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Looking back

Looking back
Photo Information
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: 2006-07-04
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen 62mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2006
Theme(s): mirrors, Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-06 12:59
Viewed: 2794
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My driving instructed told me that when ever you get in your car and are ready to drive away, you first need to look in all mirrors. I am glad I remembered it, because this is what I saw when we were about to leave Cameron Falls.

I┤ve choosen the title for two reasons. One is obvious...the mirror. The second, maybe less. For me history is black and white, that is why is desaturated the area outside of the mirror. Yes, it also helps helps to focus on the subject.

Thansk for looking

GreenBaron, pablominto, shelbeesmom, sjurgensen, mbasil, dando, c_rapp, mjdundee, harpya, naturewalk, wolfke74, captainsgirl, NellyD, evgenia, Robert, Freddie, eMBeer has marked this note useful
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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2006-10-06 13:17]

i like the idea. well done. nice effects on the black and white and colored in the side mirror. TFS.


I like your idea. Also the differnt environments, waterfall and trees, helps viewer to understand your idea. Thank you

Hello Niek,
Nicely done!
Mirror captures can be both interesting and funny...
This is good quality image, obviously your mirror was clean!
Maybe I'd crop a bit tighter but that is a matter of taste...
Pablo -

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2006-10-06 14:09]

Nice use of the selective desaturisation, sharp reflection and well placed with the mirror. Nicely done



Great effect on this one, I really think the selective colour works well for the attention grabbing. I like the way you have managed to get it all so much in focus too, well done.



Nicely done, Niek. The colors works really well here, and complements the composition to isolate the waterfall and people. Did you have the desaturation idea in mind when you shot this, or did it come later? I would have suggested a shallower DoF to enhance this even more, but I noticed you already shot at f5.6, and you can't get much less than f5.6; but maybe a little blur to the edges would isolate them even more (I would try it before I suggest it, but I don't have that capability because I'm at work now).

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  • dando Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 1] (139)
  • [2006-10-06 17:23]

Hi Niek, great idea with a great title. I like the way you have used the black and white and the colour in the mirror to good effect. Also a beautiful scene in the mirror.
Well done and TFS.

Very cool combo!!! This is a very cool pic of Watertons, Cameron Falls. Thanks for sharing.

Hoi Niek,
Gweldig idee uitstekend vastgelegd. Vooral de compositie B&W vs. color is mooi gevonden. Het frame vind ik een beetje iel, maar dat is en persoonlijke smaak. TFS!

:) morgen...

As promised...

You are just too clever, Niek. Might have been interesting to try it the other way around. Looking back in the mirror as B & W and all the rest looking forward in color???? Perhaps the mirror takes up too much of the frame to do that effectively. You sure had a nice clean mirror! Nice work.

Evelynn : )

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2006-10-07 18:52]

Hi Neik,

Nice shot, very unique... I like the composition, the b/w and colours in the sametime. Very well captured, thanks for sharing,


Nice photo Niek! I like the color in the mirror! Points tomorrow! I'm all out!

Hello Niek,
Mixed BW and colour made this a extraordinary scenery and gives it kind of a spy feeling.
Very good PP work. TFS Thomas

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2006-10-10 21:36]

I was looking back to see
If you were looking back to see
If I was looking back to see
If you were looking back at me.

Good job on the colours here Niek. I like how the 'real' world in BW and the mirror is so colourful, and nice and sharp too. Well done,

Hello Niek,

Beautiful visual, I adored his creativity
here, it was excellent, the form of like you
molded his work is fantastic!


This works really well, interesting and creative shot.

interesting shot niek, I like the way you played with the picture, and you are right to focus on the subject
good compostion and sharpness

oh my gosh! what a neat idea! taking the photo in the mirror to start with and the effects you made are awesome! I love it! TFS
Donna :o)

Hoi Niek,

Wat een goed en creatief idee!
De kleuren van de reflectie in je spiegel zijn erg goed en scherp. En de waterval zelf heeft ook een mooie vorm.
Heel mooi gedaan ook om de omgeving zwart/wit te maken.
Ik vind het heel orgineel en schitterend gedaan met een passende en titel.

Groetjes, Nel

Hi Niek,
Very nice picture. The B&W idea is good, although you write that your past (=the mirror) is B&W? Just wondering ;)
The thing your driving instructor brainwashed you with: he did it to me too! Haha.

About the picture: Very inventive. Good idea, maybe you could have blurred the B&W background a bit. But anyhow: TFS!

Hello Niek.

Wonderful composition and a lot of thought into the presentation. Great POV and excellent DOF.
Well done,my friend.I am marking this one as a favourite because of the very creative way you have presented such an excellent shot.
Best wishes,

Hi Niek!
It's a very effective and artistic idea desaturating the background although you missed a spot of green on the right side of the mirror border. The coloured picture is very crisp and beautiful. TFSTP
Freddie :)

Nice idea you've had with this photo within photo. I like mirror area composition as well as it's placement within main frame. Distinguishing present and past with colours / b&w I found very attractive. I am very surprised of sharpness across the photo - close flowers in the grass are as sharp as distant persons in the mirror. Could it nbe thanks to f/5.6 and quite short focal length? Or you selectively sharpened b&w part of the photo? Anyways I like this photo with it's idea. tfs

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