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The Unknow Waterfall

The Unknow Waterfall
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-07-23
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, B+W 77mm CIRC. POLARIZER MRC
Exposure: f/16, 1/20 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2008: Norway
Date Submitted: 2008-12-05 2:02
Viewed: 4331
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Apologies for my limited time here at TrekNature. I am not able to find enough time to be more present and I do not have many new photos to share. Thatís why I am posting another photo from my summer vacation. I also have a feeling that I have a critiquing block, similar to what writes have with their writers block. I just canít find the words to come up with a useful critique.

Iíve posted a photo of this waterfall before but that time from further away. For this photo I had to jump over a small creek and crawl over a field of snow. I hope that somebody could help me with the name of the waterfall. Iíve search the internet but have not found a single clue. I am not even able to name the lake the falls flows into.

The lighting in this photo was rather dull and there wasnít much of color available hence the conversion to black and white. I also felt this it would allow to bring out the texture better. The CS3 version of Photoshop allows you to create a B&W photo using 5 colors and the dropglass to select a color in the photo. This new way of conversion allows for much more control is specific areas than the older versions.

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Great shot with the snow in the foreground and awesome cascade behind.
Well controlled exposure and good DOF.
Nice work.

A judicious choice of medium, Niek. In this kind of a picture, the contrasts between black and white would be marked, so the medium works well here.
The details on the rocks too are sharp.
We do not see much of you on TN these days.
Hope you would continue to share your wonderful landscapes regularly.

Hi Niek!

I'm glad to see you back! And I also notice that you still are under the influence of your trip to Norway. I can understand this... Your picture is fine and I believe you have made the best under the difficult light conditions. The subject also suits the black&white conversion very well. It probably won't be as effective and beautiful in colour. It's a simple picture, without great effect, yet very pleasant and so typical for that beautiful country.

Kind regards


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-12-05 13:01]

Hi Niek,
i am very glad to see you back here...your presence is sorely missed my friend. I hope you can manage to spare some more time for your passion soon. Your choice of B & W is perfect, really. The contrast of snow and rock made this a good decision on your part. However, the POV you chose is what really makes this a good shot. I feel as if i were stood there looking up at this waterfall. DOF is excellent. Well done, come back soon!
(the CS3 mono conversion is very good isn't it?)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-05 23:16]
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Hi Niek

Nice to see you drop by from time to time...sorry you only have time for that now :(
This is another very interesting B&W conversion and one i could learn a thing or two after a close examination. I remember you other post of this waterfall, but i also like this composition, too. I love the ice in the FG and the way it holds its own weight in that part close to he center of the frame...makes it look like a bridge; a very beautiful FG element.
The waterfall surely looks wonderful and having converted everything to B&W gives the place a better contrast and sets these two elements aside the rest in the frame.
Very nicely done!

Bravo and TFS

PS: sorry you can't make it for our meeting :( but have a nice time in the US!

Hi Niek,
I think B & W was a good choice. I think B & W works well when a landscape has a lot of detail... which this does. All the different textures, even in the snow, look good. You managed a nice range of values. I like the composition. Without that high contrast snowy patch leading to the waterfall the image wouldn't have essential impact. I love the irregular edge to the snow.

Evelynn ; )

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-12-08 13:52]

Hello Niek,
First of all thank you so much for visiting my gallery and your wonderful comment. I really enjoy you gallery full of beautiful scenery photographs of the area that I don't know too much about. I like the essence you capture here. The black and white is a good call, since there is probably not much color here with the snow and waterfall and rocks. I liket he texture of the rocky foreground and the the inclusion of the snow add some interesting shape and make a better composition and give much detph to your image. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-09 19:21]

Hello Niek,
Stunning black and white Niek, the melying snow bank lead ones eye to the beautiful falls. Fantastic image, thank you for sharing.

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