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Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia
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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: 2010-01-21
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, Hama 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: My Africa adventure
Date Submitted: 2010-04-08 2:42
Viewed: 3246
Points: 20
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Groot Constantia

The entrance stairs of the Groot Constantia Wine Estate near Cape Town. The flowering bougainvillea against the white wall stand out very well due the lack of space (this is a walled area) I had to make a frame filling picture of this cheerful entrance.

PP work: not much, shot in raw, adjusted brightness and contrast, converted to jpeg and adjusted levels and curves (minor), made a perspective crop to get the walls and roof straight. Resized, sharpened with USM, add frame.

BTW the Constantia wines taste wonderful :-)

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I quite like this being off centre as it is - although this is one time where centred would be ok..
Nice and sharp, great colour and well exposed compensating for the intense white of the walls..


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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2010-04-08 4:36]

HI Hans, this is enormous, what a nice entrance, beautiful colours. Very well composed, good POV.
Regards Rose

Beautiful spring composition. Nice colors and light.
Regards Zoran

Bonjour Hans

Superbe ces bougainvilliers.
Les couleurs ressortes magnifiquement.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2010-04-08 13:43]

Hello Hans
Wonderful light and colours and an amazing sharpness.
Great composition and a very elegant black and asymmetric frame emphasizing the elegance and the beauty of the photo.
Best regards, mb

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2010-04-08 15:28]

Hi Hans,
Superb brightness, The strong light makes vibrant colors!
Excellent format, too! Annie

Hi Hans,
Great caught of view and architecture,
I love the trees flowers that look very nice,
beautiful colors and light.
well done.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-04-09 1:30]


quel iamge sueprbe, ce oculeur chaudes différentes sotn emrveilleuse avec l'escalier et les briques ocre, fantastique compo et image, l'ombe d'un arbre fiat une très belle forme, le cadrage avec porte et fenêtres et sueprbe.

merci et amitié


Bom dia Hans,
Beautiful contrast, making the white counterpoint. Light, shadow and chairs compose the scene creating a third dimension, an amzing DOF. Excellent frame that stand out the picture posted

What beautiful flowers Hansie! Well see and the stairs work as a natural lead in to these flowers! I like how you did this! Well seen!

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