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Lake Toba sunrise

Lake Toba sunrise
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-17
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-17 9:04
Viewed: 4011
Points: 33
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Lake Toba sunrise

During a short moment the sky was on fire over lake Toba on Sumatra. The reddish orange cloud feathers appeared and disappeared in minutes. That early morning I travelled over the lake to my next destination on Sumatra. To be honest it was the most awesome start of the day during my Indonesia trip.

Hand held 1/100 sec and F/8(was on a boat, so a tripod was no option.

PP work: only minor adjustment of levels and curves, levelled horizon, small crop, resized and sharpened using USM.

shelbeesmom, andrzej, mushtaqhussain, fransx, jean11-3, CAROL50, mvdisco, Beger, parasbhalla, MLINES has marked this note useful
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Many sunset/ sunrise pics on Tl, but this one is special. It does look as though the sky is on fire with the particular cloud formation. Beautifully captured. Nice silhouettes in the bottom third.
(hard to go back to work?)

Beautiful shot Hans! I am really enjoying your photos from your trip! This DOES look like the sky is on fire! Amazing weather phenomenon you captured here! LOVE the reflection on the water!

Well kudos for getting up early and catching a sunrise - and double kudos for such a good sunrise while on a boat, hand-held.

Composition is spot-on, beautiful delivery of a moment worth preserving!

Hi Hans
Spectacular sunrise ,stunning capture.
An amazing colours and great contrast.

Hi Hans.
Wonderful depth captured with very good details of burning clouds and lovely color tones,I have seen a lot of sun sets but this sun rise looks like sun set which is amazing,wonderful presentation and experience you had my friend.
Best Wishes

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-01-17 11:50]

Hi Hans,
A spectacular sunrise shot with a wonderful cloud formation adorned with such warm cast. It seems like a fire in the sky.
Beautiful silhouetted landscape as BG.
A splendid reflection.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

Hello Hans, a fiery start to the day, and as Mushtaq suggests, it really does look more like a sunset than a sunrise.And as you say, an awesome start. You were so fortunate to catch this beautiful scene.
No blur even though the camera was hand held, congratulations.
Regards Jean.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2011-01-17 13:48]

Hi Hans,

That cloud formation makes this one really special, a beautiful sunrise. It's good that you had your camera with you and took advantage of it. Good sky-to-land balance and the silhouettes and reflections of color on the water are wonderful.

Best regards,

Gorgeous sunrise formations Hans ,it was about time you caught it i think as you mentioned it came on quick to disappear as quickly , you would have had me fooled here had you not writen that you were on a boat at the start of a day as this could pass as a great sunset too ! Lake Toba is a jewel of a lake by morning , by day and by evening , pleasantly presented ,
All my best for 2011 Hans ,

Hi Hans,
Yes, It a beautiful sunrise well taken here at the good time,
nice warm colors and light,
lovely reflection and silhouettes too,
compliments and lovely sky.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2011-01-17 18:06]

Hi Hans,
amazing sky, people often use the phrase "the sky is on fire" but here it really does look like flames combined with a nice sharp silhouette

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2011-01-17 23:32]

What a wonderful colors in this superb compo !


Splendid sunrise here Hans! Very sharp, great colour and mood too. A good shot from a moving boat...

Nice wide perspective with lots of sky!


Hello Hans,
Wat a beautiful sunrise, and wat a moment on the sky...
Exellent colours and fantastic scene...
Nice composition and nice siluetes..
TFR and best wishes

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2011-01-18 5:53]

Hi Hans,
You were at first places to admire this wonderful sunrise!
Gorgeous colors and mood. The clear definition of image and the subtil range of tones on the mountains and clouds are amazingly rendered. Superb! Annie

  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2011-01-18 12:44]

Hello Hans
Fantastic light and a wonderful sunrise capture, very sharp, with a great depth and a wonderful large view.
Best regards, and my wishes of a great 2011 to you,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-01-18 12:49]

Hello Hans,

Excellent sunset, beautifull sky with clouds.
The frame is perfect and the tones of colors are magic, I like the sun effect in the B/G.
Great composition here, congratulations.
Best regards.

What a wonderful sky you have captured here, Hans!

You definitely got some promising shots from your recent trip to Indonesia.
Great colors and perfect placement of erupting orange color of the sky within a natural frame. The boat also adds to the beauty of the picture.
Great job!


Hi Hans, Just saw you with Tjutjut on facebook, so hoped you added some imageshere too. I like the natural beauty captured here.Good split with 1/3 water and balance skies. TFS. Murray.

hi Hans

nice shot, but I think Lake Toba is in north Sumatra not in the west Sumatra


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