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Curves of Mother Nature

Curves of Mother Nature
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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: 2009-01-26
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, Hitachi4GBMicrodrive, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/180 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: New Zealand experience 2008/2009
Date Submitted: 2009-11-16 10:13
Viewed: 2530
Points: 42
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Curves of Mother Nature

While sailing through the Doubtful Sound on the New Zealand South Island, I couldn't resist to make some shots of the low clouds in the valleys which are plenty in this Sound. The slopes of the hills were covered with a blanket of clouds.

PP work: Shot in RAW, only a small adjustment of levels and curves, brightness and contrast. Used unsharpen mask (175%, 0,5 pixels). Converted to jpeg and resized. Add frame to finalize the presentation.

roges, kokos101, shelbeesmom, fransx, Teresat, c_rapp, jjanczyk, jean11-3 has marked this note useful
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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-11-16 10:38]

Hi Hans,

Again an exceptional landscape. Really beautiful curves created by mother nature and discovered by you!
Excellent colors.
Have a nice evening,

Rugged and untouched! A very interesting composition with the curve-within-a-curve of the glacial valley and the low-slung clouds. It must have been a breathtaking sight; I've never been to the Sounds and this certainly inspires me to go there!

hello hans!!
very nice show the beauty of nature, i like it.
great shot!!

This is absolutely beautiful! I love how you did this! The green is vibrant and the water seems to glow from the brightness of the clouds! Super sharp Hansie!

Hi Hans,
your thoughts are going back to the wonderful days in NZ as I see, I love this one, beautiful nature.
I saw some of your shot on facebook when I looked to Sweeties shots. You love to be in Australia and NZ as it seems - so good friends there.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-11-16 12:42]

Hi Hans,
I think most of us know just how difficult it is to capture the whites of these types of clouds without losing information in the rest of the scene,you have done a first class job here,I like the low horizon,gives the trees & clouds the attention they deserve.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2009-11-16 12:52]

Hi Hans,
Awesome landscape. Mother Nature at her raw best! I like how you saw the curves and captured them.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-11-16 13:13]

Hi Hans,
A marvelous composition of these natral curves of the trees and the clouds above them.
Great lighting and accurate sharpness with a nice shining water.
Wonderful green tones.
A very artistic eye!
Well done

Francis Xavier

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2009-11-16 13:16]

Great shot Hans,
the two curves are quite spectacular, they create a darker crescent in the middle that leads the eye up the valley
well done

Boa noite Hanks
Fantastic curves, great colours, sharpness...near perfection. So unique.
My regards

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2009-11-16 19:59]

hmmm what a gorgeous view! seems like a dream you are so lucky. wonderful color and nice pov. tfs

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-11-16 20:03]

Oh Hansie - you show us an image of such a wonderful area to visit. NZ Has so much bush and the composition here of the curved clouds rolling down the slopes is great, showing us so many different layers.
Well done - kia ora

You did well to spot the symetry of the curves Hans, well done.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-11-16 23:29]

wow, what a beauty !
Impressive shot.


Hello Hans,

No right-minded photographer could have resisted this! Wow! What wonderful curves, and perfectly mimicked by the clouds! Great light and fine focus!
For me, you have cropped and presented this perfectly!

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Magnificent view!
Beautiful curves of Mother Nature, the low-slung clouds make the place very mysterious.
Great composition of the photo.

good image, with those shades of green of mountains, sea coyendo clouds in the foreground, hugs


Impressive scenary. If wasn´t by the lush green, I would say is Antarctica!
Great details,

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2009-11-17 12:28]

Oh wow ...

this is really nice.. the clouds reaching down into the trees... oh nice... the colors and details are wonderful.. love your POV... =)


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-11-21 11:25]

Overweldigend en zeer indrukwekkend Hans,de zom en de schaduwen spelen een mooi spel.


WOW wat een uitzicht zeg! En vooral prachtig door het licht! Hele mooie verdeling van water, land en wolk/ mist. De wolk geeft een mooie zachte touch. Hele goede compositie.

TFS Groetjes Simone

ps. Ik heb mijn nieuwe camera! Nu heel druk bezig de handleiding aan het bestuderen haha

Hello Hans,I love the apparent simplicity of this shot, maybe just curves, but you had to be in the right place at the right time, and to have the vision to see this as an excellent composition.
The lighting on the fg trees has brought out their lovely colour.
Wonderful DoF.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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