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Dust over Holland

Dust over Holland
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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: 2010-04-15
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-18 8:42
Viewed: 2197
Points: 48
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Dust over Holland

A shot of the first sunset after the volcanic dust has arrived over Holland. The windmill at Spaarndam acts as silhouette against the wonderful but threatening sky.

Air traffic is still frozen here in Europe, a weird and frightening situation. I hope this will change to better soon.

PP work: Shot in Raw, adjusted brightness, contrast, clarity and saturation. Converted to jpeg, adjusted levels and curves, resized and sharpened with USM. Reduced noise and add frame.

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Beautiful colors and silhouets.Nice composition.
Regards Zoran

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2010-04-18 9:18]

Hi Hans:

Beautiful sunset.
Wonderful colors and very nice silhouette.
Well done.

i heard about the news, i hope it gets over soon. Great shot btw.. it's ironic.

Hello Hans, a spectacular sunset with an excellent silhouette of the windmill.
Good vertical presentation.

Let's hope that the situation improves soon, and all the people that are stranded can finally get home.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hi Hans,

What a spectacular looking sky the windmill id beautifully silhouetted against it a first rate composition tfs.


hi bro.
the silhouette of the windmill is a great fg for the wonderful sky. the dust has given us, in scotland, some awesome sunsets as well. unfortunately i have not been able to capture them.
i notice a few 'dust bunnies' in the pic. you could use the time to clean your sensor now that you can't fly.
who needs 'planes anyway?

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-04-18 10:07]

Hi Hans,
no critique, doesn't require one,how can you improve on it?just happy to view this vibrant image.Fantastic sky,unfortunate how it came to be,I hope to, that the air traffiic is back to normal soon.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-04-18 10:36]

Hello Hans! That's a fabulous shot! The volcanic dust worked for you in a big way! Well composed, technically very good, a great post. One of my friend is stucked in Paris (there is worst in life) :-) has Charles-de-Gaulles is totally closed right now. What a strange situation. Well done!


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2010-04-18 10:37]

This is the dust clouds?
I never see that in Romania(we are lucky I think)
Colors are interesting from this dust...filter!

Hello Hans,

Stupéfiant embrasement du ciel, d'un coucher de soleil qui s'endore
en léchant les ailes du moulin déjà misent en jambe le long de sa structure.
Très belles couleurs estimables pour ce fond d'image joliment présentée.
Bravo et merci. Bonsoir.

Hello Hans

Beautiful colors and detail.
Very well composed


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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2010-04-18 11:34]

Dit is puur Genieten, Hans!
Een schitterend sunset shot met prachtige kleuren, compositie en compositie!
Voor de luchtvaartsector en passagiers een drama, maar het levert schitterende plaatjes op.
Ik heb ook een paar avonden op het (koude...!!) Schouwse strand gestaan!

Hi Hans,
Beautiful presentation of sunset,
great warm colors and light.
Excellent POV. with a silhouette of a winmill,
great composition..
very well done.

Hi Hans

Powerfully composed, the placement of horizon and windmill are well chosen. Perhaps it's my monitor but I do wonder if the contrast could have been boosted just a little more to play more between the light, shadow, and emphasise the colours?


Bonjour Hans

Quelle ciel magnifique ,la silhouette de se moulin donne une belle ambiance à cette image.
Magnifiques couleurs.
Félicitations et merci Hans!!
Amicalement Florent

Hola Hans.
A pesar de todo, precioso colorido, muy bien captado y magníficos detalles.
Saludos amigo, JL.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-04-18 16:11]

Hi Hans,

The silhouetted windmill is nicely positioned near the sweet spot, and the balance between land and sky is perfect to display the beautiful colors created by the volcanic ash. A weird situation yes, but nature will takes its course regardless of the effect on mankind.

Nice work.



This is a gorgeous sunset!! I like the diagonal lines surrounding the windmill. The colors are beautiful.

Nice job... I've been keeping up with the travel news. Hopefully, all will be "back to normal" soon. Lisa

This is fantastic Hans! Your silhouette is SPOT ON sharp, with rich blackness, against the fabulous color! Excellent saturation my friend! With the windmill as a silhouette it is just perfect!

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2010-04-18 18:13]

Hi Hans,
The light passing through the volcanic dust gives superb display of colors in the sky! But, in an other hand, I think this phenomenom must give you a serious headhache in your work!
The backlit with the dark silhouettes of the windmill and bushes is nicely rendered. A beautiful image and a good memories for this event.

Boa noite hans
Your skills make all the diference-
Um abraço

hi hans
beautiful silhoutte shot of this windmill,amazing sky and colours well presented.

Hoi Hans,

Very frustrating situation, but you made an excellent photograph.
Nice composition with the silhouette of a windmill in the foreground.
Excellent sharpness and light and colors tones.

Best regards,

Bonjour Hans

Superbe coucher de soleil avec un effet incroyable de ce nuage volcanique!!
La nature reprend ses droits en très grand cette fois-ci...
A suivre..

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2010-04-21 0:50]

Hi Hansie
I see many of the planes are back in the air now (Wednesday 21 April).
See - good has come out of it all - the skies will be showing many wonderful colours and you are producing these amazing sunsets...
The windmill addition is superb. And the angle of the colourful clouds is spot on
Well done

Bonsoir Hans
Si je dis que je trouve cette image superbe, et je le pense, vous perdrez deux points parce que ce sera un "comment".Ajouter que ce beau mariage des couleurs dans le ciel met parfaitement en valeur l'ombre du moulin tout cela vous le savez puisque c'est ce qui a motivé votre photo et je ne vous apprends rien.On en revient toujours au même problème, mais, bon, le modérateur s'étant calmé il reste quelque chance que ce que j'écris ne soit pas transformé aujourd'hui.
Une bien jolie image, certes.

Ooh wat mooi zeg! Die kleuren en diagonale strepen in de lucht prachtig! Hele mooie tekenende silhouette.
Heel mooi gedaan!

TFS Groetjes Simone

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