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Mepper Hooilanden

Mepper Hooilanden
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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: 2010-06-12
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Hitech 0.9ND rev. grad
Exposure: f/11, 1/13 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-26 3:49
Viewed: 4027
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
More then two years ago a member of the nature photography club showed me some photos of a nature area under construction. I know it sounds strange nature and construction, but this very common in our man made country called The Netherlands. There isn't a patch of land that hasn't been touched or created by man. Our government has finally come to senses that nature has some rights in this country and that we humans cannot claim all of it. Slowly farming land is bought up and given back to nature to create these wonderful new habitats for animals and plants.

After more then 2 years nature is now almost in full control of this area. There is still some interference by humans but that is necessary because a small area like this needs some control to stay in balance.

Imagine that what you see in this photo was farming land 3 years ago. All they did was blocking a small stream of water and give nature freedom to develop this habitat. There are still clear traces of the previous state of this area, but I am sure that those will fade away in the years to come.

This photo is actually taken a little earlier then my previous one. The sun in this photo is brighter and therefore the exposure difference between the highlights and shadows is larger, thus the more blackness in the tree. I am sure that it will probably look even darker here on TN and on some monitors.

Niek Bouwen Photography

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-26 3:50]

Hi Niek
Another great shot from you today!
Perfect landscape, with great colors and light!
Perfect capture!

Ciao Niek. Reflections and sky are so fascinating! Perfect spaces management. Very well done.


Hi Niek,
this moment is romantic and beautiful.
I love the reflection and also the dark clouds.
Very pretty place, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-26 6:31]

Lovely image of nature that has been reclaimed by nature. Good capture with fine contrast and lighting. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-26 6:32]

Hallo Niek,
Lijkt erg veel op de vorige en die vond ik ook mooi.

Hello Niek
Wonderful capture this great landscape. Great colors and lovely light!

There is a good balance of light and dark in this landscape picture, Niek.
It is exactly these contrasts that lend your picture a quality that is highly artistic, to say the least.
The sky too is very eloquent with red-tinged clouds illuminated by the setting sun.
Your note is relevant and useful in today's context.

hi niek, no many words....just perfect...
thank you...

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-06-29 12:24]
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Hi Niek

Yep...this is the one i was referring to...and i really like it :)
The clouds here on top are just gorgeous and close the entire frame very well, in my opinion.
The sun is again (just like in the other shot) very well position in the frame and together with the horizon, creates a superb and classic composition.
I also like the way your reverse grad worked here - you positioned it very well and thus resulted in a great balance of light in the sun/reflection.
Just as you said, the tree to the left and the grass does look a bit dark, but to me that's actually very natural in a situation when you are facing or looking at the sun.
So, overall, a lovely work my friend!

Bravo and TFS

PS: i finally made up my mind about my vacation - it's a week in Norway with a group of friends in mid-August :) Any tips? (as i know you've been there)

Dear Niek,
I had forgotten, how light it is in your country at 9:30 pm!
Here, in the NE of South Africa is is dark at 7 in summer; now in winter at 4:30 pm!The way you framed the image with a white border is unusual as well as very attractive: a postcard from Holland :-)

I very much appreciate the natural colours. I always ride this hobby-horse - but it is truly a shame how many members ruin a good photo by photoshop-killing! Ending up with an image alike cheap paintings in souvenir stalls...

You live in a beautiful country - populated by generous, lovable people - and you show us the romantic side/atmosphere in your work.

I wish you a nice week-end
Greetings from South Africa (cannot wait for the vuvuzelas to stop at night!)

PS do you think your team will win?

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-07-13 4:22]
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Hi Niek,
well, i see you have invested in the reverse grad - any good? do you get much use out of it? I would imagine in the Netherlands, where you have pretty low, level horizons alot of the time it is quite useful. I am thinking of getting one myself, as i think for shooting seascapes at either end of the day it might be useful on some ocassions...
I really like the sky park of this shot, the light you caught is beautiful. POV and composition are both very good, although could those reeds not have been a little more prominant? Perhaps a vertical framing here may have been intersting, did you try it? I do feel the dark parts (from the filter no doubt) are a bit too dark as you say, the left hand side of the frame could lose a little maybe. But this could be a difference in our monitors. The control of the sun on the horizon is excellent.
well done my friend.

Hellow Niek,
An amazing " post card image". Great depth and nicely exposed creating the silhouette effect with high lights in the sky.

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