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After rain comes sunshine

After rain comes sunshine
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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: 2008-06-14
Categories: Trees, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sallandse Heuvelrug, 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-15 3:26
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We have a proverb in the Dutch language called "Na regen komt zonneschijn" which translate to 'after rain comes sunshine' which means 'good things follow bad things' which has a English equivalent 'Every cloud has a silver lining'. I think both the Dutch and English proverb go well with this photo. Because it was taken right after the rain and because there is a silver lining on some of the clouds.

Yesterday's weather was a crime. Cool temperatures, rain and a grey sky. But about three hours before sunset things started to change. The first rays of sun started to beam into my living room. For me it was the moment to collect my gear and return to a hill I visited so many times before.
On my way to the location it started to rain again. I was hoping that it would blow over quickly and that the clouds would break. The first few minutes of my speed walk up the hill was still in the rain, but it slowly became less and less. Once on top of the 78 meters high hill the rain stopped, the sun re-appeared and the game of playing with light was on.
I've photographed this tree before but never got good colors or light. This time I knew that its position from the late sun was perfect. When I arrived at the best spot I noticed that mother nature presented me with a little gift. A partial rainbow welcomed me on the horizon.

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Hi Niek,
It is wonderful to hear from you after a long time. We somehow lost touch.
You know I am a big fan of your very original landscape pictures.
To tell you a story, I went in for a 18-200mm lens recently to emulate you at landscape photography. Unfortunately, monsoon rains have arrived here far ahead of their schedule and my plans to go to the Himalayas to shoot some mountainscapes with it are literally washed out.
In the plains here, nothing is near the grandness of view you have shown in your picture today.
I love the touch of a rainbow in this lovely capture and also that tree in the foreground.
Thanks and hope we stay in touch.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-06-15 4:25]

Hi Niek,
Fantastic light in this image, very atmospheric. Good rich colours too and great detail, huge depth of field. A classic example of the rule of thirds, nice work.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-06-15 4:26]

Hello Niek,
We have sunshine very much and waited for rain long time. Only yesterday the rain came.
Play of light on your photo give artistic effect.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Niek,
This is a wonderful landscape shot with fantastic details,superb lighting and DOF.
very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-15 5:40]

Hello Niek,
This is a very fine capture of this landscape in beautiful light. I like the dramatic sky and the hint of the rainbow on the horizon. Beautiful colours and very well composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-15 6:44]

Wow Niek, this is superb, simply fantastic! You were right, Mother Nature gifted you that evening. I just love the contrasts between the grey sky, the golden grass and the beautiful green tree filled with light. The rainbow is the "cherry on top of the sundae" ;-)) In French we have the exact same proverb as yours: après la pluie le beau temps. The moment of this picture reflects the mixture of weather that comes just before the beautiful sun shines... great and thank you!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-15 9:48]

Hi Niek

We have the same proverb. Great composition - really shows rthe mood of the day. Well composed and captured.


Hello Niek,
Very nice shot, with a perfect timing and composition. The light on the oak is wonderful and the large view too. The piece of rainbow is a nice bonus. Your note explain very well how a photographer must be patient to obtain such beauties. Best regards,

Hallo Niek,

Wat een schitterende(dramatische) opname. Dat lage licht over die boom en de heide. De wolkenpartijen, de mistige achtergrond en een stukje regenboog. Mooi frame.

Sfeerplaatje. Klasse

Groeten Bob

Hello Niek,
A lot of melancholy in this image due to lighting and the colours.
I like it!
Well done

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-06-15 12:17]

Hi Niek!

I bet you'd never been able to take such a beautiful picture under good weather conditions. That's why I don't like to use the term of "bad" weather. Here, the light conditions - and therefore the intensity of the colours - are just superb, certainly due to the special meteorogical conditions. If you add a perfect composition and an effective and soft postprocessing, you get a delightful picture as this one!


Kind regards


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-15 21:42]

Hello Niek, This is beauty and lovely. The scene suggest a fresh and clean climate. Lovel view and clarity. Ganesh

Hi Niek,
A lovely piece of scenic capture from you. Superb composition and I like the way you placed the green tree in the frame. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Most of my visit to Netherlands last year was spent in Amsterdam and once in a while Thijs(Pentaxfriend) and Rene used to drive me through the country side and i loved those landscapes. Your picture brings me back those memories and thanks a lot for that. The picture itself is pleasant with tree well placed in the frame and a gloden hue added to it.
Lovely composition and colors

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-16 19:34]

Hola Niek.
Muy bella foto. Exelente la iluminacion y colores suaves en la imagen. El arbol con mayor luz luce de maravilla, y la presentacion con el arco iris al fondo son verdaderamente bellos.
Saludos Niek.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-06-18 4:49]

Hi Niek

Simple but very very beautiful! Sometimes this is the kind of composition one needs to aim for.

The warm light after the rain is indeed a splendid time for shooting and you did great to come here and expliot it.
The little rainbow over the horizin is indeed a great bonus for this shot. Initially i was a bit sad it wasn't bigger, but then i thought it would have taken away the attention from the amazing clouds in the sky - deviding just a little bit so that we can see a small patch of blue sky.
All-in all is a superb shot and a great presentation!

Bravo and TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-23 3:09]

H Niek,
very well chosen POV with some strong, rich earthy colours. The cloudy sky and slice of rainbow have really added something special here too, well seen. Hope you have more luck with the weather soon!

I do not know what to say here, because all i can say is good things...And you don't like that a lot, from what you write in your intro!So let me give this a different perspective, I love this shot for the composition, but I keep wondering, as i look at this shot, what if the light was better, say we had bright sunshine(the 12 o'clock sun) right above this tree, and you'd captured this shot in B/W from a slightly greater distance?
I'd love to see such a shot, if this tree is near your house, could you please try it?This is a lovely tree.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-04 8:30]

Hello Niek, that's a very impressive landscape shot! The light on the tree is just superb, the sharpness and exposure are perfect. I love the bit of the rainbow at the horizon,well done, thanks!


Gee, I had a whole month to critique this one and missed it! It is really super Niek. I love the light on the tree. You captured every leaf! I also like the colors and textures in the foreground grasses?/heather?. It is a really nice image and presentation. I like it a lot.

Evelynn : )

I'm waiting for my virtual tour of Norway!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-12 0:43]

You're right Niek, 'after rain comes sunshine' - but here in NZ it also means 'after sunshine comes rain'. . . After weeks of rain and storms, we've had a few sunny days - and guess what? Yes, the rain is back!!

This is a lovely scene with the end of the rainbow out there at sea. And I love the light on the leaves of the tree - well done

Hi Niek,

This nature looks really endlessly wild and living near the densly populated Randstad I can hardly believe that these are the Netherlands :). The light and the colors are splendid and provide a powerful focus to your picture. It is also interesting to read about the 'making of ...' the photo in the notes. It is 'niet voor niks' that the often dramatic weather condition always have played a great role in the paintings and photographs of this region.



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