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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: 2006-11-15
Categories: Experimental, Abstract, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen 62mm UV
Exposure: f/9.0, 15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Memories [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-15 13:24
Viewed: 2218
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Whenever I go on vacation, I try to come back with something typical from that country or area. This might be a cultural thing or something that will remind me of the beauty of a specific area. I brought this back from my vacation to Washington state, USA. We spent half a day on Rialto Beach being amazed about the beauty of the nature. The beach is covered with huge trees that drifted ashore during heavy storms. These trees were beautifully shaped by the power of the ocean and the rocks. Since I couldn't bring along a tree, I went for the smaller versions.

So this is a memory of Rialto beach.

Tech talk: I used my carboard box studio for this photo. This time only with the white LED light from the top. (diffused by a piece of white paper) It was shot in RAW, white balance adjusted and converted to JPEG. My first idea was to keep it in color, and I already adjusted my levels and curves. I also added an extra cruve for shades. The I created another layer for saturation and by experiment found out that a desatuation on all colors looked really good. Then I adjusted the levels and curves again for more contrast.

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So simple and so beautiful,
hi Niek, it's a wonderful arrangement, I love it, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

The first time I visit a new country or a new beach, I MUST HAVE A PEBBLE, small but special, you captured your treasures very well, love the tones, thanx, M, (*_*)

I like this a lot, them grays are awesome, Art

The B&W looks lovely here (deja-vu?) it certainly brings out the textures (deja-vu again - have we had this conversation :)). I like the idea of the light diffused by the tissue paper, the lighting certainly works here (note to self get a cardboard box and tissue paper).

I have things like this - rock from Etna in Sicily, a piece of marble from Thasos, wood carvings from the Italian Dolomites, jewellery from Egypt. Little objects bring back wonderful memories. It is nice to see these photographed.



Hi Niek,
I love what you have done here. You have presented this subject very well. Good compo and good lighting has made these three pieces of wood into an interesting scene. It works really well in B&W. Well done and TFS,

Hi Niek,
A simple composition that is well done. Nice light and composition shows the suble textures and fine detail. I like the conversion to B&W.

i relaly like this, evocative picture. .and the B and W is most effective for the subject. TFS Meagan

I totally agree with that! Some of those tree finish as a sculpture! Or as lot ornament in front of a house :)
I saw many me too.. I grow up near water... That's well presented!

Fifteen seconds...wow! Very interesting. I do like your intimate compositions. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Nice comp, works well in BW!


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  • jvcd Gold Star Critiquer [C: 63 W: 1 N: 1] (1127)
  • [2006-11-16 5:39]

Goed in beeld gebracht Niek, fijne weergave van de materie en lichtval

I love old pieces of drfitwood! I do the same thing Niek! Except I bring back rocks, BIG ROCKS and throw them in the garden. Great BW conversion!
points tomorrow!

wonderful macro shot, niek
great composition.

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2006-11-17 17:04]

Hi Niek,
You can see how the water has smoothed this driftwood. Lovely composition showing the texture and details. B&W is a good choice for this TFS Julie

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2006-11-18 4:16]

I remember stopping at a beach in the South Island of NZ a few years back, and we all gathered some of the exciting rocks off the beach. We filled the boot/trunk of the car. It's funny how when it came time to come home (2 day trip) they had all disappeared - my husband thought our suitcases were more necessary then the rocks!! And I think he was thinking of the weight in the car too.
Good idea Niek, that is if you can keep it to a few small items.
Nicely photographed, and I like the colour/ tones of the image, well done,

Hai Niek,
Het lijkt erop of er een slang over de balken heenkijkt,heel mooi,
Gr, Jacqueline

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  • Tintin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1885 W: 243 N: 345] (1982)
  • [2006-11-22 20:18]

You have captured the texture on the wood very well, Niek. Nicely composed and good choice of DOF. I also like the shadows on the second piece of wood. Well done!

Hi Niek,
This is great, a very simple composition with a beautiful B&W conversion.
The DoF control is excllent too.
Well done!

Prachtig gedaan, Niek. Ook leuk te lezen dat je dat ook doet, ik heb een hele collectie steentjes en 'waardeloze' dingen van vakanties die zo veel voor mij betekenen.


Washington is definately a beautiful place- although I've never been to a beach there, I'm sure the beaches in Vancouver are similar if not identical- and if so, I agree about the nature- simply divine!

These pieces of wood make for a far better souvenier than a tourist t-shirt. :)

A good if not perfect set up, I like how the black in the grooves of the wood stand out so ruggedly- nothing sweet about how they got smoothed the way they did. I like the shadows and the good use of depth you feature in this image, well done Niek, I like this very much.


Hi Niek, you've got some fantastic shots. I like this one. Simple but very well composed. Ed

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