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Kroezeboom in winter

Kroezeboom in winter
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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: 2009-01-10
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-59 points Chapter 7, Your favorites, 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 8:40
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Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the east of the Netherlands stones and trees were used to mark a border or crossing. The trees were called 'Kroezeboom'.

The old Oak tree in the center is a border marker between farmland on the top of an open field. (Fleringer Es) The trees were also considered a holy place and were used as a place for justice. This tree is accompanied by a Roman Catholic chapel. The tree is expected to be between 400 and 500 years old.

In the last couple of weeks a major part of Europe have been living in very cold temperatures. I am sure that we Dutch are not experiencing the kind of temperatures eastern Europeans have, but its still a proper winter for us. In a more micro view, the eastern and southern part of my country recieved snow and transformed the country into a winter wonderland.

I've visited this place many times when I was yong and most recently in May when all the flowers were blooming. I knew I had to return that morning and capture it with the layer of snow and frost.

horia, uleko, vanderschelden, valy67, Juyona, livius, ddg, pekkavalo1, gracious, eqshannon, marhowie, Heaven, oanaotilia, bobcat08, Evelynn, BillyGoat, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-13 9:17]

Hi Niek

It's been quite cold pretty much everywhere (and probably even colder with gas being cut, too :)) but nothing compares to the warmth that you feel inside when you take a good shot :)
And this is a lovely scene, taken very well by you.
I like the "all-white" look of mother nature here and also the scene that you have chosen, with this really old and thick oak tree near that roman catholic chapel as main subjects.
The warm morning sun adds a special atmosphere to the place and also creates bigger and more pronounced shadows that, in turn, create very nice textures across the entire frame.
Not to forget, the forest in the BG is also wonderful and fits perfectly, framing this oasis-like place.
Very nicely done!

Bravo and TFS

hallo Niek
een prachtige opname
erg scherp en een goede compositie
groetjes lou

Hallo Niek,
Mooie boom in winters landschap. Zeg maar..mooie bomen. Goeie dieptewerking en een uitstekende compositie. En het licht smaakt als een wijntje.
Groeten alweer...

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2009-01-13 10:09]

Hello Niek,

Beautiful capture of this icy landscape. Superb composition. Superb light. Temperatures are better now. We reached -18C in Eindhoven.

Hi Niek,
such a fantastic place, so pretty sunlight - so wonderful snow. I wonder that there's nobody else - thanks, I like it
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-13 10:34]

Hi Niek

A lovely composition and interesting note. SPme species of tree were more favoured for this role than others - especially oak and yew for their mystic qualities. Burials were also used - the idea being that the spirits of the dead would protect the boundaries.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-13 10:39]

Hello Niek !
Wow, what an awesome winter landscape - I wish we had something like that in France, but we have only the cold, without the beautiful frost on the trees. I love composition of this picture very much, as well as the winter colors of blue and white, the sunny light, and the POV. Must have been really delightful to stand there in this beautiful place.
Very well done !

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-13 10:53]

Hola Niek,
preciosa vista,
bella iluminación y detalles.
bonita composición y presentación.

HI Niek,

This image is perfectly exposed with wonderful details in the snow. I like very much the low angled light falling across the snow and tree tops. The curve of the path is especially nice. The dark fence posts and tree trunks are very effective accents in this white and blue scene. Beautiful work.


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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 422] (1639)
  • [2009-01-13 11:53]

Hello Niek
tonalities are very soft and are a lot interesting the way in which the brown plants contrast with white ice that has been formed on the froozen trees. Optimal game of lights and shadows with a soft color sky and beautiful details.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2009-01-13 12:01]

Bonjour Niek, atmosphère, atmosphère...oui, c'est bien l'hiver. Bravo pour ce paysage frisquet. Bien bonne composition, best regards, Didier.

Hi Niek,
Very beautiful capture of this wonderful landscape; good POV and composition, nice DOF, great lighting.

Hello my friend Niek,
Now I see the beautiful image of the snow winterland from Netherlands!
the exposure and focus is perfect with a good depth in pov here!
I especailly loved the lighting across the land!
many thanks for the wonderful sharing
take care and regards

Hi Niek,

Another very fine composition and exposure.I like the pov showing the curve approching to the Oak tree and chapel with light and shadow enhance the elements.TFS.


It has a feeling of warm cocoa or perhaps something else...a bit of a nip for the nip if you know what I mean...Loving it that you can get this now...I hope all is well with Ivan and Ulla as well.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-13 21:51]

Hi Niek!

It's a very seasonal picture. The whole Europe is covered with frost, snow and ice. I like the compsoition with the path leading through the picture very much. It also leads us to the magnificent trees. The whole ambience is cold and delicate at the same time. It's a fine winter scenery, very pleasant to look at.

Kind regards


Hy Niek
I will say: a perfect winter landcape in the morning sun.I always found the ice that covered everything magnificent, even not long lasting.I am glad that most of the Europe shared this white blanket of snow and cold, not so common in countries like Netherlands.
Groetjes, Oana

Goedemorgen Niek,

Je zou zomaar een oude Hollandse meester kunnen zijn. Wat een plaatje. Ik vind de compositie EINDELOOS. Is wel leuk dat de paaltjes aan de zijkant v.d weg je ogen leiden naar de bomen. Vreemd, vaak storen die paaltjes in een landschap mij erg, maar in dit geval horen ze er op een of ander manier bij.

Een juweeltje.

Groeten en tot TFS BOB

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-14 2:53]

A very well composed image of a scene that looks straight out of a movie. Excellent exposure and detail, well done my friend, it seems you have been 'enjoying' the cold weather of late too!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-14 5:43]

Hello Niek,
The lighting, perspective and composition are superb in this wintery Overijssel scene. Despite the visible effects of what we do to the landscape, the fences, the pruning of branches on the large oak tree, the grazing of our animals, the religious building, the dominating feeling is still nature!
I thank you for that!
Best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-14 6:14]

Hello Niek,
It's amazing to see the kind of weather you're experiencing in Holland. Here up the north it's about 4 degrees above freezing every day, rather grey and dull! But you certainly have better weather for photography! This is really wonderful; a crispy white winter landscape bathing in sunshine! I like your composition very much!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Een prachtige winter foto. Scherp en met heel mooie kleuren. De nota is heel interessant.

Hallo Niek,

Deze omgeving ken ik en heb die boom ook alleen niet met mooi licht.
Ga wel eens in Twente fietsen en kom dan ook bij Fleringen, het kasteel en watermolen.
Mooi landschapsplaatje en goede compositie.


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2009-01-24 19:47]

Really nice, Niek. Nice subject, and a good job with the exposure in the bright snow. Realy nice low light. What I really like about the compo, though, is the curved lead line leading the eye to the little building.

Wow Niek this one is exceptional! Great composition and a beautiful scene.

Hi Niek,

The curve of the road covered with snow is an asset to the composition. The trees are framing well the chapel. The point of view leads our eyes toward the chapel and toward the trees in the background which is giving a sense of depth to the photo. The reflection of the light on the snow is enhancing the colors of the scenery. Have a nice day.


Wow! Great shot Niek. Beautiful job framing. The whole picture looks frosted. Very nice work! TFS Trevor

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