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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: 2011-05-02
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, B+W 77mm CIRC. POLARIZER MRC
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/15 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: A photography trip on the Lofoten
Date Submitted: 2011-06-12 7:11
Viewed: 4458
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although I try to stay away from clear blue skies when it comes to photography, sometimes you just have to use the empty sky to your benefit.

On a sunny but cool day (9 degrees C) I made a trip to the north shore of Austvågøy to see if I could find a location for a sunset photo. The coastline didn't offer me too much of a future opportunity, but the view I had at the end of Morfjorden was breathtaking. The lack of wind allowed me to go for a reflection of the mountains and blue sky in the sea. I opted to go for a central position of the horizon so to emphasize the emptiness of the scenery in front of me. It also allowed for a distortion free horizon and reflection.

Niek Bouwen Photography

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Very nice photo of this landscape!
Excellent photo composition , great sharpness and natural colors.
Fabrizio :)

Hello Niek

To Anne's (anel) latest photo i write :
« when i heard the name of Country Switzerland
it is the image that come in my mind »,
now the same is for your photo when i heard
the name of Country Norway it is this kind
of image that come in my mind, very beautiful
atmosphere (ambiance) effect photo with
excellent contrast, i love the POV you choose
and the vertical (appropriate to the image)
framing you give, TFS


Hi Niek,
another excellent and artistic photo. It was good idea to arange this scene!
Great sharpness. Nice natural colours!!
Thanks for sharing,

Ha Niek,
Je weet de mooie plekjes wel te vinden hoor
Schitterende plaat met fantastische kleuren, scherpte en diepte

TFS Thijs

great shot niek, beautiful colors


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  • nat Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 24] (82)
  • [2011-06-12 10:12]

Hi Niek,

You really captured the vast space ahead of you and the blue blue colours of the water. The reflection is so crisp, it is truly amazing. Thank you for sharing!


Excellent Composition!

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-06-12 23:56]

Hi Niek
lovely compo and incredible dof

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-13 3:57]

Hello neighbour Niek,
You are right, here the deep blue sky is a "plus" for the picture. You have chosen an interesting point of view and the vertical framing is ideal too. Perfect depth of field too. I love the silence of this shot.
Kind regards

Hallo Niek,

mooie landschapsfoto in portretstand, ik neem landschapsfoto's bijna altijd liggend.
Mooie kleuren en goed dieptewerking.


Hello Niek,
Excellent landscape. Fantastic clarity and wonderful details.
Exceptional color of the sky.
Thanks for sharing this first class image.

Hi Niek,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is swnding mt eyes toward the mountains covered with snow which is giving depth to the scene. It is also showing the details and colors of the mountains. The afternoon light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day­.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2011-06-15 7:20]

Hello my friend,

Finally a bit more time for browsing through photos and commenting :)
I agree with you - i more than often stay away from clear skies, but what you've managed to come up here with is terrific! The symmetry in the composition and the simplicity of the elements make this a truly fantastic landscape. Moreover, this simplicity of elements also evokes the space and conditions here the best, making this an emblematic photo for such locations.
Exposure-wise, i just love the graduation in the sky and how the horizon is nice and bright, showing huge depth (again a testament of the clear air from those places).
Wonderful work, Niek!

Hello Niek,
What a beautiful image with wonderful colours and tranquility. In this case the tendency towards symmetry works very well. Excellent quality and a pleasure to view. Well done and best wishes.

Hello Niek,
This is indeed a very beautiful mountain landscape. I like the composition, the calm atmosphaere and the sharp details on the whole image. Well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-12 7:40]

Hello Niek,
This is a masterpiece!
such a stunning capture in a wonderful view. The strong colors are so convincing and the low angle is so dramatic.
Excellent landscape.


Ciao Niek. Impressive simetric perspective and excellente colours. Superb POV and contrast.


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