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Winter in Almelo

Winter in Almelo
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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: 2007-02-08
Categories: Nature, Architecture, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 80-89 points (II), Almelo [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-08 13:50
Viewed: 3384
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today's weather forecast was finally something that could relate to the season. SNOW. When I hear such weather forecasts in the morning my schedule of that day will change immediately. Meaning that I either come in late at work or leave early. So today I left at 3:30 got home 10 minutes later and was out in the snow another 10 minutes later.

After a short walk I got the shire of the landgrave of Rechteren Limpurg Almelo. This is the first farm on the shire and is still owned by the landgrave. The shutters are in the shires color.

The only disatvantage of this snowy day was that I needed to cover up my camera really quickly before it got covered in snow. But, I came prepared, and brought along a small towel to lay it over the camera for protection. It also served to wipe the UV filter from any snow drops.

Shot in RAW. Small exposure adjustment and converted to JPEG. Levels, curves, Saturation, frame, rezise and USM.

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Very nice shot. I love the touches of color the shutters add. Strong composition.


Hi Niek
denk dat we allemaal klaar zaten om foto's van de sneeuw te maken. Denk dat jij er meer dan goed in geslaagd bent om een mooie winterfoto te maken.
er zit rust en diepte in je foto..een mooi rustig kader maakt het af

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2007-02-08 14:09]

Hi Nick,
Nicely done on this composition. It is a good depiction of winter, with the light snow on the bob-wired fence, tree branches hanging in the FG to the warm looking house in the bg. Excellent colors and well displayed. TFS Julie

Hello Niek,
Indeed! Upon time... hehehe!
Here we have snow since a couple of weeks and now temp is -20C...
Your first snow is beautifully photographed, snow is no easy at all to do well...
Great atmosphere with typical muted colours, suddenly the world comes in black and white!
Pablo -

Fantastisch he Niek? eindelijk sneeuw!
een heerlijk idyllisch plaatje hoor!
Mooie compositie.


beauiiiiiiiiittttful~~ Niek the thumbnail for sure doesn't do this photo justice.wow! The whiteness in the air from the snow and the tones of the photo with just that touch of yellow from the shutters of the house...its a postcard beauitful photograph...TFS

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 391 W: 156 N: 602] (8359)
  • [2007-02-08 14:49]

Great shot Niek, perfectly composed with interest both in foreground and background.
Nice one!
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Hitbit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 417 W: 159 N: 451] (5918)
  • [2007-02-08 15:19]

Mooi idyllisch sfeer plaatje Niek. De takken en het hek geven mooie diepte. Eindelijk winter maar voor hoelang. Zal van het weekend wel weer over zijn.

Grtz Pim

Estupenda perspectiva.
Muy bien logrados los efectos con tanta líneas rectas, triángulos, cubos...
Muy agradable esta composición y bonita foto.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2007-02-08 15:38]

Very beautiful compo, Niek. Yes, we finally had a touch of winter ;o). Unfortunately, all snow we had (some 5cm or so) had vanished after a couple of hours... Too bad I didn't have my 350D with me today :-§.
Anyway, I'm glad you share this with us.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-02-08 15:51]

Hi Niek

This is just picture perfect. Excellent exposure and a lovely composition. You obviously enjoyed the snow



Beautiful picture, Niek. I myself took my camera along to work this morning when I heard about the snow! It was great, and especially after such a long wait.

Nice feeling of depth in the picture, and the snow looks great. Very well done.

Hallo Niek
Prachtige opname een juweeltje.
Met die gele blinden in het wit grijze landschap is een perfecte opname.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-02-08 18:46]

Maravilloso lugar, y excelente disparo, agradable encuadre... saludos Niek

Hello Niek!
Wonderful winer scene! Lovely place and very beautiful colours and clarity!
Lovely perspective!
Excellent done!

I find the branch over the house, just a bit too close to the roof. Other than that, an excellent capture. Good composition, excellent winter light, and the yellow shutters: priceless! Well done!

Hi Niek,

Lovely winter scene, excellent composition! TFS


Really nice winter scene. Your shots always have such great composition and detail, and this one is no exception. Nice work,


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-02-09 0:28]

Hi Niek,
I like much this mix with gray tones and soft colors. It give a great mood to the image. Efficient capture of this winter atmosphere and great composition! Very well done! Annie

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2007-02-09 3:49]

Een echte sneeeuwpostkaart! zo zuiver en

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  • melik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 117 W: 12 N: 16] (254)
  • [2007-02-09 6:03]

Niek, na Deventer ging de sneeuw naar Almelo. Je hebt goed gebruik gemaakt van deze gelegenheid door deze eenzame boerderij aantrekkelijke wijze vast te leggen. Groet. Ömer

Hello Niek!
very nice composition,good shot.I like the lines of fences and snowy roofs.

Hoi Niek,

Een mooi intiem en rustig winterplaatje. Goed gebruik gemaakt van de overhangede tak als natuurlijke omlijsting.

Hello Niek,

Well capture excllent colors bg POV DOF excllent composed, The details are crisp, I really like this POV alot, A+ wintery postcard

TFS Kyle

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 362 W: 0 N: 697] (2745)
  • [2007-02-09 11:07]

Hoi Niek,

Goed dat je die kans gegrepen hebt, want de sneeuw is hier alweer verdwenen. Dit is een echt mooi winterse foto, een boerderij, sneeuw, heel rustgevend.
Mooi gedaan!

Groetjes, Nel

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  • gnc Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 730 W: 10 N: 104] (1449)
  • [2007-02-09 12:59]

Beautiful image, soft tones but crisp, peaceful and relaxing.

pts later..

Hoi Niek,
Yeahhhhh....great shot my friend! So you did the same as I although I didn't captured farms. The yellow shutters are a nice contrast against the white and grey surrounding. Perfect winter image Niek! Ans I was also fiddeling around with protection towel to keep the camera dry but thats a real challange to go outside in this kind of weather conditions and shoot nice pictures.


:) Later...

Superb Niek. Well composed, good diagonals and full of detail. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Golden Rays 5’

hello niek!
brilliant winter shot, i like this branches on top.
great composition and colors.


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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29336)
  • [2007-02-09 20:44]

Wow ! Wow ! A real beautiful winter scene, it makes me dreaming.The ambiance you got here is truly interesting

Niek, nice winter shot. Well composed and soft colors. :) Vandana


Hello Niek
Could also be in Canada... You have captured the true essence of what winter is like with a snowfall. The colors have a desaturated look and there is that different light. Well done


A very beautiful winter scene Niek. Lovely composition with good detail.
Regards Mark

Hi Niek,
Having just been in south Florida in the sunny 80 degree weather, this really gives me chills. A beautiful low contrast winter scene. A post card perfect scene. Nice one!

Very nice Niek! I just got my Canon EOS 30D and I'm still playing around with it! Got a Canon 28-105mm IS USM lens for it. I need lessons!! HAHAHA! This is a gorgeous shot, lots of detail!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-02-13 16:07]

Hi Niek,
a wondeful winter scene, very well composed with an excellent POV. This little snow cover does add a wonderful ambiance to the scenery.
Very wel captured and presented.

Pracht plaat Niek
Ja er was maar een paar uur voor dit soort opname
Maar zeker geslaagd

Hi Niek,

Oh wow I think I'd move to a place like this in an instant! The snow looks great, I hope we get to see more shots like this from you. I'm glad you didn't lose the all of the colour in this shot (aka the weeds/grass in the forefront, and the red/yellow structure in the back.) The image in itself is just appealing... so pleasant, breathing out those clouds of air... how lovely! :) TFS Niek.


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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2007-02-16 4:38]

Hello Niek,
This is a very nice winter scene with the snow falling, the textures of the ground and these small spot of colours on the house. I like the composition with the fence framing the bottom and the branches adding some dimension in the photo.

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  • Yug Gold Star Critiquer [C: 158 W: 0 N: 89] (1864)
  • [2007-02-16 15:50]

I like this photo Niek! two tones with a small touch of yellow plus a peacefull composition. Very nice!


hello Niek,
lovely winter composition

Well done.
best regards, Daniel

Greenie later ;)

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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2007-03-14 15:16]

Hi Niek,
Stunning image! I like the lines of the fences. Absolutely beautiful and foggy/snowy atmosphere. A great snow painting.
Great perspective!
Well done!

Hello Niek!

Exceptionally , I will repeat a comment I just wrote to Donna ( Captainsgirl ) . I love this winter rural mood with the falling snow.

It reminds me an artist that Martine and me appreciate very much. In fact , we have nearly 30 of his images framed on our walls at home . He likes to paint rural scenes. And he does it very well. He is American but the mood is similar. Check it out by yourself by visiting his Studio website .

His name is Robert Duncan.

Robert Duncan Studio
PO Box 818 Midway , Utah 84049 USA
Phone: (435) 657-0500


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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-11-04 11:39]

hello Niek,
the air freezes around me as I view this picture. I feel the cold. very atmospheric and well composed.The touches of colour highlights just how cold it is.

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