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Stormy Sky over Akaroa

Stormy Sky over Akaroa
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-15
Categories: Seascape, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-19 0:39
Viewed: 4700
Points: 36
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Stormy Sky at Akaroa Harbour

This is at the mouth of Akaroa Harbour on the southern side of Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand.

The harbour is a tidal inlet nearly 17 km long with a predominantly north-south orientation. Akaroa Harbour was formed by a volcanic eruption and has lain dormant for thousands of years.

The Harbour is narrowest (1.7 km) and deepest (25 m) at its south-facing entrance on the Canterbury
Bight, and becomes gradually wider and shallower to the north. Its maximum width of 4.7 km occurs
near its northern end where the Harbour opens into a series of bays that contain mud flats partly exposed at low tide.

Over most of its length the Harbour maintains a fairly uniform width of between 2 and 3 km with rocky sides formed by steep cliffs and high surrounding hills. Between its steep sides the Harbour bed is flat.

The total Harbour basin catchment has an area of 200 square kilometres.


I took some seasick tablets before we went out on the cruise – just in case!! The waves weren't too bad, and those clouds stayed over the hills and we didn't have any rain.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-19 0:52]

Hi Janice,
Beautiful seascape.POV,dramatic sky,framing and composition are exclelent.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Janice,

I am not sure but your composition is multilayered. The near mountain, near cloud, far mountain, far sky. This is quite interesting as a POV itself. The intermediate aperture for landscape giving it a depth appropriate for softness on a cloudy day. Framing is also very nice.

Thanks for sharing this image.


Hi Janice,
very nice view, quite cold and unpleasant, but I like it, Nice water, clouds, good composition.

Hi Janice,
I liked the POV and the clouds overflowing from the mountain ridge very much.
Best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-19 1:41]

Hello Janice,
What a dramatic scene, the clouds look really threatening! I'm glad you managed to avoid the worst storm! Excellent composition in fine colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Janice,

A wonderful landscape and taken from a really good POV, really dramatic sky and sea, with an excellent d.o.f and clarity, lovely work t.f.s,

all the best Rick :)

A nice moody shot Janice.
I love the way the cloud is minmicking the shape of the rock below.
Its great when you catch something like that.
Its looks just a little blue though.I think I might have been tempted to tone the vblue down a wee bit.
The cruise would have been good fun.
Thanks for sharing this.

Hallo Janice
So simple yet so very beautiful. This is a fascinating, touching and also moody photo, which easily can take our thoughts to unknown yet inspiring places. What wonderful cloud development announcing the storm that is brooding. You caught a special moment with a dramatic announcement of a storm and I can almost feel the tension building. Thanks for sharing.

It looks a bit rough Janice....I get seasick easily...and so land will never be far from me:-) Very cold image...chills me to think of it...VERY well done in deep yet cool colours.

Hi Janice ,
splendid shot with great composition.
Wonderful scenery.
well captured.

Kind regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-20 2:08]

Hello Janice, Looking at the sky and the mountain I can imagine the severeity of the weather.You have produced it very well. Ganesh

Hello Janice,

What a dramatic scene, the clouds look really threatening. I think the clouds rolling of the mountains. That means BAD WEATHER. Nice shot.

Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend and TFS BOB

hello Janice
Voici une capture superbe prise au bon moment et j'espère que tu t'es mise a l'abris après la prise de vue, les couleurs sont belles et nettes, bravo pour ce beau point de vue
merci a toi...JP

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-22 2:09]

Hello Janice,
A cold grey scene on South Island well captured, but what makes this attractive for me is the light behind the rocky promontary caused by mist and making the rock really stand out. The rock also contributes to fine diagonal composition.
Thanks for sharing this taste of NZ,

This is a very dramatic shot, Janice.I love the contrast between the sharpness of the water and the mysterious natural haze you've captured so well.

Hi Janice,

This is just amazing view! Excellent capture of this landscape with perfect composition, lighting and colours make the scene very dramatic.



What created the 'glowing' (bright light seeming to seep around the corner of the rock ridge as it comes down and out into the water? Is the sun back behind somehow? Maybe there is a mist that is reflecting off the sun's light? Some other explanation? Regardless, it is really dramatic. TFS, Janice. - Kelly

Hei Janice,

Nice shot.
The picture looks spooky ;-)
Beautifull view.

Greetings from Agnes

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