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Oxbow Bend II

Oxbow Bend II
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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: 2006-06-22
Categories: Mountain, River
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer Vacation 2006: USA
Theme(s): 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), Your favorites, Reflections [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-09 14:14
Viewed: 6141
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ok, that's it, the last photo I will upload on Grand Teton NP. The next photo will be of a less familiar area in Montanta. I am ending with another view from Oxbow Bend but this time, as requested, the landscape version.

I found this on the NPS site:

Imagine visiting Grand Teton National Park 85 million years ago. You would see a much different landscape. Stretching before you would be a great inland sea, which deposited layers of sediment on top of 2.4 billion year old granites and 2.8 billion year old gneisses. Jump forward 25 million years; those seas have retreated, and a major event, the Laramide Orogeny, is forming the Rocky Mountains. The Teton Range lies hidden beneath the unbroken surface and is waiting for a much younger and different series of events.

The Teton Fault spans the entire length of the Teton Range's eastern front. Sometime between two to thirteen million years ago marked the beginning of uplifts, accompanied by a series of a few thousand earthquakes along that fault. These sporadic bursts of energy created the abrupt front of the Teton Range as it faces Jackson Hole. At 13,770 feet, the summit of the Grand Teton towers nearly 7,000 feet above the valley floor. Total vertical displacement along this fault has been close to 23,000 feet. The valley of Jackson Hole dropped 16,000 feet, more than twice as much as the mountains rose. The beauty of the Teton Range lies in its majestic size and rugged appearance.

Beginning as early as 2 million years ago, glaciers scoured and sculpted the Teton landscape. Large masses of ice flowed from the topographic high of the Yellowstone Plateau down into the valley of Jackson Hole. Fingers of ice, pulled by gravity, flowed from the high Teton peaks down into the valley. Grand Teton National Park contains piedmont lakes, U-shaped canyons, knife-like ridges, kettles, moraines, and other glacial features.

Grand Teton National Park, as it is today, boasts dramatic vistas and a geologic story that is by no means over. This story still involves active geologic forces including glaciers, but the Teton Fault lies dormant. There has been a gap in seismic activity along the fault, but eventually it will lurch into action. Imagine a rubber band that is stretched to its limit; sooner or later it will break. For the Teton Fault it is not a matter of if, but when, it will move again.

Adapted from "Windows into the Earth" by Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel

Tech Talk: Shot in RAW, converted to JPEG, struggeling with the color of the sky, framed, resized an USM

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Hi Niek,
that's such a wonderful place and you also had beautiful waether. I like the snowy mountains and the blue sky, together with the water-reflection it's a perfect shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-09 14:54]

Just beautiful, Niek.
That is a picture to meditate to... or on... : )
Such a serene scenery...
I think the sky and water colors are perfect.
Perfect light and smoothness on the river.
The trees are crisp and well saturated, the mountains mystical-looking.
A magnificent scenery. TFS. : )


this is perfect - just wonderful.... can't give you any more than that... other than another favourite.

Just perfect.


Crystal clear image, I can almost feel the oxygen pour out from the screen as I view this fantastic image. Thanks Niek, for your input. :)

What a beautiful capture Niek! Great clarity of image and I love the mirrored reflection. I would personally have lowered the composition so as not to clip the reflection of the tree and balance composition more. Very well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-08-09 17:34]
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Hi Niek,
So peaceful and so beautiful landscape. Adorable reflections, very well managed light and framing. TFS

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-08-09 18:42]

hi Niek,

WOW a very good place to be in.
in my oppinion a perfect composition.

I do rather like this landscape version Niek. Personally I would have pointed the camera a bit lower to get less sky and a bit more FG, but what you have here is quite impressive.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-09 22:37]

Bonjour Niek!

Cette prise est magnifique,les couleurs sont parfaitement exposé et les détails sont bons.

I like it, Niek! I like it a lot. It's a great combination of elements, well exposed, and I like the way the composition leads my eye back and forth through the middle ground of the scene.
So I am consistent about the kind of crop I like. Would I have driven you nuts if I asked for more fg or more sky? ;-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-10 1:57]

Definitly this is a wonderful scenery. Very well captured, rich colors and excellent clarity. The reflexion is superb. Perhaps less sky for composition. But I prefer Oxbow Bend II...
Congratulations Niek and thanks for sharing this pleasure for eyes.

Gorgeous landscape, I could never have enough of this. This is how paradise looks like to me!

Composition & POV : 10
Sharpness & DOF : 8
Light & color: 9
Creativity & Originality: 9

Best regards,
Xplorator (Radu F.)

Hello Niek,
Short on time today. Just time to see that this is a great shot.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Hello Niek,
another excellent landscape! Excellent POV, brilliant colours and excellent sharpness. As usual an excellent note too. Thank you for posting.

Hi Niek!
What a wonderful landscape. Blue sky, snowy hills, lake and great reflection. Your compsition looks perfect. Faultless capture. Bravo.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-10 6:51]

Hello Niek,
this is an incredible place and you choose such an excellent POV. Great reflection on the calm water. What a view, this is a wonderful composition.

Another rippa shot Niek. Its a very dramatic landscape, I think I could stand for hours in front of such a vista.
Thanks, its been great.

Hi Niek,
This is nature in all its glory :) It is a wonderful place! Great lightning, POV, composition, DOF and contrast! The reflection of those majestic mountains is magic! TFS,

Super shot. In my mind, it is ELEGENT! The reflection is breathtaking. Thanks...Kathy

Beautiful landscape, Niek! Great light and colours and good composition
Best regards

Hi Niek,
I would never tire of shots like this. You can put one up every day, and I will love them. Beautiful scenery. Excellent exposure really brings out all the beauty! AMAZING!!!!!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-11 13:41]

Dit is een prachtige foto Niek. De reflectie echt heel erg mooi en de compositie van deze plaat is wat mij betreft perfect. Mooie kleuren ook. Goed gedaan & TFS!


wow..you have given me another place I need to go visit. Beautiful Photo..the colors are spectacular. TFS


Very beutiful image, looks like a tourist postcard and I like what you have done with it.
Everything is very clear and has a natural and fresh atmosphere. Well done.

Hi Niek,
Superb shot. Greatly composed. Love to view reflection on this calm and clear water. Very sharp and neat image.

Ben Lakitan

Hi, Niek.
Very nice landscape. Lovely mirror mountain. Sharp and excellent colors.

This is very beautiful. I prefer it to the portrait one.
Composition is excellent, and the near perfect reflection is great.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-12 6:46]

Me gusta esta composición Niek, por el POV, por la belleza de la reflexión lograda y por el contraste de colores bien marcados por áreas de la imagen... el agua y cielo azules, los verdes de las arboledas y follaje y los suaves tonos de las montañas y sus manchones de nieve.
Una bonita imagen, sin dudas.
Saludos... Ricardo

I like this composition Niek, by POV, for the beauty of the achieved reflection and for the contrast of colors well marked by areas of the image... the water and sky blues, the greens of the groves and foliage and the soft tones of the mountains and their spots of snow.
A beautiful image, without doubts.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-10-26 14:37]

Excellent composition!
The reflections are in just the right places and the foreground/background combination is wonderful! Great light control too.
Well done!


Niek ,
the reflection are fantastic and your note is very educational.
it has a very common affect .

Hallo Niek,
Prachtige foto, beter dan de verikale. Mooie weerspiegeling, de bocht in de rivier trekt je blik mee naar het midden van de foto en de bergen op de achtergrond.
Beste groeten,

Hello Niek,
This is a very nice postcard with great colours, fantastic reflections in the water and good DOF :)
On the other hand it si pitty that you cut a lower part of picture (it would be great to see "full" reflections of the forest). It would be easy to to if you cut some part of sky :)
Anyway, very nice picture.
Best regards,

Hi Niek ,
Very nice scenery with Great light and nice colours.

Kind regards

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