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Three Rondavels

Three Rondavels
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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-06
Categories: Bushveld
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Polarizing filter
Exposure: f/11, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-05-16 1:02
Viewed: 3684
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Reputed to be the third largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon (Northern Cape), it is a scenic spectacle within the 30 000 hectare Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve which also contains a major dam at the bottom. The 57 km nature reserve belt runs from Graskop along the escarpment.

The Three Rondavels are named after three of the many wives of chief Maripi Mashile. On the left is Magabolle, 1 354m above sea level; Mogoladikwe, 1 377m above sea level and Maseroto, 1 465m above sea level. Mariepskop with an elevation of 1 944m above sea level, is a flat-topped peak and was also the chief Maripi Mashile. It is the one with all the masts and radar dish! This was an air force radar station during the Apartheid era which kept watch of the Mozambique and Zimbabwean borders in case of incursions. A squadron of Mirage and Cheetah interceptor fighter aircraft were stationed at Hoedspruit at the time.

PS : This will be my last photo for a while, I’m leaving on Monday for a long trip in the USA, (Utah,Arizona,New Mexico and south California)
I will be back beginning of July with,… I hope, some good photos
All the best to all of you

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-16 1:12]

Salut Albert,ta galerie est un supermarche' de surprises..eheh..mais quelle etranges collines je suis en train de voir,souviennes moi un peu les Mogotes de Cuba,une composition de grande classe et qualite' depuis la meilleure prise de vue.Merci et bonne Dimanche,LUCIANO

bonjour Albert

grâce à TN et à des photos natures commes les tiennes
on voyage à travers le monde, à travers les notes on en
apprend aussi des choses, une superbe image d'un Canyon
de paysage africain, tu as choisis un très joli POV pour
présenter le tout, bon voyage et reviens-nous avec de belles photos,



Bonjour ami Albert,

Very inviting scene, such rich and warm colours. Good choice for the composition and POV too.
A great job nonetheless though.
TFS and have a nice new week MF!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-16 13:37]

Bonsoir Albert,
Un paysage très impressionnant et en plus relié à l'histoire locale par le nom de ces trois dames bien rondes probablement qui ont donné leur nom à ces formes très spéciales de montagnes.
J'aimerais te souhaiter un beau voyage et beacoup de belles "prises".

Hallo Albert
An absolute delightful view and most beautiful landscape. A most peaceful outlook with lots of details of nature to appreciate. One can look until one cannot see anymore and even then it remains a beautiful sight. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your long trip. I am sure you will return with some lovely images. Take care and enjoy. Best regards.

Namaskar Albert Herbigneaux,
Wonderful Picture. Beautiful Colour, contrast and sharpness. Nice POV.
Nilotpal Patra.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-06-03 6:43]

Salut Albert
Quel jolie paysage.Cette image donne une effet de 3 dimension.Belle lumiere et jolie composition.
Merci Michel

Dear Albert,
As I live in Hoedspruit at present, this view is very well known to me from numerous picnics.

Hence I would have preferred the focus on the Rondavels rather than on the foreground...

Though I am the one who always protest about too much ""photoshopping"" in TrekNature - in this case a bit of contrast and sharpening would have improved this image a lot. I upload into your workshop a sample of my idea.

I hope you had a good trip
Have a nice evening
Greetings from South Africa

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-04 22:03]

Hello Albert,
A nice landscape showing a great view of the Blyde River Canyon and the remarkable eroded rock formations. The perspective is excellent with the nicely composed two trees on either side, together with the FG rocks, helping to give the image depth.
Thanks I look forward to seeing shots from your tour in the SW of USA.
Have a good week,

Hello Albert,
impressive landscapes, we waited for the pictures of your trips
regards and TFS

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