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The old Juniper

The old Juniper
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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: 2007-02-17
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Cokin P121M
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/5 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sallandse Heuvelrug [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-28 14:04
Viewed: 3487
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The stump of an old Juniper is slowly decaying and becomming one with the soil. All kinds of lichen, mosses and fungi will start their life here. Smaller animals and insects will use this trunk as a hiding place. Nothing in nature is wasted. Everything has its purpose. In fact, the the back of the photo you can see that almost all trees are damaged by the winter storm. This will give other plant life a new opportunity to grow.

Yet, another photo taken near the Archemerberg. This one is actually at the foot of the hill and is taken in same area as This photo. Just a different season where the color and the condition of the sky is the most obvious fact of the different season.

PaulH, horia, cedryk, scottevers7, Silvio2006, Evelynn, bobair, aido, delic has marked this note useful
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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2007-03-28 15:18]

Hi Niek,
It´s incredible what I feel looking at your pic: it´s amazing to see that in that sad place (maybe because the weather) there can be so many ways of life. I really like the sensation that it gives, well done!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-03-28 15:21]

Hello Niek,

fine composition, the texture of the foreground is really nice, and it illustrates the point you have made in your note really well.



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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-03-28 15:39]

Hoi Niek,
niet alleen omdat een jeneverbes een fantastische boom is, maar ook vanwege de compositie vind ik dit een erg sfeervolle foto. Mooi dat je ervoor gekozen hebt de hele stronk (dus ook de voorgrond) er op te zetten. Wat ik nog steeds niet snap hoe de voortplanting van de jeneverbes precies verloopt. Nieuwe zaailingen verschijnen, met wat ik begrepen heb, maar 1 keer in de heeel veel tijd.
Groeten, Jacob

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2007-03-28 15:41]

Cześć. Lubię takie miejsca i wiem jak trudno to dobrze sfotografować, a Tobie się udało.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-28 16:35]
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Hi Niek

Anohter charming and moody picture taken at Archemerberg from you.
This, too, is terrific and also tells a nice story...just as you mentioned in your note.
The composition here is again a very strong point (just like in almost all of your shots) and it shows this interesting and somehow very beautiful truck in the FG and all his younger brothers or suns in the BG.
All the moss, lichen and fungi on it really give it some lovely colors, darwing attention very nicely to that segment of the shot.
The exposure is very well handled here and also all the details everywhere are nice and sharp, thatnks to the usage of a great DOF.
I see 1/5 and i don't see a "tripod" mentioned...did you start practicing for the sniper academy? :))

Cheers and TFS

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-28 18:21]

Hello Niek,
Excellent colours. In fact creating quite a sad climat of this shot.
Anyway a very interesting landscape :-)
Best greetings,

Hi Niek,
A somber landscape scene. The winter sky and beautiful muted browns of the winter season are well shown here. Just enough green to show the life in this photo. Well composed and framed in the vertical format. Nice work!

Wonderful perspective here Niek! Nicely composed old stump with a reminder of the "living" in the background.

Great photo of how life goes on, always and always somehow. Great info and its a great photo. Great sharpness and nice color saturation. TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo " Iceberg Ahead! Part two!" :o)

Hi Niek, splendid sad composition with wonderful light, beautiful delicate colors and great theme, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wow, what a difference a few months makes. All the colors are so completely different. Nice sharpness and foreground interest.

Evelynn : )

Hi Niek,
this something I have seen in a thousand places in a thousand different ways.The dead tree stump is an ecosystem unto itself.I have always found subject matter like this stump to be visually interesting and your photo is no exception.Good details and atmosphere make this picture grab my eye and DOF is very nice around the area of this stump.TFS Bob

Hello Niek,
That old stump has seen some years since the tree was cut!
Interesting details are captured in this landscape, seems like tha fallen trees by and large are left where they fall...
Good composition, nice sense of depth!
Pablo -

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-04-01 10:28]

Hi Niek,
You've made a fairly ordinary scene quite dramatic with the wide-angle of the 10-20. Great detail, everything in focus and good contrast, it creates a moody shot (like those high-contrast urban images). I think if the sky was nice moody clouds this would look great in black and white. Nice work.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-01 12:33]

Hi Niek

Wonderful textures and colour tones. The decaying juniper tree makes for wonderful FG detail. Excellent POV. The sky looks quite oppressive, it looks like it is about to rain.



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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-01 17:52]

Hello Niek,
I agree with Scott that somber is the right word here. Your note certainly makes a point with the image. Excellent technique all-around. But I particularly like the way you held the true colors, which help emanate this strange mood. Well done.
Best wishes,

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