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Copyright: Erim KI (RookiE_1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 15 N: 80] (586)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-11
Camera: Panasonic FZ30
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-04-17 7:07
Viewed: 2871
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I stumbled across this old boat scene near Botany Bay. I found the composure of this scene interesting.

Botany Bay
Botany Bay is the place where Lieutenant James Cook landed in April 1770 -- there never was a Captain Cook on the Australian mainland, though he was a captain when he later visited Tasmania and New Zealand -- with his friends and crew on board the barque Endeavour. Two of his companions, Daniel Solander and Joseph Banks, were botanists, and they were entranced by the number of flowers blooming in what the calendar said was our late autumn. But while they were very good at collecting and identifying plants, the two were less effective in identifying good farming land.

The Quaternary alluvium (that means sand to ordinary folk) around Botany Bay supported nice green swamps where poverty-stricken plants struggled for an existence, but the gentlemen botanists saw none of this, not when there was so much green around them. They gathered specimens, and Banks schemed to have this demi-Eden turned into a British settlement. It mattered little to him that the plants were growing on some of the worst soils to be found on this planet -- to him, it was a paradise of plants, and Cook was prevailed upon to change the name "Stingray Harbour" to "Botany Bay".

So when Banks rose to a position of power in England, he used his influence to send a settling fleet to Botany Bay, ready to create a power base for Britain in the South Sea. From here, Britain's navy would be able to refit, and perhaps ship yards could build vessels to fight against the French who were, after all, The Enemy.

Oddly enough, a French expedition put into Botany Bay just a few days after the First Fleet arrived, and fools often say that Australia nearly became French, on account of that arrival. This is wrong, for the French knew the British were settling in Botany Bay, the English knew the French would be popping in for a chinwag and a quick bite to eat, and the meeting was all arranged, long before either group sailed from Europe. In those days, scientists were above ordinary warfare, and the British government had instructed Arthur Philip to extend all courtesies to the French visitors.

What is important is that Botany Bay, for all that it is a fine harbour, was no place for a settlement -- no water, poor soil, poor anchorages, shallow shores -- and so Arthur Philip took off for the next major gap in the shore, and so discovered Sydney Harbour. Botany Bay was left alone, low swampy wasteland, where Sydney's airport would later be built -- you can see one runway jutting out into the bay -- and settlement happened further north, at Sydney. And so Sydney was formed, although to two generations of British criminal under-class, this land was "Botany Bay".

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Welcome to TrekLens. This image is well done, the chain leading to the main subject and the low angle viewpoint works well. Thank-you for the view and the history lesson.


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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2006-04-17 7:26]

Welcome Erim.

Welcome to TL. What a wonderful opening shot you have on display...stunning angle and detail, must look out for more of your work, well done.


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  • sufi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 580 W: 7 N: 106] (1336)
  • [2006-04-17 7:27]

Merhaba Erim...
Öncelikle TL Ailesine hos geldin... Baslangic icin müthis bir fotograf... Renkler, cekim acisi ve kompozisyon gercekten cok güzel... Tebrikler... Nice güzel fotograflara imza atman dilegiyle...
Saglicakla kal..
Not: Civilization fotografima gönderdigin yorum icin tesekkürler.

Nice shot....good composition..and good sharpness..and good color and angle of view.
thank u for sharing.

very good POV here Erim :)
well composed photo

I like your POV with the low angle and the chain extending from the right to the boats. Good colors too.

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2006-04-18 3:35]

Welcome to TL, Erim !

Wonderful first photo, great POV !!!

thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
ps.I'll come back with the points

This is a great shot - wonderful POV and very atmospheric. I like it a lot!

sweeettt. a fellow 15 year old.

this is a very pleasing picture. it has good contrast and a good dof from sand and boats. finally, those chains have lots of detail.

its sharp!

love josh chang

p.s. welcome to TL :)

Nice photo. Great write up, too! I know I am a little late in saying so, but welcome to TL. I look forward to your future posts.
Keep shooting,

Hi Erim,
This is a great photo with a very good POV. The composition is very good and the chains are perfect leadlines to the main subject.

Merhaba Erim, TrekLens'e hos geldin.
Yuklemis oldugun ilk fotograf cok basarili olmus bana gore, tebrik ederim.
Bakis acin ve fotograftaki derinlik hosuma gitti.
Paylasimin icin tesekkurler.
En iyi dileklerimle, isigin bol olsun.


Hi Erim

Wonderful composition, I think just a fraction more sky just to give the boats some space. You selected a good POV

Well Done

The angle (POV) is great! However a bit more space above the boats would be good for the composition!
Nice job, Erim!

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  • cyiu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 215 W: 0 N: 48] (1139)
  • [2006-05-04 7:03]

Hi Erim, love the POV you have taken here. Nice exposure too

well done


Hello Erim,
Perfect place, Perfect POV and perfect framing. You did all that could be done which such a scene - congratulations. TFS

G'day Erim. This is a very nice postcard type shot. Your notes reminded me of my good young days and nights in beautiful Sydney. I spent some of the best years of my life in your beautiful city with very friendly Aussies. Oh by the way, I saw it on CNN, the trapped miners were released yesterday, good news mate. Have a good one.


J'aime beaucoup cette photo, j'aurais peut être relevé un peu le cadrage pour avoir un peu plus de ciel et par la même occasion, un peu moins de sable, pour un meilleur équilibre. c'est mon avis personnel...

Salutations de McBerny

Of all your postings, this one is the best by far for me. Has it all. Great subject, POV, clarity, composition ... and I could go on. All those above have said it all already. How will you ever beat this one???

Lovely light and POV, Bravo Erim.

hey !
ur still very young but ur pics are very good ! that cries for more mate !

Erim, tks for the background. We have a Botany Bay on Vancouver Island , BC Canada, and Capt Cook's statue is in front of our harbour. I stood on the spot where he was killed, but that's another story. :) You seem familiar somehow:) Sorry, back to your shot...great comp and lighting. There could be a touch more space...but I have seen shots by photographer 3x your age who still don't have it. I think you do. Take as many shots as you can, post as many as you can, listen, (but sometimes not too closely lol) at what everyone has to say. Follow what YOU enjoy, find your style, and my son, you'll be a star... or a broke photgrapher like many of us. Congrats and welcome to TL

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  • titi Silver Star Critiquer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 1] (290)
  • [2006-08-11 3:52]

Hello Erim

I like your pictures ! I like the DOF, POV with the low angle and the colors.
thanks for share

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  • TELVA Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 46 W: 11 N: 1] (821)
  • [2006-08-14 6:44]

Hello Erim. Very pretty your photography. Sensation of solitude, abandonment but united for always. Congratulations.
Elvira /Telva

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 350 W: 105 N: 198] (7374)
  • [2006-10-29 2:24]

çekim açısı ile farklı güzellikte bir fotoğraf olmuş..

çok beğendim...

tebrikler selamlar :)

Hi Erim,
I really like this shot; the POV is fabulous, and the colors are great. I like that the center of the photo is the anchor point of the chains, but I think it might put too much sand in the foreground, in my opinion. Also, I think your frame clipped the bow and side of the boat. I will try a workshop . . . Sounds like I don't, but I really like the shot!

Hi Erim,

Excellent composition! Its tightly cropped but your cropping works. Very good POV.


Merhaba Erim.
Harika bir noktadan çekmişsin, bakış açın çok hoşuma gitti.
İyi iş çıkarmışsın, tebrikler.

Hi Erim,
Beautiful composure from ground level. However I wish you had taken complete boat on the left side of th composition with some sea view.You seem to have good knowhedge about aircrafts too !
Regards-Dr Subhash Ranjan

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2008-03-17 16:01]

Hi Erim
Splendid point of view. Well done.

Erim Bey,
Mükemmel bir fotoğraf.
Geniş,beyaz bir paspartolu çerçeve ile duvara asıp seyredilmeli.
Işık ve gölge 'ders olarak' gösterilir bu fotoğrafla.
Sizi eseriniz için tebrik ediyorum.O'nu buraya yüklemeden önce fotoğraf idi,şimdi Bir sanat yapıtı.
Sağlıklı günler.

  • Fortuna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 3811 W: 2520 N: 16] (72)
  • [2010-03-18 17:21]

Hello Erim,

Great POV, nice colors, very good control of light.
Congratulations and TFS

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