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Old 17th January 2009
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Some photos from a week ago, boy was it beautiful!

The river Lek.


The dike of the river.


The foreland and the river Lek (in the distance).


First two images E-500, last image E-3, all with Leica Vario Elmar 14-150mm
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Re: Cold world

Truly lovely !

I especially like number 2

They do seem to be exhibiting JPEG artifacts - could I suggest you re-upload at a lower compression ratio

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Re: Cold world

Absolutely wonderful. I love these pics. Thanks for sharing them.
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Old 18th January 2009
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Re: Cold world

I agree, nice photo's. I also like the tree's in #2. The river lek must have a pretty good flow to not be frozen over.
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Re: Cold world

indeed it was very beautiful here on that morning. You were very lucky to have some time to take these wonderful pics. (Unfortunately I had an early business appointment, so I missed the opportunity, i still regret it.. )

@DannyH: The river Lek is one of the main branches of the river Rhine, so it seldom freezes over. The last time was in 1987 en 1985. But i remember very well that in the winter of 1963 (yes, I was quite young then... ) it was frozen solid, so you could even cross the river by car .
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Old 18th January 2009
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Re: Cold world

These are terrific. All good - my fave is #2 with the birds
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Re: Cold world

Thank you all for your kind comments, #2 is my favorite too.

@Andy (shenstone): you are right about the artifacts in #2, I have to investigate and try some different ways of producing jpg's as I have always used the same compression (20) and rarely had problems.
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Re: Cold world

Three really nice images but #2 is exceptionally good. If I were to be picky it would be absolutly perfect if we could see the legs of the two walkers. However, to have taken this shot either a moment earlier or later would have put the figures in a less satisfactory position, even if it did then expose the legs to view, and the birds (which are a vital ingredient in this compositin) would definitely not be so well placed.

I'm sorry, I've just commented as if this thread was in "Going for Perfection" rather than "Foto Fair," but IMO it truely belongs in "Perfection" so I hope you'll forgive me. Anyway, I'm off to your gallery now to mark it a well deserved "10."

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Re: Cold world

Henk, your gallery here does not contain any images, so I can't give #2 the perfect ten it deserves, what a pity!

Seems a shame not to make use of your free galllery space and it might also solve your JPEG compression issues as you can download reasonably large files to the gallery. I resize my original images to 72ppi at around 800 x 600 pixels and save at maximum quality, which seems fine for the forum but you can go bigger if you wish.
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Re: Cold world

Beautifully COLD!!
Brrrrrrr.........just like here!!
Great shots in the outside on a cold winters day Henk....you are brave!!

I like 'em all!!
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Re: Cold world

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Henk, your gallery here does not contain any images, so I can't give #2 the perfect ten it deserves, what a pity!
I forgot to mention that I link from my smugmug gallery, sorry!

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Seems a shame not to make use of your free galllery space and it might also solve your JPEG compression issues as you can download reasonably large files to the gallery.
I don't want my photo's all over the internet and always link from my a.m. gallery, as for the compression issues I think they may be caused by a bad converter in my PP program but I have to investigate that further.

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I resize my original images to 72ppi at around 800 x 600 pixels and save at maximum quality, which seems fine for the forum but you can go bigger if you wish.
So do I, but some files seem to be more sensitive to forming artifacts.

Thanks for your advise John.
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Re: Cold world

Thank you Bill, I was on my bicycle and was out there for an hour and a half. My toes and fingers did hurt from the cold. It was worth it.
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Re: Cold world

They're really beautiful pictures.

I like the third one best. I like the way the river leads into the scene, the detail in the foreground, the low horizon and the seeming emptiness too. The sky is lovely as well, with all the different shades of blue


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Thank you Bill, I was on my bicycle and was out there for an hour and a half. My toes and fingers did hurt from the cold.
Brrr, that brings back memories!
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Re: Cold world

Well Henk, if you can still ride a bike you are a better man than me.
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