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Peace has returned!
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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: 2004-08-11
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR, Digital ISO 200, Skylight
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/50 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): ~~ Sunsets & Sunrises part I ~~, Landscapes of Southern Africa, 50-60 points chapter 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-18 12:21
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
To me the Cape is most stunning after a big storm. The days are idyllic and the ocean is like a mirror, probably one of the most beautiful places on earth.

I took this shot after 3 days of stormy weather. Included in this post is n image that I posted as a workshop to show how violent these storms can be. My previous post was taken as this same storm moved in.

Some more history about the Cape of Storms, later also known as the Cape of Good Hope
Bartholomeus Diaz was the first person to circumnavigate the Cape in 1488 and named it "Cape of Storms". Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape on 22nd November 1497. This led to the establishment of the Cape sea route. It is fair to say that the Cape of Good Hope lies at the maritime crossroads of the world and that it is here that East met West.

In the 17th century a Dutch Captain, Hendrick van der Decken, attempted to round the Cape in strong headwinds. Mysteriously his ship and crew disappeared, but the saga is immortalized in the legend of the ghost ship "The Flying Dutchman", which has allegedly been sighted by a number of witnesses. Fortunately I have never seen him, because then I would have been known as the “Flying Boertjie”

The camera settings:

Program Setting: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 28mm
F Stop: F/4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/50sec
ISO: 200
Tripod: No,
Flash: ETTl
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No
White Balance: AWB
Exposure Compensation: -0.3

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Une photo de "casse-tête". Je ne savais pas que tu photografiait des paysages aussies. Très bien ce couché de soleil. Le cadrage et la composition sont parfaites. La couleur de la lumière sur l'eau entre les roches et les montagnes, est un plaisir pour les yeux. Félicitations !

Very calm atmosphere and lovely soft colours Japie. Really a pleasant picture to look at - a very nice place where one could go a find oneself.

ooohh dis pragtig, die kaap is so mooi.. die suide van Frankryk lyk omtrent dieselfde. thnx for sharing a piece of my home country


This kind of shots came out really good with digital cameras. I have seen several of this type made with a nikon D70 fantastic, and this with you canon-tamron team is just superb. You have made a whole world in 800 pixels. Very good work.

Great shot Japie.
I like the light, it's gorgeous.
The nature is fantastic, 3 days after a storm it look like this. Great colours and composition.
Excellent work.

The credit card method works well ;-)

I like it very much, but I don't really know why ;-)
Maybe because of the atmosphere which is really peaceful but also mysterious and maybe because of the colours.
I haven't seen true ocean yet, but I hope I will soon.
Thanks for posting :-)

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-01-18 14:16]

The colours and the lines. Beautiful. Ek weet ek bly in die paradys.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-18 14:31]

The only problem with this picture is that it is not I sitting there on the rock, enjoying the scene!

Very nice
Maar pos nogtans die groot brander ook.

Beautiful landscape Japie!
Excellent composition, wonderful colors.
This photo includ a lot of details.
Very calm picture.

Thanks for posting
well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-18 16:00]

My S.A friend has told me alot about the cape. Glad to see it and I agree, it's a beautiful place. He's moved back to S.A. I don't blame him abit.


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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2005-01-18 17:35]

You are an artist.This landscape is so beautiful, very well composed , poetic , is like a dream. Now I have to put your picture to my favorities.
best regards

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-01-18 17:41]

Wow!!!! Great landscape shot Japie. Excellent colours and sharpness. I like so much the composition. Beautiful ligth on the montain. Good job.



Japie, Land and sea, sun & sky come together here in superb fashion.. A wonderful landscape to behold! Well done!

I can imagine this one as a 3' x 5' on a wall. Great post Japie, with a lot of "atmosphere" in it. Very moody. I really like it.

A very beautiful landscape photo. Very nice colos and detail. The fill flash really ads nice detail to the foreground that would be lost without it. Nice job!

hello japie !
un superbe paysage que tu nous montre la, le lieu semble vraiment ireel et magique certainement grace a une superbe lumiere.
good shot

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-19 4:42]

Beautiful, calm landscape and great note. You are right Japie - this must be one of most beautiful places of the whole world.

Great area to imagination :-) I'm dreaming to spend my time in this Cape, away form work, away form people, away form problems...
Thank You!

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

A perfect landscape, great colours and details.

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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 13:28]

This is magnificent Japie. Brilliant shot. well seen. TFS

Chips tomorrow

What left to say after all these Titans! This is excellent Japie, well done.

Wonderful image, Japie. Rich vivid colors and elements, but still an impression of calm an silence. It's a strong atmosphere, a bit frightening due to the immensity around. Very good framing leading the eye everywhere. Must have been wonderful for you to breathe slowly and enjoy the sea air that day.

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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 22:21]

Great Art.
But I ignored that you had become a landscape painter. You possess many hidden talents, Japie. Narrator, painter and photographer in more. ;-)
I love this landscape. An impressive peace gets free of this image.
Thank you.

p.s.: That has to be expensive to you in painting to paint frescoes. ;-)

Excellent Japie. Lovely light and an impressive composition. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-23 3:26]
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Beautiful landscape Japie, I've enjoyed looking at your latest pictures which are a departure from your usual subjects. You have carried these off with the same skill and excellence as your animal pictures. Brilliant.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-16 18:53]

Beautiful sunset(?) Japie, lovely warm colours. I like how the light is shining on the foreground rock and the green hills on the right and not on the ones in the distant. Well done.

This is crammed full of atmosphere. Could be a scene from Lord of the Rings. It's very surreal. I just love it.

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2005-08-02 15:43]

Hi Japie!
Fantastic photo.
Best wishes and regards,

Fantastic this landscape!
There is a particular atmosphere and the colours are so peaceful!
Thank you for sharing!

Hello Japie,
Your shot looks like a witness from the dawn of time. Fantastic - TFS Thomas

Nice shot! Beautiful image, the bright colours are fantastic, great photo, excellent work!
and many thanks for sharing!
I like so much!
The composition gear up for a very fine result.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-24 10:44]

Hi Japie
Great landscape shot. Great colours, light, sharpnes, details, DOF and POV. Excellent composition.
Well done Japie


Dear Japie,
The Cape of Good Hope is one of the most beautiful Landscapes in the world!

I know, many members will wish to kill me electronically - but believe me - I know what I talk about. I am a South African Citizen only since 1979 and not bias!

You have captured all possible lights fractured by the remaining humidity in the air and reflected by the sea - and I truly wish - I could give you a medal for this image, because words cannot describe the beauty of THE Cape.

Best Wishes

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