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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: 2011-05-01
Categories: Daily Life, Food
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: A photography trip on the Lofoten
Date Submitted: 2011-07-31 10:38
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Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When you are on the Lofoten, there is one thing you cannot miss seeing or smelling. Each house will have some stockfish hanging on their porch and each village will have a hill covered with frames hanging full with stockfish. There is just no way that you will have visited the Lofoten and didn't smell or see them.

I had my first experience early in the morning when I visited the village called Henningsvaer. I only had a light breakfast and wanted to get to this fishing village as early as possible. When I came around a corner in town I walked straight into the Stockfish 'garden'. The smell of fermenting or rotting fish was just too much for my empty stomach and I quickly went back to my car for some fresh air and a better breakfast.

I took this photo a few days later in the fishing village called Å. These fish weren't smelling that badly as they were hanging at the Stockfish Museum and were much older than those that are eaten. Maybe I also got used to the smell and didn't mind it anymore.

I felt like playing with a very shallow DOF and with some creative focusing. I especially concentrated on capturing the soft light and the warm colors of the ox red wall.

Niek Bouwen Photography

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Nice Niek - great use of DOF to highlight an area of the image! Warm, gentle light and an intriguing subject! I can imagine the smell!!!!!!


Interesting! I grew up on the coast, where we not only baited our own hooks, but we did a lot of crabbing. Anyone that has done crabbing knows the smell...UGH.... rotten chicken necks on a string...carefully placed in the water...tugging the crabs who have attached themselves ever so slowly to the surface, just to have the net swung UNDER them..... you will NEVER forget that smell! UGH!...haha!.... I would imagine this is the same! LOVE the shallow DOF here Niek! This makes the shot work for me!

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-08-01 1:05]


Super compo e tiamge, ces poissons qui sèchent mangigique le tons le couleurs, cela doit sentire fort, fantastique compo.

Bravo et amitié


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2011-08-03 3:47]

can feel the smell
superb light and tones

The shallow DOF, together with the low and soft light are the nice technical details on this shot.

Like your story too.

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