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A touch of winter [3]

A touch of winter [3]
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Copyright: Frank De Cock (Dingo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-02
Categories: Daily Life, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Tamron 18-200/3.5-6.3 AF XR DI-II LD IF, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My photos >= 40 points, A Beautiful Child II, INDIGO AWARDS, 50-59 points- Part 6, 80-89 points (II), Apocalyptic Futures: T45G32 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-02 18:13
Viewed: 2861
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 89
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A slight bit of frost today, -3 °C in Lint, a bit foggy but no ice on the ground... To my surprise, in Antwerp it had snowed.

I think I had subconsciously anticipated that, for I took the 350D to work. Needless to say that I took it out as soon as I stepped out of the train ;o).

It was only a small amount of snow, so as you can see the pavement got all ugly real soon. I decided to leave it as it was, to balance for the slightly darker part in the upper left corner.

Tech talk

Croppity-crop, chose for a near-square format.

Downsized for TL as per usual: 72 dpi » 1200 dpi, 2755 pixels width » 800 pixels *, 1200 dpi » 96 dpi.

* Applied USM 18, 40, 0; USM 150%, 0.3, 0 after downsizing.


I re-wrote my intro late in December. Feel free to read it if you have some time. One thing I'd like to repeat here is my opinion about the point system; please leave me a critique if you want, but there's no need to add points. As far as I'm concerned, spend your daily amount of rated critiques on newbies or on members that really care for points. I don't... I care about useful critiques ;o).

Anyway, thanks for stopping by !


I've awfully little time to browse your pictures, I'm afraid... I hope the week-end will bring more time ;o).

taba, Xalkida, advtrvlr, vsinopoulos, cstathoulis, orbiter, JohnTulip, Fisher, Janice, chrisJ, svan, s_a_s_h_a, Giorgimer, harpya has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Polonaise: WSDingo 3 04-01 03:23
To Polonaise: Luck has got nothing...Dingo 1 03-29 06:34
To Marcie: The Plan ;o)Dingo 2 02-17 19:18
To Janice: Freezing ?Dingo 1 02-17 17:05
To Fisher: Thanks Mike...Dingo 1 02-14 14:32
To maleentjeh: Ik ga zelden...Dingo 1 02-09 14:14
To lucbus: Thanks Luc...Dingo 1 02-09 14:05
To letr: Fotografie...Dingo 1 02-07 14:20
To LuciG: Thanks to Babelfish...Dingo 1 02-07 14:17
To Niara78: Dank je, Nathalie...Dingo 1 02-06 17:51
To JohnTulip: Dankjewel John...Dingo 1 02-06 17:48
To orbiter: Not only in the reflectors, John...Dingo 1 02-06 17:41
To hojper: No weather for...Dingo 1 02-06 17:39
To Alfonso: Thanks Alfonso...Dingo 1 02-06 17:37
To cstathoulis: Efcharisto Kosta...Dingo 1 02-06 17:35
To vsinopoulos: Simplicity...Dingo 1 02-06 17:32
To WALTERito: A bit of photography...Dingo 1 02-06 17:29
To mikoyen: Thanks Guy...Dingo 1 02-06 17:26
To wishnugaruda: No more snow...Dingo 1 02-06 17:21
To cherubin: Thanks Cherubin...Dingo 2 02-05 07:29
To Werewolf: Cold it was...Dingo 2 02-04 22:01
To cloverstar: I too love...Dingo 1 02-03 15:43
To clix_stuff: Not funny...Dingo 1 02-03 15:30
To advtrvlr: For an all b&w version...Dingo 1 02-03 15:28
To magda_indigo: Wow Magda...Dingo 1 02-03 15:26
To lukdm: Zeg maar gerust...Dingo 1 02-03 15:22
To Dawn: I'm afraid...Dingo 1 02-03 15:20
To Fons: Dank je, Fons...Dingo 1 02-03 15:16
To bolletje: Bedankt Paul...Dingo 1 02-03 15:14
To tournesol: Volcanic ash ?Dingo 1 02-03 15:06
To katya534: Dof...Dingo 1 02-03 14:44
To Tintin: Slush...Dingo 1 02-03 14:34
To tropicalrips: Almost b&w...Dingo 1 02-03 14:11
To lobo: No camouflage...Dingo 1 02-03 14:07
To padre: I took quite...Dingo 1 02-03 13:39
To miau: Eh...Dingo 1 02-03 13:34
To Xalkida: I was very...Dingo 1 02-03 13:29
To taba: Absent colours...Dingo 1 02-03 13:27
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Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 412 W: 161 N: 337] (2163)
  • [2006-02-02 18:38]
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Hi Frank
Great photo, I liked the absence of colours gave by the snow on the bikes, just the suficient to show that the picture is not in B&W !
Very good composition and motive to the shot, I think you got exactly what you want.
Good DOF, POV and sharpness.
well done,

Hi Frank

Very fine shot. I like the "snow camouflage" on these bicycles. Nice job.

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  • miau Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 59] (3606)
  • [2006-02-02 19:06]
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Très belle prise Frank.
On sent bien le froid.


Hello Frank, I loved this image as it reminds me of being a child not able to go out in the sunshine and ride your bike. Very nostalgic! I did a workshop just to see how it would look in black and white. Excellent and cold job! B

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  • lobo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 73 W: 0 N: 0] (3)
  • [2006-02-02 19:55]
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really cool camouflage pic...well done!

this almost look b/w Frank :)
i always like how the snow covers parts of the object and creates a shadow or 3D effect :)
well seen and captured

Amazing to see all of these pictures from all over Europe with snow, Frank, when don't have any in Toronto which is very unusual for us. Very nicely composed with the diagonal created by the fence & the bicycle (maybe a bit tight on the left). Good decision to leave the bit of pavement where the snow had started to melt or turn to slush. Well done!

It is always nice to see snow in photos. We don't have it this year in Washington. :( I like the composition and colors are very real. The only thing that bothers me a little is the wheel of the first bycicle. I wish it were also in focus.


Good composition, and a very nice DOF. For some reasons, it looks more like volcanic ash to me than snow or frost. There is a sense of time suspended here that I like a lot. Great shot!

Nice presentation! Cold can do so unbelievable things with so less! You show us a good exemple of that! Cool!

Een mooie foto Frank. Het is altijd een dankbaar onderwerp zo'n rij besneeuwde fietsen. Deze vind ik erg geslaagd: Bijna zw/w met een zweepje kleur, met een mooi besneeuwde railing ter ondersteuning.

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2006-02-03 3:12]
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Een heel mooi ogenblik om dit op te nemen. Prachtig

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2006-02-03 3:19]
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Hi Frank... this is a pleasing photo, to cool me off down here in the humidity... temps high in the late 20's even up to 30 deg C the other day...nicely composed and good DOF...

One would get a cold wet bottom sitting on that seat though..LOL..

Thanks for sharing...
Sending some of our heat to warm you up...

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  • lukdm Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 332 W: 3 N: 21] (1350)
  • [2006-02-03 3:54]
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deze foto is 'cool' Frank

Hi Franc,
very nice photo, I like it!

MAGIC, INDIGO AWARD, thanx, M, (*_*)

Nice composition. The slight colors peaking through on the bikes really adds alot to this photo. I think if it had been all B&W it wouldn't have worked as well.
Very nice job!

Funny you should say touch of winter when everything seems almost covered with snow. Nearly B/w as otehrs have said with just a few traces of colour. Good angle too and nice graphic composition.

Oh, really great winter shot Frank. Love the diagonal composition. Snow covered bikes always appeal to me. Love the splash of colour from the green bike. Very well done.

Hi Frank,
it's wonderful - I don't want to go with the bike in these snowy days - brrrr.
Very nice motive, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hey Frank, your wish is happened: snow! I love this one with those bikes standing on the fence, with snow on it. A lovely one!
Best regards

Those hints of colour in a mostly BW surrounding make this picture really special to me.
IMHO, one of your best Frank !
Sincere congratulations !

Excellent winter shot, a simple subject but so well composed and captured, that it is special!
Well done!

Hi Frank,
Now this looks like a really cold photo! Initially, I thought that the photo was B&W until I saw some colour in the bikes. Nice POV & tight crop. Good winter composition, well seen and captured.
Well done :)

And bicicle (veliki)

This looks so much like a black and white photo Frank, that it is a surprise to discover the colour elements. And there are a few. But I like it that way.I ride my bike to work and I know what it's like to come out and find it covered like this. I long for spring.

Hi Frank,

Great shot here! I love the way it looks so cold and yet there are still some colours in the reflectors on the bikes. Great detail and excellent composition


Hallo Frank
Ziet er uit als een shot uit de 2e wereld oorlog!
Heel goed daarom maak ik de puntenstand 50
John T

Very nice - so very winter, it is :) Reminds me...where has the snow gone? We need more! I like the title - it's a touch of winter, be it a slight, but it's enough to make us hope for more :)
Thanks for sharing!



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  • LuciG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1206 W: 151 N: 655] (8171)
  • [2006-02-06 18:41]
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ola Frank!
parece que a natureaza decidiu pintar estas bicicletas com flocos de neve.
a imagem està muito bem captada.
Bom trabalho!

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1134 W: 420 N: 1093] (6670)
  • [2006-02-07 5:59]
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Winterbikes :-)) very well seen and captured Frank ..you must be quick in Belgium to shoot this and you were !!


  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-02-07 21:37]
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Hi Frank,
Very nice winter photo with these bikes and trees covered with snow. And during this time here it's raining. Excellent composition.

Het is altijd goed om voorbereid te zijn, he. Ik sleur mijn camera ook altijd overal mee. Plus het is een prettige start van de dag als we wat foto's kunnen nemen vooraleer binnen te gaan op het werk en de dagelijks problemen aan te pakken.

Prachtig, die besneeuwde fietsen. Ik wist niet eens dat het gesneeuwd had in Belgie verleden week.


Hi Frank,

Well done on this capture and composition. Your details are just right in this scene. I'm having a good chuckle, those bikes are retro looking. :) :)


  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2006-02-16 21:17]
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This is FREEZING! No way could I live over there in these conditions. Very good show Frank of life in the cold lane...
It's just about B&W, but I do like seeing the odd colour here and there. Well shown especially seeing the snow as it is. TFS

Hi Frank,

How nice winter shot, the mild winking colours from the tender blanket of snow.
The perspective is also well designed.

I just recognised you wrote a complete codex on your intro side, now I will start reading now - instead of drawing today's task (a half-naked - upper side - model with bones in him :-O), hehe, it was so good to trek again.
We started the computer graphic subject, so I do not have to spend all time in my massy painting room, so I will come back now regularly. At least this is The Plan.

Have a nice weekend!


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2006-02-21 6:51]

Hi Dingo

There is a green halo around the front wheel, & contrast could be a little higher. Otherwise, a very good shot. Tfs!

Ça Frank, c'est une très bonne photo. C'est de toute beauté de voir cette neige se coller sur son passage à tous les objets quelque soit leur nature. Cette photo donne l'impression d'être un noir et blanc mais non ce n'est pas le cas. J'aime aussi l'angle choisi pour le cadrage en diagonale de ton image... Belle trouveille...

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  • dada Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 46 N: 382] (6560)
  • [2006-02-24 18:26]

Hi Frank! wow how I love this one, all is SO white! congratulations! great POV!


Mooi hoor. Het heeft hier ook gesneeuwd, enkele dagen terug. Maar nooit in het weekend, dus kon ik er geen foto's van maken...

Groet, Pedro

It was one of this frosty, winter day, when everything there is beautified with brightly white, crystal diamods of ice. The world looks like the Kingdom of Snow Queen from Andersen's tale. The air is cold and fresh. The things around you give you a hint: Do you see how do we look now? Nobody can stay oblivious for such landscape. And if you have a camera with you...You're one lucky fellow.
You had the camera, Frank. And I can only imagine how great those bikes looked like on the Olde Antwerpen' scene.
Imagine I say...Because your picture is boringly gray, a standard shot with standard POV, with dirty ash instead of white crystals. No concept, no designing, and on the top of it - poorly executed PP process. Such common thing like sharpness - where is it?
Pitty. The nature did its homework. Did you do yours, Frank?
Only excuse...You were on your way to work. Time was pushing you strongly. It happens sometimes even for the best. As for me - very, very frequently.
Good luck the next time.

Warmest regards...George

I've read your introduction. I share your opinion and your point of view.

It was a winter storm. It hit sooo fast... People left their bikes and run away... After only 30 seconds, the bikes were covered in snow. Another 30 seconds, and it would have been impossible to take this photo...

Great angle... Perfect...


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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2006-06-13 15:38]

Winters, and with the minimal colours, this is a superb one !

Hi Frank,

Elegant shot. One of my favorites in your photos. Clear and picture perfect. Nice concept too. TFS.


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  • sebcz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 172 W: 31 N: 60] (869)
  • [2006-10-30 17:15]

This is a really uncommon sight:) Good observation, TFS!

Hello Frank,
a beautiful winter shot, captured with nice exposure, and good depth. great work.

Hi, Frank.
Great shot, very well composed. Good exposure and POV. TFS (",)

Hi Frank,
It's amazing touch of winter.
Amazing to see all of these shots from all over Europe with snow when don't have any in Israel.
Very nice winter photo with these bikes and trees covered with snow. Excellent composition and great shot.

Best Regards,

Hi Frank,

very beautiful, I like a lot the soft touch of snow over these bikes.



Hello Frank

Ours!!! I am amazed with the one that I see!
for this composition to be like this, only even in -3ºc.
It was wonderful the look.
Love the splash of colour from the green bike
Congratulations, worthy of all of the credits.


Hoi Frank,
Deze verscheen in de random foto's van je intro-pagina en ik ben, moet ik zeggen, verkocht.
Voor mij is het vaak in de eerste plaats de sfeer die telt, en die heb je hier beet: een sfeer van verstilling, waardoor alles er ineens anders gaat uitzien en horen (met als symbool, de wit ingeduffelde fietsen). Getrokken in Antwerpen lees ik, maar 't had evengoed een brug over een Ardense rivier kunnen zijn.
Fotografisch mooi van compositie binnen dit vierkante formaat. Misschien had het voorwiel van de eerste fiets wat scherper gekund. Misschien...
TFS & groeten,

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