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Dark clouds over Dovrefjell

Dark clouds over Dovrefjell
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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: 2008-07-13
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Exposure: f/16, 1/25 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2008: Norway
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Date Submitted: 2008-08-09 5:20
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We stopped for a cup of coffee on top of the Dovrefjell when on our way to our next campsite. The view from the parking area was great but I noticed this small hill across the street which should give me a better view. It showed me a wonderful high plateau but also some very dark clouds.

When I found me spot and composition the first raindrops came down. Shielding the camera and lens from the first raindrops, I quickly executed this photo. Making sure that exposure, focus and light were all OK. All I could do now was packing up my gear and return to the car. Minutes later we were driving again and rain came down hard.

Some information on Dovrefjell from Wikipedia:
Dovrefjell is a mountain range in central Norway that forms a natural barrier between the southern regions of Norway and the area around Trondheim. As a result, it has been heavily trafficked during and probably preceding historical times. Several mountain inns were established in the Middle Ages to house pilgrims traveling to Trondheim, and there are even ruins of an old leprosy colony in the northern area.

The main south-north highway (E6) and railway Dovrebanen in Norway runs over Dovrefjell. The highway is a year-round highway but is at rare occasions closed for short periods during heavy winter weather conditions.

The natural habitat for many rare plants and animals, it has become a national park in several stages starting in 1911, when some plants were put under protection. When the railroad was built from Oslo to Trondheim in 1921, one of the marshes was reserved. In 1974, parts of the range became a national park and the park was extensively enlarged in 2002. Together with Rondane it has Norway and Europe's last stock of wild reindeer of Beringia orign. Dovrefjell (west of E6/Dovrebanen) also has a stock of musk oxen, imported from East-Greenland in 1932.

I did use a grad ND filter, but no idea which one.

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hello niek,
glad to see that you are back with your lovely landscape shots, very nice landscpae,liked the colors , the pov and the composition, the nd filter has done the job well,
well done,
tfs & regards

These unusual ways of placing stones is an mystical touch...here in the west it was done at my first learning in boy Scouts as a trail mark..and various ways in which the stones are put meant different things as if in a code which was explained by our Scouting manual. Native Americans also did this as did earlier pioneers...and surveyors in the 1900's used these as well...and still today up win the wideness I have seen a number of these in strange locations and piled quite differently. could you possibly explain this one? Is it simply something you did or is it something which you now nothing about?

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-09 8:56]

Niek, welcome back with the landscape shot. Perfect landscape with superb lighting/POV and colors. Well done. Ganesh

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-09 9:24]

Hi Niek.
Excellent picture of a very nice scene. You managed to reflect the beauty of state of nature (weather) perfectly. Amazing cloudy sky and very impressive shadows on the land. I like fin composition and framing of the image, great DOF and excellent details of the scene. Well done and kind regards.

Well, how rude is that... to rain on you during your holiday!!! I rarely complain about rain unless the sky is completely clouded over. So long as there is a bit of blue sky there is often good photographic opportunity. The sky here makes the image. Got to love that 10-20 lens! Good use of the ND filter. ( I never know which one I have used either) It is a nicely balanced composition with that curving road taking us further on your journey.

I have Jerry WELL trained. He grabs the tripod and umbrella. When he is all set up then he gets me and camera with the umbrella and holds it over me!!!!! Ahhhhhh! That's the way to do it! We have a big one for car photography and a small umbrella for hiking!

Evelynn : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-09 10:08]

Hi Niek

Another very beautiful shot from you and also a great presentation of this place. Since you say it's a big national park, i hope to see some wildlife or interesting plants, too, at some point :)

I like this shot better than the other one. The feeling and the color palette is gorgeous and the vertical composition works superbly in showing the best of the FG and the BG alike.
The perspective is lovely (definitely enhanced by the road - even if it's not a natural element) and the clouds surely add some more drama to the shot. Be careful not to wet your camera too much, though :))

Cheers and TFS

Hello Niek,
I like these dark clouds. Beautiful place...
Interesting note. Dovrefjell and the rain;-)
Well done

Hi Niek,

Great cloudy landscape shot.I like how your farmed the composition. Nice colour.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 11:31]

Hello Niek,
The setting of Ibsen's Peer Gynt is a place I always wanted to visit but I haven't yet had the opportunity! It looks very beautiful here and I like your low POV from behind the heap of stones and the colours are wonderful. Excellent DOF too and a beautiful light over the mountains.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-08-10 22:54]

Hi Niek!

Isn't this a typical Norwegian atmosphere? It reminds me of some memorable hikes on those marvellous highlands in Norway where you need all types of clothes: for sunny, rainy and windy conditions. Sometimes, even in summer, for snowy ones, too. Your picture shows a simple, yet very pleasant landscape scenery and the "stone-man" (Steinmännchen in German) points to the horizon as well as the curve of the road. Even if these two objects are signs of human activities, I don't find them disturbing in this picture.

Kind regards


Hello Niek. Being a landscape fan, I'm sure glad to discover your gallery, I like the way you captured this perspective in tall frame. The foreground is well lit and the turning road creates excellent depth leading to the horizon with vibrant sky. Clever play with light and shadow and thanks a lot for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

Hello Niek,
Delighted to hear from you after awhile and how are you!
Many thanks for sharing this beautiful landscape with a powerful sky!
very impressive fg interest and a great distance view with the nice curve of the highway!
well done
take care and sincere regards from NZ

Hello Niek,

Seems like we had coffee at the same place this summer, hehehe! Well, not much choice up there I guess...
Did you see the musk oxes? I guess they are no so easy to find this late in summer, but we came across a couple in May when some seek lower altitudes for the calving. Unfortunately I didn't bring the long lens but the WS will give you an idea...
And I like your capture of Dovrefjell, hopefully you had better weather some of the time!

Pablo -

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-07 5:35]

Hi Niek,
very dramatic shot. I like the dark cloud forming in the sky. The stones and rock give a good effect too.
The white line created by the road allows this shot to be impactful.
Exciting composition which could be normal witout good thought.


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