This shot is for Andrew ACL1978 who posted a wonderful landscape shot of a road road running alongside a massive crop irrigater in Colorado. Andrew, your shot opened up ideas regarding rural subject matter. Thanks!
Like most towns along the Orange River, Prieska was a ford across the river long before white settlers arrived. Only in 1878 was it proclaimed a municipality and gained status as a full-fledged town.
Situated on the south bank of the Orange River at the foot of the Doringberg and at the time not much more than a church and a collection of townhouses for the farmers of the district, Prieska played a minor role in the Anglo Boer War. In 1900 the little-known revolt by the Cape Afrikaners took place in and around Prieska and some skirmishes with the British troops resulted. The rebellion lasted until early April and spread throughout the north-western Cape, until a British force under Lord Kitchener’s supervision dispersed most of the Boers and their Cape sympathisers. They retreated to Transvaal.
Prieska has an interesting mining history. Copper and zinc was discovered in 1968 and the Prieska Copper Mines, owned by Anglovaal Mining Ltd, was established. It became one of the country’s major base-metal mines, one of the first to have a decline from surface, using trackless mining methods. Copper was the more valuable product, but tonnage-wise more zinc was produced and even that became less and less profitable, resulting in the mines’ closure in January 1996
Small scale diamond exploration takes place along the banks of the Orange as this is the river that transported diamond from the rich Kimberley pipes.
The Orange River is the most important geographical feature of the area, providing irrigation to support a thriving grape, sultana and wine industry. Other crops such as lucerne, cotton, wheat, peanuts and maize are grown in the Orange River Valley thanks to the substantial number of irrigation farms
Here is Andrew’s shot
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timecapturer (45587) 2012-11-16 4:26
top marks for originality here. The lines and effect is not only enticing but compelling too. Love the fg grasses detail, each blade has its own touch of light which is quite fascinating. A wonderful mixture of blue and green in a spellbinding light. Excellent!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
snunney (79973) 2012-11-16 4:55
Good use of this mobile irrigation system to create an unusual graphical image. Pipes and struts stand out beautifully against that lovely sky. I like also the play of light across the background hill. Excellent clarity.
Sergiom (55215) 2012-11-16 5:18
J'aime beaucoup la construction de l'image, l'effet de profondeur qu'apporte le point de vue et les très belles couleurs que la lumière met en valeur.
Nicou (117196) 2012-11-16 5:23
quelle vue et iamge fantastique cpatage de cette armature pour l'arrosage je pense, avec la bande verte plus claire en fond ce ciel plsu que limpide grandisoe compo.
Bravo et amitié
carlo62 (28305) 2012-11-16 5:47
bella idea, le linee dell'irrigatore si stagliano contro il bellissimo cielo ed il terreno, in ombra, è messo in risalto dalla luce dello sfondo.
sevy (15357) 2012-11-16 6:17
I like a lot with this strong perspective effect. You know how to use wide angle lens.
Good work on exposure and post processing, reaching a good and interesting balance for the lightning between foreground and background.
dkmurphys (46940) 2012-11-16 6:51
Attractive POV and a fine idea. I like the colors and the graphical result. Well done!
karacabeylis (1465) 2012-11-16 8:39
a nice perspective creating an artistic display here.
tyro (18870) 2012-11-16 8:43
You have given us a very fascinating note and also a very dramatically composed photograph by way of illustration.
The wide-angle view of the lush foreground crop in relative shade, the brightly sunlit distant fields and the glorious azure sky would have been enough but the inclusion of the strong and bold irrigation pipe with a single nozzle hanging down in just the right place adds immense strength to the composition.
Lots of details and interest to see here, not least a perfect demonstration of the use of triangles and wires under tension in providing immense mechanical strength.
Fabulous vibrant colours, lovely light, perfect exposure and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.
P.S. Oops, you've done it again - forgotten to "close" the link after "Andrew's shot". :o)
livermore (1629) 2012-11-16 9:41
Une très belle perspective avec un dégradé de bleu très agréable à l'oeil.
Un image que j'aime bien.
Noel_Byrne (21372) 2012-11-16 11:36
Amazing to see the type of shot that can be taken from such an everyday and apparently mundane subject, but result in great lines and perspective, and as always, such great colour. I must admit to being slightly envious of the wonderful colour of your part of the world, viewed from an all too often grey little Ireland. Love the detail in the crops too!
All the best
Eric_vd (289) 2012-11-16 15:38
Very original image the structure braking the wonderful coors of the crops and leading your eyes too beautiful colored sky, well done!!
smash2707 (3312) 2012-11-16 18:23
I was immediately drawn to the thumbnail because of the perspective. When I opened it, I was surprised by the nice colors. Great sharpness and overall quality. Regards
ACL1978 (7467) 2012-11-16 19:45
I saw this and was just about to comment that these made such wonderful subjects when I see this is a response to my own! Thanks for that. This is a great angle and a great look at one of these irrigation arms stretching out above the camera. The fields it's taking care of appear in better shape than those I saw in Colorado - beautiful green tones dominate this one, and the bright band at the horizon is really eye-catching! Beautiful display.
emka (73729) 2012-11-16 23:44
Hi Rosemary, I do not remember these huge irrigators but of course, I noticed how the landscape changes after crossing Orange River. It must be fantastic for you to see such green vineyards and other fields after dry lands of Namibia. it was striking for me anyway. We spent an afternoon at the camping on the Oranje River. It was very nice place.
Warm regrads, enjoy fine weekend
delpeoples (52729) 2012-11-21 4:21
HI dear Rosemary
I'm sure Andrew will appreciate this. The perspective here is the most stunning element for me, although the strong colours and in-your-face POV are also close behind. The vertical frame was a great choice here and the golden hills in the distance again remind me a little of Sicily. The f/10 has worked well too.
Great shot, thanks for sharing