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Gulf of Guinea

Gulf of Guinea
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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: 2010-01-06
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM, 77 mm circular Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): PLAGES ET COTES DU MONDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-10 1:46
Viewed: 3210
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot from my trip along the Ghana coastline - this one not so busy as the last two.. Just a stretch of quiet beach near the town of Elmina..

I took this with a view to doing an HDR job - so one RAW image with 4 images created at +2,+1,0 and -1 EV and the four merged together.. Still a little haloing around the palms at top right - it's not easy to keep it at a minimum. Also a little grainy in places - that seems to be the result of boosting the exposure (a bit like boosting a 100ISO film to 800 by increasing the developing time in the drum... Good old days!!)

Enjoy the beach for all of you who are freezing in the northern latitudes.

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  • Great 
  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-01-10 1:58]

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

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2010-01-10 2:07]

It gives me good memories of good old Goa,almost exactly the same kind of coastline with the high palms lined along the sandy beach.
Thanks David!


Hello David,

Yes, this is certainly a contrast with England, and many other places, I would suspect!

I like your pov which in its complexity, has provided a wonderful lead, superb diagonal composition and created a fine sense of perspective. You have timed it just right, with the sun nestling behind a cloud but casting a warm glow on the surrounding sky.

Have a great Sunday,
Bev :-)

mmm ! A nice view for us (cloudy with wind and -8C here !). But also a nice view for the great perspective and soft light. Grainy ? Perhaps with a magnifying glass !
Merci pour cette promenade !

Hi David

Nice shot of the coastline, I can see the haloing but only because you have drawn my attention to it otherwise I would probably have not noticed.
As Bev says good timing with the sun behind the cloud.
Do you use Photomatix for your HDR, I have tried experimenting with Exposure Fusion in the latest version and sometimes prefer the results to HDR.

Regards Derek

Bom dia David,
Surprising POV. Great perspective and very esquisite colors.
That's a great and lovely post.

hi David nice to see some sunshine and a beach not that i am jealous lol you have a very nice pov and good lighting cant say that it is too grainy looks a grt dshot imho
tfs bryan

Hello David!

It is so a perfect and marvelous shot that I cannot describe. Very nice one in all aspects. The POV, sharpness, the light and colors all are lovely, with a very deep DOF which takes the eyes very far to nothingness and disappearing continuous line of the tress. Nice focus and great details with this HDR work. You have placed the sun well behind a small cloud and the scattered rays through its edges are great.
I will try an HDR too in near future.

TFS, indeed a lovely shot!


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-01-10 4:23]

Hi David

I could swear the icicles on the house across the street, here in Korea, are almost 3 feet long, & growing each day. A striking contrast to the tropical scene depicted here. Good repetition of the coconut palms along the beach, & the warm sunset colours add mood. Tfs!

Yes, this will certainly appeal to all of us Northerners! so nice to see a beach and palm trees.
I love the lean of the trees. . is that due to distortion, or prevailing winds?
Great warm colors on the sand, and in the sky and water. Nicely composed shot.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2010-01-10 6:41]

Hi David,
A lovely scene indeed. Reminds me of a similar place that I just returned from a few weeks ago.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2010-01-10 6:44]

Hello David!
Very beautiful landscape with great perspective.
Splendid natural colours. Excellent lighting and reflections on the sea. Very well done.
Ciao! Vanda
P.S. Many thanks for your visit and comment :-)

Hi David,
Excellent composition of land sea and sky! Superb light. Stunning how you captured and presented these slanted palms. Thanks for the note, it's very informative.

a big perspective, stronger thanks to all those tilted palm trees, and the sun in the empty space... cool ! well managed exposure. nice detail of the sunbeam touching the horizon of the sea

Hi David,
What a nice perpective of the palm and beach!!.
Great warm colors sky and details.
Beautiful place and lovely composition..
well presented too.
Great shot...

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  • Pet Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 14 N: 29] (381)
  • [2010-01-10 9:08]

Hello David
This is a superb HDR shot. Nice PS work you have done.
This is an unusual POV for a beach capture. It's very original.


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2010-01-10 12:06]

Hi David,

Excellent rendition of tonal range. Excellent details in highlights and shadows. No artifical effect sometime created by over-abuse of HDR and you maintained the ambiance of the moment. Good works and TFS.


Hi David

You have really captured the mood here beautifully well done with your lighting and saturation .


Hi David,

I am one of those whos freezing in the northern latitudes hahaha but i am not rancorous so i wont say its an ugly image which, of course, would be a lie.

Youre a lucky one for being able to reach those amazing landscapes, and we (treklensers) are lucky as well for being able to see them presented and pictured from your talented eye.

I believe that the other critiques before mine express it, so ive not much else to add here.

Cheers, Galder

Hello David,
wow, your Pov really gives alot of depth to this photo, the beach seems to be endless...love the line of palm trees, lovely color...TFS

Wonderful light and colours.
Great perspective


hi david
does were the days,still bath development to increase midtone detail,very nice wide angled shot,good row of trees and beach disappearing,good sky and subdued colours,by the way were basking in 10 degrees in dublin.

Nice shot taken from a good point of view, David.
Beautiful sky, lovely light and colors.
Good pp work. Congratulations and TFS, David.


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