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My personal favorite picture of 2009

My personal favorite picture of 2009
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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: 2009-01-16
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, Hama 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: New Zealand experience 2008/2009
Theme(s): Friday theme 2009/01/02 The Best of 2008, The first of the day.(start20/10/09), Mes paysages favoris [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-02 2:19
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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My personal favorite picture of 2009

First at all wish you all a happy and prosperous 2010!

My favorite picture is taken in New Zealand, almost a year ago. While soaring in a Cessna 206 over the volcano Mount Ruapehu I took several shots of the mountain's crater lake, one shot I posted before on TL, but this is a different one.

This scenic flight was one of the best flights I ever made. This landscape from above is a gorgeous one, so I can recommend you whenever you are on this part of New Zealand to take such a ride!

PP work; shot in Raw, adjusted vibrancy and brightness, converted to jpeg, adjusted levels and curves, straighten horizon and cropped slightly. Removes two small dust spots. used USM before resizing and afterwards, but with totally different settings, to get the best sharpness. Add frame and text.

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In wrong theme - should be Best of 2009Janice 3 01-03 01:12
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Good Morning Hans, Happy New Year to you, too.

This is quite a breathtaking view!
It must rekindle wonderful memories and this will assist in making this your favourite photograph.
The pov, clarity and details are excellent. It is like a shot from National Geographic!

Best wishes,
Bev :-)

Hello Hans!
Happy New Year 2010!
Really lovely your favorite picture!
Excellent colours and point of view!
Lovely place!
All the best!

Very Nice Hans
You know, I have lived all my life here in NZ, and I have still never seen Mount Ruapehu!!
Great image!!

Regards Tracey

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-01-02 3:28]

HI Hans,
A lovely composition of the mountainscape from such a high POV.
I love shots from an airplane, one sees wonders from up there!
A lovely lake on top of the mountain adorned with fabulous lighting and excellent sharpness.
Well seen and presented.
My best regards for the New Year.

Francis Xavier

Bonjour Hans
Superbe photo d'un site extraordinaire...

Bom dia Hans,
Bird's eye! I agree with Bev whwn said: "a shot from National Geographic'

Hi Hans,

Happy new year!
Super shot,awesome place,you have done very well to retain all the highlight and shadow detail.

All the best for 2010.


hi hans
beautiful shot,excellent contrast good detail,amazing pov seeing the curvature of the horizon.

Hoi Hans,
A superb contribution to the theme. The landscape, white snow and blue water do create a wonderful scene.
This image proves the world is not flat. Look at the bend horizon ... :-)
Thanks for the flying tip.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2010-01-02 5:23]

Hi Hans,
Een start van het jaar 2010 ... "kracht" met dit prachtige landschap.
Ik wens met heel mijn hart een warm HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Een nieuw jaar met gezondheid, geluk, zowel voor u en uw familie.
Ik wil u bedanken voor uw bezoek op mijn galerie en leuke reacties die je hebt geschreven.
Nou Warmste groet,

Astounding view Hans!!! What a sight to see. All looks great here ... colors, and no OE on the snow. I might have cropped down a little lower from the top, but thats just my opinion.
I hope you had a good Christmas, and all the best for 2010!

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-01-02 5:56]

Hi Hans,

A happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you also. I can see why this is your favorite, the view is breathtaking. Sharpness, exposure and DOF are excellent, TFS.


P.S. - I think you may have mistakenly added this to the previous year's (2008) theme.

WOW dat kun je inderdaad wel terecht je favouriete foto noemen! Nouja het komt er dan op neer dat ik hem ook heel mooi vind, want smaken kunnen natuurlijk verschillen :-)
Echt prachtige kleuren en heel erg scherp! Goed gedaan.

TFS Groetjes Simone

Happy New Year Hans.

It must be hard for you to choose your personal favorite pix of 2009 considering your travel schedule and how prolific a photographer you are. A very high quality and attractive image. Awesome...love the blues and whites.


Hi Hans...excellent shot..wonderful light and tones...great work.


Such a striking shot Hans. I can even forgive the reflections in the plane's windows because of the spectacular view you have captured.

You probably know already I'm not a fan of the titles-in-frames treatment, but each to his own I guess. ;)

I must admit that would be an amazing flight to take!


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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-01-02 10:19]

Hi Hans...
Beautiful shot with so nice view...
Happy New Year...

Hard to believe it's summer when you took that splendid image Hans, must have been quite a flight in that small plane hanging over the light blue crater that seems to be ready to suck it in , glad you made it safely back to the base , so much snow surrounds the rim here and that makes the view all the more fabulous , the whiteness of the snow is in sharp contrast to the sweltering plains below , a great presentation for the theme ,
My very best to you for 2010 ,

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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2010-01-02 11:14]

Hi Hans,
I understand it is one of your favorite. Perfectly sharp, perfect light and nice tones !
Best regards

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  • Derona Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 266 W: 154 N: 855] (5631)
  • [2010-01-02 11:23]

Hi Hans

Great view of this crater, like the contrast of the snow against the mountain and the water.
Good clarity considering it was taken through a window.

Regards Derek

Happy 2010 Jan, WOW this is absolutely stunning, well photographed in every way, well done

Hi Hans , Bonjour,
Wanderful landscape taken from the air..
a great composition and presentation,
Excellent POV. DOF. with great colors and light.
Amazing view ...
very well done and *Happy New Year 2010.*

Hola Hans

impresionante una composición interesante feliz año 2010

Hello Hans, I can see why this view would be one of your favourites.The sharp quality is outstanding especially as it was taken from a plane,the windows must have been cleaned just for you.
Your PP worknotes are very helpful.
I must remember your recommendation, in case I am ever 'down under'.
A Happy New Year to you.
Regards Jean.

Stunning Hansie! Outstanding work! The silty water reflects the sky very nicely. What a POV! Not everyone gets this chance! You are a blessed man! This is one of your best for sure!

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2010-01-02 14:15]

Hi Hans,
Nice PoV for this shot, bet not many people get up this high to take this one - colours are exquisite and PoV superb. Happy new year

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-01-02 18:12]

dear Hans,
a beautiful view picture of the splendid volcano in snow season.
this pale blue crater looks special ambience, it is heavenly in white snow and black rocks,
the pattern of whole mountain is natural art work indeed,
thank you for your excellent picture,

a happy new year 2010 to you!
Akihisa, from Hokkaido/Japan

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2010-01-02 18:18]

Hi Hans,
it certainly is a cracking shot - all the best

On comprend très bien ton choix, c'est vraiment une superbe photo d'un très bel endroit.
Bonne année 2010

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2010-01-03 0:43]

Ruapehu - oh yes, what a super shot Hansie. I do love the colour of the alpine lakes and this shows up so well against the black and white of the mountain.
What a stunning view you must have had.
Brilliantly captured

Hello Hans!
It is LOVELY! A very well captured landscape. It is now amongst my favorites. For the first time I can see a lake at this height. I must say WOW! Really lovely colors with good DOF. It is really a very decisive shot and a very nice POV.
TFS, indeed a nice PP work too.


Hi Hans,
It's something amazing, wonderful place and amazing shot.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Best regards,

This place is great indeed.
Wonderful view and very good photo.
Best regards.Alin.

bonjour Hans
je pense que ta photo et favorite de beaucoup de monde elle est magnifique bravo
bonne journee michel

Hi Hans,
I love very much the mountains...
Your favorite shot is excellent.
Good focus and clarity.Tfs.
Dr.seyfettin Güner

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-01-03 8:47]

Hello Hans, wonderful shot with the fantastic reflections on the water, perfect exposure my friend, well done! Spectacular!


Boa noite Hans
It must be a very interesting place...but it´s so far...
Great landscape, it seems for me from another world and you captured really well. Look to it an quite experience for me...I must say. Thanks
Happy New Year

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