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Seascape Heaven by hougaard Seascape Heaven by hougaard
One could spend a lifetime photographing the potential waterscapes of the 1km of beach at Kogelbay. When you live a 40 minute drive from it, it creeps into your soul that you will never get the perfect shot of it and that you can always improve. So I shoot it at least once a week when I'm at home, sometimes 3 times a week. It has become part of my life, and few things are as relaxing and soothing to my soul as a sunset on the sands of Kogelbay. Maybe a beer at the end of a hectic week, or your bed after being away from home for weeks.

I'm trying to mix things up with the standard mountain compositions. I went crazy with dodging and burning here and gave it a duotone look using levels. Opinions welcomed. I know my last BW of kogelbay wasn't met with open arms so I'd like to know what you think of this one.

I was there on Sunday. I sat on a rock stack in the rain for an hour with no results. I went again on Monday with much better results like this image. The cape has a good 80% layer of high clouds right now with a clear horizon, so I'm heading there again for sunset today. Hopefully it's a flaming red one :)

Canon 5D II
Zeiss Distagon 18mm
Lee 0.9 soft grad
Lee big stopeer
f/16
ISO100
45s

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=Timberclipse said; "This is just AMAZING! The colors, detail, clarity everything, is just awesome!"

*nfilipevs said; "Dramatic, very dramatic! simply stunning scene...I'm speechless."

Seascape Heaven by ~hougaard ( Featured by Anoya )
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DegsyJonesPhoto Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
where is it ?
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HenrikeDijkstra Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome to see you got a DD! This is a terrific photo, it looks like such an alien landscape!
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Rjo0oy Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
wo0ow
really i like it
and i like the lightning on the stone
very very nice :aww:
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VirtualWords Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Very strong concept Hougaard! I like this shot, gratulations! Respect man. :-) FAV
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vincentfavre Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
I love it !
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frameofmind Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Hi! you've been featured in my journal [link] :)
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dx Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful photo!
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Octavus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
A very strong photo, nice post processing. Perhaps a bit to much burning just below the top corners?
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Great work mate! congrats for the DD :)
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teita92 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Beautiful ! :) Love this !
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AlexanderArciel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
This is completely amazing! Theres a lot of talent in nature, it blended perfectly with yours.
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marcopolo17 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG, fantastic shot, very nice processing too...
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gpphotos Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
I like the result of your efforts on this one!
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JamesHackland Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010   Photographer
An excellent image, definitely one of your best.
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gusdhe-nomadic Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
like
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meg1983 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010   Interface Designer
awesome
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adityapudjo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
wonderfully done with BW conversion and that is a crazy lens you have :D..what is lee big stopeer?is it same stop like ND 400 hoya?
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Dzodan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student Photographer
wow! realy wonderful!
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metoikos Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
lovely dude - makes me wanna rush out there right now
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928 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Simply stunning.
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dwth Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 131st/132nd/133rd/134th/135th 3.:wave:
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cocainecupcake Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Amazing shot. Absolutely beautiful.
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SkullKnockade Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Student
I... I... :faint: I'm at loss for words...
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
love it hougaard...gret conversion,....how long exposure?...and how do you like your distagon?
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hougaard Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
thanks Stephen. 45 seconds. I like the Distagon, but I haven't shot with it enough yet to draw a proper conclusion.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
45s with a big stopper....during the day?
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hougaard Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
yip. Was about an hour before sunset
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
ok...
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feltrim Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
words fail me.
more proof that South africa is the most beautiful place in the world and we have the best artists too.
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LeashaAHooker Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010   Photographer
Absolutely amazing! :heart:
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
duotone through levels? eh? looks like this b/w was received much better ;)
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porbital Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010   Photographer
You photo is featured to my journal [link] :)
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
Stunning picture ;)
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GuyWilliam Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Congratulations on the DD! I'm suprised at how many People I've watched before they got a DD, it looks good
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arbebuk Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
like this
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UmbraLunae Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
the water just seems to be snow...quite odd, but I really like it!! congrats for the DD!!!
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alexbeem Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
This has to be one of THE BEST seascape shots I've ever seen! Well done!!!!
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CarolineCherry Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
This is almost otherwordly....
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photomaker123 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Looks incredible ! Congratulations !
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mark-flammable Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Nice one Hougaard... well deserved DD!
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ObakeDreams Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
wonderful
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Aneirin-Aryon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very nice. :D The detail and mood, texture, is just astounding.
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Mayaxxxx Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
wow!cool!XD
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The-Phantom-Writer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Often times I don't understand why a piece gets a DD but this one definitely deserves the tag. Its one of those piece you wish an entire wall in your home could be dedicated to as a place where you can sit and simply relax or maybe writer and do your more tedious work, then look up and like a quick acting pharmaceutical be at peace again.
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hougaard Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Thank you for your kind words :)
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XxMissRomancexX Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
this is beautiful
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WCSallySally Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Sounds like you have a home away from home. Perhaps this will prove rewarding ... I hope so.

I enjoy your work immensely.
Thank you for sharing.
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DRunkCoWBoy69 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow amazing shot. Really enjoyed reading your story to.
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kecharagrl Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
lovely!
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finding-fantasy Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
I love this photo, and the story behind it! Amazing work. :)
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