Colorful tranquility at sunset

A colorful tranquil sunset at Lake Geneva

Colorful tranquility at sunset
June 18, 2013 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
A colorful tranquil sunset at Lake Geneva near Morges, with a wooden pier in the foreground and mountain silhouettes in the back (2-minute long exposure) (Johan Peijnenburg)
44mm – f/11 – 133 seconds – ISO160 – D800E with 24-70mm f/2.

I haven’t posted in a while. My apologies for that. I’ve been crazy busy with travelling and all sorts of other (good) things. I am back at it though, and hope to be posting a bit more regularly again in the coming months!

This image is the last one in a series of images that I captured during a long exposure sunset shoot at Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) near the Swiss town of Morges. I shot this with my Nikon D800E and made a conscious choice to turn of long exposure noise reduction on my camera. The good part of a sunset doesn’t last that long, so turning it off allowed me to get away with more images. Never again though! The D800E adds thousands of tiny white spots to each image when that setting is turned off. I was aware of that and it can be taken care off in a post … but wow … what a time-consuming and annoying task it is. So … more images from that night will follow … but very sloooowly 😉

I used only one Lee ND filter (10-stop) to get at an exposure time of 2 minutes. I processed the image with Adobe’s Lightroom 5 (a touch slower again ain’t it). The white spots were removed using spot healing in Adobe Photoshop CS6. This was actually the first time I used Photoshop on a published image … hope you like how it came out!

Comments (394)

  1. WONDERFUL IMAGE Johan, love it :))
    Enjoy your coffee 🙂



  2. Diego Cattaneo 7 years ago

    Super shot like always :)

    • Author

      hey Diego. I here you are very busy nowadays! Hope all is well. And thank you! 🙂 

  3. Maria Salvador 7 years ago

    So quiet and peaceful!

  4. Marvelous image Johan ! 🙂

  5. Carsten Kopp 7 years ago

    Another great long exposure – so beautiful !

    • Author

      Thanks Carsten! Will be the last for a while. Many mountain landscapes to follow soon :)

  6. So great to see you again Johan !! I love the gorgeous colors and that silky smooth water!! Beautiful!

  7. Shawn McClure 7 years ago

    Gorgeous exposure work and fantastically composed, Johan… A beautiful image…

  8. Nicolai Neijhoft 7 years ago

    Simply great Johan

  9. sina kurumazuki 7 years ago


  10. BEAUTY !..

  11. Ingo Meckmann 7 years ago

    Beautiful Johan – I especially like how the reflection of the clouds frame the pier in the water – great composition!

    • Author

      thanks for the compliment Ingo! 🙂 Btw would love to test that IRND 10-stop of yours. See how it differs from the Lee especially for images like this!

  12. Nicolas Lotsos 7 years ago

    Johan hi. Beautiful image. Try raw therapy. It’s free and it does a very good job on these dots. Let me know if it worked. My best.

  13. Stunning Johan, I love the composition 🙂 

  14. Sumit Sen 7 years ago

    Lovely shot!

  15. I LOVE it Johan, what a stunning image!! I just started playing with ND filters but I think it will take me a while before I get here. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    • Author

      thank you! You will have so much fun with them and the technique isn’t that hard. I can explain in an hour. Seeing is the most difficult part 🙂 

      • Thanks for the encouraging words Johan !! I read the information Joel Tjintjelaar has on his website and that got me on my way!! Hope to share something soon ;)

  16. Elizabeth Lund 7 years ago

    Love the colors and the movement, just gorgeous!

  17. Lovely scene :)

  18. Alex Filatov 7 years ago

    Beautiful long exposure Johan!

  19. Enrique Palaez 7 years ago

    Woow this is great Johan , beautiful LE and lovely composition! nice job!

  20. Dominique Dubied 7 years ago

    Cool shot Johan! Strange that you get so many white spots if you turn off noise reduction. I haven’t that issue with my camera, or not so obvious at least. Haaaaa if we could live in a perfect world ;-)

  21. Margaret Wong 7 years ago

    Love those peachy tones :)

  22. Author

    @Alex: thanks Alex! 🙂
    @Enrique: thanks for the “wooow” Enrique! 🙂 

  23. Author

    @Dominique: thanks Dominique. Did you recognize the pier? Yeah those spots aren’t very nice. The D800E is known for it. Have heard if for Canon as well. Think I need a second one now to shoot whilst the other is doing NR ;)
    @Margaret: thank you Margaret!

    • Dominique Dubied 7 years ago

      Hmmm, not really Johan. Was it captured during one of our shooting?

      • Author

        Nope. This is the t-pier in Préverenges. Was there at sunset a while ago and tried a different angle. The pier is being renovated at the moment. 

        • Dominique Dubied 7 years ago

          As you mentioned Morges in your post, I thought about Prevérenges, but I could not recognized it from the side ;-)

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            hah, fooled you. I have quite a nice series from that evening. All have the same issue though, so some work ahead 🙂

  24. Vincent Paul 7 years ago

    I saw this on google plus and had to leave a comment on your website! Such an outstanding shot and I really love the composition. I think that you really took the time to think about this shot and make it come out as professional as possible. When ever I try landscape I always try to use the rule of thirds. Well done!

    • Author

      Thanks Vincent! Glad you like it. Yes I did give it some though 🙂 It is very important when doing images like this!

  25. ♥ ~❤❤❤~ ♥

  26. Robert Skreiner 7 years ago

    Great photo and work!

    • Author

      thank you very much Robert! 🙂 Wie geht’s in Austria?

      • Robert Skreiner 7 years ago

        You are welcome, Johan!
        Danke, alles bestens in Austria! Wir fahren noch mit Autos und nicht nur mehr mit Gummibooten, wie manche Nachbarn.
        Es herrscht halt nur der übliche Neid der Erfolglosen oder Neulinge gegenüber jemandem der Erfolg durch harte Arbeit hat, also einfach kleinbürgerliche und provinzielle Mentalität von einzelnen Personen, die nicht mal einen fehlerfreien Satz in Englisch schreiben können. Das ist leider bei uns so.

  27. Michael Menefee 7 years ago

    Awesome color and smoothness!

  28. Kerry Murphy 7 years ago

    So peaceful and serene. Really beautiful Johan.

  29. Markus Landsmann 7 years ago

    Johan Peijnenburg, this is so good. 

  30. Nila Kuberan 7 years ago


  31. Kaatje Jansen 7 years ago


  32. Davorin Mance 7 years ago

    Excellent, as always Johan .

  33. Sandra Parlow 7 years ago

    IT’s nice to see you back Johan! This is lovely!!

    I’ve been dreaming about upgrading some day and thinking about the D800, so that is good to know! 

    • Author

      Well that is nice to hear Sandra. Thank you! Yes, it is something to consider. I don’t mind usually as the wait time is used to compose the next shot. At sunsets the wait isn’t really handy. 2nd body to the rescue next time 😉 

  34. Shelly Gunderson 7 years ago


  35. Anna Ryndak 7 years ago

    Waiting patiently and boom stunning image! Amazing work! Love it!

  36. Scott Horwath 7 years ago

    Beautiful sunset Johan. Perhaps next time you are in this situation take your frames with NR off and then when you are all done take a dark frame (with the lens cap on) for manual subtraction in PS. If you took exposures of several lengths you can take dark frames of corresponding lengths, provided the temperature doesn’t change too much between start and end of the session.

    • Author

      thanks Scott! You mean a couple of LE’s with lens cap on once the sunset ended, to fix all the other LE’s of the evening? That sounds like a good plan. Hadn’t thought of that. Going to give that a try as well!

      • Scott Horwath 7 years ago

        Exactly Johan. Dark frame subtraction is exactly what the camera does with LE on, you are just doing it manually in post. The trchnique is used a lot by astrophotographers. You are supposed to do the dark frames at a similar temperature, because the temperature of the image sensor affects the noise profile.

        • Author

          thanks again. I am curious now Scott! What happens if there are more spots in the dark frame than in the one you are trying to fix? 

          • Scott Horwath 7 years ago

            Then it would show up in the final image (probably as darker pixels I think, assuming you blend the dark frame with Difference layer blending). But the real question is whether you’d be better off with that result, or the one mentioned in the OP…

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            well definitely going to try that Scott! Thanks again for the feedback 🙂 

          • Scott Horwath 7 years ago

            You’re welcome Johan

  37. Arthur Cohen 7 years ago

    More then stunning

  38. Sharon Thomas 7 years ago

    Absolutely stunning, Johan…wonderfully composed and great color! Bet it would look great in B&W, too…:D

    • Author

      Thank you. It was not easy to get right in color. Not yet a 100% sure if I managed, so it might be tweaked a bit later. A B&W version is in the works as well of course 🙂 

  39. Rinus Bakker 7 years ago

    This is awesome!

  40. Eric Delcour 7 years ago

    Awesome capture ! Beautiful !

  41. Mona Youssef 7 years ago

    OMG!!! It was worth the long wait! Thank you Johan for sharing it it is breathtaking indeed and I love it, it is like a beautiful painting not just a photograph!! My best wishes. 

  42. Author

    @Eric: many thanks Eric! 🙂
    @Mona: thanks for the very kind words Mona! And many more new work to be published in the coming month 😀 

  43. Rany Liboon 7 years ago

    Wonderfull photo!

  44. Shama Singh 7 years ago


  45. David Shield 7 years ago

    Great exposure for super sweet light and tones Johan!

  46. Very nice colors Johan

  47. Author

    @shama: thank you! 🙂
    @David: glad you like it David! Hope all is well with you !? 🙂 
    @Bertrand: Thanks! So how are you liking the D800? 

  48. Frank van Es 7 years ago

    Holy shit!! Great work Johan

    • Author

      Haha dank je wel Frank! De eerste keer dat iemand “holy shit” in het commentaar zet. Thanks. Alles goed? 

      • Frank van Es 7 years ago

        Het was echt het eerste wat in me opkwam, dus dan kan ik dat ook maar beter in mijn comment zetten toch. Alles prima hier Johan, de laatste weken voor de zomervakantie op een school zijn altijd hectisch maar dan kun je er daarna ook lekker een tijdje tussenuit.

        • Author

          inderdaad en ik vond het wel grappig 🙂 Tot wanneer moet je nog les geven Frank? Geen idee meer wanneer de vakanties tegenwoordig in NL beginnen 😉 Ga je nog op vakantie of ga je de tijd gebruiken om veel te fotograferen?

          • Frank van Es 7 years ago

            IK woon zelf in het zuiden en mijn gezin heeft nog een week te gaan tot de vakantie. Zelf heb ik nog 3,5 weken les. Ik ga meteen in het begin van de vakantie naar Kefelonië ( Griekenland) Daar en daarna alle tijd om wat te fotograferen.

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            klinkt goed! Goede vakantie alvast (je weet maar nooit wanneer ik weer on-line ben). Wie weet tot binnenkort in NL 🙂 

          • Frank van Es 7 years ago

            Ik hoor het wel als je er bent,

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            vast en zeker! 🙂 

  49. This is just delicious with a big D Johan =) lovely tonality and very fitting for a LE. Love the composition too

    • Author

      Well thank you very much Michael! I was curious what the responses would be. Color and LE are a difficult combination 🙂 How have you been?

  50. Rodolfo Seide 7 years ago

    Wonderful shot!

  51. Niklas Hartz 7 years ago

    Great job Johan! Awesome shot 

  52. lakkhana Wanton 7 years ago


  53. Author

    @Niklas: danke dir 🙂
    @Lakkhana: many thanks Lakkhana 🙂 

  54. Lovely LE Johan :)

  55. So beautiful work! 

  56. Author

    Many thanks Sairam !!
    @Anatoliy: glad you like it Anytoliy! 🙂

  57. Deborah Sandidge 7 years ago

    Stunning!! I hear you on the noise reduction…

    • Author

      Thank you! Do you use the same camera? To me it’s just a minor but annoying downside. For the rest I am pretty impressed with what the camera produces :)

      • Deborah Sandidge 7 years ago

        Johan, yes, almost, the D800. It’s a great camera, and I’ve been pleased with it too. I’m much happier with noise reduction. Love this shot!

  58. Athena Carey 7 years ago

    Nice to see color from you Johan! You know I love your colors. 🙂 I especially like the bottom portion of this image – so serene. Exactly the image I need in my mind as I go to the gate to board this long flight. ;)

    • Author

      Thank you and plenty of color stuff in the pipeline 🙂 Have a great flight! 🙂

  59. hien nguyen 7 years ago

    hello…..thank you hear to nice meet you…….beautiful.

  60. Mitchell Prout 7 years ago

    beautiful Johan!! truly gorgeous

  61. Author

    @hien: thank you 🙂
    @Mitchell: glad you like it Mitchell! How have you been? 

    • Mitchell Prout 7 years ago

      Hey! oh yea, it’s very nice.
      I’ve been good! keeping busy, very busy, but mostly with the baby… i’ve got a lot in the workflow, just got to get through it. How about you? How was travel?

      • Author

        Good to hear things are fine Mitchell. All’s fine here as well. Travelling was good and useful. Been a bit busy, but did manage to spent some good time on images. Just couldn’t deal with social media alongside all of it 🙂 

        • Mitchell Prout 7 years ago

          Oh i don’t blame you there!
          check back in with me tomorrow… I’ve got a LE beach scene that’s right up your alley that i’ll be posting. :)

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            Cool. Just let me know when you post to be sure 🙂 

  62. Andreas Levi 7 years ago

    A fantastic work, Johan! Yes, I like it!! :))
    And it’s nice to see you back :)

    • Author

      Glad to be back Andreas and thanks for the compliment! 🙂 How are things? Have you been doing LE a lot lately?

      • Andreas Levi 7 years ago

        Many thanks for asking, Johan 🙂
        Jap, all things are going well ( planning a new business 😉 ), and in the last time I had a little more time to try LE. The first steps you can find here:, and tomorrow I will post the next shot :)

        • Author

          good to hear all is well and goo luck with the new business. Exciting! What will you be doing?
          Will check out your stream tonight. Catching up at the moment 🙂 

          • Andreas Levi 7 years ago

            It’s indeed very exciting if it works, Johan ^^
            Well, in the last time I had organized different kinds of events as fulltime job. Now I will try it with my own buisness with a combination of photography, in the first line landscape photography in the Harz area. I think it will be not so easy; but who not try, who cannot win ;)) :))
            I can tell soon more about .)

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            Good luck Andreas!!

  63. Philipp Weimer 7 years ago

    Well! The result is great! Beautiful colors and a very calm mood (guess that’s normal with LE shots)

    • Author

      Thanks Philipp 🙂 Yes that is normal but will depend on the scenery as well. Thanks for the compliment!

  64. Markus Rienzer 7 years ago


  65. Louis Lavoie 7 years ago

    Thanks for the share Johan and bravo for the patience. This photo is definitely worth every single pixel of it. Great job. 

  66. Author

    @Markus: danke dir Markus 🙂
    @Louis: that’s what I figured Louis 🙂 Thanks for the compliment! 

  67. Yasmin Simpson 7 years ago

    Wowww dear friend Johan, what a killer-adorable image… to die for 🙂
    Thank you for the explanation, I really need some workshop at filters and noise reduction, when are you coming to North-America and start teaching and sharing your fantastic knowledge?.
    Glad you are doing great with positive things around. Hugs

    • Author

      Thanks for the kind words Yasmin. Glad you like it. I would love to come over and share what I know. I guess there are loads of people doing that already though. I will start doing workshops here in the Alps though … 

  68. Hoan Trần 7 years ago

    What a magnificant view!

  69. Don Spenner 7 years ago

    Nice work, Johan at first glance I thought it was a painting.

  70. Sudip Ghate 7 years ago

    Lovely! So warm and peaceful Johan, great shot!

  71. Gemma Costa 7 years ago

    Stunning work !

  72. So beautiful colours and composition! :)

  73. Tatiana Parmeeva 7 years ago

    Exquisite work Johan!!!!

  74. Great photo Johan! Fantastic colours! I hope you like Photoshop as I like your photo 😉 

    • Author

      will gradually explore it Grzegorz 🙂 I prefer to work without but do have a few images that could use some Photoshop magic 🙂 Thanks for the compliment. How are things with you? Are things settling a bit? 

      • Thank you Johan, it’s fine, recently I had a plenty of time to enjoying photography 🙂 I keep my finger crossed for you Photoshop improvement 🙂 

        • Author

          You make it sound like I need it desperately Grzegorz 😉 Good to hear it’s fine with you and that you are using your time well. Would love to join you one day!

  75. I like how it came out 🙂 It’s beautiful. LR slower again? Hmm was thinking to try it out, but maybe better give priority to upgrade the hardware first then.
    De groeten hé.

    • Author

      thanks Dominique! 🙂 Alleen voor een aantal specifieke dingen langzamer, maar dat fixen ze hopelijk binnenkort. Heeft ook te maken met de grootte van de D800E bestanden. De groeten 😉

      • Had er nog niets over gehoord, ik zal nog geen reviews van zware gebruikers gelezen 😉 

        • Author

          zolang je sharpening en local brush adjustments als laatste doet gaat het wel 🙂 

          • Dominique Hilbert 7 years ago

            Niet veel veranderd dus :)

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            nee dus. Ik had gehoopt dat ze dat deze keer zouden verbeteren. Wellicht gaan ze ervan uit dat de hardware automatisch meegroeit ;)

          • Dominique Hilbert 7 years ago

            Zal weer in mijn buidel moeten tasten, om vier jaar in te halen 🙁 

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            ik probeer het nog een jaartje uit te zingen 🙂

  76. This is stunning! The colors are so subtle and lovely. I’m glad you spent the time on all those white dots….it was worth it :)

  77. hien nguyen 7 years ago

    thank you johan.I haven’s to meet you photo…….beautiful 

  78. Author

    @Sinead: thanks Sinead! The spots was a bit annoying but easy. Getting the colors and tones just right was the hard part 🙂
    @hien: thanks again Hien 🙂 

  79. Michael Russell 7 years ago

    Gorgeous photo Johan!

  80. Mikko Tyllinen 7 years ago

    such amazing, peaceful view! pure magic, wonderufl capture Johan! love it! :)

  81. Author

    @Mikko: thanks for the compliment Mikko! I try to paint with my camera 😉
    @Michael: thanks very much Michael!!

  82. Gaurav Mittal 7 years ago

    Beautiful tones and a calming image. Wonderful blog post with useful information Johan :)

  83. CJ Cox 7 years ago

    Such a beautiful shot and awesome colors!

  84. Debby Vos 7 years ago

    Beautiful :-)

  85. SUPER Johan and great colors

  86. Dalibor Pačić 7 years ago

    Wonderful Johan
    welcome back :)

  87. Author

    @CJ: thanks for the compliment CJ!
    @Walter: thanks Walter!

  88. Author

    @Deborah: dank je wel 🙂
    @Dalibor: thanks Dalibor! 🙂 How are things over there? 

    • Dalibor Pačić 7 years ago

      Its very hot here 35 degrees, so i went on snow this weekend, check the photo 🙂

      otherwise ok, thanks 🙂 

      • Author

        it’s about the same weather here Dalibor! Glad I am a bit higher up. It’s at least a bit cooler :)

        • Dalibor Pačić 7 years ago

          Yes, I’m on 130m, just wonderful 🙂
          your’e so lucky..

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            am on 800 Dalibor. Not that high, but it cools down nicely at night :)

          • Dalibor Pačić 7 years ago

            Hope to go on 0m soon, otherwise have to go up and find some snow again like last week 🙂

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            I will be going up again soon as well. Been busy with other stuff the past weeks so looking forward to it 🙂

  89. Mary Catherine 7 years ago

    Gorgeous; thanks for posting. Grew up spending summers on the lake (the cheap way) and remember fondly those quiet nights and mornings beside the serene waters…

    • Author

      those are my favorite moments, besides early morning hikes in the mountains Mary :)

  90. Doug Hagadorn 7 years ago

    Beautiful work, love that long exposure!

  91. Didier Demaret 7 years ago

    Very nice work!!!

  92. Author

    Thanks very much Doug !!

    @Didier: merci Didier !! 🙂 

  93. Günter Schurr 7 years ago

    Stunning and eye catching image Johan!

  94. Ian Good 7 years ago

    Beautiful soft light and colours Johan. I know all about being too busy to post. 😉 

  95. Joan Munford 7 years ago

    A beautifully executed shot, formidable!
    It is not the quantity but the quality that matters and it goes without saying that your photography is top of the bill Johan : )

  96. Jamal Alias 7 years ago

    Amazing tranquility!

  97. Author

    @Joan: dank je wel Joan 🙂 Glad you approve Joan. Hope I can keep living up to expectations …
    @Jamal Alias: thanks Jamal. Appreciated! 🙂 

    • Joan Munford 7 years ago

      Well I do not have any doubts about that and I can’t wait to see your next Power shot : ) 

      • Author

        thanks for the encouragement 🙂 You know, it is always a wait and see if an image will be liked a lot. It makes it kinda exciting to post. Looks like I shouldn’t complain about how this one is doing ;)

        • Joan Munford 7 years ago

          I can understand that perfectly well.
          But in a way you also are a thrill seeker so just allow yourself to enjoy the ride : )

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            I guess you are right! And in a way it is stimulating to improve the photography as well Joan 🙂 

  98. Carolyn Fahm 7 years ago

    This makes me sigh and dream of a place where earth and sky, light and colour, sing harmoniously in a place that only you can celebrate so sublimely.

  99. Nurcan Azaz 7 years ago


  100. Love this image beautiful compositions… 

  101. Author

    Thank you Nurcan !!
    Glad you do Leyla :)

    • I’m doing fine Johan, hope you too.. was to lazy answering you by the other image… sorry… 

  102. Lori Carey 7 years ago

    Such a peaceful image with beautiful light Johan, well worth all of the extra work in post!

  103. E.E. Giorgi 7 years ago

    Oh, wow, so simple and yet so perfect and beautiful !

  104. Michael Salmela 7 years ago

    Alovely composition, Johan, and the hills in the backdrop look great. Beautiful colors as well! 

  105. E As 7 years ago

    Love it. I feel calm! 

  106. Kamal Deep Singh 7 years ago

    Beautiful image sir….

  107. Jerry Johnson 7 years ago

    All of your photos are special, but this one is QUITE special Johan ! Breathtaking and Beautiful.

  108. hien nguyen 7 years ago

    Thanks very much for your contribution to the meet you amazing…..beautiful.

  109. Mark Esguerra 7 years ago

    Such a stunning image as always Johan! And great job with the tiny white specs because I don’t notice any. He he.

  110. Subra Govinda 7 years ago

    Stunning work Johan, love the colors and comp!

  111. Author

    @Lori: glad you like it Lori. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
    @E.E. Giorgi: thank you Elena!
    @Michael: thanks for the kind words Michael! 🙂 

  112. Author

    @E AS: thank you!
    @kamal: thank you very much sir! 😉 

  113. Author

    @Jerry: hope I can keep it up Jerry. Glad you like it. How are things with you?
    @hien: Thanks again hien :)
    @Mark: thanks Mark and glad you don’t notice them 🙂
    @Andreas: You are welcome Andreas! 🙂 
    @Subra: thanks for the compliment Subra! 🙂 

  114. Rohit Chaudhury 7 years ago


  115. Beautiful picture

  116. Jany Viala 7 years ago

    Magnifique ! Je ne peu dire que cela Johan 

  117. Paul Kieley 7 years ago

    Absolutely Stunning Picture, Very Well Done ! 

    • Author

      thanks for the compliment and thanks for sharing Paul. Nice to meet you 🙂 

  118. John Dunne 7 years ago

    Wonderful image Johan, It sounded like a lot of pain in the PP department but it was worth it. I love the balance and weight in the image, that wedge of light and its reflection between the weight of the clouds and their reflection.

    • Author

      Many thanks for the feedback and kind words John! Looking forward to a bit of extra pain when I do the rest of the series:)

  119. Christa Niederer 7 years ago

    Wow, impressive vista, Johan!

  120. Alycia Miller 7 years ago

    Wonderful eye catching image my friend. always love your work (^_−)−☆

  121. Sam K 7 years ago

    Wow Its so much Stunning View

  122. Honey Mafi 7 years ago


  123. Tim Donnelly 7 years ago

    Thats one stunning image Johan 

  124. Author

    @Honey Mafi: thank you very much Honey 🙂
    @Tim Donnelly: many thanks Tim!!

  125. Margaret S. 7 years ago

    Stunning, Johan!! I love all your work but this is really magnificent!! Thank you for giving us this beautiful image to lose ourselves in.

  126. Well all i can say is that the picture is simply breathtaking!

  127. Amos y 7 years ago


  128. Michel Muraz 7 years ago

    This is amazing Johan! Love the stillness of the water vs the motion of the clouds.

  129. Nice

  130. Author

    @Anna: thank you Anna!
    @Amos: thanks :)

  131. Author

    @Michael: glad you like it Michael! 🙂
    @Muhakeem: thank you!

  132. nice!!

  133. Jemma Corrigan 7 years ago

    Now that is a nice photograph.

  134. Author

    Thank you Vodnala and Jemma :)

  135. Johnny Minor 7 years ago

    Absolutely serene shot Johan! 

  136. Natascha Wempe 7 years ago

    Prachtig plaatje…..

  137. Author

    Glad you like it Johnny ! 🙂
    @Natascha: dank je wel Natascha an aangenaam :)

  138. hien nguyen 7 years ago

    Thank you ! I haven’s to when the well is pictures simply breathtaking…….my love for you. 

  139. Yasmin Simpson 7 years ago

    Johan, thank youuuu for the kind-lovely images :-).
    Glad to hear that you wil start some workshops in your area. I am sure you wil do great!!!! :-)

  140. Wow wow!!! What a fantastic view and lovely composition Johan !! Truly magic image!

  141. Author

    @Hien: 🙂
    @Yasmin: hope so! Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂
    @Julia: two wow’s , wow 😉 Thanks for the very kind words Julia 😀

  142. kurt Harvey 7 years ago

    A stunning capture Johan!! Wonderful gradients and tones. So nice to see your posts again! :)

  143. Rc Snoy 7 years ago


  144. Maggy Meyer 7 years ago

    What an amazing view and magnificent image, Johan!! Wowww!!! Excellent work!!! Love it!!

  145. Thierry Bouriat 7 years ago

    Beautiful once again Johan !!!
    I also like your pedagogical approach and your advice,…
    Thank you :-))

  146. Author

    @Kurt: Thank you and it is nice to be back. Still a week of busy ahead, but after that things quiet down 🙂
    @Rc Snoy: thanks Rc! 🙂 
    @Maggy: I always love your delightful comments Maggy. Thank you!
    @Thierry: many thanks Thierry! Yeah I feel I always have to write a bit of a story with the image. Glad it is appreciated! 🙂 

    • kurt Harvey 7 years ago

      Oh, thats good to hear Johan. I have a couple busy weeks ahead and my assistant will be out for several days on top of that. I may disappear again for a few days. ;)

  147. Vitor Ferreira 7 years ago

    Congrats, nice photo, I have to photograph some lakes as well. Cheers.

  148. Oh wow, you’ve hit the mark! 🙂 You should write more beginner’s stories 😉 Good one, congrats!

  149. Author

    @Vitor: thanks Vitor! Yes you should 🙂
    @Wilfried: many thanks Wilfried! Yes, I should definitely consider that 😀 

  150. Meg Rousher 7 years ago

    Fantastic capture Johan, I love it :)

  151. Stan Showalter 7 years ago

    Love the smooth blend of colors. It’s nice to see LE images in other than the popular B&W.

  152. Author

    Thank you very much Meg and Stan. Have a great week!

  153. thank

  154. Matt Adcock 7 years ago

    Some special sexy sauce here. bonito foto. lovely frame

  155. hien nguyen 7 years ago

    Thank you photo johan peijnenburg…….Amazing…..and beautiful.

  156. George Marquardt 7 years ago

    Another fabulous image Johan! I always like dropping by here to see what new artistry you’ve revealed.

  157. Author

    @Matt: many thanks Matt 😀
    @George: I am always glad that you do drop by George! Hope all is well with you! Thanks for the compliment! 🙂

  158. Victoria Etna 7 years ago

    OOOOMMMMMGGGGGG ! what a fantastic and perfect photography Johan !wonderful tonalities ! happy to see your great work again ! I have been missed your talent !
    🙂 have a wonderful day my friend !

    • Author

      lol, I guess I figured out how to get you enthousiastic 🙂 Thanks for the very nice comment Victoria and have an awesome weekend! :)

  159. Hope OHara 7 years ago

    totally mind blowing..

  160. Tom Tran 7 years ago

    Lve the simplicity of this scene and the wonderful tones Johan. Sounds like those little spots were a bit of a surprise in quantity. :D

  161. Nikola Nikolski 7 years ago

    Absolutely cool work here Johan, love it!

  162. Author

    @Hope: thank you very much Hope 🙂 Hope things are settling a bit over there!
    @Tom: yes, those little buggers were rather annoying. Glad I put the effort in though and looks like most agree 😉 Thanks for the compliment Tom!
    @Nikola: glad you like it Nikola! And thanks for the promo! 🙂

  163. Gerard Charnley 7 years ago

    Great work Johan :)

  164. hien nguyen 7 years ago

    Thank you……love for you

  165. Mikko Tyllinen 7 years ago

    Absolutely magical!

  166. Author

    @Hien: thanks again ….
    @Mikko: glad you like it Mikko!! 

  167. David Orr 7 years ago

    This is magnificent. Caught this on my iphone but there was no way I was going to look at it there, it just did not do it justice as seeing it large ! Magnificent LE / minimalism. 

  168. Aidan Kalloo 7 years ago

    Wow, stunning work!

  169. Author

    @David: glad you came back again 🙂 Thanks for the compliment David!
    @Aidan: many thanks Aidan! 🙂

  170. Joel Tjintjelaar 7 years ago

    Well despite the white spots it turned out great Johan ! And I see many other people agree with that!
    I never use NR on my Canon and don’t have any annoying noise either.

    • Author

      It’s an annoying characteristic of an otherwise great camera. Need to make sure I bring a 2nd body for LE’s at sunset 🙂 Thanks for the compliment and the visit Joel 🙂 Hope all is well with you !? 

      • Joel Tjintjelaar 7 years ago

        h I’m doing very well and very busy doing online workshops Johan. Part of the workshop are online one-on-one video chats with all students to make it a highly individual experience which is fun but also time consuming. But I just want to create the best online workshop possible:)

        • Author

          I was totally expecting that you would spend ample time on those on-line workshops Joel 🙂 Perfectionist in everything. I like that 🙂 I guess the effort will pay itself in the end as you probably can re-use all of it or commercialize it in another way 🙂 How are all the location workshops going?

          • Joel Tjintjelaar 7 years ago

            The real life workshops are a bit harder to sell since they’re simply more expensive but as you know we’ve scheduled Chicago and NYC in the second half of this year and we’re hoping to sell them out on time. For next year we’re going to visit other continents like Australia too. Although I think real life on location workshops are more fun because of the personal interaction but also because of all the traveling and going to some very nice locations (!) online workshops are far more lucrative. I’ve sold out my currently ongoing workshops in under 5 minutes (with full payments as well) so I had to reject many other students and add a few more to not to disappoint too many people. Of course I will re-use lots of materials like the videos and PDFs but the online one-on-one video chats cannot be re-used but it’s exactly this part that makes this workshop stand out from all the rest Johan ! Maybe we should meet up soon to talk more!

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            I can imagine that the on-line workshops are a hit. I think it is a lot of value for money! And if on top it is great value for you as well, there are only winners 🙂 I am always in for a meet-up Joel and to talk more! 

  171. Frank van Es 7 years ago

    Nice following your conversation Joel and Johan . It feels a bit like using prism ;-)

    • Author

      lol, guess Joel and I should start to talk Chinese now 🙂 We didn’t say anything dangerous yet did we 😉 

    • Joel Tjintjelaar 7 years ago

      LOL Frank – maybe we should meet up soon together with Johan ! When are you in Holland again Johan? I’m going to SF in the 2nd half of July just for some shooting fun.

      • Frank van Es 7 years ago

        To be sure I would mention that workshop are in the area of photography, who nows what kind of workshop they think Joel is giving ;-)

        • Joel Tjintjelaar 7 years ago

          Good point Frank ! Just to make it clear: I’m not teaching any sing-and-dance workshops: only B&W fine art photography workshops! :)

        • Author

          did you know that Joel has excellent massage skills as well !? 

      • Author

        there is a chance that I will come over somewhere in the first two weeks of July Joel. Not sure yet though. Will keep you posted! 

  172. Chris Roll 7 years ago


  173. Daniel Diggelman 7 years ago

    Serenity and nice soft colors Johan 

  174. Aline van Weert 7 years ago

    A beauty!!!!

    • Author

      Dank je wel Aline 🙂 Alles goed met jou?

      • Aline van Weert 7 years ago

        a dank je Johan, weinig foto inspiratie de laatste tijd, maar binnenkort start ik met de cursus time-laps bij Armand 🙂 Die zorgt er wel voor dat ik die camera weer oppak 🙂 Ik volg je met plezier, altijd weer mooi om te zien wat jij aan schitterende opnames weet te maken! 🙂

        • Author

          Dank je wel! Dat hebben we allemaal wel eens en zo’n cursus kan dan goed van pas komen! Vaak is het ook zo dat je gewoon de deur uit moet gaan. Vaak vind je dan vanzelf inspiratie. Zo gaat het in ieder geval bij mij 🙂

  175. Stefanie Loges 7 years ago

    Well deserved Johan, really like it! I am pretty well and already making plans for my next shooting, but at the same time I am quite busy with other funny things too 😉

    • Author

      Thanks for the compliment! And really glad to hear that you are pretty well! And busy can be a good thing right …. especially when it is with funny things 😉

  176. Ralph Mendoza 7 years ago

    beautiful photo and good read

  177. Filip Lučin 7 years ago

    I love the contrast between sky and water, really tranquil.

  178. Chris Schiepers 7 years ago

    Ziet er prachtig uit, Johan. De vele uurtjes hebben absoluut geloond!

  179. Jamal Alias 7 years ago

    So peaceful!!

  180. Fantastic Johan!!!

  181. Author

    Thanks Jamal and Manuel ! 🙂

  182. Great work. Wonderful.

  183. Love the colors and light here Johan! (^_^(

  184. Betty Manousos 7 years ago

    Absolutely stunning dear Johan !:)

  185. Michel Paulin 7 years ago

    Très belle photo Johan
    Un très grand bravo Johan

  186. Author

    @Betty: glad you like this one as well Betty 🙂
    @Michel: merci beaucoup Michel! 🙂

  187. Hope OHara 7 years ago

    I always love to come in to visit with you.. and re-visit your captures.. they are so peaceful.. like balm for ones soul..

  188. David Herreman 7 years ago

    One more comment: just beautiful!!! :)

  189. Amazingly beautiful ! Great work :-)

  190. Kamal Deep Singh 7 years ago

    Couldn,t help a second look….so inspiring photo….

  191. Author

    @Hope: that is very very nice to hear Hope! 🙂
    @David: thanks for stopping by David and thanks for the compliment! 🙂
    @Jean-Michel: merci beaucoup 🙂
    @kamal: thanks again sir!

  192. Lammert Doddema 7 years ago

    Wauw awesome LE picture!

  193. Ralph Mendoza 7 years ago

    Stunning colours and landscape

  194. Sharon Jeanette 7 years ago

    Amazing beauty!

  195. Author

    @Lammert: dank je wel Lammert! 🙂
    @Ralph: thanks again Ralph! 🙂
    @Sharon: many thanks for commenting and stopping by Sharon! 🙂

  196. Anna Rimovska 7 years ago

    Beautiful shot … amazing colors I like !

  197. Valesa Diamontes 7 years ago

    It is outstanding and impressive Johan. I want to get into taking long exposure photographs and I feel more of the urge when I look at amazing shots like this one WOW!

  198. Author

    @Anna: thank you Anna! 🙂
    @Valesa: glad you like it Valesa! Looking forward to your long exposure images 🙂

  199. Rosa De Cyan 7 years ago

    Once I read that the best idea in landscapes wiht water was blue colour + orange. So this is a perfect combination.
    However, of my point of view in this case, the perfection is the serenity, it gives peace in my soul.
    A greeting

  200. Sheila B. DuBois 7 years ago

    920 plus ones now 🙂 

  201. Sweedon Hedeberg 7 years ago

    This is absolutely exquisite photography Johan

  202. Chris Renton 7 years ago

    Beautiful shot.. love the composition and colour.

  203. Tania Sonnenfeld 7 years ago

    Amazing colors…

  204. Author

    @Sweedon: thanks again Sweedon! 🙂
    @Chris: thanks Chris and nice to meet you 🙂
    @tania: they are 🙂 Thanks! 

  205. Espectacular y maravilloso atardecer , apacibles aguas , magnífico momento capturado , bellos colores ,mágica iluminación .Gracias por obsequiarnos con tan linda fotografía Johan Peijnenburg .

  206. Kathie Morton 7 years ago

    Beautiful moment

  207. I’m truly amazed Johan! This is a wonderful piece of art!

  208. Author

    @Teresa: muchas gracias Teresa 😀
    @Kathie: thanks. It certainly was 🙂
    @Raphael: amazed by the image or by me producing it Raphael? 😉 Thanks!

  209. Mutita EdiblArt 7 years ago

    So beautiful :)

  210. OMG this is simply beautiful. No words to describe this

  211. Author

    @Mutita: thank you Mutita 🙂
    @Jorunn: that is very nice to here Jorunn 🙂 

  212. Enzo Ros 7 years ago

    Perfect Johan !

  213. Chris Miller 7 years ago

    Sublime …

  214. prachtig

  215. Mady Sach 7 years ago

    Amazing shot

  216. Author

    Dank je wel Monique 🙂
    Thanks Mady!

  217. natashabacca 7 years ago

    Its really very beautiful, very colorful. Lovely photograph.

  218. Everything is so pleasing.

  219. Vishal Kumar 6 years ago

    Guru of Long Exposures – you are amazing in this technique Johan, Really Great shot & processing.

    • Author

      Not sure if I am guru already Vishal, but I like the compliment anyway 😉 

  220. Christina Pinna 6 years ago

    Very nice :-). WOW

  221. Renay Gallup 6 years ago


  222. Mona Youssef 6 years ago

    Amazing and more than wonderful photo! thank you Johan 

  223. Author

    @Christine: thank you!
    @Mona: glad you like it Mona! 😀 

  224. Steffan Momma 6 years ago

    The long exposure makes this even more peaceful than it already is just from the motive. Beautiful.

  225. Mona Youssef 6 years ago

    It is always worth the long wait Johan 

  226. 張佳琪 6 years ago


  227. Author

    @Stefan: thank you Stefan and nice to meet you 🙂
    @Mona: most certainly 🙂
    @張佳琪: thank you 🙂

  228. Ronald Varley 6 years ago

    Been awhile since I have looked at your work but your friend Matthias Haeussler brought this to my attention. 

  229. Kamal Deep Singh 6 years ago

    Love this image sir….this is the kind of photograph i would love to do…..i hv started taking workshops….it,s a 10 sundays workshop course….and i m enjoying it…..

  230. Author

    @Ronald: glad you checked in again Ronald 🙂
    @Kamal: glad you are enjoying it Kamal. Looking forward to the results 🙂

  231. Jack the Flipper 6 years ago

    Wow……stunning…..breathtaking and soothing the same time!! You deserve the outstanding feedback and comments on this work so much. This is such a strong but completely peaceful composed work. Thank you very much for sharing,
    kind regards, Sascha | Jack the Flipper

  232. Peter Scott 6 years ago


  233. E Cindy 6 years ago

    Beautiful composition, colors!

  234. Daryl L. Hunter 6 years ago

    😀 Otis Redding-Sitting on the dock of the bay

  235. Author

    @Jack the Flipper: I am late, but thanks for the great compliment Sascha ! 🙂
    @peter: thank you!
    @E Cindy: thank you very much 🙂
    @Daryl: yup 😉

  236. Catharina Graaf 6 years ago


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