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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: 2008-07-23
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2008: Norway
Date Submitted: 2008-09-01 10:40
Viewed: 5250
Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a view from the new viewpoint platform at Stegastein near the end of the Snowvegen (Snow road) looking out on another UNESCO world Heritage site, the Nærøyfjord. This fjord was included to the list together with the Geirangerfjord

To get a bit of an idea of the size, if you look close enough you will see two boat and some houses. If you don't see them, just look at the very small spots in the lower part of the photo.

I haven't cropped a photo in a long time, but I felt that a more square format suited the result better.

siggi, bojtorjan, gracious, eqshannon, lovenature, horia, techranger, Jamesp, haraprasan, SelenE, loot has marked this note useful
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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-09-01 10:47]

Wow Niek,
Dit is very impressive. Wat een natuurpracht en zeer indrukwekkend. Hele mooie compositie en pov. Door de diverse inhammen komt er een mooie diepte in deze foto. Mooie bonus in de prachtige wolkenpartij die boven het fjord hangt.

Hi Niek!

Woww....this is breathtaking. A very well executed photograph.
Great composition, great sharpness, great atmosphere!


Hello Niek,
Impressive view....
Must have been some kind of experience to be there.
No wonder this is UNESCO world heritage.
Thank you for sharing this photo.

Oh boy!! Now you are talking my language! I love this type of scenery. The fjords on the west coast of Canada are similar, but I don't think quite as grand. We spent a lot of time in one of those tiny boats there. It is amazing scenery and a grand capture of it. I like this shot a lot.

Evelynn : )

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2008-09-01 11:47]


Kinda looks like a fjord. I have seen a few cut in Alaska, none as dramatic as this. I like the long DOF, and your handeling of the exposure.



Hello Niek,
The image is sharp with best focal point towards the very far distance!
awesome view from a highground to enjoy the calm and peaceful atmosphere of the Fjord!
good natural colour and details
many thanks for the sharing

Every time I see a picture such as this, it reminds me of a painting I have here by a master from the area over in yours...1700's or 1800's I forget..I have it all written down. The image is too big now for our small apartment so it is stored and I uploaded a poor quality picture I just took for you of it...to workshop...I LOVE this image so very much and will praise every one you have...my great grandmother who practically raised me...a German woman from a small town near Stuttgart, she came over in the late 1800's at age 18 to the US...I called her Nana. She left me two things when she died in 1963 at age 92...this painting was one and an original wooden chest another....I love this image Niek...it is a super deal guy and when the times are right for photos such as this...they cannot be beat!

Hi Niek
What a view! You've captured an awe-inspiring landscape very well. I'm glad you didn't crop this as well, as it really shows the magnitude and size of the mountains compared to the tiny boat in the water.

I haven't been, but have seen photos of Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland which is also a UNESCO W.H.S. They really look similar. Maybe when the continents separated millions of years ago...Norway and Nfld were one....I have to check this out.
TFS Janice

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-01 13:29]

Hi Niek

Wow...this is not big...this is massive!!! At first, as i was reading your note i thought to myself: "no way those are the boast and house he's talking about" :)) This is truly impressive! I'm sure that the view from your vista point was simply breathtaking...but i think that you will agree with me in saying that no photo would do complete justice for the scale and beauty of this place.

Even so, your shot is terrific and the cropped composition you chose here is wonderful.
The perspective and depth equal the impressive height of these cliffs and make this a very dramatic and spectacular shot. I think it's the first place that i could compare to the Grand Canyon until now :)

Very well done, my friend!
Bravo and TFS

Extremely nice view and perspective. Makes me kinda wish I had wings. :) Beautifully processed and I love the square cropping here. Well done.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-01 23:13]

Hi Niek

A great viw of this classic fjord. Well composed and captured with great use of light. This fjord demonstrates classic truncated spurs and U shape.


And I was going to ask if you were in an airplane when you took this picture, Sir!?!

This is obviously quite the viewpoint platform. Splendid. Such grandeur. TFS. By the way, the back mountains fade right into the clouds. Is there a way to make them more clearly defined from the horizon (contrast maybe)? -Kelly

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-02 0:29]

Hello Niek,
Great shot. Excellent sharp details with well exposed colours. Good lighting and well composed. Very well done and TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Niek,
A lovely capture of this beautiful scenic landscape. Very well composed with lovely color composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Great perspective to the Fjord. Nice colours. Great composition and excellent contrast.
Best wishes,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-02 8:51]

Hi Niek,
What a wonderful view! It's simply beautiful... DOF, scenery, POV, composition and colors are very good. TFS
All the best,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-09-03 15:17]

Hi Niek

Wow, a fabulous image indeed. The grand scale of the scenery is clearly obvious from your reference to the pin-prick boat and houses. Straight away one is filled with awe at the magnificent splendour and enormity of it all. The winding lake leads the eye nicely into the image which then escapes into a wonderful journey of discovery.

The composition is great with the clouds occupying the top 1/3, the mountains most of the middle 1/3 and the water basically engages the bottom 1/3. Excellent DOF with beautiful detail throughout the depth range of the image. Splendid scenery and for me, who don't often see mountains of this magnitude and dimension, a real pleasure to behold.

Well done and TFS.

PS. How's things going with Rein (your father)? Please give him my regards.

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