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Morning Light at Haukelandsvatnet

Morning Light at Haukelandsvatnet
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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: 2008-07-29
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2008: Norway
Theme(s): 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-03 10:17
Viewed: 5150
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this foto from the edge of the campground near Bergen. It was a very crowded campsite and only after a few hours we decided to shorten our stay from 5 to 3 days. Meaning that we would only spent one day in the city of Bergen.

The days we did stay there did gave me some good photo ops. The morning an evening light was wonderful and the vantage point from the edge of the campground great.

This is another photo that needed a crop. The top part of the original didn't add anything to the photo.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-03 10:40]

Hi Niek. Something drew me to your picture and i am not too sure what it is. It may be the total calm on the water with a slight mist. I like the way the light is catching the woods behind the houses . and a refection i the water. TFS.
I have yet to start taking picture off landscapes i must give it a try , I will ask Paul H . for some help i know him well.

Well chosen vantage point, Niek.
A moody image through the lighting and the haze.
I do like the green content as well, as this is often an issue in online photography.
Wonderful scenery.
Thanks a lot for sharing it.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-03 11:29]

Hi Niek!

What a beautiful and mystic atmosphere. The little dust on the water adds to the romantic feeling the picture generates. The only sunrays on the hillock and the white house... any painter of Norwegian landscapes would like to use your picture as a model...

I hope you had a great stay in that magnificent city of Bergen!

Kind regards


Hi Niek,
What an idyllic scene with its soft misty light and green wild forests. Makes me want to launch my canoe and go explore around the bend in the ?river... ?fjord. It's probably just me but I find even this understated border detracts a bit from the subtlty of your image. I think I might be happier without the higher contrast light line against the black. For some reason my eyes don't rest until I cover the borders and then I can visually move into and become one with the scene... and it is a lovely scene.

Evelynn : )

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-03 12:34]

Hi Niek.
I welcome your cropping of the image, which I estimate as a true masterpiece. You managed to reflect the state of time and nature of this cute place brilliantly. I like impressive 3D-effect, light haze over the water, nice lighting, pleasant colours and excellent details of the scene at whole. Well done and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-03 12:34]

Hi Niek

Another very beautiful and moody shot from you. And again one that almost made it as a LP :)
The warm morning light reasulted in some gorgeous colors and excellent contrast here. I especially like the feel of the trees, both the ones closer and the ones in the BG.
I trust you when saying that the upper part added nothing so i think this elongated horizontal compo looks great.

Bravo and TFS

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-09-03 13:20]

Hi Niek!

I think the crop is a hit, It does emphasize the important parts! Seems like a lovely place to stay at, it's good to let us know it's not always so peaceful and quiet :)
Layers used very well in the composition. TFS!

Best regards,

Ni Niek,

I hope i can stay here.Great landscape shot and nice colour.TFS.


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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 15:47]

Hi Niek

Another excellent presentation of the amazing scenery which you captured during your trip to Norway. The eye meats up with the early morning fog still clearly visible on the lake in the foreground and then it drifts deeper into the shot to discover the images in the midrange and finally finding the interesting blanket of trees in the BG as it covers the mountain to take up the contours and shapes of the surface. I just love the way the darkish trees on either side of the photo actually frames the brighter hilly area in the centre.

Good DOF from the f/11 aperture ensured lovely details and the exposure control was spot-on providing great lighting.

Well done and TFS.

I am still hoping you see my post on your last image?:-) I am so interested in the scenery around the are and so happy that someone like yum is there to show it so well...did you see my WS?

Hello Niek,
So calm and peaceful in this morning sun with mist over the water! simply beautiful!
the guy with the house on the hillside must be living in a paradise with this sort of scenery every morning!
many thanks for the sharing

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-03 21:00]

Hi Niek

A great view - you have really captured the magnificence of the landscape, by just concentrating on part of it. The misty tones are really beautiful.


Hi Niek. I agree with your crop. This makes it look more panoramic.
It is a nice looking place, and a super photo.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-09-03 23:12]

beautiful . the frame is perfect

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-04 2:32]

Hello Niek,
You have there on North very soft light. Beautiful landscape. I wish that was more large size.
Regards, Pawel

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-04 6:09]

Hi Niek,
a true dautch landscape if ever i saw one, even if it's in Norway! Your capture of this scene is stunning. The soft light and mood, combined with whit looks like a slight mist on the surface had produced a great effect. I can't decide on whther i like the house or not, but it does help add a sense of scale and distance. You POV and exposure are both excellent though.

Hallo Niek,

Mooi landschapsfoto en genomen vanuit een mooi gezichtsveld.
Je hebt je prima vermaakt in Noorwegen aan alle foto's te zien.


I sure do like this one, Sir. Excellent crop to get the desired effect. -Kelly

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  • nilo (20)
  • [2008-10-01 10:48]


You have so many beautiful landscapes.

If a picture makes you wanna be there, then it is a very good one,

This is one of them.

Thanks for sharing.


Hi Niek,

The reflections in the water are assets to the composition. Thew point of view leads our eyes toward the trees in the background. the subject is well frame. The morning light is enhancing the colors and is giving a good contrast to them. Have a nice day.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-21 0:03]

Hi Niek,
It's such a serene, calm, moody and a beautiful scenery. I like the composition, light , DOF and exposure handling. Well done and TFS
All the best,

Beautiful landscape photo, very "cosy". Regards,

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