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Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-17
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro, Hitachi4GBMicrodrive, Hama 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: New Zealand experience 2008/2009
Theme(s): Zeeland and New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-01 1:09
Viewed: 3353
Points: 72
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Cape Kidnappers

A place on the North Island of New Zealand at the south point of Hawke Bay. Here is the gannet colony situated. Looking here to the north.

Funny name Cape Kidnappers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

View of Cape Kidnappers, large gannet colony can be seen in the center
Gannet colony on Cape KidnappersCape Kidnappers is a headland at the southeastern extremity of Hawke Bay on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It is located 20 kilometres southeast of the city of Napier (see map).

The promontory sits at the end of an eight kilometre long peninsula which protrudes into the Pacific Ocean. It was named after an attempt by local Māori to abduct one of the crew of Capt. James Cook's ship Endeavour in 1769.

The Cape is the site of a large Australasian Gannet colony. A world-famous golf course is also located here.

Anyway it was a wonderful place.

PP work, rotated slightly, adjusted contrast and saturation (minor) resized and sharpened.

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nice shot

very impressive smooth and i like the colors too..



What a great spot Hans... how did you get on with the smell :)
Nice composition and wonderful colours.

Regards Mark :)

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  • Karey Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 73 W: 14 N: 67] (779)
  • [2009-02-01 1:20]

Hi Hans, nice shot, great feeling of depth, I like the amount of sky you have included with the ground giving the picture a good base. Lovely and sharp. The ground is looking velvety brown in the summer heat. cheers,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-02-01 1:26]

Very lovely summer colours here Hans, and the brown grass shows us how hot and dry it is.
The colours of the sea and sky all blend in together.
Good sharp image, very well composed and the gannet above - perfectly placed
Well done

Very well composed image Hans. I like the graduated hues of the sea and sky broken only by the lone gannet soaring above. TFS
Cheers, Pat.

Hi Hans

Looks like you had a fantastic time in NZ! I would dodge the shadows here, & add a little contrast. Good sharpness, & what a view! Tfs!

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2009-02-01 1:48]

Hoi Hans,
Net als wij weer terug op je eigen nest?
Dan valt de temperatuur hier flink tegen hè?
Heerlijke kleurige plaat is dit met een bijzonder mooi standpunt en prima compo. En ja, dat 'vogeltje' is de slagroom op deze lekkere taart.
Kijk wel uit dat je niet teveel verscherpt.

Groet uit Schouwen,

Hello Hans
I like Your "postcard", great colours and POV, bird look great on blue sky (for me flying bird remind freedom)

Hello Hans,

Is this shot representative of your feelings;
a free spirit soaring high above the everyday aspirations of the world!

The pov and the focus on the bird, certainly has a wonderful, uplifting feeling on the viewer. It has just made me realise, again, the power of the photograph.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Margy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 103 W: 6 N: 221] (2520)
  • [2009-02-01 2:02]

Halo Hans,

Prima composition en prachtige kleuren.
De vogel in de vlucht is ook mooi megenomen, maakt het af!

groetjes, Marga

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2009-02-01 3:02]

Bonjour Hans,
Quel sentiment de liberté ici !
En plus avec ce ciel si bleu et ce panorama presque désertique, cela renforce cette impression.
Très agréable
Bonne journée


Oooohhhh, that's like in paradise ...
Hans, I'm jealous (a little) you had such a great time and you saw so wonderful things, the nature is fantastic - and this bird flying free in the sky, it's amazing, I love it, thanks, enjoy the sunday
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2009-02-01 3:18]
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Did you pinch Janices Canon for this shot Hans... cos its rather sharp..lol..

Ohhhhh I see it looking a bit too brown... very dry and hot looking...It was 37 deg C in that region today.

Wonderful composition here Hans, and I love that Gannet flying past...great shot.

Kia Ora

Good morning Hans,
It's a glory!
Fantastic composition, colors and POV.

Hoi Hans,
Welcome back !
Prachtig stukje natuur presenteer je hier. Wow. En geen smog aan de horizon te zien. :-)
Die vogel is uiteraard de hoofdpersoon in deze scene. Mooi hoor.

Hi Hans,

Brilliant shot with fantastic colours and very crisp and sharp details. fantastic view I hope that you enjoyed New Zealand. Well done.



amazing composition...i like the color tone...good poit of view...good job! impressive!



Prachtige natuurfoto Hans. De compositie is goed en je pov goed gekozen. De vogel is hier inderdaad de blikvanger.
Wat een geluksvogel :)) is dat toch, elke dag maar dat mooie uitzicht hebben...

groetjes, willemien

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-02-01 7:56]

Merhaba myfriend dear Hans...
how are you?
wonderful shot
nice composition
good light
fine detail...
good work

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-02-01 8:57]

Hi Hans...
Beautiful perspective...
Nice view...

An incredible shot Hansie! If it's summer there, why isn't the grass green? Is this north? Or upside down north? Was it cold there? I love the huge view and the bird is an added bonus!

Hello Hans.
What a beautiful seascape photo! Great POV, lighitng & colours! Love the sharpness & contrast.
Best regards Siegfried

Hoe blauw kan blauw zijn.....
prachtige plek hoor en heel mooi gekleurd!


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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2009-02-01 11:47]
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PRACHTIG!!! Wat heb je die vogel er mooi en scherp opgekregen!!!
Een prachtig tafereeltje met verschillende kleuren bruin en verschillende kleuren blauw.
Erg mooi!
Ik zie wel wat ruis op de blauwe kleuren? Komt dat door het verscherpen??
Het blijft een prachtige plaat!

ps. Weer terug in ons koude landje?? Fijn!

WOW Hans!
I can't say enough positive things about this shot. It's wonderful!! comp, color, subject matter, the blend on the horizon...everything works.

Hi Hans, Your flying photos both feathered and titanium are always inspiring to see, and this is another very well composed and delivered image. The capture of the bird in this fram sets off the natural beauty of this wild coast. TFS. Murray.
PS We used to go surfing near here in "the good old days", so nice to see the waves still there.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-02-01 14:08]
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Greetings Hans,perfect point of view to shoot this landscape,
very strong image,I really like the single gannet,just balances off the scene perfectly. I'm a little surprised at the lack of greenery in the hillside,was it just the wrong time of year or is this the areas year round colouring??


Hello Hans!
Very beautiful place and again a beautiful bird!
Nice perspective and lovely colours!
Best regards!

Awesome work Hans. Beautiful saturation and light, superb sharpness throughout the frame (and aperture of only f/5.6) and perfect placement of the soaring gannet.


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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2009-02-01 19:27]

You've had some views there Hans!
Beautiful show, breathtaking scene.
To be honest I have to say that is a bit noisy... you set lens on 300 mm probably.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2009-02-01 19:35]

Hi Hans,
A lovely view. Good that you included the bird in the foreground. The place looks amazing.

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2009-02-01 23:58]

Greetings Hans ;)))
Have a nice week,
J ;)

the blue shade attract me here, Hans.. another great work from your vacation in NZ.. blue on brown are just great combination.. well done..

regards, terry

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-02-02 2:00]

Wonderful freedom feel !


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-02-02 5:38]

I've been lookng thru your gallery and this is stunning. Very peaceful feel to it, the bird in the foreground gives the viewer a sense of the enormity of this place. Stunning colors on this I would love to see it as a waterpainting,
TFS Julie

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-02-02 7:37]

Hi Hans,
Great sense of space in this beautiful photo! Sense of freedom too! The sky got married with the ocean, here! Very fine range of blue tones and diffuse light! The gannet's flying over this seascape is a great bonus!
Bravo! Annie

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-02-02 12:11]

Now back at home,all the toppers are coming on the screen!
The soft and far away coast in the background looks great mate.


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