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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: 2008-07-22
Categories: River
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, B+W 77mm CIRC. POLARIZER MRC
Exposure: f/22, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2008: Norway
Date Submitted: 2008-11-03 8:24
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Points: 24
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A revisit to my summer vacation in Norway. Our campsite on the Lærdal was right at the river Lærdal. Which made it a lot of fun to try out different compositions. But it really became a tryout, because there were only a few photos that were good enough to keep. On the other hand, the river did do its magic on me, the noise of the water helped me sleep and just sitting on a rock watching the water, birds and trout was perfect.

The River Lærdalselvi was traditionally one of the most exclusive salmon and sea trout rivers in Norway. Known by the Norwegian King Harald V as his second Queen, the river has established Lærdal as one of the meccas of salmon and sea trout fly fishing, among others for the unusual fact that the river offers daylight fishing and dry fly fishing for sea trout. The salmon population was drastically depleted after an infestation with the salmon parasite Gyrodactylus salaris in the fall of 1996. After several treatments with aluminium sulfate, there are still problems with the parasite. In fall 2007, a smolt was again found infected by the parasite, and new treatments started in late March 2008. Because of this parasite, the river will be closed to angling for the 2008 season.

The river has formed a large delta at Lærdalsøyri, where huge amounts of silt and sand have been deposited by the river. Although the area has been spoiled by some unfortunate landfills it is still a sight worth seeing.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-03 8:34]

Ha Niek,

Een mooie opname,enerzijds de mooi vastgelegde beweging in het water en anderzijds de stilte in de plas in de voorgrond,ik vind het idd ook moeilijk om een goede balans te vinden bij het kiezen van de compositie en camerainstellingen bij de bewegingen van het water,maar je hebt het hier fraai weten vast te leggen


Hi Niek!

Thanks a lot for your visit on my recent post. It's a pleasure to read that I can surprise with a deep blue sky!


I'm glad to see another picture of your Norwegian trip. And it's once again a pleasure to look at it. This time it's even more than that, it's what I'd call an eye candy. Oh, it's not that I'm particularly a fan of blurred water, but your picture expresses something very particular. It's so clear and the lighting is magnificient. In French we would say your picture has a fine "piqué"... and the little undefinable extra that makes it an outstanding one!

Kind regards


Hallo Niek,
Heel mooie compositie met veel dieptewerking.
Heel goed gepresenteerd zoals het hoort.
Ook de aspect ratio lijkt me gepast...
Qua inhoud vind ik de combinatie van het rustig stilstaand water met de woelige rivier in de achtergrond een voltreffer.
Bedankt en groet...

Ah... we're back in Norway! Boy, it must have been very still to get those grasses so sharp! This image is technically excellent and well thought out...as usual. I really like the natural color and depth of field. I'm ambivilent about the slow shutter speed but that is just a personal thing. I also try to take lots of shots but sometimes it doesn't really help because I'll like the composition in one, the sharpness in another, etc. There is almost always something I don't like in any one of them.

Evelynn : )

Hi Niek,
that's a beautiful place, so silent in the front - and action behind - I love the silky effect on the water, just great work, thanks my friend, I like it so much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-03 12:36]

Hi Nick,
Exposure is perfectly controlled and balanced. Light, colors, composition and the scenery look so nice. TFS
All the best,

A beautiful capture of this lovely stream and natural environment Niek.
The long exposure works well here.
Its amazing how similar places on different sides of the world can look.
This could very easily be a stream here on the West Coast where I live.
Of course,a closer look at the vegetation would give it away.
Excellent capture.

Hi Niek ,
So nice scenery with great compo.
It is clear and sharpness.
Well captured.
Kind regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-03 23:53]
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Hi Niek

Such places always offer interesting condition for us to use our imagination and try and create some original and attractive compositions :)
Experimenting like this, can lead to all sorts of interesting result, and even though we can judge the outcome of one shot, only you can say if the shot represents the place well enough or if it does its justice.

Personally, i have mixed feelings here: i see that you tried to create your FG around that little yellow flower...i agree with that, since it's probably the only thing there with a strong color.
Still, it's a bit too small for such a composition. The 10mm of your ultra wide lens made it look too far away and perhaps a bit small for the scene. A lower POV might have solved that, but you would have lost the river...:(
Also, the small gulf that the river creates here...i would have probably liked to see it all (the right side, too...if it doesn't go on wider, of course). So for that i think that the 10mm wasn't enough :) (as i said...i have mixed feeling).

However, with all that in mind, i still like the shot a lot. There are great little bits and surprises everywhere!
To start with, the effect of the polarizer in the gulf is terrific and the fact that we can see through that water (towards those beautifully colored rocks) so well is excellent. Also, the texture on all the rocks everywhere is just a pleasure for the eye. The lichens and moss have created such beautiful patterns that make the bigger rocks very interesting and therefore carry the viewer's eye all the way to the rapids in the BG.
The long shutter worked nicely on the river and having had that effect it also gave a more interesting feel to the entire scene: fast and dangerous in the BG + calm and lovely in the FG...but all descending from the same thing.
Overall, i'd say this is a successful experiment, but one that was held back by the conditions. I feel that one should struggle to find his/her composition...there are places that don't allow that...they should just move on to the next :)

Cheers and TFS

Hello Niek
Your picture remind me those mountain forests from Romania, with clear waters and beautiful forests. I like more the river, I don't know why but my eyes stop there, ignoring the little pond that you capture in the FG; But I would never say that I don't like the picture in all.
All the best, Oana

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-04 3:16]

Hello Niek, So beautiful shot and a very well taken landscape shot. Well done Ganesh

This is amazing. I love the contrast in the water, you have the raging river and then the perfectly still pool on the side. Great composition, a nice sharpe image as well.


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