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The Brass Bell - High Tide
The Brass Bell - High Tide

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Challenge: Night Shot IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 17.5-45mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: The Brass Bell in Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Date: Apr 7, 2007
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1s
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Apr 8, 2007

Kalk Bay, Cape Town. The Brass Bell Restaurant. High Tide at 9.20 pm. The tidal pool closest is usually half empty... but it was overflowing and the one in front of the windows is almost at a level with the sea. These huge waves kept pounding the sea wall, and I could feel the vibrations on the wall I was standing on. Must admit to being a bit nervous standing where I was, in the night. The diners were oblivious of my presence and if I had been swept into the the sea - no one would have known!!

Such a vibe though: inside there was a band playing, people laughing, talking and outside with the moon rising to my right, the waves were pounding and the rocks behind and beneath me making these sighing animal noises as the water ebbed and flowed around them. For a change the wind wasn't howling :-)

This brought some huge learning curves - how to balance shutter speed so as to get enough light, but not blow out the light from the windows...how also to catch the waves. I desperately wanted to catch a frozen wave in motion, but impossible at night for me.A bit worried that what should look like mighty surf, looks a bit like a fountain...will wait and see.

Well I stood out there for just under 2 hours (imagine the number of out takes I have on file!)- got lost in the hypnotic space of listening and timing the waves...listening to the the crash, the foam, the ebb... One couple on leaving walked past and I overheard the woman say "armer fotograf" ("poor photographer")...must have assumed I was there on business :-). But I felt very rich for the experience.

Not much PP:
slight fill light
slight contrast increase
sharpen in 3 stages
resize for web

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/17/2007 06:37:51 PM
great capture. 7
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04/16/2007 09:20:57 PM
I like this picture I only wish that you could see the people on board a little bit clearer.
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04/13/2007 02:36:40 AM
There is a restaurant like this in my area, called the Marine Room. I love it!
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04/12/2007 09:30:46 AM
I really like the way you captured the tide - beautiful .. it looks like a wonderful place to eat.
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04/11/2007 11:34:05 AM
Nice clarity. I really like that mist in the back too. I'm waiting for Jaws to pop out of the water. Hehe. Very nice.
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04/11/2007 03:12:02 AM
great tide shot!
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