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A Dutch Settlement

A Dutch Settlement
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Copyright: Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3633 W: 199 N: 5642] (38022)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-02
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Camera: Canon PowerShot G1 X
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My best pictures on TE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-12-05 8:17
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the river Treene at Friedrichstadt, a town that was founded in 1621 by Dutch settlers.

We made a very short "holiday trip" to Nordfriesland on Monday this week when we could combine some sightseeing in the very beautiful weather with Christmas shopping at Citti in Flensburg.

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Dear Gunnar,
I know this place by the river very well but I did not yet succeed in capturing such a beautiful light. The composition is also successful.
How was shopping in Flensborg? Did you find some gifts?
Warm regards

Ciao Gunnar
hai colto una bella atmosfera autunnale, con una composizione impeccabile e colori molto belli dominati dal blu del cielo e delle acque e dall'oro della vegetazione.
Una ecceltente contrapposizione che rende pių pregevole la tua fotografia giā bella per come si presenta il soggetto.
Ciao e buona serata

Hej Gunnar,
En väldigt fin bild som genom sin snedställda roddbåt påminner en hel del om dina tidigaste bidrag till sajten. Det är fin balans mellan det skira ljuset på andra sidan och den skuggiga förgrunden. Det stilla vattnet fungerar som en väldigt bra spegel.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3188 W: 0 N: 7224] (53607)
  • [2013-12-05 9:03]

Romantic shot with soft light, excellent composition, very moody photo
regards Ryszard

Hello Gunnar,
a very lovely photo, it looks like an artistic interpretation of the wintry scenery. There are very delightful tonal variations, the role of the mild, graduating light is marvellous. I like very much the balance of your composition, the solid foreground, how the separate elements interact and make part of a harmonious whole in which nothing is redundant. The atmosphere has such a fine fragility. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,

Dobro vece.
Lep pogled na camac i reku ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepo mesto za ribolov, nadam se da u vodi ima velika riba.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.

Good evening.
Nice view of the boat and river ...
Good composition and perspective, nice place and shown the moment ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Nice place to fish, I hope to lead a big fish.
Good evening and all the best.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11434 W: 126 N: 20602] (106855)
  • [2013-12-05 10:09]

Hi Gunnar.It seems to be on my Ticino river,same boat,same water,same scenery,lights and colors.Obviously i liike it..ehehe...great choice of the moment and top quality of sharpness and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9196 W: 157 N: 14699] (120873)
  • [2013-12-05 12:22]

Witaj Gunnar!
Your photo is lovely.
Excellent composition and colors.
Wonderful climate.
Good work.
Best regards

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2013-12-05 17:04]

Hi Gunnar,

You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the calm river and tasterful river bank with the winter grove. It's effective for a lonely boay connected with the riverside. And, the reflection projected to the river draws out a good atmosphere.

Kind regards,

Hello Gunnar - I think this shot encapsulates the mood of the season very well. A hint of warmth from the wintery sunlight and a softness from the slight mistiness. Peace and loveliness and a pleasure to view. Warm regards Rosemary

Hello Gunnar,
The winter light and the slight mistiness in the trees gives a tranquil look. The reflections of the trees connect one side of the river with the other. I also like the position of the boat and fence.
Kind Regards, Ann

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9446 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2013-12-06 1:31]

Hi Gunnar,
nice peaceful scenery here. Good composition with the boat on FG. Pleasant autumnal view near by nature. Photo is well done.
Have a nice day.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13440 W: 0 N: 15998] (166028)
  • [2013-12-06 5:17]


quelle iamge et cpatage sueprbe avec ces reflets sur le plan d'eau mervielleux et cette barques les tons sont doux le calme et la sérénité quel vue mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié

hello Gunnar
Une superbe prise de vue, une ambiance calme avec des teintes trčs agréables, et d'une belle netteté.
Bonne soirée

Hello Gunnar,

I hope you have completed your shopping ... it seems to get harder and longer, each year!

This is so different from the hustle and bustle of Christmas; the mood is calm and everything is tranquil. I love how the f/g is sleepy, bathed in shadow, the boat making no ripples. The b/g is strongly contrasting with sunlight and colours but the mood is still the same!
The reflections of the trees is lovely, acting as a link between the two banks.
Don't you think winter trees make good photographic subjects!

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hello dear Gunnar,
What an amazing autumnal scenery ! Not only a photographic capture but at the same time a perfect poem !
TFS and have a nice weekend

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13960 W: 1031 N: 27665] (132416)
  • [2013-12-06 16:50]

Ciao Gunnar

Nice reflections in the placid waters with the lone boat providing a superb focal point. Good sharpness and with excellent color and saturation. I like the simple blue black yellow and green pastel colors. Have a nice weekend!

Hi Gunnar,
I do not know what it is about lone boats but they are great subjects to photograph. Exquisite photo, TFS!

Hello Gunnar,

very fine picture showing very good and interesting autumn colors.A picture full of peace and calm.Very good composition and fine light managment. Very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


namaste Gunnar,
what a calm and beautiful place it is. Lovely view. Great presentation with perfect light and natural colours. Really enjoyable one. Tfs.

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10770] (42576)
  • [2013-12-07 3:02]

Hallo Gunnar!
Lovely! I also have been here and I like this place, this region very much - though it's totally flat ;-) You caught a wonderful atmosphere in this picture and I like the effect of this view from shadow to sunlight.
Friedrichstadt is a worth visiting town for sure.
Greetings from snow covered Siegen - at -1°c this morning! A nice weekend to you both!

Ciao Gunnar, lovely autumnal composition, fascinating reflections, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2013-12-07 7:16]

Hej Gunnar,

En finstämd höstbild med ekan välplacerad diagolt i bilden. Jag studerar detaljerna med intresse. Ekan är ganska lik en svensk men årtullar och andra detaljer är ganska ovanliga. Jag skulle gissa att de har ganska många år på nacken. Ha en bra helg!



Bonsoir, cher ami Günnar,
J'aime beaucoup cette composition qui s'apparente ā une peinture (et qui devrait inspirer de nombreux peintres sur le site).
Tout exprime calme et sérénité ā travers cette réalisation.

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  • larsy (28)
  • [2013-12-08 0:52]

Vackert foto. Det måste ha varit strax innan stormen bröt ut, så "lungnet före stormen" passar väl bra som underrubrik.

Howdy Gunnar,

Fine tranquil scene with the fishing boat at rest on the smooth water, and the deciduous trees background, all in good resolution and natural coloring.

Good job,

Beautiful and peaceful composition. I like the lighting and it has good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1434] (7875)
  • [2013-12-08 13:48]

Hej Gunnar,
en fin och stämningsfull bild som påminner om en målning. Höstluften och ljuset är mycket påtaglig här och bra fångat. Bänken? i förgrunden och längst ner till höger borde kanske ha beskurits om man ska vara petig, i övrigt är det en mycket fin bild att vara stolt över tycker jag! Snyggt!


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24045 W: 523 N: 40143] (172908)
  • [2013-12-10 3:48]

Hello Gunnar,

Maybe is this also a Christmas gift these nice picture but shall not so much costs as shopping in the city.
What a quiet picture with a pleasant river and nice winter image.
You chose a very well angle this care for depth and perspective.
A nice composition, lovely colours, sharpness makes everything nice.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2013-12-13 5:03]

Hello Gunnar,

I'm not quite sure how much you enjoy Christmas shopping but I certainly don't and, for me, a walk along this beautiful riverside would be a welcome break from rushing along streets and through shops desperately looking for Christmas presents!

You have captured this scene perfectly in lovely warm early morning light which makes those distant trees glow against the pale sky. You have also chosen a perfect viewpoint too with the little rowing boat nicely seen in shade and holding the foreground together very nicely.

Gorgeous soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.


Kind Regards,


Hi dear Gunnar

Very poetic and artsic image as your state. Perfect framework and soft light contarst of rear and front are so tasteful and fantastic to see.

All the best and have a good Saturday! Takero from cold Tokyo

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13491 W: 295 N: 26850] (107865)
  • [2013-12-14 9:08]

Hi Gunnar,
very nice and tranquil the environment that presented us with this section of the river Treene,to dominating the place.I like the created reflections on the calmly surface of the river as the beauty of the place with teh lonely boat to 'decorates' perfect the whole scene.


Bonsoir Gunnar
Trčs bon rendu des teintes naturelles du début de l'hiver.Les teintes chaudes ā l'arričre plan de l'image donnent une trčs bonne touche ā cette image.La barque est parfaitement placée dans le cadre.
Bonne nuit

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9716 W: 144 N: 24403] (120003)
  • [2013-12-14 10:44]

hi Gunnar, this ti me of the year is not specially good for travel, with short days but one can enjoy trips in spite of this. Beautiful view of this quiet lake with the boat and still golden colours of autumn. marvelous light.
Warm regrads Malgo

Gunnar, this is a very artistic shot!!
a very beautiful composition with great stillness and an amazing scenery!!
great work!!
kind regards

Hello Gunnar,

A splendid picture with a romantic atmosphere, soft light and good reflections. Congratulations for your work!

Best regards,


Hi Gunnar
Such a picturesque and tranquil river side view on a very special day. Full of calmness and as pretty as a picture can be full of early winter colours and the glass water reflection is indeed catchy shrouded by slight mist in brilliant light. I think you could not ask for anything better... the scene so subtly captured, Congrats.
Best regards

Hi Gunnar
for some reason this photo reminds me so much of the photos of Belgium from JHM :)

too bad you couldn't clone out the top left branch as its a bit distracting at first, but its easy enough to move on from that and enjoy the natural beauty in the shot itself.

love the posts sticking out of the water, the dark boat, and the illumination and warmth in the bg.
sweet shot all around

hello gunnar. such a tranquil feeling in here: the light is soft and the water is almost still. the bare tree on the right is perfectly balancing the compo and i also like the branch on the top left, which points at the boat, while i could stil sacrifice it to obtain a perfect square (or even vertical) cadrage.

Hello Gunnar,

Beautiful photo with a very peaceful and tranquil mood. Love the warm golden low light, the dormant trees gives a melancholic moods of the early winter day. the lone boat in the foreground make the whole composition drawing the viewer into the scenery.

Thank you.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas. I assume Gert is related to you. Father and son, or perhaps brothers?


It looks you had a very cold day when taken this pic. along the waterfront, Gunnar.
Clarity is super, especially with the naked trees, inspite of the fog/mist, also light was relatively favorable.
Nice waterfront scenery.
Have a nice weekend and Merry Christmas.

Hello Gunnar,
As you probably know, New York City was originally a Dutch city (it was called New Amsterdam), and it was also created in the 1620's. I have read a lot about our Dutch history, and some traces of it are still evident today. The city in your photo has similar origins, and I like this peaceful setting and the warm sunlight on the trees. This town seems quiet and small, while NYC has become very busy and very large!! Have a Merry Christmas!

Hello Gunnar. Water with boat, some woods in the background. A landscape with a lot of peace and tranquility - just in December feeling. The light in the background gives the picture mood.
Rgds, Wolfgang
Merry Christmas for you and your family

Hello Gunnar, very good picture of this pretty winter very well captured with good image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.

Hi Gunnar,
Nice composition with this lonely boat, perfect water mirror with nice reflections, well taken, tfs and Bonne Année 2014 !

Hej Gunnar,
it's a view the beauty of which is so well revealed in the juxtaposition of the "golden" stripe of trees in the background along with their beautiful reflection - and the tranquility of the water surface. A perfectly composed image , a nice mood :)

kind regards,

Hi Gunnar, Bonjour,
Beautiful point of view and composition,
nice tone of colors and light,
Lovely place too, nicely done,

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2014-01-14 1:00]

Hello Gunnar
The low soft light creates a pastel mood here. The exposure contrast has been well handled with the lesser lit FG and the boat adding the main interest. A lovely trannquil place, the mood of which comes out well in the picture. Good work!
Best Regards

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  • Mics Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 0 N: 169] (984)
  • [2014-02-10 1:10]

Hello Gunnar,
Indeed a lovely shot with soft yellow tones. The photo exudes a very artistic feel. Nice work!

Kind regards,

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