A drive along the banks of the Orange river is like driving through an oasis surrounded by a bleak harsh landscape. I took this shot as the sun dipped below the hills north of Prieska.
Prieska , in the Northern Cape, is isolated, hot, dry and dusty. Originally developed from a place to which farmers, after rains, migrated when the pans were full and as a fording place across the Orange river it has developed into a town of about 12,000.
The town relies heavily on agriculture most of which is supported by irrigation water pumped directly from the Orange River. Approximately 6 850 ha of irrigation take place between the Orange/Vaal confluence and Boegoeberg Dam, most of which is used for field crops such as maize and wheat. The area has recently been identified as one of the most suitable areas in the world for certain high value crops such as pistachios, olives, figs and pecans.
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krzychu30 (15332) 2013-02-13 3:06
the scene is absolutely stunning!Your idea for this shot,the way you composed and framed it,but above all the mood you were able to create are superb and make of this scene first class photo.Love to combination of warm light,colors and splashing water(especially the water in combination with the orange shades looks marvelous).Beautiful photo!
Have a nice day
kiks (11749) 2013-02-13 3:10
Well seen the effect of the sun on the irrigation water. Love the sparkeling and warm tones.
snunney (79459) 2013-02-13 3:54
A most interesting and, I have to say, very attractive composition. The backlit water jets are quite fascination and you have captured them in the sharpest detail. Lovely warm sunset tones. Fine photography.
tyro (18556) 2013-02-13 4:25
What a fascinating note and what a fabulous photograph with which to illustrate it!
Your picture shows imagination - not just a distant view of some irrigation technology but a "close in" shot taken with a very long lens to capture the backlighting on the water as it sprays forth to instil life into the land.
The composition is excellent, the colours are stunning and the details and sharpness are exquisite. And you coped with the difficult exposure perfectly.
P.S. I couldn't resist having a look for this region on Google Earth. I don't know if you've looked yourself, but the aerial view is really quite remarkable - have a look here where you can see the town of Prieska at bottom left and the multiple irrigated circles either side of the Orange River. I thought the map looked very impressive!
josepmarin (57473) 2013-02-13 5:39
a fantastic scene of the irrigation of the field at sunset time, where we can admire the beautiful effect of the water of this machine, under the low sunlight and its wonderful orange tones.
The image is very sharp and has a nice warmth, you have caught it by means of an efficient close-up, in a beautiful execution.
Sergiom (54331) 2013-02-13 5:42
J'aime beaucoup la construction de cette image qui rend hommage au travail des cultivateurs. J'aime comment le soleil s'accroche aux gouttelettes en mouvement.
timecapturer (45095) 2013-02-13 6:03
like this. It is so original and such a wonderful mix of amber tones and textures. A clever idea and observation that is quite artistic in its own intriguing way. Well done!
Regards - Brian.
JFS (32459) 2013-02-13 10:34
You got such a special light! i like the diferent layers, each one shows a diferent texture and light. Great work Rosemary! thanks!
rbassin (16240) 2013-02-13 12:24
une très belle lumière avec une belle teinte chaude du ciel et du rideau d'eau.
C'est très bien fait.
fabbs99 (15681) 2013-02-13 12:37
The light management and shadows are awesome. A quality image and stunning presentation.Fine natural colors and good composition. I like the colors and contrast of your shot.TFS.
carlo62 (27474) 2013-02-13 14:23
dalla miniatura non capivo cosa fosse.
Un'idea brillante ed originale, bella inquadratura con ottimi colori e altrettante bellissime sfumature.
jjcordier (73182) 2013-02-13 22:24
La rivière Orange a donné ses couleurs à toute la scène! Superbe effet lumineux créé par le contrejour. Une belle idée!
Nicou (116138) 2013-02-14 1:46
quelle image toute dorée superbe avec l'effet de l'eau qui tombe et ce tons cet éclairage fantastique image.
Bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (46140) 2013-02-14 5:00
Spectacular effect of the light through the water jets in th emorning time. Very artistic scene, well taken.
abmdsudi (39470) 2013-02-14 7:50
It is about an artwork here, the three layers and the striking contrast between the sky and the ground in warm golden tones and the effect of long lens gives the image an almost 2 D effect. It looks catchy with the lines and the water mists creating an intriging visual effect. Nice work beautifully taken, Congrats
Noel_Byrne (20682) 2013-02-14 11:11
I love the warmth of this image, and amazing that as much if not more of it comes from the refreshing water than from the setting sun. The light is running perfectly through the drops to create this lovely display. Really well seen, I would never in a million years dream of a shot like this from an every day scene such as this. Thanks for sharing
All the best
jlbrthnn (79791) 2013-02-14 14:32
Colored horizontal stripes are superb. Light, exposure and sharpness are excellent. Very nice art work. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Royaldevon (26429) 2013-02-14 15:41
What differences we experience in weather pattern!
I wish we could give you some of our rain in exchange for a little of your sunshine!
The horizontal layers create a pattern of colour co-ordinated stripes, whilst the water sprays create a whole new texture; it is like shiny satin alongside felt. A quite unique shot, so representative of the land in which you live.
My warm regards,
annjackman (17747) 2013-02-16 3:21
I love this. The water droplets and the golden spray are captivating. There are interesting layers of yellow/brown tones which almost give an abstract appearance. Nevertheless, the sprinkler system is well defined and makes a really interesting and super shot.
Kind Regards, Ann
Curious_Eye (962) 2013-02-16 4:51
The colours, composition, and the mood of this photo are incredible. You have infused a scene from daily life with magic. Thank you for sharing it.