Stills V3

March 9, 2012

Misty Winter Morning

Filed under: Cem — Cem @ 21:31

John has seen this picture of mine on flickr and has nudged me to share it in Stills. I happily oblige, of course. :)

The image was taken at the beginning of February, when we had a spell of extreme cold weather here in the Netherlands. One night we had a lot of snowfall and the night temperature was -22.8 degrees Centigrade making it the coldest in the past 56 years. The next morning there was a lot of mist and I happened to be visiting Rotterdam briefly. I have decided to go up the Euromast (96 meters high on the viewing platform) for shooting a panorama; one showing these extreme winter conditions. I was kind of expecting to run into some other photographers up there, considering the unique weather and the resulting scenery. However, I was the only one except for a couple of tourists.

I happened to have the camera with me but not my tripod. However, the far away distances meant that parallax would not be a problem in stitching. This one was taken with the TSE 24mm lens shifted down to include more of the foreground in the pano. In total 10 frames in portrait stand with some 50% overlap. The 750 pixels wide standard of Stills does not do real justice to the image, so here is a larger version if you want to take a look.

Misty Winter Morning



  1. wonderful winter atmosphere – one sees the cold damp – and so much better in Large … ;) (Upps, I shouldn’t write here any more, but my account is still on …)

    Comment by Astrid — March 10, 2012 @ 15:47

    • I am glad to see you drop by Astrid. :)

      Comment by Cem — March 10, 2012 @ 16:10

  2. Cem, I too have seen this before and am pleased to see it again. It really is lovely and the light really gives an othrworldly impression of the scene. I expect to see children skating and running throgh the parks and a Christmas sleigh swooping down! Not the everyday perception of Rotterdam I think!

    I don’t think you have changed the original crop here and I’m pleased. The picture needs the space to breathe.

    One question, what is the field of view here. It looks so rectilinear, but I suspect there’s a lot of country included?


    Comment by sojournerphoto — March 10, 2012 @ 22:34

    • Yes indeed, I have not cropped as it had been suggested by some. I like it as is. I’ve used rectilinear projection although it was pushing the limit with a fov of (iirc) 120 degrees. The big white building to the left is narrower in reality. But I took some artistic freedom. :)

      Comment by Cem — March 10, 2012 @ 22:42

  3. For some reason I can’t see this image and when I click on the link to the larger version I get a “invalid address” message :(

    Comment by cgcooke — March 10, 2012 @ 23:02

    • Thanks for the heads up Chris. It was the dreaded triple /// in the url. WordPress adds an additional forward slash when I insert a url link. It has happened before but I’ve overlooked it. It should work now, can you please confirm?

      Comment by Cem — March 10, 2012 @ 23:11

      • It does indeed work now, thankyou. But I’m off to bed now so will have to comment later!

        Comment by cgcooke — March 11, 2012 @ 00:13

  4. Lots to look at in this image and it is all enhanced by the misty frost. I love the box hedge maze in the foreground, it is an exquisite detail.

    Comment by Rex — March 11, 2012 @ 21:52

  5. That sure is some vista. Wonderful light and weather conditions have served you well yet I’m struggling to rest on something definitive save the building top left. This is a shame as there seems to be so much more architecturally stimulating top right. It does have a very strong vanishing point which could be worked in to even better effect.

    Comment by akikana — March 12, 2012 @ 04:39

  6. Thanks for taking up my suggestion Cem!

    To a large extent it is what Akikana says about the buildings that I like about this. Undoubtedly, some pictures work on their initial impact alone and never leave that peak: that is the case for me here. My reasoning for that is firstly that the pov selected feels as though it is a good one and secondly that there is a lot conveyed about cities and their character and how they can be utterly transformed by a transient weather condition such as snow. It feels a lot like how I imagine Russian cities look from the pattern built up in my mind over many years through seeing snatched photos and film: even that building towards the bottom of the park has a Russian feel as does the Stalinesque large white building. Placing the park in the foreground is ideal to fill the picture with the quantity of snow before going off in different directions to find landmarks: that the skyscrapers are so far away in the misty air from the river makes them romantic beyond the trees in a way that seeing them closer to would spoil.

    It looks good small, which is a sure tick in the box!

    Comment by zavaell — March 12, 2012 @ 07:45

  7. A rather Dutch Masters view of the modern scene. Certainly make Rotterdam seem more romantic than I remember it. Certainly viewing larger helps – the small size doesn’t do justice to the Erasmus Bridge in the background, which rises nicely in the larger.

    Comment by doonster — March 21, 2012 @ 11:57

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