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on top of the world

on top of the world
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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07-03
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-09-03 8:25
Viewed: 5336
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first landscape on TN. This is tryghamna on Spitsbergen (or Svalbard in Norwegian), at a lattitude of 79° North not that far from the top of the world.
The beach on the left bottom corner of this picture is also the place where Swedish explorer Andree once tried to reach the North Pole by balloon. Remnants are still present though strictly protected as a cultural heritage. On the left (above the schooner 'Noorderlicht' is Smeerenburg, once centre of activity by Dutch whalers.

This is a scan from a color slide. Even scanned at highest resolution I find it hard to get the same sharpness as compared to the digital cameras.

Karin, vesilvio, NellyD, uleko, Robespierre, horia, Aramok, extramundi, oki, cedryk has marked this note useful
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Hello Jacob,excllent Landscape, perfect details, Bg, POV excellent colors, great work, TFS Kyle

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-09-03 8:42]

Hi Jacob,
Spectacular sky and nice clear view! The ship gives an idea of the scale.
Well done and TFS

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  • ele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 15 N: 15] (382)
  • [2006-09-03 8:55]

bellissima foto complimenti bellissima composizione.
eleonora ciao

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-03 9:20]

Hola Jacob,
Muy hermoso la naturaleza en su estado mas puro...buen trabajo y saludos

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-09-03 9:29]

Hallo Jacob,
a very nice and well composed picture of a northern landscape. The 3-dimensional view is underlined by the cirrus clouds which emerge from an imaginary centre beyond the horizon.
A perfect presentation.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Jacob,
very nice and depth picture.
Amazing blue tones and a place that seems cold but unique !!
Thanks for notes too !!


Hi Jacob,
Wonderful picture of this landscape! Very nice colours and detail. Excellent composition! Well done Jacob!


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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2006-09-03 11:23]

Hi Jacob,

A very beautiful lanscape and a clear and sharp picture.
The colours and the depth looks great.
Thanks for the notes also.

Greetings, Nel

Hi Jakob,
Superb landscape picture!!!Well done.TFS.Hilmi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-03 12:45]

Really brilliant shot of this wonderful landscape! Terrific colours - what a wonderful place to visit!
TFS, Ulla

Ha Jacob.
Wat een ontzettend gave foto van de Lofoten. Alles wat dit landschap zo bijzonder maakt heb je feiloos geregistreerd. Prachtig licht, akelig scherp en lekkere frisse kleuren. Heel mooi. Complimenten.
Groet, Ruud

Splendid view, Jacob!Amazing blue tones!
Best regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-04 5:19]

Hi Jacob

Splendid work for your first landscape!
Excellent POV, very nice details throughout, great ight and exposure, all making a superb composition.
Very well done...keep on trying and posting :)

Bravo and TFS

Hoi jacob,
Wat een uitzicht. De manier hoe de lucht richting the horizon gaat is gewoon super. Het geeft deze foto erg veel diepte. Ondanks dat het een scan is, is de kwaliteit erg goed en is er genoeg detail zichtbaar. Mischien een kleine correctie op contrast kan helpen om de waas te verwijderen.

What an amazing view. The shear scale is staggering and the detail wonderful. The clouds are stunning and pull you into the photo.

The only thing I woudl say needs a little improvement, is the horizon. Its not straight... and neither are the masts on the ship - its only a minor nit... and something that is often not noticed by the poster (myself included). It may not have been straight in real life, but that is something I don't know becuase I can only see what is in your photo.... - just minor...

TFS this gorgeous picture.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-09-05 22:56]

Bonjour Jacob!

Bravo pour cette belle prise de vue,l'endroit est magnifique et très agréable à regarder. Félicitations pour l'exposition et les couleurs justes.


Hi, Jacob.
What a wonderful view! Nice composition. Beautiful cloud lines in sky. Great depth.

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-09-13 5:47]

Absolutely fantastic! I dream of taking such pictures! The composition, sharpness, view - its all just very nicely captured!


Hi Jacob,
Great shot in an amazing location. Composition is good with that wonderful sky giving great lead in. The horizon could be straightened a little. You've got a bit of a cyan colour cast going on here and the right hand side of the image has some sort of scanning colour thing going on. I've posted a WS tryin to remove the cyan cast.

Hi Jacob.
I just think this is stunning capture and that I would kill to be with you there in the moment you took the photo :) Such a beautiful view.
Contrast, exposure, colours, perspective helped with clouds, everything. Congratulations. A fav.

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  • Deeb Silver Star Critiquer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 5] (14)
  • [2006-09-27 1:45]

Very impressive clarity and sharpness. I really like this one.

Hi jacop,
Great landscape,perfect shot.
Well done and TFS

Hi Jacob!
Very nice photo, especially for someone who was there!!! In 2003 I spent about 4 weeks in Hornsund fjord and Kongsfjorden (W Spitsbergen) when I participated in Polish polar expedition.
Really the sphip seen on your picture seems like r/v "Oceania", "my" ship! ;)
Best regards,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-13 17:06]

Hello Jacob
What a wonderful photo! Excellent POV, sharpness, color and contrast. Beautiful place and beautiful picture with that game of blues, whites and grays.
Well done and thanks for sharing.
Best wishes

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-03-11 3:31]

Hi Jakob,
this is an amzing shot with great colors and awesome nature! With the sailing boat on the left and the calm sea it showes us a very peaceful moment,
With which kind of zoom did you take it?
Best regards,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-23 21:52]

Hello Jacob,
Wow, how could I missed that shot. The view is just magnificent and leaves me without words. Excellent, northern, cold colours and beautiful sky... what to say more.
Only 2 points :-( what a pity there can't be more...
Best greetings,

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2007-06-13 11:45]

What a nice beautyfull place, I like to see new environnement and this one are new for me. Thanks a beautyfull one, SÉbastien

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