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It's really winter

It's really 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: 2007-02-08
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/13 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 60-69 points (Chapter 3), Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-08 14:10
Viewed: 4789
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Finally, we were blessed with snow. This morning the weather forecast gave out a weather warning, which I considered as good news, that we would have snow later in the afternoon. I wasn't sure what to do at first..take the camera with me to work, or leave when the snow starts falling. I did the latter and left at 3:30. I got home got my camera, lens, towel and bag and walked to the shire of the landgrave of Rechteren Limpurg Almelo. There you have a small forrest with a really beautiful lake. Which you can see in the photo.

You might wonder why I brought along a towel. Well, its to protect the camera and lens from snow, which was still falling and to wipe the UV filter clean from any snow.

Hand held in RAW. Small adjustment in exposure and converted to JPEG. Levels, curves, frame, resize and USM

Just to make sure, this is a color photo

scottevers7, JoseMiguel, dew77, uleko, hester, garyfudge, Silke, Silvio2006, GreenBaron, jeanpaul, Adanac, horia, mbasil, Alex99, NellyD, TheMystic, nainnain, valy67 has marked this note useful
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To horia: 1/13SunToucher 2 02-10 11:38
To Evelynn: LocationSunToucher 2 02-10 11:31
To claudine: honoredSunToucher 1 02-10 09:45
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Hi Niek,
A really like this shot in the vertical framing. Overall composition looks great. A nice moody feel to it. Kinda makes me shiver looking at it. Nice sense of depth. Funny, as I write this I am sitting at a beach bar looking out over the Gulf of Mexico. Sunny and 82 degress. I'll stay here thank you!

Hi Niek,
Just great!
I really like everything here: the greyscale, the very appropiate POV, the subtle reflections on the water, the accents of the white snows all over, wide DOF, the magnificent and carefully builded composition, and the simple frame used.
Put all that together and gets this remarkable image.
It was a good decision leave today with the camera.
Congratulations, thanks for share the pic and my best regards,

Wonderful image Niek.
Really like the detail you've captured. It could almost be black and white for the lack of colour but that's what makes it so good. Exposure is excellent and there's a great sense of serenity here.
Well done

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-08 14:31]

Hello Niek,
I hope we will see this scanes also in Istanbul.Today it was 15 degC.Lovely capture.POV,details,reflections on water and composition are excellent.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-08 14:44]

Hello NIek,
Wonderful winter landscape in this brilliant composition. Excellent depth of focus and sharpness. I like the reflections and the thin ice on the water. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2007-02-08 14:45]

Hello Niek,
beautiful and magical. Like a scene from Swan Lake.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-08 14:51]

Magnifique traitement en noir et blanc. Le cadrage est aussi intéressant.
Bonne journée.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-08 15:28]
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Wow Niek - this is just beautiful. I love the way you framed the shot with the snow covered branches. The B&W is very effecting with the strong contrasts.

We had snow as well but I had to work as I was on the 2nd day of a 2 day training course I was delivering :( it's all melted now



Super shot!

I can't beleive this is colour. I was just thinking jow well it looked in B&W.
Just incredible.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-08 16:54]
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Hello Niek
I must say that this is truly outstanding! My own attempts today seemed much too warm and dark but yours is perfect!
Fabulous POV, dof, details and textures

Hi Niek, wonderful winter landscape with splendid delicate colors like a B&W, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hoi Niek,
Ja, jij eet van twee walletjes ;) Prachtige B&W compositie man! Gewlidig het zachte contrast. De besneeuwde takken op de FG maken het echt 'af'!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-08 17:37]

Hello Niek,
And I thought this was B&W... Excellent pov and composition... I like the reflection on the icy water. Enjoy the snow-it's 15 C here.
Best wishes,

Salut Niek
j'aime beaucoup ces paysages hivernaux qui se prêtent bien aux images a de belles peintures. Celle-ci aurait pu être prise ici au Québec, tellement que j'ai vérifié deux fois la provenance pour être bien sure .
Merci et au revoir...JP

Well, finally a winter scene! There aren't any to be had around here. It feels and looks like spring! I like the nice range of values you have here....Nice darks on the branches and nice light misty background. Was this taken at the same place that you and your dad both posted pictures of? Probably not...but it does look sort of familiar. I remember I did a workshop on your dad's picture and then discovered that you and he were related and each had posted a picture of the same place.

TFS...don't slip on the ice and break your camera!!. Once, years ago I had just got a new 28-300 lens for my old SLR film camera and tripped the first time out and cracked it!!

Evelynn : )

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-08 21:48]

Hi Niek,
This is just a wonderful peace of work, thanks you for sharing.

Lovely winter scene with fresh snow Niek! The FG snow covered sticks are a great addition to the photo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-09 4:14]
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Hi Niek

Now this is what i was taking about! Yeah!
Fantastic winter landscape, my friend!
You see...i was just telling Shir (shirgold) and Milos (mikou) to try a vertical composition on similar landscapes and judging after this one...i was right :D
This definately looks much better and it gave you an excellent coverage for the trees and their reflection.
In your particular case, it also made sure you captured in the frame these lovely branches from the FG - which do very well to attract attention to this segment of the frame, too.
The contrast and exposure here are outstanding and the DOF is just amazing!
What is even more praiseworth is that you took this hadheld and 1/13...fantastic steady heands and as a result great sharpness!

Bravo, my friend and TFS

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  • moody (62)
  • [2007-02-09 6:17]

Nice and cool picture, congratulations. Cheere, Moody

Hello Niek,
Wow! What a beautiful winter scenery. You must be happy with snow but it is a little tricky for the camera though, especially when the snow is very wet :) I like this picture a lot. All the elements are in place for a wonderful composition with excellent exposure and DOF. Congratulations!

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-02-09 10:48]

brr...that is what i remember as winter..not all the post card stuff...grey and cold and deep
this colour shot is well into the black to white range..naturally

Nicely done, Niek. Nice elements here. I think the branches on the bottom add a nice balance to the ones on the top. I love the way these grey snow scenes look black and white. Compositionally it is really well done. Since you like idea, I wonder if showing a bit less river (by crouching down a little lower) would have traded some of the vertical for a greater sense of depth.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-09 12:58]

Hi Niek.
Excellent real winter view and very nice shot. I like your composition and POV so much. The tree at FG, water with amazing reflections and snowed remote trees are looked beautifully. Soft lighting and grey cold colour palette reflect the weather state perfectly. Superb job, My compliments and TFS.

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-02-10 11:31]

Hoi Niek,

Wat een prachtige sfeer in deze foto, echt winter!
De scherpte is perfect, de takken op de voorgrond geven het een goeie diepte en de reflectie is erg goed.
Ik vind het gewoon een schitterende foto.

Groetjes, Nel

Nice color picture of a black and white scene.
Very peaceful sphere.

It finally arriver over there! Bet there were lots of road accidents!
Great picture, setting the mood for more to come!

Hi Niek

Very good cold atmosphere on this photo, very beautifull scene!!


hi nieck
super, j'adore cette photo
tout est parfait dedans

Hi Niek!

So very beautiful! I know you say its color but it sure looks black and white hard not to with snow in the woods! I love the ice forming in the pond and the ice crystals on the branches in the foreground. Beautiful shot. TFS
Spring is here now! yipee!!

Hello Niek !
I wonder how I couldhave missed this picture the last time I visited your gallery - it is WONDERFUL ! I love everything on this picture : the composition, the POV, the black and white colors, the reflection on the water, the peaceful atmosphere... Real pleasure for the eye ! Very well done !

Hi Niek, I kind of missed my opportunity for shots like this as I was involved in other things this winter. A very beautiful landscape, and wonderful mood capture. Well done..

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