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Nature's fake sunset

Nature's fake sunset
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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: 2008-07-10
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2008: Norway
Date Submitted: 2008-08-07 10:48
Viewed: 4259
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm back from my four week vacation to Norway. We started our vacation with a quick visit to Oslo and then moved on towards Roros. We found a small campsite just outside Roros near Os. At one evening it seems that nature brought me a fake sunset. Normally the sun would not set for atleast two more hours and other mountains would have blocked my view. But this time clouds filtered the light in such a way that it looked like a real sunset. I had to hurry to make this photo since the light on the mountain was very short. Also the mosquitoes were bugging me crazy. I think I got the double bonus with the half moon perfectly positioned to the right.

I've tried to look up the name of the mountain but have not found a good and detailed map on the Internet. I might add it when I do find a map that has names of mountains and hills.

Anyway, this is the first photo of more to come. I will also create a traveloque with a more detailed story of my trip through Norway.

Evelynn, Heaven, lovenature, JoseMiguel, horia, uleko, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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Hi Niek!!!!!! Glad to have you back!

Isn't it exciting when you see special light like this... and you actually have your camera ready, and are in a place where you can stop and take a shot? I love those moments. This is a nice balanced image with a thoughtful composition. I like it. Nicely presented too.

Evelynn : )

Hallo Niek,

Eindelijk weer terug op het nest. Fijne vakantie gehad?? Ben benieuwd met wat voor een mooie foto's ons gaat verrassen.

Deze foto is in ieder geval een heel goed begin. De compositie is goed. De licht gekleurde heuvel,de donkere bomenrij en de weer lichtere voorgond geeft wel een heel mooi lichteffect. Als je daarbij de gladde wolken, de blauwe lucht en het maantje erbij optelt heb je gewoon een mooie foto.

Groeten en TFS Bob


lees ook eens wat reacties van mede TN'ers. Hebben diverse ons bekende leden afgehaakt en/of een rustpauze ingelast.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-08-07 13:38]

Hi Niek!

It's a pleasure to have you back! Norway also means wonderful souvenirs for me. I hope you have had a great time there and I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures from there.

I like your notes and the way you tell about this fake sunset. Indeed, the light is beautiful, typical for Norwegian circumstances. I also like the sky with the delicate clouds that probably generated the lighting conditions. The picture is held in delightful peaceful atmosphre.

Kind regards


Hi Niek
I like the way the sun is peeking onto the top of the mountain. A nice composition of light, mountain and trees. The moon, clouds and blue sky add more interest to your image. Looking forward to more images from your trip.
TFS Janice

Hi Niek,
There is always something to learn from your pictures.
The delicate tones harmony here, for example. Everything seems to be in its right place, like resting in equilibrium.
Thanks a lot for posting it.
Best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-08 2:28]

Hi Niek

Wonderful to see you back and i hope you had a terrific time in that LONG trip of yours to Norway :) I'm (and definitely not only me) very much looking forward to seeing a lot of great shot from there!

This is indeed a very interesting shot.
It surely feels like a sunset and the colors and tones "say" just like that, but as you told us, it's not. It's actually a bit funny, too...but then again Scandinavia is known for it's "unusual" timetable for days and nights :))
Anyway, this is a nice view, but probably not the first one that comes to my mind when i think Norway, However, this is another side of TN - to present us beautiful and unknown parts about the world. The hills, trees and patch of snow here make great ground elements, and if you add that beautiful moon and those colored clouds, you get a very nice moody shot.
Looking forward for what's to come.

Cheers and TFS

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  • san Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 23] (166)
  • [2008-08-08 19:20]

Hello Niek, Where you have been and welcome back. Superb landscape and I am sure you must be excited to see such a great scene like this. Excellent focus and sharpness. San

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-08 20:12]

Hello Niek, This is a great landscape shot. Perfect lighting and great focus. Excellent shot with great details. Ganesh

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-10 0:35]

Hi Niek,
well i have to say, i'm glad to have you back! Landscapes are far and few between here on TN. Can't wait to see more from your travels!
You experience of a fake sunset is an intriguing one and it's interesting to see the similarity here between Scotland and Norway. Your composition is excellent and the moon is indeed perfectly placed. I think maybe a tad more contrast is the only thing that make this stand out more, but that's just a personal opinion i guess.

Well done and tfs,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-10 2:02]

Hello Niek,
Nice to see you back with a beautiful landscape! Excellent composition in unusual light and showing the moon and interesting cloud formations above the smooth hill. Looks like a ski slope up there!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Interesting landscape, Niek.
Very useful note as well. It's an experience visiting Norway through your eye.
Further on I agree with Evelynn's critique.
I'm quite busy visiting your travelogue. You can definitely learn something here. I'm not referring to the amount of mozzies:-)
I do like the tad of light on that mountain to the left as well as the two layers you find in the sky. The moon is the icing on the cake...
Well done

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