The Curves of Existence

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© hougaard malan
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Photo Info
UploadedNovember 17, 2007
TakenNovember 13, 2007
ModelCanon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Exposure1/4 sec at f/8
FlashRed Eye, Compulsory Flash
Focal Length18 mm
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This Really Isn't one of those photos you can just take a quick glance at and think you've seen everything there is to have to look at it slowly, take in the lines of the road, how the straight and steep upward road has been twisted and distorted by the cylindrical merging, the curve of the horizon that seems to mirror the edge of the road, the curves of the tidal swell in the bay.... and then the sky and the land far down...

I took [link] this photo from the same location, but there was no indication of scale, which ruined it. But in this one you can get an idea... Look on the right, at the coastline, on the land you see the combined town's of Somerset West, Strand and Gordon's Bay. Now where the land meets the water, can you see the 40 storey tall apartment buildings? (these buildings? [link] )

NO? well good, then you start to realize the magnitude of the sky and the clouds in this photo...

This is a panorama of 6 shots, merged in PSCS3, i boosted the vibrance and contrast, And another really nice thing i've come to discover is the blacks, a function of the RAW tool. I boosted that, saved them as PSD's. merged the PSD's. levels, curves, saturation.

This was taken close to the top of the road leading up to the Steenbras dam water purification plant above Gordon's bay, South Africa....

31 responses

  • paul moore

    paul moore gave props (17 Nov 2007):

    perfect composition

  • Rachel Mckinnie

    Rachel Mckinnie gave props (17 Nov 2007):

    Amazing pano!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (17 Nov 2007):


  • judy fouse

    judy fouse gave props (18 Nov 2007):

    You took a lot of time and it paid off.

  • paul moore

    paul moore gave props (19 Nov 2007):

    never ending perspective,very clever.

  • Lis Bokt

    Lis Bokt said (24 Nov 2007):

    This is just wonderful.. you did an absolutely superb job, especially with the merging. I'm duly impressed.

  • Gardner Mounce

    Gardner Mounce (Deleted) said (27 Nov 2007):

    Oh my god, this is incredible.

  • Gardner Mounce

    Gardner Mounce (Deleted) gave props (27 Nov 2007):

    I'm commenting again. This picture flows. You can spend so much time looking into it.

  • Jordan Irwin

    Jordan Irwin said (28 Nov 2007):

    Wow!! I believe if you can capture a photo, that illustrates and shows the viewer what your eye saw rather than what the camera captured you have figured out the algorithm of photography. This photo illustrates that theory.Well done!!

  • Elliot Ross

    Elliot Ross (Deleted) gave props (29 Nov 2007):

    yeah this is amazing!

  • Ben Warren

    Ben Warren said (1 Dec 2007):

    Very nice photo, You seem to think along the same wavelength as me. With your post processing

  • Erasmo Wong

    Erasmo Wong said (6 Dec 2007):

    really nice done!!! it is a pleasure to watch!

  • Gretza Torres

    Gretza Torres said (8 Dec 2007):

    Love it!!!!!!

  • Melisa Matthews

    Melisa Matthews (Deleted) said (9 Dec 2007):

    wow...great colors and composition!

  • Christopher Long

    Christopher Long gave props (24 Dec 2007):

    Great shot!

  • Linda Hess

    Linda Hess gave props (29 Dec 2007):

    you have captured the beauty I see in the sky - absolutely gorgeous

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (7 Jan 2008):

    Another thrilling image!

  • Luz Santiago

    Luz Santiago said (4 Apr 2008):

    Hougaard....You are blessssssed!!! All the superlatives be upon this photo of yours!!!!

  • Luz Santiago

    Luz Santiago said (4 Apr 2008):

    If I'm a publisher, I'll definitely publish you!

  • Faye Thomas

    Faye Thomas gave props (1 Jul 2008):

    This is absolutely beautiful.

  • Nathan McNamara

    Nathan McNamara gave props (8 Jul 2008):

    This is amazingly beautiful along with the rest of your photos. Its great to see you you did what you had to do to capture what you saw and not the image through the view finder, true artist.

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    Magically Beautiful !!!

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    Slimeface said (16 Jul 2008):


  • Colleen Duffy

    Colleen Duffy gave props (17 Jul 2008):


  • Sandi Corbin

    Sandi Corbin gave props (18 Jul 2008):

    Incredible - great color, takes your breathe away

  • DarKat

    DarKat gave props (30 Jul 2008):

    Wow, this composition is magic.. but why in "geometry"? I voted "no"..

  • David Baker

    David Baker gave props (1 Aug 2008):

    Yah............This shot ROCKS!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!! Great shot Hougaard!! Got my vote!!!

  • Aj Offsuit

    Aj Offsuit said (30 Sep 2008):

    How did you get sooo much color in the sky!!

  • William McDonald

    William McDonald gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    beautiful color and composition!

  • Marek Glinka

    Marek Glinka gave props (28 Jun 2009):


  • Mike Boykin

    Mike Boykin said (14 Feb 2010):

    simply amazing!

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