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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: 2008-08-01
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2008: Norway
Date Submitted: 2008-09-13 1:39
Viewed: 6850
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back to my Norway photos.....

Close to the end of my vacation, we made a drive from Eidfjord to Geilo over the Hardangervidda, the largest peneplain (eroded plain) in Europe. We made several stops along the way. Here we stopped at Halnefjorden. I walked around to see if I could find a good spot for a photo. But eventually I felt that it needed a panorama to get some idea about the vastness of this area.

Unfortunately this photo does have a mistake. I should have never used a CP filter when you know that your angle from the sun is going to be different in each shot. Although the human eye sees the color difference in the sky, the CP filter enhances it even more.

Some information on the Harangervidda from Wikipedia:

The plateau is the largest peneplain (eroded plain) in Europe, covering an area of about 6,500 km2 (2,500 sq mi) at an average elevation of 1,100 m (3,500 ft). The highest point on the plateau is at the top of the Hardangerjøkulen glacier, which reaches a height of 1,863 m (6,112 ft).

The landscape of the Hardangervidda is characterised by barren, treeless moorland interrupted by numerous pools, lakes, rivers and streams. There are significant differences between the west side, which is dominated by rocky terrain and expanses of bare rock, and the east side, which is much flatter and more heavily vegetated. The climate also varies between the two sides: it is considerably wetter on the west side than on the east, with over 1,000 mm per year (39 inches) recorded in some parts. The prominent peak of Hårteigen 1,690 m (5,545 ft) is visible across much of the plateau.

Much of the Hardangervidda's geology is extremely ancient. The rolling fells of the Hardangervidda are the remnants of mountains that were worn down by the action of glaciers during the Ice Ages. The bedrock is mainly of Precambrian and Cambro-Silurian origin.

I do hope the proportions are good enough for a LP version.

I won't be in for a long time. I've promised Horia to make a comparison photo between the Cokin and Lee filters.

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Hey Niek,
Lovely pano! The format is perfect for the subject. A wonderful location recorded with great details. Of course it is easier with a ND grad filter. But I'm not sure I agree that the polarizing filter was a mistake. Sure, the extent of darkening varies, but it does to the naked eye, too.

Hi Niek ,
Very nice scenery with great compo.
It is clean and has nice light.

Kind regards

Hi Niek
beautifulst landscape. The presence of clouds still values more the photo rendering well the depth and the contrast.


Hi Neik.
Your image sure shows the vast area, panorama is great to see all the scene. Love the clouds coming at you from the horizon.


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-09-13 3:38]
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i would like to see more details. they are areas (left bottom) of the images to darky.

Wow! This is really wonderful view! Great panorama Niek! Sharp photo with beautiful colours and very good work of PL-filter.
Greetings from Lodz,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-13 7:17]

Hi Niek

This is a marvelous panorama, my friend! And the place suits this type of photo so well!
I really like the wideness of the entire scene here and the gorgeous composition that you came up with. The shapes of the clouds are the first to stand out (even in the large photo) and they give the picture its unique character. Further more, i really like the proportions here, with about 1/3 land (with it's great textures and rocks) and the rest a magnificent sky. To me, it's also a very nice factor the distance between the highest cloud and the top of the frame - not too much but definitely not too little either. Very well done!
Oh...and i wouldn't bother too much for using a polarizer...it's fine like this, too.

Bravo and TFS

PS: thanks again for taking the time to make that interesting comparison. I'm very much looking forward for the outcome and i think it will be very useful for all members interested in actually reading the notes and learning something, not just rating photos :) Good luck and i hope it won't take too much of your time.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-13 12:27]

Bonsoir Niek,
Splendid landscape taken from an excellent point of view. Perfect framing and wonderful to see it in greater dimensions. Even the clouds have the perfect shape to fit to this marvellous Norvegian paysage. Really well done.
Bonne soirée

Hallo Niek,
Mooi panorama. Tevens accurate toepassing van de 1/3 regel.
De wolken eisen de hoofdrol op en dat is zeker geen kritiek.
Goed gedaan. Tikkeltje licht op de rotsen in de voorgrond maakt het geheel wat 'geheimzinniger'.
Over de polarizer...interessante opmerking in jouw note.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-14 2:02]

Hello Niek, This is superb and perfefct shot. It looks like that the sky is coming down. Well done Ganesh

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-18 1:30]

Truly, one of the best panoramics i've seen here on TrekNature, or perhaps anywhere else for that matter!
An inspired choice and the best one for this type of scene. Personally, i don;t see any problem with the CP here, i think the whole thing is beautiful, really well done Neik.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-22 22:35]

Hi Niek!

I hate CP filters... I often see on TN or at my Photo Club beautiful mountain sceneries with incredible deep blue skies as the nature never produces them.

Well, I nevertheless like the picture, it still shows a great landscape that remembers me best souvenirs. I liked the hikes on the Hardangervidda very much although we weren't as lucky as you were with the weather.

Kind regards


Beautiful photo. I love how you cropped the photo and where you put your horizon. Most people would have cropped it right at the clouds. I love how you cropped right above the clouds to show the low cloud cover and the beautiful blue sky. White balance looks perfect. The whites of the clouds are white and the grays are gray. Very well controlled shot. Not to mention the composition works perfect with the large rock in the foreground just off center. Wow!

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