) is always moaning about the lack of scenery in the Netherlands. Perhaps he should go here! :)
Great photo, I really like the super-saturated colours. I think the foreground shadows are too intense, though, I would have liked to seen just a little bit of detail.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-19 14:02]

Hello Niek,
This is an artistic wonderful capture.I liked POV,warm colors,DOF and composition a lot.I hope you'll celebrate next year with 500mm f4 L:)
Have a great weekend!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-19 18:08]

Hi Niek,
I had a wonderful time viewing your photos throughout the years. I truly enjoy them and learn a lot from them. This is just another fine example of one of your fabulous landscape composition I so admire. Hope you will bring as many more.
Congrats and many more picturesque moments

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-20 4:46]
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Hi Niek and "Happy TN-day" :)

This is very nice and i certainly hope i'll be here to celebrate a beautiful 10 year membership, too ;)
Reading your note, i must say that i felt sort of the same...before i would only shoot for fun or simply for a biological description of some species, with no raely notion of DOF, composition etc.
Now i know i'm not nearly as experienced, but i'm also eager to lean, and i started doing that with also your help :) The discussion i've had with you definately gave me a good perspective and i hope i'll put them to good use in the near future (when i'll actually have something to photograph) :)

Anyway, my point is that i (but i'm surely not the only one)really and strongly apreciate your contribution to TN!

This photo is very beautiful!
The mood it inspires is magnificent and the colors and outstanding!!
I relly like the silhouettes of those logs there - they definately enhance the overall composition, while the exposure is superbly managed.
GREAT work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS...and keep'em coming ;)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-20 5:30]

Hi Niek

No-one would guess that 1 year ago you were a point and shoot photographer. I always enjoy looking at your pictures. I am glad you joined this site 6 months before me. I am still making that transition from a snappy happy person to someone who is trying to improve their skills and you have certainly helped with that. You are never afraid to give the negtives of a picture but you do it so well with advice and guidance. I hope to see the pictures over the next year.

Beautiful light, stunning composition and a good POV. Lovely as ever



Congratulations Niek,
If it were not for you I would have been without my photos.
Thanks to you FOREVER. May you hang around many, many more
years helping helpless "older" lovers of this art.
This capture is SUPERB. No further is needed.
My very best regards & endless gratitude.

wonderfull sunset, this color the sky are excelent;-)

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-01-21 11:26]

Hoi Niek,

Gefeliciteerd met je jubileum hier op TN!
En dit is een prachtige jubileumfoto, op een mooie dag genomen en geplaatst op een stormachtige dag zie ik :-)
Mooie lucht en kleuren en een goed perspectief.
Prachtig, ik hoop dit jaar nog meer van je mooie foto's te zien.

Groetjes, Nel

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-01-21 15:26]


Congratulations. 1 year on and hopefully many more to come.

I know that all of us come a long way in that first year - I guess it is like going back to school and having a teacher inspect our work and say 'well actually...'

Great sunset though! There have been some really nice ones in the last month or so and you have caught the sunset well.
I was wonderfing if you had one with a little more detail in the foreground? Perhaps a merge of 2 settings from the same RAW file? Having the just that little more detail available in the foreground would added that sparkle to the gold star ;-)

For those wanting an easier link to Niek's first posting for that all important comparispon - here it is.

Nicely done and TFS again

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-01-22 0:49]

Hello, Niek!
Congratulations with your 1-year aniversary! Your presense on TN is essential and visible to many participants, me included.
This photo-sharing is beautiful present to all of us for the occasion. Thanks!

Hola Niek
Una gran puesta de sol para tu primer aniversario.

Salut SunToucher.
Bonne anniversaire, et surtout très joli couché de soleil avec des dolmens. Bravo.

Allo Niek
Bon premier aniversaire et je t'en souhaite beaucoup d'autre avec plein de belle photos.

Les couleurs sont complètement hallucinantes ainsi que la claireté et les détails. Fantastique, quel endroit pour les couchers de soleil! Merci de ce beau moment!
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Niek,

Congrats on 1 year, Im not sure how I mised this but I did, IT just excllent. Perfect detail svery crisp ,nicly composed and capture photo, excllent work

TFS Kyle

Hello Niek! and Happy Anniversary!!! Awesome photo! Love those silhoettes in the foreground and great colors..great shot. TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo "a welcomed site" :O)

oops ran out of smilies! catch up tomorrow!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-27 19:17]

Hello Niek

Wow ,what a super shot.The sky is amazing.Your composition is really well done.Nice contrast between light and dark.The silhouettes of the posts add a nice element to the shot.Congratulations on your first year and here is to many more.TFS


Belle photo de ce superbe coucher de soleil,avec les ombres des piquets a l' avant et ce rouge a l' arrière. Amicalement Thomas

Hi Niek

Congrats on your TN anniversary! This is a stunning shot to commemorate this milestone. Thank you for your valuable contribution to the site! :-)

Hello Niek, there is nothing like a strong saturated sky to catch the eye and this is beautiful. Composition is strong with the silhouetted posts. A little detail in the shadows would have been nice. Hope your keeping well, I shall be back to TN late May AL being well. Regards Steve.

Hello Niek.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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