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Winter in Almelo II

Winter in Almelo II
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-02-08
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Almelo [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-12 13:27
Viewed: 2456
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was only for about half a day that we had the luck to have a winter wonderland in our country. Later that evening snow changed to rain and by next morning all snow was gone and from that moment on it kept on raining and the temperatures are again too high for the time of season.

I am glad I grabbed the opportunity with both hands by leaving work early. Since it seems that real winter weather is becoming something special.

This photo was also taken in the shire of the landgrave of Rechteren Limpurg Almelo. This area migh look really rural, but in fact the city is just behind me. The shire is a kind of protected area where no housing development is allowed. This causes the city of Almelo to build right up to the border of the shire. Making this a little piece of heaven in a city.

I converted the photo to black and white, since there wasn't much color in it anyway. It also helped me to get better contrast and highlight the parts that I wanted to become focalpoints. This was taken during a rather heavy snow fall, so when you think you see noise, it is actually snow.

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so this is what B&W pictures should be like! :)
like the lines and the cropping Niek.

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  • tsumeb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 54 N: 279] (2204)
  • [2007-02-12 13:33]

Great composition Niek, The photo has a great feeling to it. The essence of winter. Excellent.

Wauw dat ziet er goed uit. Bij ons in het Noorden is jammer genoeg die nacht sneeuw gevallen. S'morgens dooide het al maar ik stond samen met mijn 2 dochters om 7.15 al in de sneeuw. We hebben zelfs nog een sneeuwpop gemaakt.
Mijn oudste heeft nog nooit geschaatst en ze is al 7 jaar. Vroeger stond je met 2 jaar al op de schaats. Ik vind het wel jammer. Ik vertel haar nu over mij en Oma dat we altijd over de vaarten schaatsten. Toch maar een keertje ijsbaan denk ik;)

Greetz Mirella

Prachtig standpunt, met een heerlijke winterse diepte, goeie sfeer, en zo extreem Hollands. Mooi!

Groetjes Carine

Wonderful image Niek,

I like very much your comp. with the wires in diagonal and the tones are superb! Very veru good work1


take care, Stef :))

Hoi Niek,
Ook weer een heerlijk winters plaatje. Mooi perspectief en de wazige boomsilhouetten komen hier prachtig uit. Waan me bij het kijken naar dit plaatje weer thuis in Twente! TFS.

hello niek!!!
wonderful winter shot with excellent compositon and very sharp fence.

Hello Niek,
As I see you don't have real winter so far. Here it began 3 weeks ago I guess but it is rather late. It is very cold these times. I like the POV and composition a lot here. Exposure and texture are great too. I like this nostalgic mood, this is very well seen and done :-) Thanks :-)

This is a lovely little piece of rural land next to the city. Very nice atmosphere with the snow falling. I like the composition.

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2007-02-12 15:30]

Hello Niek.. WOW I love this one..

I have a thing about fences..they always look so interesting, and I want to take a photo of them..but one has to get the composition correct for them to look really good.... just as YOURS does here..

Im glad you converted it to B&W, as it enhances it even more.

I like the foreground interest, and also the moody blurred look of the BG trees.. well done on this photo.. Im glad you left work early to capture this.

Thank you.
and kind regards

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  • biblio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 523 W: 6 N: 225] (2498)
  • [2007-02-12 15:41]

Lovely Landscape Niek, good tones and excellent composition.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-02-12 15:51]

Hi Niek

This is just wonderful. I wish we had this instead of the rain. I love the trees looming out of the BG. The fence that would normally ruin a picture looks great with the angle you have taken it add. On this photo I can also safely say..great B&W shot :)



Oh I love this picture! I didn't have the luck to have a view like that. It only snowed in the midday and even that was crappy. Nothing of the snow remained once it had hit the ground. But OK, it had snown. Finally. But why not with Cristmas :)

Great shot.


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  • rater Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 196 W: 52 N: 111] (957)
  • [2007-02-12 17:59]

Nice landscape, feels cold! TFS

Hello Niek,

Another one of your great photo excllent colors Bg POV DOFd excllent composed and captured photo, well done my friend, The only thig I can see is the crop, The aspect ratio is goning to bee off if you wont to make a print, Fine if for web, But great work

TFS Kyle

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  • mpr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 7 N: 344] (2280)
  • [2007-02-12 21:32]

Excellent work Niek! I like the choice of black and white. The compostion is first rate and the sharpness of the fence is perfect. The loan tree on the left adds a nice touch. I like it!


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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-02-13 3:28]

Wonderful compo and tones.
Great moody photo.
Well done !

ps.I'll come back with the points

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-02-13 4:15]

Hallo Niek
Mooi perspectief en lekker eenvoudig.
Gr Jos

Well composed shot. Very good details and exposure of this. Well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 331 N: 902] (5752)
  • [2007-02-13 19:45]

Hi Niek,

Beautiful scene, well captured and well done on the composition. Excellent work.


Hello Niek,
There is a good perspective drawn up by the fence!
Excellent details in this fine winter capture, and a fine feeling of depth...
Superb dynamic composition, very attractive tonal range in the black and white!
Pablo -

Hi Niek
erg mooi weer
echt goed te zien dat simpelheid in de opname erg mooi uitpakt vaak. erg mooi stil eenzaam plaatje
erg goed gedaan

Mooie en eenvoudige compositie
Heel fijntjes

The B&W is perfect here. I think the POV is superb. it gives it great perspective. I'm a big fan of your work and I think this one's fantastic! Well done and keep up the great photography.
I hope you quickly took the opportunity to build a snowman!

Hi Niek,
Another moody winter landscape scene. The use of the fence to create some leading lines does wonders here. Kind of makes me feel chilled and damp just looking at it. Great feel of depth.

I really like this shot, can't really put into words why, it is just the feeling it evokes in me. It isn't an exciting shot, just a soothing one that makes me think relaxation. I really like that it is in b/w, I think that was a perfect choice. The soft foggy BG adds to the soothing look of the photo. The trees add some detail and depth to the shot and draw the eye clear across the meadow. The snow on the outside of the fence add a little more to the secure feel of the fence, it is as if it gives the fence more weight against whatever it is there to keep out/in. The simplistic white frame helps to add depth to the hues that are captured in this shot. TFS

Prachtig punt Niek, heeel mooi genomen!
schitterende plaat.


Hi Niek,
it's a little sad - but I like it very much.
So silent, I can cool down after a day full of stress. It's very good in black/white, a beautiful view, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • OWO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 70 N: 330] (2387)
  • [2007-02-24 6:58]


Prachtig plaatje van Almelo. Sfeervol zoals je het de laatste jaren zelden meer ziet. Compositie = prachtig.


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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 362 W: 0 N: 697] (2745)
  • [2007-02-24 12:25]

Hoi Niek,

Hele goeie compositie en een knusse winterse sfeer in deze foto. Erg goed perspectief ook.
Een plaatje :-)

Groetjes, Nel

Niek, lovely winter scene from country side. The fencing leads thru the photo. :) Vandana

What an amazing piece of photography this is. I can go on looking at it. Love the mood created, the peace and quiet,and black and white just adds to it. Nice POV. Simply superb.Well done.

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  • olam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 112 W: 7 N: 13] (628)
  • [2007-03-05 3:12]

very impressive... like the way you show the winter atmpsphere!


Wow, this is wonderful ... perfectly balanced composition and, even though it is spring outside, I really wish I could have seen this scenery in a real life. Love it!

How did I miss this one?? I love how the fence comes in at one angle and exits at another! And the corner is off center! Very nice! Love these types of shots! Very hard sometimes, with everything white to get enough contrast! You did a great job here!

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