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Busy Beach......

Busy Beach......
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-06
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-01-08 2:12
Viewed: 3624
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back from a few days in Ghana - not too many shots on TL from that country so I'm pleased to be able to bring this view of Elmina. The photo is taken from the ramparts of Elmina Fort which I believe is the oldest European built structure on coastal West Africa..

Elmina as you can see is an incredibly busy fishing town - boats everywhere and thousands of people going about their daily lives.

RAW, very little PP - just increase of saturation and contrast to 'cut' through the haze..

1/250 @ f9 and ISO200. 120mm focal length.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To teamill: Vantage pointWhiteKnight 1 01-08 10:41
To werdir: Public v privateWhiteKnight 1 01-08 10:39
To chrisJ: Colour castWhiteKnight 1 01-08 04:26
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Hello David!
Very nice shot of this busy beach from a very good perspective.
Great details and good DOF. Very well overall focus.
TFS, indeed a good POV.


Hi David.
Indeed a very busy beach.
Nice title and great image.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2010-01-08 3:04]

I think this is looking local,laidback and relaxed David,I love this kind of pictures,messy and lots to see,even a french flag ;]].
Brrrrr...Ive see much busier beaches ;]]


Hello David

I would add a little magenta to remove the slight greenish color cast in the sky, & boost contrast in the mid tones, in the bg. The haze appears to have softened & diffused contrast a bit. But well composed, with lots of interesting details to observe, & taken from a superb high pov. Impeccable sharpness. Have a great weekend!

Thanks for this wxotic postcard.
Maybe you could scroll a bit lower ?
The sky is not so interesting as the beach.

best reagrds,

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  • rlrad Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
  • [2010-01-08 4:54]

Hi David - Happy New Year from frosty St. Louis!

I'm in agreement with others above me - we need to get a better look at that beach. Busy fishing village is an understatement, I think, look at all those boats and people and flags! That must have been a very interesting stop-over. I haven't heard anyone saying they visited Ghana recently, I don't think it is a popular tourist destination, maybe like Somalia for the last years. Interesting to see, though. I don't mind a little greenish cast, I figure the haze is from charcoal cooking fires and the slashing and burning of the nearby forests for cattle grazing. So, it's just progress, right? ;)

It's a good pov, just the same and that Sigma did a nice job keeping everything sharp across the frame. Indeed it is a great postcard from an exotic location!

Good seeing you!

Busy! I'll say! Now this is a shot with a ton of interest. Just so much to take in with the buildings, the people milling about, the boats, the beach, the palm trees. .. wow! What was your vantage point? Looks like you were up a ways. I like this .. just a great slice-of-life shot. You do get to the most interesting places :)

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2010-01-08 6:15]

Hi David,
What capture! This really brings out the activities on this beautiful beach. This is full of life and I love the colours. Simply first class.



Not exactly a great beach to relax and view the bikini clad women! I must say it is indeed a busy port. I really like the repetitive shapes of all of the boats throughout the photo. I like the interesting details of the boats. Lisa

Hi David,

Nice shot, and indeed very busy. To me it looks like there is some type of division here, the foreground beach is very crowded, while that to the rear not so much. Maybe public vs. private?

Anyway, good job with reducing the haze and bringing up the color levels.


Hi David, the words that come to mind : crowdy , busy and colourful. You have been able to capture such an interesting scene of daily life at the beach , one i wish i took myself !
Agree with Chris and Vlad about the color cast and what we can't see below ,nevertheless it's most exotic and the sharpness is right on the money !
Look forward to some more of this journey ,

Hi David..nice scene well captured...nice tones and colors.


Looks to me as a strait forward vacation or reporter photo with a lot to see

Hi David,
Good to see this typical beach view, I like the composition, there is so much to see! Only wish you had increased the contrast and/or clarity, the colours look a bit too flat to me. Made a WS to show what I mean. Anyway, great post of Ghana!

You pop up into some unusual places I must say.

I think the composition of this is well balanced, with the right ratios of sky to beach. The 'colour cast' feels ok to me, from my own experience of tropical countries that is actually a valid hue of light.

I love the multiple, endless stories told in this shot - it must be a total pleasure to study the full-size version and zoom in on each little tale of humanity.


Hello David,
Wow that is a crowded beach! What a wonderful collage of colors! I really like your POV showing the arch in the shoreline and all the activity! TFS

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