Brief History of Hammamet:
Located 65km south east of Tunis on the northern peninsular of Cap Bon, Hammamet coastal town was known as Pupput to the Romans, and it was the stopping point on the Roman road from Carthage to Hadremetum, present day Sousse in the south. This settlement became a Roman Colony in 2nd century and was renowned in Roman times for its thermal baths. In 904AD the power changed hand to the Arabs during Islamic conquest of North Africa, thus the name Hammamet means 'Al-hammamat or the baths' in Arabic. The most prominent landmark of Hammamet is the 'medina 'or the old city, perfectly shaped walled city built right on a beach which dates back to 12th century built under the reign of the Hafsids. A long period of decline followed, which lasted until the 17th Century when power changed hands to the Ottoman Turks and eventually to the French in 19th century until March 1956.
Today, Hammamet is also known as the “Tunisian Saint Topez” is one of the most popular beach resorts in Tunisia and one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Setting foot within the 'medina' old town is just like stepping back in time as you wander past donkeys and street vendors in the town's narrow 'souks'. By day the golden beaches stretch towards infinity welcoming tourists from all over the world and at sundown this little town transforms into a brilliant and marvelous town.
A late afternoon visit to Hammamet in some stormy weather gave me a great opportunity to shoot some dramatic sky over the popular crescent beach. Shot taken from top of the 'medina' old city wall. Exposed on the foreground area and balanced by Cokin Gradual Neutral Grey G1-P120 filter.
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gildasjan (40792) 2011-02-17 8:18
Une très étrange atmosphère est crée par ce ciel.Très belle composition avec ces barques colorées en bas à droite.
yquem46 (38380) 2011-02-17 8:27
Well, that's what one may call a threatening sky !
Yet you were fortunate that the sun could filter through the clouds and light the beach and the boats carefully withdrawn
i like the perspective of white waves coming to the shore
have a nice evening
lousat (72137) 2011-02-17 8:51
What a fantastic moment and what a fantastic pic from Hammamet! I been many times there and it's very strange for me to see the beach under this spectacular sky and whit these impressives colors.Very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
bema (26279) 2011-02-17 9:03
wow, what an fantastic light you got to do such a famous capture.. great colors , sharpness and a t least spectacular mood..
thanks for sharing, see you around, Bernd
LOOOK13 (19046) 2011-02-17 9:35
What a dramatic shot!!!
Very goood job.
willy (463) 2011-02-17 9:41
Such a powerful image... I love the bright light on the beach with just few color spots. Living in Thailand myself, I see often those tropical storms coming and leaving in just few minutes and it never cease to fascinate me
dta (62842) 2011-02-17 10:20
Hello Abmdsudi ,
Wow ! Waht a gorgeous stormy light ! Also , the composition is splendid , with the little coloured boats , the golden beach ,and the dark hills in the BG . Superb effect of the white waves in the green water . And the black sky ...
SWEETFREEDOM (21586) 2011-02-17 11:28
what a great light you had! the contrast between the sandy beach and the menacing sky is amazing, nice the colored boats on the shores.
jemaflor (80586) 2011-02-17 11:46
Very beautiful light on this sea side landscape, impressive contrast of the color of this cloudy sky and the sea, interesting graphism with these waves, nice colourful boats too.
annjackman (17747) 2011-02-17 12:19
I really like the dark sky and the deep colours of the green/blue sea. The coloured boats in the foreground are very good. The whole composition works very well indeed.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-02-17 13:37
The perspective and composition are remarkable. The bright colors of the sea and the buildings stand out under the sky very busy. Magnificent achievement. Bravo.
Have a good evening
bukitgolfb301 (34474) 2011-02-17 14:03
Hi my dear Pak Abmdsudi
Wao-- kali ini dari Tunisia, ke mana mana pergi dan kunjungi! hebat! saya merasa iri hati deh!
So fantastic and rough timage nature shot!
Perfect presentation for the early winter lonly atmosphere. Marvelous compsition of each component too. Very sharp and clear presentation in the detail is so marvelousas usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good day and best regards,
Takero from Rainy Tokyo
hispic (9619) 2011-02-17 18:55
Stormy sky makes the beach shine brilliantly with excellent luminous effects. Formation of waves also has a strong visual punch. i love this color you've created as always. Fascinating work.
Have a nice day, Hisashi
wolf38 (30276) 2011-02-17 23:20
Hello abmdsudi. Strong composition, color and light. In particular, the colors of the sea and the clouds will look great. A great shot. Compliment. Rgds, Wolfgang.
vagabondtravels (6507) 2011-02-18 0:11
What a menacing sky you have captured here. Very sharp with amazing colors. You have brought this storm to life. Well done.
dkmurphys (46140) 2011-02-18 1:08
Beautiful heavy atmosphere there. I like the right corner with the colored boats, an element of hope in contrast with the comming storm.
Well done, have a great weekend.
Cricri (101149) 2011-02-18 1:47
Magnifique ce ciel dramatique qui donne une atmosphère particulière au paysage qui baigne malgré tout sur une lumière extra, des couleurs et une composition très agréable
CLODO (28924) 2011-02-18 2:31
We feel the bad weather and a strong wind thanks to you picture: big rolling dark grey clouds, big waves crashing on the beach, and some colored rowing boats waiting for a better weather to go fishing.
pablominto (53744) 2011-02-18 3:36
Your treatment has enhanced the drama in the situation, and the viewer is just waiting for the rain to pour down..!
A well balanced composition, where the turquoise water is an element that draws attention...
And the touch of colours in the boats is a pleasant diversion..!
jhm (135042) 2011-02-18 3:53
What an imminent sky, the dark clouds care for a good contrast against the white waves and nice sand.
Yuo create a lot depth and perspective.
Sharpness and clarity are excellent for look at.
Nice composition, good presentation too. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Giorgio (11279) 2011-02-18 5:55
- Unbelievable light under this very cloudy sky Abmdsudi, excellent idea for these boats in foreground anyway a nice place with impressive waves, for a beautiful picture, well done!
holmertz (36989) 2011-02-18 7:55
Extreme colours, naturally saturated and maybe improved a bit by you but not overdone. The narrow slice of sandy beach makes a nice long curve that elegantly divides the fields of dramatic colours.
vasilpro (40723) 2011-02-18 8:46
Excellent POV, wonderful composition, lovely light and colors, very good contrast and DOF, beautiful stormy atmosphere.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-02-18 9:14
great atmosphere, the composton is very spectacular, beautiful lights and the sky is dramatic, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
siolaw (38050) 2011-02-18 10:12
You have excellent exposure here... the dark clouds look superb and also a fine light on the landscape.
Nice sea colours too.
Were you there during the fall of Ben Ali?
subhendu_bagchi (25240) 2011-02-18 11:07
excellent composition here. The sea is nice to see with those layers of foam and the dramatic sky at top. The golden beach is nicely contrasting the rest. Great depth and perfect light. Excellent presentation.
Thanks for sharing.
Charo (51210) 2011-02-18 16:10
The strong storm did not stop the sun light up the beach, which gave the picture a very special atmosphere and good contrast of colors.
Excellent light and perspective.
adores (34330) 2011-02-18 16:22
I know this place but I've never seen it with such a great dark sky!I like the atmosphere, the small waves and the sunlight reflecting on the beach and on the colourful boats. Good exposure and dof!
saxo042 (36902) 2011-02-18 22:41
A photo with a very strong painting-like quality. The colours of sky and water are excellently captured. The view here is very beautiful and the scene is well composed. An outstanding picture! Also a very interesting note.
Urs (14082) 2011-02-19 2:02
A very dramatic shot of an upcoming storm with excellent contrasts of the dark blue sky and the reddish sand with the white buildings. Superb POV with vibrant color hues. I like it. Good photo job.
siudzi (32323) 2011-02-19 6:07
Wow!!! This amazing shot with a really magnificent sky! The place is very beautiful and unique. Excellent timing, exposure, light management. Great work.
All the best, Malgorzata
corjan3 (2025) 2011-02-19 9:50
Just such a lovely image. Brilliant yet soft with lots of atmosphere. Sometimes I leave some sky that one might have cropped off as I think it enhances the atmosphere and I think this applies here. Very well done.
mkamionka (29169) 2011-02-19 15:04
Fantastic photo. I like very much the dark clouds introducing a very dramatic mood. At the same time you have great light to illuminate the pretty beach. The waves seem very strong indicating approaching storm as well.
AKITA (15125) 2011-02-19 18:42
an impressive view shot of dramatic scene indeed,
lighted shore with colorful boats is well contrasted with dark cloudy sky and strange green sea,
and repetition of parallel white waves looks so wonder,
this atmosphere including anxious anticipation of coming storm is well captured here,
thank you for your excellent shot,
foozi (7101) 2011-02-19 22:56
such a striking capture of this seascape with strong and richness in colours and density. The white waves capture the view in the foreground and the the line of building present an urban view. The haphazard arrangement of the colourful boats on the sandy beach is very graphical. The vantage point really present a pleasant composition, in multi coloured panorama.
daddo (22604) 2011-02-20 3:13
Salam Abmdsudi.A highly charged scene. The elements seem to be at loggerheads here- so much motion in the sky and sea. Even the light is in a battle against the darkness of the clouds. I see the same candy coloured boats from an earlier post. I love the contrast, colour and sharpness and the elevated POV. Salam. Klaudio.
patdeph (35748) 2011-02-20 4:12
Wooow,what a beautiful and dramatic atmosphere,this is really splendid!And I love the contrast brought by the white waves!Fantastic picture!
Nard (6970) 2011-02-20 4:37
What a dark sky creating a strange and strong atmosphere. I like the contrats with the light on the beach which seems to remain under the sun. beautiful composition
ManuMay (34357) 2011-02-20 22:49
Not only a great composition using the coast line, the use of grey filter is here really good to enhance colours contrasts and give this special mood to the image...Impressive view under the storm, very good colours and light management!!
chewy_candy674 (471) 2011-02-21 4:04
hey abmdsudi, apa kabar?
threatening dark clouds . this photo is keren sekali. Im loving it.
Tunisia ya? kemana saja sudah pernah pergi? :)
Well At least I can look at those place thru ur photos.
Thank you for sharing
mauro61 (52623) 2011-02-23 7:56
mi piacciono molto i colori e la resa del mare.
Cielo minaccioso e spiaggia con le barche colorate a riposo.
Juntas (7958) 2011-02-24 1:48
Hi Abmdsudi. An amazing sky you caught here. Composition is very nice with the boats in the foreground. The waves give a great sense of motion, colors are wondeful and sharpness is very good. Great job.
Have a nice day.
Robert1969 (6858) 2011-05-18 22:10
This picture has a very great balance of light and a very good balance of composition. The rough sea and the dark clouds greates an exciting atmosphere and the very good point of view creates a lots of depth.. Very good work.
fabianoleite (9371) 2011-06-04 15:30
Wonderful seascape, the colors of the water are fantatsic, matching well the wonderful threatening sky, in a great composition. The boats add a lot to the composition. Very good work, congratulations!
maria-v1981 (10773) 2012-08-10 5:08
Beautiful lighting, fabulous contrasts and colours and, as always, perfect exposure and sharpness. A decisive moment, with a stormy sky but a picture which has been carefully and well planned.
Have a nice weekend,
elenimavrandoni (14231) 2013-02-22 13:05
I am so glad to see this beautiful picture and bring back the memories of the beautiful Hammamet!
Tunisia is an amazing and very traditional country very hospitable and warm and this picture is a true example of the great natural sceneries that offers!
thanks for sharing!
Romano46 (16578) 2013-12-17 10:39
Ciao Abmdsudi.stavo per commentare la foto del giorno,quando tra le tue random il mio sguardo è caduto su questa che ritrae la cittadina tunisina di Hammamet.
Con la ottima tecnica di ripresa supportata da altrettanto buona popstproduzione hai fatto una foto eccellente nella quale la luce solare si trova in forte contrasto con il colore cupo del cielo creando uno scenario fantastico e di grande effetto.
Ciao e buona serata