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Ice on the rocks

Ice on the rocks
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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 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen 62mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2008: Norway
Date Submitted: 2008-10-02 10:47
Viewed: 4700
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a close up of the Kjenndalsbreen. Using the 200mm allowed me to create this. It was impossible to climb any further up the rocks without getting into danger.

I like the effect of the blue ice positioned between the grey rock and covered in the sediment of grinded rock.

Kjenndalsbreen (Kjenndalen Glacier) is part of the largest icecap of Europe called Jostedalsbreen. (480 km²)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-02 11:11]

Hello Niek
A super capture of this glacier.Very imposing.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The colours are very good.

Hi Niek,

It is an interesting zig zag pattern that you chose for your composition. The exposure looks perfect. It is a well thought out and executed photo.

Evelynn : )

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-02 23:19]
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Hi Niek

Great shot of this 'alpine' or wet-base glacier. I like the diagonal elemrnt here. You can see that this glacier is in rapid retreat from the colour of the rocks - lichen covers those where the glacier retreted some time ago - the lighter grey show where it retreted recently and the lichen has not colonised.


Norway is truely a PARADISE for photographers.
Warm regards from Canada from your true & always most GRATEFUL friend,

Hi Nieck, great ice composition, fantastic light, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-03 21:44]

Hello Niek, Very well shot and a good view. Excellent composition. Ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-04 1:05]

Hi again my friend

This too is a very nice shot and a good addition to your Norway saga.
As Evelynn mentioned, the zig-zag composition here with the ice and the rocks works very well and creates a very nice 3D effect in the scene. Even though you shot with at the telephoto end of your zoom range, it still preserves enough perspective to give us a feel of how it actually is there.
The tones and colors here reflect the atmosphere well, too.
Lovely work here as well!

Bravo and TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-10-05 13:51]

Hello Niek,
Very nice shot of this Glacier, great colors and sharpness,
the composition and framing is very nice.. Well done


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-10-06 0:10]
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Hi Niek

Once again it is clear from this shot that you don't just pick up your camera and start shooting away. Planning, thinking and the educated / experienced use of your equipment is evident from this magnificent composition. This is underlined by the use of various tri-angles plus the utilisation of the glacier, as the leading interest, into the composition and the continuance of that interest all the way throughout the image (or as Evelynn called it the zigzag pattern). Another consideration is the outstanding management of the exposure to ensure even lighting and excellent contrast between the dark rocks and the bright snow (i.e. no OE or UE). Maybe the only aspect I am missing in this shot is something to give scale and perspective to the scenery. Perhaps someone in a red sweater standing somewhere on the blue snow (chuckle). No, I have read your mention of the danger aspect so I'm only pulling your leg.

Well done MF and TFS.

PS. By the way (or as you perhaps already know), we will be leaving early tomorrow morning for our holiday. Of course we are going to the Kruger Park…where else? Take care and see you in 2½ weeks.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-06 6:33]

The great thing about this shot is the way my eye naturally 'tumbles' down the frame with ice flow...a clever and effective piece also.

Hi Niek,

Interesting layers and textures in this almost abstract shot, good details and composition, nice shot!


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-14 17:55]

While we work hard to give effects in our pictures (well, a lot of people) nature laughs in its beard because this is a beautiful picture, Niek, natural yet suprising and intriguing. At first I thought you had unsaturated the picture leaving only the aqua ice... to realize this is what it is like. Thank you, a beautiful sight,


Ha Niek,
Mooie detailopname van de Kjenndal. Fraaie natuurlijke kleuren.
Was hier vorige zomer ook nog en heb daar toch ook mooie platen kunnen maken.
Prachtige rustige omgeving.
Groet, Ruud

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-10-19 11:06]

Hi Niek

Glaciers have always fascinated me and I love to see the wonderful blues of the ice. I love the way you can see both the ice and the scarred rock below. Beautifully composed and a perfect exposure on the ice



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-20 1:50]

hello Niek,
Yes Nick, you are right to take care in such a surrounding. But anyway you took a superb and fine picture of this ice-structures, like waves. I also appreciate the fine grey,blue and white colours which balance each other in an optimal way. I would also like to thank you very much for your appreciation of my latest picture.
Bonne journée et un grand merci

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-21 9:36]

Hello Niek! It looks lke an abstract painting! Beautiful light and composition, a great result, thanks! Great job on the exposure!


Heel mooie kleuren, Niek.
De compositie is uitstekend met zeer zeker een goede diepte.
En de presentatie vind ik ook heel goed.

Hi Niek,

Een plaatje van deze gletcher. De compositie is uitstekend met een goede diepte. Het mooie van ijs vind ik altijd die diepblauwe kleur. je ziet dat ook weleens in natuurfilms, maar in het echt heb ik het nog nooit gezien. Ik ben zelf op de Gross Glockner en de Glacier 3000 (zwitserland)geweest. Was de sneeuw wel mooi helder maar niet zo diepblauw zoals deze. Indrukwekkend. Voor zover jij weet, heeft deze gletcher ook last van de opwarming??



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