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Reflections on New Year's morning

Reflections on New Year's morning
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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: 2009-01-01
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, Hitachi4GBMicrodrive, Hama 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: New Zealand experience 2008/2009
Theme(s): TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-02 0:41
Viewed: 2642
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 98
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Reflections on New Year's morning

Together with Peter (eosnut) and Marilyn I went on New Year's morning to the beach of Waihi to take pictures of and during sthe first sunrise of 2009. Well Peter took and posted a similar image, this is my impression of this beach at sunset of January 1st 2009 at 6:14 a.m.

PP work: Increased contrast and saturation, slight crop and resized. No sharpening. Add small frame.

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HI Hans

Marvellous reflection captured in this photo. I like the colouring and sharpness too. I gather you all had a great day out on New Year's Day.

Best wishes and TFS,


It looks like you had a great start to 2009! The image really draws me into it.

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2009-01-02 1:10]

Very beautiful capture Hans, a lovely time of the day... I do like your composition here.

Thanks for getting up so earlyso you could present us with this stunning view.

Hope you are enjoying the weather?..it was so very humid up our way today..very uncomfortable!


Hi Hans
Beautiful view,fantastic colours and reflection.
All the best for 2009

Heb jij geluk Hans om zo op te staan. Hier maak je dat nooit mee. Bijn altijd grijs!
Het fijne van je foto is dat je meer reflectie hebt!
Knappe plaat

Hi Hans nice image of nature. Well composed beautiful sky with clouds nice reflection too. Well done. Regards - Adil.

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  • rudla Silver Star Critiquer [C: 46 W: 0 N: 6] (2848)
  • [2009-01-02 1:54]

Beautiful pastel colors...I love it!
Regards and best wishes,Valentina :)

Hello Hans

Wonderful reflection and colors,also the composition and perspective hear are great, an axcellent shot for the new year start. TFS
All the best in 2009!

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  • Margy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 103 W: 6 N: 221] (2520)
  • [2009-01-02 2:32]

Hoi Hans,

Je foto's blijven naar ons toestromen.
Deze is prachtig, dat vroeg uit de veren loont de moeite.
Prachtige kleuren en reflexie en mooi standpunt.

De beste wensen voor een mooi fotojaar,

groetjes, Marga

Hoi Hans.
Ja, om zo het nieuwe jaar te beginnen....Prachtig, toch ?
Daar een nieuwjaar duik nemen is veel aantrekkelijk dan hier.
Niet zo druk ook. In Scheveningen waren er 6500 die de zee in renden. Brrrrr.
Voor mij nog een paar naggies slapen, voordat we naar Bali gaan.
Groeten uit een koud HomeLand.

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  • Chang Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 61 W: 7 N: 30] (439)
  • [2009-01-02 2:47]

Hi Hans!!!

A gr8 shot!!! very nice reflection..
beautiful landscape shot.. Excellent composition..
Muhammad Hasnain

Hello Hans! Amazing beach. Wonderful seascape. Nice lightness. Very nice colours. Great mirror. Well done!

Woowh, prachtig Hans, mooie reflectie.
Het straalt zo'n rust en vrede uit. Je kunt er uren naar kijken. Het framepje vind ik wat aan de smalle kant maar dat is persoonlijk. TFS,


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  • jorgi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 46 W: 40 N: 33] (519)
  • [2009-01-02 3:25]

Hi Hans,

I can see that new year rewarded you with most magnificent morning.
The scenery is simply overwhelming and goes beyond all borders with a help of wet ground surface. Only small glimpse of distant trees makes this view real...right here on earth.
A hypnotic layout...it just draws me into the scenery.

All the best in 2009,

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2009-01-02 4:52]

Hi Hans
The reflection in the water is beautiful.
Happy New Year 2009.

the magnificent colors and reflections of the landscape of New Zealand the first dawn of 2009
... greetings Hans!!!

Hi Hans,
This is a well composed photograph as you captured your subject very nicely. Good work.
Your image is FANTASTIC!

Howdy Hans,
Ook nog de aller beste wensen en dat je een mooie 'zomer' vakantie mag hebben.
Dit is een erg bijzondere foto met een prachtige reflectie en diepte door de verschillende diagonale lijnen. Ik zou het echt niet erg vinden daar rond te mogen lopen. Ik denk dat je in je PP het landschap heb verlicht want daar zit best wel wat ruis.

Spectacular image Hans, and a fitting New Year's Day capture.
This has a fine art quality and is very painting like.
All the best to you and yours.
Happy new year.
- Vincent

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-01-02 6:40]

merhaba myfriend dear Hans...
Beautiful, wonderful photo..

nice reflections, forms and mix of colours,

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-01-02 7:06]

hello Hans

I can see your NZ trip is less taxing than your Cambodia one [especially waterfall climb] because of weather. Or are you going to climb some mountains in NZ?

Surprising that you have been getting up early to shoot sunrise. This one is very impressive and surely worth your effort. Fabulous reflection of the morning light and color.

It will be delightful just to walk through the beach and enjoy the crisp cool morning air.

I wonder if the horizon at left is tilt? But what a wonderful scenery and photo this is, so ignore that level. A fine TL post.

All the best for your remaining NZ tour and hope you have a good time.

tfs, bill

Hi Hans...beautiful composition...great tones and colors.


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-01-02 7:31]

Hi Hans,
Striking capure of this New Year's morning!
The pinky reflections are a feast for my eyes!
My compliments! Annie

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2009-01-02 8:29]

Nice image of nature Hans. Well composed, beautiful sky with clouds & nice reflection. Well done.

Hi Hans,
WoW! amazing et jolie composition, great reflection and details, nice presentation and light...great shot...Je l'aime beaucoup..superbes ton de couleurs...Excellent POV. and well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-01-02 11:55]

Hi Hans
It is interesting to see yours and Pete's photos of the same scene. You show pinker clouds than Pete - but still their awesome shapes.
The low tide and wet sand act perfectly as mirrors. It looks quite wonderful

Hi Hans, wonderful composition with fascinating reflections, fantastic sky, splendid colors,
I like a lot
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009, my friend

That's like in a dreamland, Hans,
I love the wonderful colours, so soft, so contemplative with the rose of the sky.
Marvelous post, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

When will you be back in Europe?

Very nice. Beautiful capture of the dawn sky and its reflections on the wet sand. Well placed horizon, beautiful control of light, nice sharpness.

OMG! Your best EVER Hans!!... Just amazing...you get an award for this!! Perfection Perfection!!! The pink and the blue are EXCELLENT together! Perfect thirds!! Wonderful as always...I'm gushing I know... B-)
BIG HUG!!! ((((hugs)))))

hi hans, happy new years to you! stunning landscape shot with amazing composition (very dramatic) and wonderful colors, nice work, all the best to you,

Hello Hans,

What a well captured beginning to the day ... and the year.
I love the overall effect of this.
All the lines seem to radiate from an area midway down the r/h side. It creates the same impression as when you use symmetry in a drawing program.
The colours and the composition are wonderful.
What a thrill to see this from such a beautiful location.

All the best for the New Year,
Bev :-)

ciao Hans..
a beautiful reflection.. so unreal and spechless.. wonderful the full crop.. and the moodly colours everywhere! thanks
ciao MArco

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2009-01-02 19:35]

Congratulations Hans - a shot to remember

Hi Hans, Good to see you are going to many diverse places in NZ, it has a lot of variety for a small country doesn't it? Very effective use of the reflections off the wet sand. Good job. Murray.

Hello from the cold Russia to the warm New Zealand :)

I'd call this picture infinity.
There's infinity in the perspective
and infinity in the reflections.

Thanks for sharing
and happy New Year!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2009-01-03 6:23]

The clarity and colours here are truly stunning
Superb image -- and I can see that MANY others agree
Well done

Hi Hans

What a stunning way to start the new year. Wonderful reflection and beautifully composed. Worth an early start to get the great light



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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2009-01-03 15:38]

Hi Hans
Absolutely stunning. A magnificent view and a really impeccable reflection. Nothing to say really.


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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2009-01-03 18:36]

WOW great colours and comp
nice clouds and reflections
I just got back from coromandel, but didn't get up this early on new years day.
What are you doing the next few days?

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-01-04 2:08]

Ik blijf toch echt bij mn standpunt nu ik dit weer zie Hans,in de ochtend is het gewoon het mooiste,de rust en vooral het licht,waar of hoever je ook bent.....

All the best to you mate:]]


Hello, Hans -
Just a beautiful early morning scene, well-captured, with soft colors and a superb reflection; you found the perfect spot between beach and surf to capture the reflected clouds and shoreline. Great way to start off 2009!

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-01-05 6:28]

Superb piece of work !
Gorgeous begining of a new year.

my best wishes,

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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2009-01-05 7:57]

Hi Hans, the lights and the reflections of this picture are simply fantastic. Good also the POV and the contrast you gave. Compliments, Adele

Hi Hans,
Outstanding image, tonalities of colors, reflections, very good composition.
Best for you on 2009

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2009-01-05 9:07]

PRACHTIG!!! Deze had ik nog niet gezien! What a beauty! Hier had ik wel bij willen zijn, wat een prachtig gezicht!!!
Ik hoop dat je het super naar je zin hebt daar. Je mist wel de sneeuw en het schaatsen hier...:)



Simply stunning. Beautifully composed.



Hi Hans,
I've seen many beautiful colors and reflections on scenic views but this one...it's overwhelmingly amazing!
TFS this wonder

Dont you just love these early morning shots!!!. Soooooo Beautiful well done , Regards Val

M'n " kritiek " wordt wat eentonig ... :-)
Speciale kleuren, mooie compo vooral door dat vluchtpunt
en de weerspiegeling.

" hoedje af " om dat 's morgens zņ vroeg,
juist na het nieuwjaars vuurwerk,
te gaan fotograferen !
Dan kroop ik op 1 januari niet meer in m'n bed :
toch de moeite niet :-)

TFS Hans

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-02-16 11:07]

Hello Hans.
It is good to be back.
Thank you for warm welcoming post.
Great picture in your gallery!
Long time didn`t see and now is a amazing collection. Like this one!
Thank you for sharing.
Best Regards.
janek KLoss

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