Another shot from my little tour of Windhoek and a subject familiar to many. I have posted a picture of this location before but here is another viewpoint and another test shot with my new little camera. As per my last upload any comments regarding the PP work will be most appreciated.
The title to this shot is the name by which many locals refer to this well-known Windhoek building and surely a nod to its colonial German origins. Visitors to Windhoek’s city centre cannot miss seeing one of Windhoek s most prominent landmarks is the Christuskirche or Christ Church. Probably the most photographed buildings in the city and certainly one which appears on most travel sites, the Lutheran Church was constructed in 1907 and opened in 1910 after the end of the Nama and Herero War. The building is perched slightly above the city in the heart of the historical part of town. The spire stands 24 metres and the building is constructed of mostly local quartz sandstone. The neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau style combined with stained glass windows donated by Wilhelm II give the Christuskirche its unique character. The clock from Germany and the marble altar from Italy are handsome details to take note of. The Christuskirche is located on a circle on Fidel Castro Street and Robert Mugabe Avenue.
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JFS (32457) 2013-05-15 0:40
Amazing architecture of this church and nice gardens surrounding it. You did a very good pic Rosemary, as usual.
Have a good day
papagolf21 (81654) 2013-05-15 0:46
Bonjour, chère Rosemary,
Un mot suffit : Superbe !
Il suffit de contempler et admirer l'édifice.
Un ciel merveilleux, un endroit idyllique.
Un réel plaisir.
siudzi (29619) 2013-05-15 1:50
this church has a really unique and interesting design and is located so well with all these palms around. Like your presentation taken from a good POV to show us this charming scene. Well done. TFS.
besnard (50820) 2013-05-15 2:12
Une superbe photo de cette église aux couleurs chaudes. La belle luminosité met l'ensemble en valeur.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
chrisvek (6997) 2013-05-15 2:38
Splendid composition with very wonderful colors and architectural details.Great atmosphere and POV.Well done!
snunney (76402) 2013-05-15 3:02
This church looks quite delightful in this perfectly presented composition. I like the framing offered by the palms, whilst the saturated blue sky contrasts beautifully with the burnt orange tones of the architecture. Clarity is superb. Thanks for sharing this lovely picture.
cornejo (25499) 2013-05-15 3:38
Hi Rosemary, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting church, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
dta (60201) 2013-05-15 3:43
Hello Rosemary ,
This is a great POV you've chosen here , for presenting us this amazing church . Perfectly framed between the tree . So crisp an d sharp in the beautiful blue sky .
Noel_Byrne (17203) 2013-05-15 5:30
The name of this shot and church is very apt, as this building really does look like something from a fairytale. Its a beautiful and friendly design, which is so nice for me to see, as here in Ireland so many of the churchs are grey and imposing. I love the angle you chose so that we can see the various facets of the tower and the main building.
The colours of the building really pop out of the screen, as do the colours of the vegetation and the beautiful blue sky. Cool shot, thanks for sharing
All the best
Gigidusud (12193) 2013-05-15 6:02
Beautiful church with nice architecture and splendid blue sky. Photo I like!
Have a nice evening.
Nicou (111328) 2013-05-15 6:06
quel captage de cet église c'est merveilleux quelle vue et image avec la végétation de chaque côté le tons son très doux l'architecture grandiose et ce ciel sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (41826) 2013-05-15 6:15
an immaculate shot this. Your new camera certainly takes impressive images, you must be pleased with its performance so far. The church is stunning and you have captured its presence and beauty perfectly. Superb!
ikeharel (48330) 2013-05-15 10:54
An exquisite photojob, Rosemary.
Fine sharp details on the church's edifice and tower, surrounded with a nice garden.
Light condition was on your favor, enhanced the view with fine contrast.
Good evening from Israel,
ChrisJ (93442) 2013-05-15 11:06
The ornate detail of the old church is certainly eyecatching & the warm cold color contrast between the blue sky and the red brick facade and redder roof is superb. Good sharpness and framing. The trees either side bookend the shot and add graphism. Tfs!
ktanska (23442) 2013-05-15 11:16
Details of this beautiful church are unmistakeable. It seems that you were there on the right time with so many of those bushes flowering. Excellent framing with those leaves on the right and palmtree on the left.
Cricri (96993) 2013-05-15 12:41
Belle architecture de l'église, j'aime ces formes différentes, les toits couleurs pourpre, les détails , qui ressorte a merveille du ciel bleu et cadrer dans un environnement exotique
PaulVDV (19395) 2013-05-15 16:34
A very elegant style of this church, enhanced by the sight of the tall palm trees in the surrounding landscaped garden.
A beautiful bright and colourful image.
Best regards, Paul
delpeoples (50667) 2013-05-15 20:15
Ciao dear Rosemary
Ooh what a cutie! You couldn't have chosen a better title, as the church looks like something out of a fairy tale. Combined with superb light, the colours just jump out of the frame. Excellent definition and depth, as usual and the photo is composed skilfully, getting the best out of the opportunity offered. Lovely photo.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day, I'm still down here in rainy Victoria, but having fun
jjcordier (70549) 2013-05-15 22:54
Une photo magnifique de cette belle église superbement éclairée. Excellente qualité d'image.
tyro (17250) 2013-05-16 1:26
Good morning Rosemary,
Yes, I can well recall having helped my three daughters build gingerbread houses - but never churches.
An interesting note and a beautiful photograph of this delightful little church surrounded by beautiful gardens and trees. Your composition is excellent and pleasingly balanced, the colours are vibrant and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
Once again you invite comments regarding your PP work. Of course, it's not easy to tell on what is a much smaller and more compressed image than that which you took and we don't have another with which to compare this one. But to me this picture just seems to have the right dynamic range with details easily seen in both the darkest shadows and brightest parts, the colour balance looks very good and the sharpness is excellent.
Perhaps your next project - if you could invite your husband to accompany you as "beast of burden" - would be to take some similar photographs around Windhoek with both your little new camera and also your full-frame Nikon DSLR? Comparisons of those images would be interesting if, perhaps, a little unfair.
Meantime, a lovely photograph and an fine note.
krzychu30 (14986) 2013-05-16 2:12
not only architecture of this church is beautiful,also your composition appeals to me much.Nicely composed with so captivating greenery around and with so lovely,vivid colors.
Gerrit (43775) 2013-05-16 3:47
it sure looks unafrican tidy, this place. The gardner is brittish I guess and just left.
Attractive colours andf light in a fine composition.
marabu61 (6491) 2013-05-16 7:25
This church has something of a gingerbread house indeed. The architecure is very charming. And as in your last upload Windhoek looks really like a small village.
Concerning your PP work, all changes you have applied are very subtle, the colors and tones very naturally, the contrast very nice, so this is a fine work.
As I am working with apple aperture, I am very interested on how you like the new Lightrooom?
have a good day
williewhistler (11266) 2013-05-16 11:28
Hello Rosemary,with the delightful Church bathed in bright sunshine this is just lovely,the palm trees adding a nice exotic touch as well as providing a perfect frame.
Kind regards Les.
Romano46 (15614) 2013-05-16 13:41
per una volta hai lasciato i colori forti della Namibia e e del Sudafrica per colori più delicati e devo dire che il soggetto si presta molto bene a questa diversa interpretazione.
Ottima la composizione e sempre impeccabile la ripresa, eseguita al meglio e ricca di nitidezza.
Una bella foto, un po' diversa dai soliti tuoi canoni,ma non per questo meno bella.
Ciao e buona serata
abmdsudi (36320) 2013-05-16 23:54
This does look as though you could eat it! Your title matches exactly with what I thought when I viewed the tumbnail and this church seems to be smiling a welcome. An amazing and colourful shot of an extraordinary design. Wonderful work involved making this unique church, it's in such a nice setting too.. makes you want to lick the icing LOL. Well done, TFS
karacabeylis (1465) 2013-05-17 13:10
this is great indeed. both the composition and the colors look marvelious.
ACL1978 (7323) 2013-05-17 13:30
And so the re-exploration of Windhoek continues - it looks like at times a really charming little city. I love this church, the design is just beautiful and it reminds me (for no really good reason I can describe) of the famed Bratislava Blue Church (last seen on TE here). I guess both are small, almost ornamental, sweet little churches - obviously a difference in design and color, but still. The light and color really allow this to stand out nicely. I hope we see a few more from the city itself!
carlo62 (23702) 2013-05-18 14:32
mi ero perso questa bella architettura.
Molto bello lo scatto, qualità eccellente e bellissimi colori.
Davvero piacevole alla vista.
InasiaJones (30738) 2013-05-20 17:02
Without a doubt, the most iconic church of Namibia.
I will tell you that I have walked around this church more than once, trying hard to find the best angle to present it, and I don't think that I have figured this one, which looks gorgeous.
If I remember correctly, they were building something on the opposite side, and it was covered with green construction textile, therefore limiting the point of view, but I think that you have managed to avoid it from your very specific angle.
Also, the time of the day often determine which side is the most photogenic, according to the light direction, and in this case, there is no doubt that you took advantage of the light conditions to feature the multi-facets of this building.
Excellent contrasts and optimal volumes.
jemaflor (77476) 2013-05-21 11:08
Interesting and original architecture, Perfectly captured, ideal sharpness and weather, tfs, a good memory for me.
dip (22912) 2013-05-23 0:37
very good presentation of the church through your beautiful photo,
very well framed and composed,
thanks for sharing!
serp2000 (35776) 2013-05-30 23:56
Very nice composition
superb colors and perfect DoF!
I like this postcard format.
An interesting note.