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Sandsmannen & Hov

Sandsmannen & Hov
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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: 2011-04-30
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, B+W ND 3.0
Exposure: f/16
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: A photography trip on the Lofoten
Theme(s): Your favorites, Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-05 7:58
Viewed: 4934
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My previous photo was taken near the mountain range on the left and showed the island where I took this photo. This photo was actually taken while on my first location scout and thus taken at daytime.

I was driving along this single track road to see if there was a good location for a sunset composition. When I stopped for a snack break I found this good outcrop of rocks touching the crystal clear blue water. I decided to venture out over these rock and get as close to the sea as I dare to do. I quickly found a spot that had a good view on Vestvågøy with the Sandsmannen mountain range and the solitary mountain called Hov.

As the bright daylight wasn't very for a standard exposure I decided to use my 10 stop ND filter and go for an ultra long exposure. The total time of exposure for this photo was 80 seconds. It was just enough to get most details in shadows and to keep the white snow from overexposure. It also gave the sea a softness I was looking for.

Niek Bouwen Photography

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Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness!!!

Hi Niek,
in my opinion this is really perfect photo. First of all - beautiful place. These mountains are splendid. I love this atmosphere. Amazing colours.

hallo Niek
zo als gewoonlijk verwacht je alleen zo.n mooie foto van jou!
super scherp, de kleuren en licht zijn perfect
super shot , Bedankt lou

Hi Niek,

Fabulous image here Niek, lovely well balanced scene with a strong foreground base, good exposure control and beautiful natural colours, great job and well done,
Congratulations Niek and have a nice week,
Best Regards,


Hello Niek!
Your photos do not really need retouqes..." Sans toucher " kkkkkk
Many congrats for this amazing pic! TFS
Nice week!

Hallo Niek
It is an absolute wonderful view and awesome scenery. You have captured it beautifully and I thank you for bringing a bit of another country and another piece of beautiful nature into my house, 1000's of kilometres away. It is an astonishing sight, which has a lot of serenity that surrounds it. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Way Cool, Niek! I have to wonder how many trial shots you took to arrive at 80 seconds. I like that filter...for seascapes. Otherwise there seems always to be some foliage that would wiggle too much. f/16 was perfect! You captured the essence of Norway with this image. Bravo

Evelynn : )

Hello Niek
I truly love your recent landscapes and this one is no exception. Brilliant color gamut, fantastic detail everywhere even at the darkest parts of the shadows...bravo! 5D Mark II is currently the champion for this kind of photography. Amazing depth of field and perspective ! In my workshop I am presenting you a version of your image which can be evaluated as an extreme alternative. Here I used the shadow/highlights and replace color tools in order to achieve that moderate balance between highlights and shadows. Your image is a perfect base for some post processing! Love it!
George Veltchev

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-05 9:58]

Hallo Niek,
Weer een adembenemende foto. Wat een schoonheid. Door de plaats waar je de foto hebt genomen ontstaat een beeld dat je eindeloos in de verte stuurt. Schitterende kleuren en erg goede scherpte. Maar de diepte in de foto is pas echt perfect.

Hello Niek,
What an absolutley stunning image! Excellent composition with beautiful color and sharpness. What a stunning place! Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2011-06-05 14:09]

Excellent Niek, super..
Best regards..

Lovely shot of this colourfull picture, great sharpness and very good POV



Hello Niek,

The composition is well planned and skillfully done!
Good balance between foreground and background, and between the sea leads my eyes through the scene...
The snowy summits draw attention, it is late April but still with a touch of winter..!

Pablo -

Schitterende plaat Niek
Prachtig landschap
Geweldige kleuren en scherpte/diepte in een fantastische compositie

TFS Thijs

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2011-06-15 7:25]

I wasn't going to let this one go, either :)

The idea to use a full ND here definitely was original and you've come away with a very neat shot! The longer exposure makes the water seem more tranquil, thus enhancing the serenity given by the blue sky and snowy mountains in the distance. I also like the movement caught in the fluffy clouds...surely adds a little extra something :)
Again, the composition stands out from the start, with some strong geometric shapes sketched in the foreground (almost like two successive arrows pointing towards the mountains) and the rule of thirds applied nicely to the placement of the horizon.
Overall, another stunning landscape, my friend!

Cheers and TFS

PS: I also noticed that you've upgraded to a nice, new and big frame camera...NICE!!!:))

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