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Tranquil Harbour

Tranquil Harbour
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-31
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM, 77 mm circular Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-19 3:06
Viewed: 3137
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back after 3 weeks away... Lots of photos to sift through and a few to post here no doubt.

This is a shot taken at the 'Waterfront' in Cape Town. A very popular and busy part of the city - shops, bars, restaurants, boating and so on. In the background is 'Table Mountain'. Sadly the cable car to the top was down for annual maintenance so no ride to the top! And whwn it was working when we came back through the city 2 weeks later the weather was terrible! Oh well - next time!!

One RAW image and 4 images produced from that at varying exposures. Combined as HDR and selective dodging and burning due to the intense differences in light levels across the scene.

1/60 @f6.3, ISO 100.

Sharpshooter, Jonela, chrisJ, anavazao, parasbhalla, mvdisco, shelbeesmom, Beger, Athila, dareco, Urfaust, GreenBaron, docdexter, lilimih33 has marked this note useful
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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-08-19 3:10]

Hi David...
Beautiful shot with so nice light...
Nice colors, composition...
Nice reflection...

Magnifico colorido y muy buenos los reflejos
muy buen trabajo
un saludo

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-08-19 3:18]

Welcome back and thanks for this magnificent picture !


Bonjour David.
Très belle image maritime aux couleurs chatoyants.
Un cadrage parfait avec de bons éléments.
Bonne journée.

hi david
excellent shot of this busy port with the table mountain in the b/g,bright colourful image and reflections.

Hi David,
Excellent looking HDR, the warm lighting and wispy clouds are key features of this scene. Nice reflections off the almost still water too, the CPL looks like it came in handy. What time of the day was this taken? Good job.


Hi David,

This is a very beautiful scene the colours are so varied and very rich the reflections look as if they are painted the wispy clouds are fantastic. The details are sharp pov is excellent the dof is great and as I have said the colours are very rich well done.


This has a real 3D feel to me. The clouds really do look far away. I do like the contrast between the highlights and the shadows here, there is a huge difference! I think when one can include water, sky and earth in a shot and some pretty artistic subjects like boats and old waterfront buildings, they have a pretty good recipe for success.
Very well presented HDR photo, David.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-08-19 4:02]

Hi David

Wonderful symmetrical reflections, with excellent color, sharpness & saturation. The red sailed yacht at left, is well positioned in the frame. Tfs!

Hi David,
A very impressive shot. Excellent composition and HDR processing. I guess nobody will criticize pseudo-HDR if all the result is like this that looks so natural. Keep up the good work.



I like very much the "mood" of this landscape, you got beatiful tones!
The picture is so good, it's really pleasant to look at!
Nice composition also!
Take care Ana:)

Hi David,

An exceptional shot with great mood and beautiful colors! I like the sharpness and the cloud formation associated with mountains in the BG. The clouds bringing wonderful mood into the shot, whereas, uneven reflections in the water made the viewer to think deeply about the story behind this gorgeous water-front and everything happening there. the POV is just superb with great use of the natural light. An original work!

Thanks for posting.

Paras Bhalla

Good Day sir :)!
Nice composition
the colors are so beautiful and the details are splendid

Have a grate day

Hi David

Another fine shot using that sigma lens, fine details as always.
Good composition and PP work.

Regards Derek

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-08-19 5:22]

Hi David,
A very sharp and detailed capture of this fantastic harbour.
Great lighting and an excellent HDR treatment!
A magnificent reflection with accurate details, even in the clouds!
This must be a fantastic postcard of this waterfront in Cape Town!
Great neat presentation.

Francis Xavier

Hey David, good to see you!
Another stellar shot from you .. colors, contrast, sharpness, details, composition .. all great! Really nice low light .. and love those low clouds in the back.
Looking forward to more...

hi David breadthtaking shot here realy good details and sharpness love the ripple on the water tfs

Hi David,
An amazing point of view of this tranquil harbour,
great HDR composition and presentation,
nice reflection on water and beautiful sky too,
Regards, bonne journée.

Seems you have been added to the "bullies" list! I commend you sir!! Welcome! And as always, your work speaks volumns! The babies are just jealous! You get an award for this one! It's BEYOND good, sharpness is excellent, the color and clarity are amazing! HDR rocks and you have mastered it! Good job my friend, chin up, sword out, armour on. Good prevails!

Hi David,

Lovely colourful scene,looks a beautiful place, the tone mapping has brought out the reflections well.

Hope some of this sun comes Scotland way,I am heading to Skye for a week.


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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2009-08-19 8:22]

Hi David,

What ana amazing picture is this!
Beautiful colors and fantastic light!
Stunning reflections and composition.
Well done mate; this is a favo for me!

TFS and greetings from Netherlands,

Bonjour David

Pas grand chose à ajouter tout est dit dans les commentaires précédents.

Une superbe photo !!

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-08-19 9:29]

Hi Walter,
This light is a feast for a photographer. You have captured it with great skills!
I like much your composition with this sunny harbour in the middle of two blue layers. A very appealing site well depicted. The HDR processing is subtly done. and adds at the image a gorgeous shimmering. Very beautiful!
My compliments! Annie

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2009-08-19 10:10]

Hi David,

Excellent reflection, beautifull sky and very nice colors.
Light and sharpness are great.
Thanks for posting.

Hello David

Beautiful shot from the Harbour.
Excellent composition.
Very well colors and detail


Oh, my gosh, David,
what a madly good shot. Brilliant light, exquisite detail and beautifully composed with that sailboat to the left with sails unfurled. The color is fantastic and I love the way the reflections look like molten gold. Man, that's beautiful! Many thanks and kindest wishes,

You've caught a good one here. Sharp, clean, clear, with excellent use of the HDR effect - what else to say? Beautifully crafted shot.

David, My best friend is originally from Capetown and what a gorgeous place. I can't wait to visit one day (with her as a guide). The photo is just stunning. The sun hitting the buildings really show the cheerful colors of the buildings (representing cheerful personalities?) ;) The sailboat on the left really adds to the mood of this seascape. Nice all around composition. :) Lisa

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2009-08-19 17:47]

Hi David,

Nice shot with beautifull brillance. Sky is filled with splendid clouds and ripple on the water creates nice mouvements. The PP treatment maintained a nice and sharp contrast while keeping great details in shadows and highlight. It has at the same time a photography look and a painted look as seen in "renaissance painting" (I am not a paint expert, may be I mentionned the wrong period). The slightly warm tone, amphasis the painting look. Excellent work that doesn't need any framing to give it more value. TFS.


Amazing color and detail in this image. The reflections on the water are very nice. lots of little details to examine in the buildings. This image would make a fantastic postcard.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-08-19 22:01]
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A very nice picture from you once again. Impressive pp work! Good lighting and artistic reflections. Excellent detail. TFS

Hi David,

This is stunning! Like a photographers dream come true. So photogenic! The sharpness and vibrancy of colours on and around the harbour is captivating. Quite a buzz of activity and really captivating. Simply awesome! TFS.


ciao David..
quiet a masterpeace, my compliments.. light and its treatment are superb.. it gives so well a sense of age in modernity.. silver reflection on the water is wonderful also.. a nice visual effect.. with an unique and moody atmosfere.. great compo!
i can't believe it's a mix of 4 images.. light and colours are uniform without any difference..
an excellent job!
ciao Marco

Hi David
Pretty average shot if you ask me ;-), terrible compo, terrible light with terrible colours, but the shot is tranquil indeed ;-) What I like is the subtle, and I mean subtle use of the HDR. One of the best I have come across on this site, if not the best to be honest. If anyone wants to use HDR properly then this is the capture to look at. Excellent PP work to enhance the scene, well done David.

Hi David..nice shot...which exposures did you end up using?


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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-08-21 4:11]

Hi David,

Perfect capture David...superb sharpness.
I love every detail of this photo.


Hi David,
HDR here fonctions so well. Good presentation.

Hi David,
Good to see y'r back! Superb reflections of SA! Great colours and clarity almost looking as an HDR. Composition is spot on. I hope to get such images in January when visiting SA and Namibia. Anyway you really posted a superb picture.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-08-23 5:27]

The light im alway in search for David,good view over the old harbour and the Tafelberg in the distance.pleasant picture.


Hi David !
absolutely stunning and very crisp image.
Very sharp and very clear. Excellent DoF.
Exposure is superb.
Best regards, Daniel

PS: I saw an Emirates A380 climb away from Heathrow a few days ago - huge !
I wanted to ask you; does it have an identical cockpit to your aircraft (being same no of engines)?
like, if I'm correct, the Boeings do (with the 757, 767 etc)?

Hi there!
I have seen some great pics of The Waterfront, but this is fantastic! Fantastic composition and POV, lovely colours, super crisp details.
Well done and TFS!

Hello David!
Great colours and light and nice reflection in your picture!
Really lovely place!
Best regards!

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