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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: 2008-07-20
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2008: Norway
Theme(s): European Glaciers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-25 10:24
Viewed: 4765
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After visiting Kjenndalsbreen with a slight disappointment that we couldn't reach the ice. We drove into the next glacier valley called Briksdalen. At the moment we had a first clear view on the glacier we realized that global warming also caused the retreat of this glacier. After consulting the Lonely Planet we knew that Briksdalbreen was retreating with 500 meters each year.

So we turned around with more disappointment but still my photo heart was screaming for a photo. A small parking space at Oldevatnet gave me this view. A little work with two grey grad filters gave me good lattitude on the exposure and bit of creative focus allowed me to this end result. Here you see the almost melted Briskdalbreen with on top the ice cap called Jostedalsbreen.

P.S. I've updated my traveloque

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2008-08-25 11:34]

What a lovely picture of this place.
Good pov and colours
TFS. Carme.

Hallo Niek,

mooie compositie maar jammer van het sombere weer.
Lijkt me daar andes prima vertoeven.

groet Gert

Hi Niek,

Yes, global warming has at last become a sad fact of life in the minds of most people everywhere. I hope it is not too late to save some of our natural environment. It is hard to witness the negative effects to so many of Earth's creatures. Massive changes and die offs are not new to our planet but I don't want to witness it nor feel responsible for it.

I'm sorry you had such uncooperative weather for your trip that you planned a year for!. I hope it got better. Such light and weather often challenges us as landscape photographers especially when you can't just sit there and wait for better conditions.

I love the foreground in you image and wish there was more of it. The top two thirds of the shot are grays with flat light. The fore/mid ground has some color and nice shapes but the light is also pretty flat. I'm trying to figure out how to perk up such an image. (I have a lot of them too). Perhaps reversing it to two-thirds fore and mid ground and one third mountain with a little bit of sky. Just a thought. I'll play with it and might send you an experiment.

Evelynn : )

Hi Niek!

What a good combination of the dramatic sky and the cold mountains with the colorful flowers in the front! Hard expo managed pretty well, although I would try brightening the foreground a bit. Hope you don't mind I showed it in a ws. Maybe it does not reflect what you saw there at all but I thought I'd give it a try. Haven't done ws in a long time so please treat it that way :)
Anyway, the image is beautiful as you put all these things into balance with this fine composition! TFS!

Best regards,

Hello Niek,
Good clarity on the glacier valley even with this sort of weather, the fg flowers and the green adds a lot of interests towards this composition!
It's really sad to know the global warming that caused so much changes and demaged to our planet!
thanks for the sharing
take care and regards

hello niek,
beautiful landscape shot showing us the beauty in various layers here. the bush with the flowers, the land with the grass, the snow claded mountains and the sky full with clouds. liked the vertical composition and the framing very much,
well done as usual,
tfs & regards

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2008-08-25 20:14]

Hi Niek,

That picture has Norway written all over it with the cool white and grey background and green lush vegetation in the foreground. I particularly how that small patch of flowers and water sneaks into the frame on the left. The colors are wonderfully rendered. Thanks for that.

Beautiful Norway captured well in tall frame. Must be interesting to be traveling up there Niek. I have always like the way you captured landscapes and this shot is just so pristine. The foreground little wild flowers balances well to the hills in the backdrop. The pasture in the middle ground simplify the image making this a top shelf stuff. Best regards. Jusni

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-08-25 22:55]

Hi Niek!

Indeed, it's a pity to see all these glaciers retreating. It's terrific in my country, too. I have souvenirs from my childhood, and when I see the same glaciers now I'm sad...

But your picture also reflects the other Norwegian reality very well: the weather conditions! It's not always easy to get good light conditions. Last year, we had a lot of rain and clouds, too, but every day some great sunrays. You have taken the best advantage of this situation.

Kind regards


Hi, Niek,

what a beauty!! very nice composition and colours. it looks like a painting to me. thanks for sharing this wonderful masterpiece.

Man Yee

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-26 8:28]

Perfect landscape shot. One showing the mountain and the other showing the green part. Excellent compoisition and lovely shot. Ganesh

Hallo Niek,

Van het sombere weer zou ik me niet al teveel aantrekken vooral bij zo'n mooie helder groene voorgrond en fris gekleurde bloemen. Lijken wel een beetje op "onze" kattestaarten. Het zal wel haast niet maar als ik richting de gletcher kijk is het toch net of ik een lawine naar beneden zie komen???

Als ik de WS bekijk is de voorgrond wel wat helderder geworden, maar doet toch niet al teveel af aan jouw compositie. De schuine lijnen van de bergen, de groene voorgrond en de rivierbedding, geven een heel speels effect aan het geheel.

Goed werk. Groeten Bob

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-27 5:20]

Hi Niek,
a poignant shot, showing the Glacier carved valley now half empty of ice..alas it is happening all over the world now. I do like your POV here, and the details of the flowers in the FG and the colour they add too. I think Andor's workshop, where he lightened the foreground a touch has improved it slightly, as the scene was a a bit oppressive in my opinion.
It is a wonderful Alpine view though, and your excellent eye for framing a photo really shows here, very well done.

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