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The Oregonian Desert

The Oregonian Desert
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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: 2009-07-12
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, B+W 77mm CIRC. POLARIZER MRC
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2009: USA
Date Submitted: 2010-05-08 2:25
Viewed: 3914
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While on our way from the east of Oregon to Bend, we stopped prior to visiting the painted hills at a lookout point. There I found what looked to me as a classic desert view: The old jagged shape of a juniper against a barren desert hillside.

The sun was high up in the sky, so I had to deal with strong contrast and a bright blue sky. A CP filter was the only way to have some control and give the sky a bit more punch in color.

Niek Bouwen Photography

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Hi Niek,

Nice clear capture although the sun is almost at its zenith, the clear blue sky and POV are great features of this scene. I like the way you’ve composed the dwarf tree, the details seem sharp throughout. A great variation of natural colours too. A very inviting scene, especially for reptiles:) like me:)
TFS and have a nice WE!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-08 2:37]

Hello Niek,
Even though you have 'cooled it down' with the PP work to deal with the harsh light, I can still feel the heat and dryness of this shot of the Oregonian desert.
The composition and POV are excellent and the subdued colours look natural for this environment.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Eye pleasing composition and great dept of field, Niek. A bit cool white balance in my opinion, but obviously thats controversial issue. Good image !
George Veltchev

Hi Niek,

Good landscape photo of this desert. The tree adds nice foreground interest and the details are good.
Great capture and TFS


Cioa Niek. An interesting sharpened and detailed wild landscape. Great compo wit best space's managment.


hallo Niek
een super opname met diepte en een mooi verweerde boom op de voorgrond
mooie kleuren en veel details
groetjes lou

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-05-08 7:57]

Hi Niek,
nice to see a posting from you, it's good to see something from you AND Horia in one day :o) Indeed a classic desert scene, in which you can really feel the dryness and the heat from the blazing overhead sun. Despite the lack of 'interesting' lighting, you still managed to create an appealing composition using the Juniper wisely as a FG interest, the small patches of scrub adding extra elements and helping to create depth. Technically well done.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-09 1:31]

Hi Niek,
nicely composed with clarity of these well distributed shrubs. The dramatic perspective really make the landscape so full of impact.The blue sky and the brown dry trees.
I like noticing far far away view of the mountains too.
Thay are sharp all over.


Nice perspective Niek. Everything converges. The tree looks dry and getting it's moisture from the blue sky. Nice. TFS Trevor

Hallo Niek
I like the dull desert colours captured in this scene very much. It is prominent and true to nature. This must have been a beautiful sight to see in real. The lonesome tree in the somewhere far away in the desert, makes this scene come alive and adds extra magic to the scenery. The mountains far in the distance gives great feeling to the wide open space f the area. It was a pleasure to stop by. Best regards.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-05-16 9:37]

Hi Nick,
Long time no see. : )
Wanted to say hi.
I really like the composition of this shot. : )
I am not good with words to explain why I like the composition of a scenery shot, and cannot analyze it as Evelynn does, so I will not try. : P
I will just venture to say that the clump of trees in the foreground really anchors the shot, and the subtle diagonal lines (created by the change of vegetation) on both sides converge in the horizon in a very pleasant way.
I hope you are well. Are you taking any trips this year?

Dear Niek,
I wish I had a juniper in a pot as nice as the giant Bonsai in your photo!

Very impressive capture of this barren desert.

I apologise for not visiting your portfolio for a long time. But we moved to another town, and I had to deal with 170 packing-boxes...

Thank you for bringing to TrekNature your work; I really appreciate it.

I wish you a good day and a nice week-end

Warm Wishes

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