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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: 2010-07-16
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/20.0, 5 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-31 8:37
Viewed: 3596
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought I posted a second photo from that evening at the Haaksbergerveen. I am currently trying to make a decision if I want to revisited the tree tonight, or go to another location. I think I'll will flip a coin after dinner and see what will happen.

Back to the photo. After some heavy clouds past by a shot window of blue sky appeared above my head. I decided that since I already had two good horizontal exposures in the back, a vertical one was needed. After a short search I found the dead branch and I new that it would work well for a placement in the foreground. The next step was to flip the camera on the tripod the vertical position, readjust the CP and ND grad filter and expose.

Niek Bouwen Photography

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Hi Niek,

This is another wonderful landscape photo you display today. Like I said in you other picture I am a big fan of these lone tree photos and this one is excellent. That log really adds interest to the foreground and leads the eye in. The long exposure creates a nice effect on the clouds and the colours are nice and vivid.
Great capture and TFS


Mooi Plaatje Niek
Die dode tak werkt goed op de voorgrond
Kleuren (zowel groen al de lucht) zijn schitterend evenal je compositie

TFS Thijs

Looks excellent to me Niek, the vertical works well for this spot also..
Just wish TN had a larger view sometimes, would make it easier to accurately critique a fine image such as this :)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-08-08 9:58]

Hi Niek

I definitely see why you couldn't refrain from a vertical composition, too - those clouds really ask for it and the solitary tree works well in this orientation, too.
I also like the FG element you found here - it really brightens up the space a bit plus offers a bit more texture the scene.
I also notices that you went quite low here, most likely to raise the tree's branches over the horizon. I remember we had a good talk about that subject on another older post :) You gave me a good advice then and i see you've applied it here well.

Good work, my friend!
Bravo and TFS

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-08-15 11:38]

Hi Niek,
interesting, the comparison of the two shots of your preferred isolated tree, once with short , then with long exposure. And here is the winner: it's this one. Why? It looks more real and the dynamics of the clouds is still evident in the upper part of the sky. It is a matter of taste. My grandmother used to say when the arguments flew about a strange partner choice by a family member: "you have to see with HIS eyes, not with yours". Thanks for letting me choose.
best regards

A stunning landscape, Niek!
The low POV that you've chosen here gives a terrific impact to the composition!
Simply awesome, bro!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-21 19:46]

Hello Niek,
I always love this type of composition, where in the first instance it would be a wonderful one. but upon manipulating the elements and posibilities, the view become so special.
The effective use of the foreground grass and broken branches and lively dramatic sky, gives this shot a lovely one.
The presentation is well seen.


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