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Surrounding of an Blast Furnace

Surrounding of an Blast Furnace
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Copyright: Ruud Blok (ruudblok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1845 W: 727 N: 2259] (23329)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-06
Categories: HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Sony DSC F-717
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 70 points or more !, 100 points or more !, Sato: Surréalisme Après Breton, btokaz favorites, 200 points or more!!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-06 6:32
Viewed: 9344
Favorites: 16 [view]
Points: 241
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Surrounding of an Blast Furnace
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hi ruud,
it is very moody,good PP job.the sunlight behind the three is a little disturbing but I think u left it there on purpose.

Ruud, very nice composition, very moody and evocative. Was the heron part of the picture or is it superimposed?
Well done

great shotand wonderfull light. Incredible.

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  • aran Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 123 W: 21 N: 19] (396)
  • [2005-06-06 9:11]

Hi Ruud, great shot and beautiful colours.

i love the effects and the standing of somewhat dead tree.bravo!

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2005-06-06 12:31]

Very nice feel Ruud to this composition. I assume you have added the moon and bird to this?. The smoke trails from the planes are behind the moon.

Was it the shuttle.....tehehehehe


Mooi, natuurlijk weer!
Het contrast tussen de rokende schoorstenen en daarboven de toch ook wel onheilspellende boom, zon en maan tegelijk, de mooie vogel, maken het tot een spannend geheel.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1631 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2005-06-06 18:37]

Oh wooooooowwwwwaooo... Ruud, this is another great work of yours, excellent pp work, great mood shot, sun on one site and moon on the other... excellent, the heron and the smoke just addin the bonus of the shot! Very well done, TFS

Wow this image is just like a beautiful painting.
Bravo Ruud

Very strong image, very well thought and executed. It passes the message very clearly, your PP work is superb, all elements are combined in a masterful way.
Well done!

  • jbate Gold Star Critiquer [C: 126 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-10 1:21]

This is one beautiful picture; I am happy I came across it. sometimes I just browse through the photographs and somtimes I am lucky, like now. I can forget all the terms used to describe pictures and sum it up in one word: fabulous.

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  • yra Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (370)
  • [2005-06-19 1:34]

wow I like so much this picture. looks like a painting to me, very artistics, good work


Very surreal dreamlike photo. I love the glowing moon, the bird and the tree all in contrast to manmade things, the trails in the sky from jet planes, and the smoke from the factory. Very nice photo composition.

The tree with this screaming branches is terrific!

A wonderfull composition, very sinister.; I think that you got what you want.

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  • capa Silver Star Critiquer [C: 21 W: 4 N: 9] (362)
  • [2005-06-23 12:59]

excellent image \o/


This is an amazing composition. You are really really skilled at using your images to build a collage that has a very vivid and moody effect.

Once again, as with "Close to the City," you've done a great job of mixing natural elements (the heron, the moon, the tree, and the sun) with man-made ones (the steam from the furnaces, the contrails of the planes in the sky). This really creates a wonderful, disorienting effect, as if we just walked into a dream or onto some other planet.

Your PP work is really impeccable, as others have said, but the composition is the best part for me -- every element is placed just perfectly in my view. You have a great talent for "painting" with your camera, which is something I'd like to do but I have a lot to learn yet.

Congratulations on a really wonderful work of art.


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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6117 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2005-06-28 14:23]

Wonderful picture, his creation was perfect
details, shadow, colors and everything.
I liked to see.


Great image Ruud. Your excellent composition and PP work creates a strong mood.

Very beautiful and compressed! The material here could be used for at least four complete photos ;)
A full moon requires the sun to be behind us :) But who cares.
Thanks for sharing it, Ruud!

Hoi Ruud
Prachtig plaatje. Heel goed van compo. Dat alles samen met scherpte, kleur en sfeer is een toppie!
Groeten Albrecht

This is a fantastic photo!
You have a very vivid imagination!
Well done & TFS :)

Such a beautiful picture, superb! The color, subject and compostion are perfect!

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  • Yogi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 92 W: 7 N: 33] (237)
  • [2005-08-01 10:33]


My eyes frozen when I saw this work! O_o

Everything is awesome, but frame isn't, in my opinion...

Really a masterpiece!


Very impressive picture Ruud, beautiful all the way. I like it a lot.
Best regards

Very poetic. It is an excellent PP - each element beautifully placed to create a sense of desolation. I specially like the muted hues of grey here - themed around the billowing smokes of furnaces.
One exquisite creation Ruud - congrats.

it seems an overlapping of two differents realities..... is this the surrealisme?
I don't know... but I like it

everything has been said. wonderful.

What I find incredible in this shot is how you have included so many interesting elements together within your frame. The bare branches of the tree falling over in a nice shape, the oversized moon, the bird taking flight, the blast furnace chimney smoke and the many striations in the sky. It seems ilke these skies are criss corssed by many jet planes everyday.

Splendid composition.
Excellent HPP work.
Well done.

Fantastica está espantosa a composiçao, os elementos lindissimo nao sei que mais dizer , parabens

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  • M4tej Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 28 N: 82] (781)
  • [2005-09-06 9:11]


Very beautiful picture
I like it


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  • n0xdw Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 78 W: 7 N: 40] (437)
  • [2005-09-21 8:38]

This sure caught my eye, it seems very busy at first glance yet peaceful, I think the heron really makes this picture stand out, nice placement and composition.

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  • bzees Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 64 W: 0 N: 23] (366)
  • [2005-09-22 19:34]
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I like this picture a lot.

The sun and the moon both trying to draw your eye at the same time.

Nice work in composition.


  • jinbo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 21 W: 9 N: 8] (381)
  • [2005-09-24 23:25]

three photos in one? generally, I don't consider this type of photos as a "photo". They are more of an art work. I like this one. very interesting. two things I would do differently:
1> I'd remove the moon or the sun. we all know they can not be there, both bright at the same time. The purple flare near the moon kinda annoying, don't you think?

Over all, a great image, I like what you have created!

A tense and lovely scene is a result of a masterful work. It would be normally too busy to have so many elements so close to each other but in this case there is a harmony in chaos. Lovely work.. my complements!

well... what can I add? Nothing I supose everything been told. I love it. Bravo

I live in a place where there are plenty of blast furnaces. If you can make one of those look attractive, which you did so well, you accomplished something. Bravo.

Bravo Ruud !

Interesting PP composition.

Indusry and Nature mariage works well here.

Good job!

A great piece of work here Ruud, even if it is not a single shot, the mood you have created is eerie but believable.
Good vision, light and colours.

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  • Klaud Gold Star Critiquer [C: 107 W: 5 N: 124] (1762)
  • [2005-11-05 23:12]

Amazing picture !!!
5 Elements, but they work perfectly all togetgher !
Magnifique ;-)

Wow, this is fantastic....a great composition, sharpness and contrast are perfect.
Thanks for sharing,

epoustouflant! quel talent!
je suis bat. bravo ruud
ps: dommage qu'il n'y est pas plus de comentaire...
rien est truqué???

A (modern) fairy tale story! So beautiful, so creative! everything just works in perfect harmony.


Hi Ruud
Excelent work, very well thinking and better composed.
Well done Ruud,

Ruud, what a great image you put together here! There are a lot of elements here: the sun, the moon, the heron, and the smoke plumes in the background. One can interpret this image in many ways. Very moody, and excellent!!

Wow Ruud! No wonder you got so many points with this splendid photo! The bird, the subject and the moon are fantastic. And the blue tone brings a nice mood. And the zigzag in the sky adds to the composition.

Great work! Tfs and have a great day! Yan :)

A spectacular well ballanced image!

very, wery nice photo

Travail Impréssionant!
Amicalement, Alain.

Moon and Sun and the same time:-) Interesting idea!!!

Wauw wat een schitterende foto. Bewrkt of puur natuur.. dat is het extra knap.
groetjes van mirella

This is sheer magic, Ruud! The beauty of it leaves me tongue-tied. Thanks for leaving your kind comment on one of mine.
Warm regards,

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  • olam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 112 W: 7 N: 13] (628)
  • [2006-01-25 13:33]

great shot!!! Reallu outstanding! :) Congratulations! Take care, Ola


Whatever the blast Furnace has to do with it.?

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  • rosana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 293 W: 2 N: 246] (3317)
  • [2006-02-15 17:46]

Fantastique prise de naturel (lune et oiseau) et d'artificiel (la furnaise - fumee) felicitations!!!

Hi Ruud
I never seen nothing like this photo, is an excellent composition, and beatifull cuality.
Thanks, I learn with you.

Excellent shot ! Absolutely stunning. TFS

Only this

Hi Ruud

Stunning shot. Nicely composed. Great timing and POV. Amazing visual impact. TFS.

Hello Ruud.
Wooooow; incredible capture and amazing photograph, congratulations.
Excellent composition and timing.
Thank you for sharing.
Have a great day, best regards.


Very nice shot is it a montage? it is perfect full of components


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  • kami1 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 33 W: 0 N: 1] (78)
  • [2006-04-22 4:18]

so much happening in the pic, great shot

WOW! beautiful...nice composition, sharpness, subject, DOF! No words to describe...Vandana

Ruud, this is an amazing photograph that you have managed to capture. Cheers Gareth

Hi Ruud,
Great shot, very nice composition. Well done.

what can I say about it? perfect? yes it's perfect and beyond!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2006-05-12 6:17]

Ben ik blij dat dit op de intro-pagina verscheen, Ruud. Een echt juweeltje. Zon en maan passen wonderwel bij elkaar, de reiger vormt een mooi element. Het boomsilhouet met de zon erin, die rookbrakers op de achtergrond... goed gezien en spotless PP werk met maan en reiger.
Zoals wij Vlamingen zeggen: chapeau ;o).

hi again Rood... what a wonderful shot... there are everything in a frame... good work. thank for share this perfect shot..

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  • jude Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 51 W: 1 N: 10] (447)
  • [2006-05-28 7:44]

Nice Moody and unusual !

Interesting composition and post processing...personnaly i would may be darken or contrast a bit more the bird, so that it couls be perfectly emmerged in the 'decor'

well done master !

Hi Ruud,
This is one of the most beautiful photos I've seen. It's almost surreal like. Thanks for sharing this, it is quite amazing! Keep up the great work!

WOW! I am blown away with this picture! I love the tones! Very natural and even throughout. Wonderful shot of this bird! This picture creates such a mood and the moon seems almost unreal! Mystical in a way!
Very nice!

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2006-10-04 22:09]

Hi Rudd, Brilliant creative job on this. The various elements come together seamlessly. It will give many inspiration to try this sort of thing one day. Murray.

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  • pix Silver Star Critiquer [C: 42 W: 0 N: 0] (1027)
  • [2006-10-18 8:07]

Bravo and thanks, I enjoeyd, nice POV and DOF.

HI.. it seems so dreaming.. wonderful. any photoshop worked?

Cool one, is it really a sun and the moon on one picture? Or am I seeing this wrong. And nice that the bird (ooievaar) is so sharp... well done! I really don't know what an blast furnace is... but I like the picture anyway :)

looks like good pp work ! very lovely composition; it would be nice without the bird as well, cause it seems to be too full ! but nice !


Oh my God! this is perfect!

Wow! Hello Ruud! Great composition! Beautiful point of virw and colours! Just perfect!!! Well done! Lili

No need to tell you my admiration for your work in general and on this shot too !
Thanks you for sharing !

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  • orkhan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 632 W: 152 N: 366] (3549)
  • [2006-11-28 11:06]

Nice PP work, but may be without the moon (or without the sun) beacuse both of them, they disturb me.

:) later

Moody Capture, it looks like a japanese painting in composition, Bravo!

Woooh, excellent, excellent, excellent and wonderful.

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  • Pops71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 252 W: 24 N: 523] (2093)
  • [2007-01-16 23:03]

Hi Ruud,
What a picture! It seems that the eat from the furnace has killed the leaves. The bird, the moon, the clouds, it is splendid!

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  • Lix Gold Star Critiquer [C: 73 W: 0 N: 7] (193)
  • [2007-01-17 4:32]

Hi Ruud
fantastic composition!!!


Hello Ruud.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • efi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 11 N: 211] (3730)
  • [2007-01-26 8:37]

like dreamland.
did you add an object?
t u ...

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  • maga Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 59 W: 0 N: 12] (528)
  • [2007-02-08 12:47]
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ik heb geen idee hoe zegt je "sinister" in nederlands...
maar het foto zelf (wel, ik denk een mix van fotos..) ziet uit heel sinister.
- Magda

Hi Ruud
Nice composition. Very pleasant colours. Very much I like the bird.
I did WS, I hope that he will appeal to you.

You have created a superb photo here. Great skill. What software do you use to create it?

flying to the moon :)

Hi Ruud,

Ook deze is weer schitterend, het licht door de boom is zo sterk dat ik eerst aan de zon dacht, met de maan erbij was dat ook wel apart :) De vogel is prachtig tot en met het puntje van zijn tenen. Ja, je weet me vaak te raken met je foto's :)


Pryvitanne Ruud!
Malaichyna! Very good composition! Colours, details, lights are perfect!

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9631] (55122)
  • [2007-04-04 10:34]

Hi Ruud

This one popped up at random, & I couldn't resist. Definitely worth opening too. Outstanding work.

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  • dcata Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 1 N: 3] (394)
  • [2007-04-26 1:33]

Incredible shot !! Allmost ireal :)
Beautiful composition and light...


Wondeful capture, amazing lighting and effect.

I aslo just realised you have the same camera as me so now I have no excuse to blame errors on my camera !

TFS kind regards Helen

hi Ruud,
this is fantastic shot. and wonderful PP work
very well done,

okay... about indonesia,
if you wana goin to bali or any place of indonesia, I can say.. Dont worry,its really save now, no bomb, no teroris, :)
and if you come to indonesia specially jakarta what u have to worry just a travic, :) always got travic jams hare, specially in work days.
and also if you come to indonesia... i'll be your guide for free :) hahaha....
so dont worry to much, come and enjoy...


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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2007-05-02 8:17]

Macig composition, colour, light...
Well done

Hello Ruud,

More than beautiful, more than wonderful!
It's fantastic!

wow what a wonderfull shot
perfekt timing and very nice scenery!
good colours and great composition
Well done

Hi Ruud!
Fantastic picture,it looks amazing!Cool colors and fine contrast!tfs

Hi Ruud

Very moody and the colour is such like a polluted atmosphere... great PP work bro

Amri HMS

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  • Suna Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 38 W: 5 N: 22] (490)
  • [2007-07-24 18:16]

hello Ruud
this is also like a dream :)

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  • juta Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 139 W: 20 N: 103] (1650)
  • [2007-07-28 6:06]

hi ruud,
very nice composition, very moody and evocative.
I assume you have added the moon and bird to this?very good PP Congrats,TFS and Thanks for your visit and comments, have a nice day.
Best regards,

Hi Rudd. Fascinating image, Almost surreal yet hanging on to reality. We like it. Thanks for sharing.

Regards Phil.

Hello Ruud,
This is just a great picture. The lighting, composition and just about everything else, are all spot-on!
Well Done

One of the better exposures that I have seen for a while.

Hey Ruud

Nice thought to put both the moon and the sun in a single shot!

The moon surely is real and so is the bird but I suppose the sun is artificial as I notice a pale blue streak halo formation on the right bottom side of moon, this i suppose makes it a little unreal! And "Blast Furnace" I suppose because of a particular camera effect in some software I don't remember which has a "solar blast" option for flare effect! Am I near? Anyways this is surely a very good idea and a fantastic picture! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

How did you come up with this idea. It is very splendid and impressive. Very well done, soooo artistic.


nice pp work... sun and moon in the same time as a result ;)! good final compo;

Hello Ruudn
outstanding shot, I love it,

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  • lika Silver Star Critiquer [C: 42 W: 0 N: 0] (329)
  • [2007-09-02 11:11]

Beautifull photo!
Excellent composition!
Wonderfull light!
Good job!
Thank you for shering!


Artsitic work and framing.

Seaguly is so wonderful and moon has great effect in your work.

Like a painting.


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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2007-11-23 19:14]

Nice pp work.Very poetic,Excellent frame.TFS

deze is ook geweldig ruud



This is unreal.. It's a beautiful shot, simply magical.


Beetje sinistere foto, maar wel heel mooi.
Je vraagt je af wat er allemaal gaat gebeuren.

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  • lican (63)
  • [2008-02-22 9:00]

one word: AMAZING

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  • henkv (35)
  • [2008-03-05 11:00]

Great photo, tfs

Hi Ruud
excellent image
Well done!

This is an amazing scenario and graphic photograph with excellent details,
well done ruud.

Marvelous creation.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-09-29 9:40]


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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 680 W: 60 N: 8] (86)
  • [2009-10-09 22:33]

Hi Ruud,
magnificent working. I like blue tones and impressive take off time.

Hi Ruud! Great capture and composition, beautiful moment. Best regards Csabi

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