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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1376 W: 234 N: 1593] (8380)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-08
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/16, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-29 9:31
Viewed: 1917
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On our first day, Hans and I visited the lovely village called Spaarndam. I've visited this village before when my sister lived near on her house boat, but never took the time to make photos.

This is a view over the western lock viewing some of the old houses. The day was of course a beautiful one that brought us clouds that reminded me of paintings from Jacob van Ruisdael. He's a painter who lived from 1628 to 1682 his early works were almost all made in this area.

Niek Bouwen Photography

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2009-10-29 9:45]
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A great shot. The accent is on the green things in the water. I would crop it a tiny little bit more...
Ietsje pietsje maar, zodat de compositie van 1/3 nog steeds mooi is, maar het accent niet meer op de voorgrond ligt...

Beautiful weather here makes the photo really worth while!!!
Lekker hollands!!

ps. Niek, ik vind je site práchtig!!! Dat wil ik ook wel...:)

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-10-29 9:47]

Hi Niek,
A marvelous capture of Spaarndam and a fantastic postcard, too!
Great vivid colors adorned with fabulous lighting and sharpness.
Nice POV and a awesome reflection!
A lovely sky and nice Autumn trees on the right!
A neat presentation.
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

Hi Niek,
The strength of this landscape is the reflections in water and the fallen leaves in water.You have captured them so perfectly that one really keep watching them for long time.The beauty is that it takes you to actual environment in your imaginations.Very sharp,very crisp and very well composed.Congratulations.tfs

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-10-29 10:29]

Hello Niek,

Zeer mooie foto. Uitstekende details en kleuren van dit landschap.
Een mooie avond,

This is SUPER nice Niek! Love how you processed this! The water is what draws my eyes here. You can see the rock under the water. It adds enough of a bright spot to draw your eyes in!

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  • sande Gold Star Critiquer [C: 62 W: 1 N: 4] (2)
  • [2009-10-29 11:09]

Mooie compositie, maar vooral de reflectie maakt deze opname bijzonder.

groet Ben

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2009-10-29 11:13]


What a great capture!
Lovely colors and details.
Great reflexion!

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-10-29 11:42]

Hello Niek!

Splendid formulation of these charming tenements,
in beautiful colours and their reflection in water.
Pretty colours, light and sharpness.
Fantastic effect, I congratulate.

I greet warmly.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-10-29 11:47]

Heel bekend terrein Niek en je hebt mazzel met zo een mooi weertje,dat geeft de foto zoveel extra.
Alleen die grote kudtwagens op de kade moeten ze in de plomp gooien ;]]


Hi Niek,
that's a beautiful motive, I love the sunny colours and the reflection in the water.
There are so many pretty places in your country, it's always wonderful to be there.
Do you know why "Janone" is no longer here? I am sad he isn't here any more ...

Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-10-29 13:38]

Hi Niek,
Great postcard like shot, great Pov and colours, i think you could crop in a little closer and still have a great shot. TFS

Mooie foto Niek. Fantastische kleuren en compositie... al vind ik de donkere schaduw links op het water wel wat jammer... maar ja... zo'n bord staat er nu eenmaal en daar kun je bar weinig aan veranderen....


This is a surreal composition and POV. I love the colour gradation in the water from the Fg to BG, its a visual treat. Good DOF and natural colour to back it up! This is great work and shows great planning before the shot. Interesting notes too. Well done and TFS!



Hi Niek...nice shot..well composed, perfect tones.


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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2009-10-29 20:26]

The water reflection is awesome here.The light is beautiful.I find your composition very interesting with this angle,a very charming picture,attractive and eye-catching.TFS

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-10-30 0:00]

Hi Niek...
Beautiful shot with so nice composition, colors, reflection...
Have a nice weekend...

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-10-30 0:16]

What a wonderful work !
Love tke look of the water.


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-10-30 8:58]


mangigique iamge, quel reflet, une merveille un miroir, avec les fuielles sur l'eau,c e belles facades colorées, grandiose image.

Bravoe t amitié


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2009-10-30 14:48]

Hi Niek,

Excellent vertical frame, great reflection and the details of the water.
Good sharpness and deph of field.
Very beautifull colors and lighting.
Have a good week end.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-10-31 5:02]

Hi Niek

Good sharpness, color, saturation & superb reflections. Splendid warm cold colour contrasts, between the repetitive red roofs in the bg, & the blue sky. Have a nice weekend!

Hello Niek,
I do admire the wonderful qualities of your pp work - it is executed to enhance the image with natural looking style. The composition is classic as my eyes are drawn from the well reflected water to the architecturally chiseled buildings and then to the sky/clouds. Good work.

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-11-01 7:53]


Beautiful composition, good exposure and DOF.
The vertical crop gives more depth.


Bonjour Niek,
Splendide POV de ce charmant village mis en valeur par ce plan d'eau lui offrant un joli reflet bien maîtrisé!!!

Hi Niek
It's gorgeous!
The reflection is beautiful
Hien Vy

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