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The storm is coming!

The storm is coming!
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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: 2004-08-09
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR, Digital ISO 100, Skylight
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Photographer's favourite, Landscapes of Southern Africa, Storms or Stormy Skies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-17 1:25
Viewed: 7320
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the wake of the recent Tsunami disaster, floods in the UK and here in South Africa, I am going to post some shots about storms in the Cape of Storms. These are not the disaster type storms, but rather normal storms for this area.

"The Point" has not been called the "Cape of Storms" for nothing and has therefore been treated with respect by sailors since it was first sighted by Dias in 1488. By day, it was a landmark of great navigational value until the introduction of the radar.

The Cape Peninsula has a Mediterranean-type climate with generally warm dry summers and cold wet winters. However it is also noted for its extreme and often unpredictable weather.

The photo here was taken at Container Bay in the town of Rooiels. A storm was rabidly moving in and we experienced winds gusting in excess of 120Km/h. It is a lot of fun trying to walk around in winds like these. Being “slightly larger" than the family they walked in my slipstream in order not to be blown away, but this meant that they had to wait for me when I took pictures ;).

To give an indication of the size of the waves, there is a house(a big one as well) behind the wave in the center of the photo. I have grown to respect the power of Mother Nature, but the latest happenings have left me in awe of it!

The camera settings:

Program Setting: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 35mm
F Stop: F/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/200sec
ISO: 100
Tripod: No,
Flash: ETTl
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No
White Balance: AWB
Exposure Compensation: -0.3

Luc, Janice, red45, NINIX, Robbrown, willie, marhowie, LCannon, Callie, carper, Signal-Womb, pompey, gerhardt, mumek has marked this note useful
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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-17 3:25]

Magnificent Landscape, Seascape, Escape, Cape, Japie.
I like it very much. Your history held me in breath of the beginning at the end. Yesterday I saw the movie: Open Water...
Fortunately that you did not need to urinate by cutting the wind in front of your family ;-)
An excellent post with a kind of note I wish to write some day.
Thanks for sharing pictures and stories.

I love this photo. I like storms but they scared me a little. I love watching your photo... I feel save and I can admire miracle of nature. Thanks!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-17 4:51]

That's rough Japie. Not good sailing weather at all. This photo is good, with the wind and breaking waves in many places. Thankyou Japie for showing this photo. Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-17 4:53]

I must say that even without those big waves this photo would be great. Waves add some scary feeling. Great landscape with big rocks on BG and small ones on FG. Great work Japie!

Ha Japie,

Ruige foto. Kracht van de elementen komt goed tot uitdrukking. Goed om aandacht te blijvenm vragen voor de tsunamy. Op het noieuws vertelde ze dat het dodental nu boven 170.000 ligt.
Misschien staat de horizon een beetje scheef of was jij omgewaaid=



Hi Japie Good storm image though the image does look to be running down hill right to left, its not too bad as its going with the waves which are impresive in size. TFS
They say we have another big storm tonight and maybe some snow thrown in but as it is all coming from the west I expext it not to get us here in Nottinghanshire on the east of the country, (these might of course be famous last words after this)

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

Very good landscape, good contrast between the sky and the sea.
Well done.

Very good landscape Jape .
Very dramatic and good composition and light.
Good note like always.
Great work.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-01-17 7:41]

Caught the atmosphere of the situation perfectly. Making good use of colour to capture the mood. Some people hide their camaras when the weather turns bad, which is a bad idea as we can see.

As die Suid Ooster waai, is dit tyd om terug huis toe te kom. Very nice seascape Japie. Well seen and captured. Good work as always

Ek mis die see en die golwe..
Lovely scene, makes people realise how powerfull nature is. well done

Japie, Wonderful shot! I like the inclusion of the rocky FG that pulls the viewer into the shot. Crashing waves, stormy skies & distant mountains all combine to make this one great! Well done!

Very atmospheric photo!
Nice tones and composition. The picture has deep.
Well done!

This photo almost makes me dizzy with it's powerful force! Excellent capture of these waves, thank you for the excellent note that helps put this in perspective.
The Oregon Coast is always busy during winter storms, the hotels full of storm watchers, when I lived there it was not such a novelty to see, but now that I don't live there I do miss these dramatic views.
I like the dark clouds and the color of the rocks in the foreground.
Excellent photo...well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-17 12:32]

What a mood, This IS the Cape as I know it, & those rocks are the same colours red as at Camel Rock and Scarborrough. Pietta love this, we now both have withdrawal symptoms!.

Lovely Japie, you nearly made me vist Nico with this one!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-17 13:09]

Fantastische foto Japie,
Schitterend genomen. It's giving a very good atmosphere, the composition is well taken and I like the view, good job Japie

Very dramatic shot Japie. Great foreground detail which contrasts nicely with the sea and sky. The sea looks so angry. This really is superb.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-01-17 17:29]

Great capture Japie, good strong earthy colours of the beach, strength in the sea, threat in the sky.
Lovely picture, well caught!

Japie, jou werk laat my sprakeloos. This is such a nice landscape. Three nice layers with details and a "presence". Just a beauty, No nits. Great shot.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2005-01-25 18:47]

Fantastic view of the Container Bay. The composition is great, the colors amazing and the note as usual very informative.
Best regards

Very good job, amazing force in this photo!

Youre shots reflect so much dramatism, I love it so powerful yet natural !

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