Lüderitz is renowned for its old-world charm and distinctly German colonial architecture which is set around a bay.
It was founded in 1883 and began life as a trading post, fishing and guano-harvesting town, but when diamonds were discovered in 1909 in nearby Kolmanskop, Lüderitz suddenly became very prosperous, and many beautiful houses were built.
Along this particular street you will find:
Kreplin Haus was built in 1909 for Emil Kreplin, then the manager of a railway company. He was elected the first mayor of Lüderitz in the same year and remained in office until 1920.
The yellow building – also known as Haus Eberlanz was the shop and workshop of Mr. Friedrich Eberlanz. He manufactured sails for boats and ox-wagons.
The orange building, built in 1910, was the first photo studio and gift shop in town.
One with the brown pillars housed a bakery in 1909. When the baker, Mr. Bauer moved away, the premises were occupied by lawyers and solicitors.
There is also a red building ( Barrels pub today ) with white adornments, served as a depot for greengrocers vegetable distribution.
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SteveH (6239) 2012-01-22 21:25
Hi Wanda, I remember this street from my visit there 20 odd years ago - I reckon the buildings have recieved a fresh coat of paint since then. They certainly make an image that seems more Europe than Africa. You were provided with a great sky for your image - did you use a polariser? Cheers, Steve
jjcordier (76344) 2012-01-22 21:55
Cette photo est une petite merveille. La composition, la lumière, les couleurs sont excellentes.Ces maisons colorées sont de toute beauté. Très grande qualité d'image.
bayno (18342) 2012-01-22 22:06
wonderful diagonal and perspective, very unusual architecture for Africa, the building is illuminate with strong light that accentuate the lovely colors, amazing quality shot and incredible sky,
sroy63 (250) 2012-01-22 22:26
what a great sunny and colorful day.
Nice to see this picture.
cbrman (21645) 2012-01-22 23:10
Les couleurs que tu présentes attirent le regard.
J'aime beaucoup ces maisons qui semblent avoir été restaurées.
Je trouve qu'il manque un petit quelque chose en avant plan afin de donner un point d'attraction. Mais les couleurs peuvent jouer ce rôle.
yquem46 (38734) 2012-01-22 23:40
Wow, what a splendid color contrast !
A luminous scenery
Well composed in the perspective
sacimar (25975) 2012-01-22 23:45
this is a beautiful and colorful street, I like the image with vivid colors, it looks a good place to live, well seen,
Zolive (5935) 2012-01-23 0:13
Magnificent picture with wonderful colors. Sharpness is excellent and the point of view is very good with a nice perspective. Congratulations.
siudzi (33569) 2012-01-23 0:31
Oh, what a charming place has been found! These small houses look awesome here. Love the play of colors achieved. Many thanks for sharing.
Zengi001 (2575) 2012-01-23 1:10
Diagonal framing of colorful houses with contrasting blue sky makes this a very succesful composition.
Sharpness also very well.. Good job!
dta (66572) 2012-01-23 1:36
Bonjour Wanda ,
Architecture élégante , couleurs vives et attrayantes , bon angle de vue et qualité technique parfaite : un très beau cliché .
Gigidusud (15857) 2012-01-23 1:46
Beautiful village with fantastic colors!
Thanks for sharing.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-01-23 1:47
Wonderfull colored shot.
A splendid diagonal.
vishaal (1038) 2012-01-23 2:32
Superb !! A very colorful shot with all great qualities. A wonderful sky creating a great contrast. Great POV. Bravo !
bergese (6699) 2012-01-23 2:59
Une explosion de couleurs qui ne me laisse pas insensible.Une belle diagonale aux façades colorées,une merveille.
timecapturer (48706) 2012-01-23 4:41
love this! Bright and colourful with perfect sharpness and clarity that is so eye-catching set against the marvelous sky. A great POV and composition of real quality. Executed and presented stylishly.
Hope you have a good week - regards Brian.
brianmcc (6175) 2012-01-23 4:56
it looks like a colour explosion. wonderful rich, well saturated colours in the buildings set under an amazing blue sky. great viewpoint. fantastic sharpness and detail.
JFS (32459) 2012-01-23 5:18
Your picture is a real pleasure for the eyes! Explosicón of color and nice architecture, and the sky...amazing!
francio64 (38276) 2012-01-23 5:22
bel POV diagonale su questa architettura, ottenendo una buona profondità per l'immagine.
Spettacolare la resa cromatica, dove i colori delle case esplodono festosi, combinandosi con il blu del cielo con cui contrastano perfettamente.
Luce ben gestita e ottima nitidezza.
Complimenti! Have a nice evening.
Sergiom (60038) 2012-01-23 6:09
Ton image sort carrément de la galerie avec ses couleurs vives. La ligne des maisons offre une parfaite diagonale dans l'image et lui donne de la profondeur.
CLODO (30256) 2012-01-23 8:55
how can you resist in front of such vivid colors! Good street perspective.
Ninello52 (7572) 2012-01-23 10:37
Brava to take advantage of the beautiful light to enhance the colors of the landscape! Beautiful and well-saturated colors of the houses that stand on the beautiful blue of the sky!
BluSimo (9392) 2012-01-23 10:46
it is impossible not to watch at your photo! fantastic colors for a a lot interesting composition in diagonal. congrats for this fantastic shot!
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-01-23 10:50
Ola Wanda ,
Uma foto bem alegre com estes edifícios coloridos fazem um belo contraste com o azul , bonito o céu tem uma bela textura de nuvens , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Jeppo (17645) 2012-01-23 12:19
I see your picture and I think the feeling one person could have arriving in Luderitz after a desert trip is the same I had when I entered Grahamstown (Zuid Afrika) after having been travelled across kwazulu natal: a total shock!!!!
patdeph (35748) 2012-01-23 12:25
the colors are incredibly beautiful,the sky ,in spite of its strong blue offers a wonderful softness with its light clouds,and I love how the blue house seems to merge in the sky.And you show this street in a splendid diagonale.Magnificent!
wolf38 (31280) 2012-01-24 7:26
Hi Wanda. At this colorful photo I can only say, it is an eye catcher esrtser class. The colors and styles are original and worth seeing. Also I like the informative text. Really a great shot. Rgds, Wolfgang.
cavli (1876) 2012-01-25 7:35
very good colorsful picture. very sharp and clear photo. I like your frame and pov very much.
daddo (24247) 2012-01-26 5:16
Absolutely glorious image in which the houses look like dolls houses or little model houses painted by imaginative children using the brightest palette. I love them because they look impossible and each one is so different. The light is joyful too.Thank goodness that the past is preserved and appreciated. Best wishes and thanks for showing us this charming place. Klaudio.
jajko (775) 2012-01-27 0:01
excellent composition. colours are realy saturated.
chawax (19392) 2012-01-27 12:04
I could not imagine there were such colours in Namibia villages ! Nice POV, great colours, excellent sharpness.
SnapRJW (31119) 2012-01-29 7:46
Hello Wanda - I'm doing at little TE catch-up. Your Luderitz shot caught my eye with the vibrant colours which are beautifully contrasted by the bright whites. I'm sure that the blue house, when I visited some years ago called The Blue House, was where I enjoyed a superb rock lobster. Happy days and a lovely reminder of an almost forgotten holiday. A lovely capture. Best regards Rosemary
sevy (15363) 2012-02-04 10:11
Nice street shot. I like the rendering of the sturated colors agains the polarized (?) sky. Good use of the diagonale street line starting from the corner to give depth and dynamism to the view.
bukitgolfb301 (35916) 2012-03-03 1:06
Hi my dear Wanda
Another great impressive shot as your inspiration and originality! So sharp, poitic and artical masterpiece I am sure! Nice panfocus appraoch!
Outstanding clear and sharp focusing are remarkable.
Perfect horizontal framework and so well considered composition as usual!
Thanks for your sharinig with finest posting and have a good Saturday night!
Takero from Tokyo becoming warm
Sonata11 (33251) 2012-03-14 8:54
What a beautiful picture of interesting architecture with marvellous colorful facade. Colors, sharpness, clarity, POV and DOF are excellent. I love it.
Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
Nard (6970) 2012-03-20 12:16
A POV really well chosen with this diagonal, magnificent typical architecture, a large panel of colors under a nice light, a magical sky and an excellent quality, so.... I like it.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-03-21 4:27
Photo where such bright and fancy colors are present really catches my attention. Love the vibrance of the image, the presentation of this colonial town is really nice. Love the brilliance and the clearness and sharpness. Well executed! Definitely a beautiful presentation!
dkmurphys (49262) 2012-03-25 1:32
Superb colors of this old colonial street. I like the high quality and the deep calm atmosphere. Well taken, have a lovely Sunday.
korbee (6617) 2012-03-27 12:55
Dear Wanda,Im really happy to see some of Namibia,so litlle we know about this country,and I can see its all pretty interesting,I like the sharpness and the extreme colors .
PaulVDV (22123) 2012-06-18 20:24
What an explosion of colours!
The German architecture, poured by a lot of lively colors, is a remarkable sight in Africa.
You presented this row of houses well in a composition with a long diagonal line and with a splendid sky on the background.
Best regards, Paul
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (14982)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-05-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, RAW
- Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Favorites continue... #5 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-22 20:58