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Trouble in paradise

Trouble in paradise
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-10
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 200, Skylight
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-19 6:09
Viewed: 5874
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the image I wanted to post yesterday, but ended up doing so in a workshop. The reason for doing this was that I was unsure of the quality. However, having said that, this shot was taken in extremely bad weather with wind gusting at more than 120 km/h as well as heavy rains.

This was again taken at Container Bay in the town of Rooiels (Western Cape) and again depicts the massive power of these waves.

I placed a call to my dad to get more info on these “general” storms on the cape and these were his comments:

These winds and storms occur regularly, especially when the south easter is blowing. This can happen in most months and also a couple of times a month – they just had 10 days of severe winds. The months of February, March and April are the best times to visit the Cape as there are hardly any storms and wind during this period.

When the Storm warning on the radio is raised, swells of 6m and higher can be expected.

Well now I hope you have a better knowledge of weather in our “Cape of Storms” or “Cape of Good Hope” as it is also known.

Here are the links to my two previous posts about this particular storm The storm is coming and Peace has returned

The camera settings:

Program Setting: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 500mm
F Stop: F/6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/50sec
ISO: 200
Tripod: No,Supported against a big rock to shelter me from the wind and rain
Flash: ETTl
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No
White Balance: AWB
Exposure Compensation: -0.3

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Just great! Powerful and force! It make me humble before a nature.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: **
Color: ***
DOF: **
POV: ****

Very good shot, showing well the power of the sea.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-19 13:46]

Bed, Bottle & Blond weer hierdie. Ek bly liewer in Polokwane. Very nice image Japie. Well seen and captured. Good work

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-19 13:55]

You know I love this one, it oozes mood.ot the type Willie is talking about, but stromy, longing for a fire, and a good book or just snuggling up on the couch!
Stormy seas are always nice, ant the breaker here is splendid

Hi Japie. In fact, not a very good quality, but a great SHOT. Amazing, awesome.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-19 23:23]

What contrasts with the previous one, Japie!
I believe that the building which we see behind is the same that on the first photo of this series, is not it?
It is a very impressive photo. The sound, wind and waves, must be spectacular, a natural Show.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-20 2:49]

I can feel the force of waves.
Composiiton&POV is good,less DOF.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-20 4:03]

This is what I call power of nature! Great moment, scary and beautiful. I like colours - almost B&W but very adequate to this scene. Great work Japie!

500mm at 1/50sec in 120km/hr wind with *no tripod*!! Whoaaaahh!! thats one major balancing act. The dynamism of the scene has been beautifully captured with the wave crash at its peak. Hope the salt water spray did not get into your new lens. The results you've been getting from this lens are amazing!! TFS

Japie this a very spooky scene. The effect of the storm can be seen clearly. Great shot!

Daar sit ek hom vir jou in die twintigs, skitterend! :)

Great shot Japie.
I have missed this one :-(.
This a good example on the power and the forces of the nature.
The man is very small. Very good POV and composition.
Great work.

Point later , out of rands as usual.

Impressive moody image. This image shows how angry the Cape seas can get!! Mooi skoot!!

Wow, you've certainly captured the raw power of the ocean. I used to like to sit on a rock out of harms way and watch the waves crash into the shore, but I never have been out on a day the waves were this big! Truly a day to stay inside and wait it out. Well done.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2005-08-01 11:44]

Good morning Japie!
Excellent example of nature's power. Lovely misty background and fantastic waves. Super shot.

Very nice image! It looks like that wave wants to swallow that house in the distance! The picture is very troubling, and well as you said trouble in paradise. Very nice composition and well just a very powerful picture! :)


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