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In The Dutch Mountains

In The Dutch Mountains
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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: 2007-02-17
Categories: Trees, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): More photos with titles of songs, Sallandse Heuvelrug [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-13 14:27
Viewed: 3825
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the Dutch mountains is a song from the 80's from the Dutch group the Nits. The song is actually a serious song, but the title does make people smile, since The Netherlands is know to be flat.

This was one the last photos I took during that wonderful afternoon on and around the Archemerberg. A hill of almost 80 meters high. This photo was taken from the top of the hill looking toward the Northwest. The colder evening air was already moving in, making the colors become more pastel. In the FG you see patches of heather and moss, further ahead the pine trees are covering the hill. Where the hill ends the grass lands and small villages take over the landscape.

Tech talk: A rather heavy crop to get the panorama like view and to get some details visable, since this was taken at 70mm. No filters used except for the standard UV filter. I've only added some contrast and adjusted the levels.

**after upload comment. The photo came out much darker then expected**

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-13 14:37]

Ha niek,

een mooie compositie,met kleurrijke lagen,het nummer van de nits kan ik mij nog wel voor de geest halen,een toepasselijke titel voor deze opname,


Hello Niek,
I think this is funny. I learned on TL recently that Netherlands were flat (don’t know much about geography) :) I thought that Mont Saint-Hilaire was a hill (388 meters) but I see that you are the winner in terms of height :) I like the tones of colors here and this beautiful POV. It has a nice and smooth mood. Thanks!

Hi Niek,

An atmospheric shot you have presented here. I like the composition of the lines of trees, foreground and horizon. Nice PP work to get this effective panorama.
Sorry this is short my head is pounding!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-03-13 15:49]

Hi Niek,

a beautiful shot, the panoramic crop works really well and the subdued light is great. Nice work on the PP too.

Thanks for sharing,


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-13 16:06]

Hello Niek,
Very nice landscape.POV,framing,exposure and visual impact are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-13 17:53]

Hi Niek

This is very beautiful, again!
The evening colors are indeed dominant and they give such a wonderful mood and atmosphere to the scene.
The heavy croping is actually not noticed here since the panorama effect that you managed to create is amazing.
The perspective from "up here" is magnificent...you can actually see very far away, despite the small altitude.
I love the interest to the FG gives by the heather and the moss and all the tones and shapes of the pines are also superb.
It's actually a big surprise to me that you only used a UV...i initially thought you used an entire series of ND grads and polarizer...but this just goes to show that sometimes natures offers you such beautiful tones and colors that they really don't need any enhancement :)

Bravo and TFS

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-03-13 19:27]

Hi Niek!
Great shot! The layers of light make this a very interesting photo to watch. I love the special lighting here. Great exposure, there seems to be no OE even though shot against the sun. Well done!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-14 3:26]

Hi Niek

Interesting shot and notes. I think the lines of colour are effective.

Where I live is very flat - my house backs onto a dyke built by the Dutch 210 years ago (The name of the subdivsion on Lincolnshire, about 16km away, is Holland), so it is a landscape would be very familiar to you. However, one of the villages near here has a mountain rescue team! and the speed humps as you enter the nearest town (Ramsey) are locally called the Ramsey Alps.


Hi Niek ,
nice image with greatcomposition.
it is nice and silent.
i like it.
well captured

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-14 11:31]

Eerie atmosphere with the hazy view in the back. Pano-like crop gave a very nice composition. This would have been very impressive if the foreground detail had been held up with neutral grad filter. Regards,

It is the layers of colours that make this landscape of 'moutains' in Netherland a real beauty, Niek.
I like the panorama orientation. The long lines demarking the colour layers make a charming composition.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-15 16:46]

Hi Niek

This is a lovely atmospheric image. I love the soft muted colours. The line of trees looks great. The crop works



Hi Niek,

This really gives one the feeling of the area. I like the layers of composition. The foreground does appear a little dark to me. That is interesting late afternoon atmosphere and light.

Evelynn : )

Hello Niek,
Wonderful feeling of depth!
Great image where the fading in the haze really adds to the impact...
Well framed, good details!
Pablo -

Hoi Niek,

Ja, dat lied van de Nits ken ik ook nog wel :-)
En onze "mountains" zijn inderdaad nogal plat, maar ondanks dat vind ik dit een erg mooie foto.
Mooie zachte kleuren wat het een hele rustige sfeer geeft.
Heel mooi!

Groetjes, Nel

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-18 8:18]

Hi Niek,
you right the term 'mountains' does wake a smile and your wonderful shot does also. I love the lighting and the soft colors in this landscape. The depth of the view is incredible. Very well composed shot.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-04-09 2:39]
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Hi Niek

Sorry, but I did not forget my promise. I am just terribly slow in catching up.

I realise the Netherlands is rather flat and that you guys would just love to have a couple of proper hills for landscape photography, but calling an 80m high pile of ground with some sod and trees on top of it a "hill" I suppose is a very colourful and ambitious way to deal with reality (chuckle). Funny, but I always thought a hill is something larger than a speed bump in the road and that it equals a mountain. However, in Afrikaans we would call this a "heuweltjie" (diminutive form of a "heuwel"), but I just learned that a "heuwel" is actually called a hill in English which means that it is not necessarily equal to a mountain. Once again it just shows that one is never too old to learn something new. So, in conclusion your "hill" seems to be a "hill" after all, but the title of the song (that you refer to) or for that matter of fact, the title of your posting still needs a BIG bite of imagination though (ha-ha-ha).

A very moody composition that worked well with the panoramic crop. The haziness and the late afternoon light had a good impact on the colour tones. I like the depth of the view that carries on for ever and it seems like one can almost see tomorrow approaching.

Well done and TFS.

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