The quiet Nabeul coastal town lies 18km north of Hammamet is the administrative capital of Cap Bon peninsular. Formerly a Phonecian settlement it was destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC. A century after, Julius Caesar authorized the creation of a new town on the site, named Colonia Julia Neapolis or "New City". The town was rebuilt, granted autonomy by Caesar Augustus and subsequently flourished before virtually disappearing toward the end of the sixth century. Subsequently the power changed hand to the Arabs during Islamic conquest of North Africa in the 8th century and the town was renamed Nabeul, an Arabised form of the original Roman word.
Nabeul is widely known as the capital of pottery and ceramics manufacturing in Tunisia since the ancient times, in fact it was already a center of pottery craftsmanship during Phonecian's era. Today even the butcher shops are decorated with multi colored tiles. A hugely over sized colorful glazed jar rises in the city center of the city's main traffic circle making it clear that Nabeul is all about pottery. Walk the streets and you will think you have stumbled into an outlet mall devoted to pottery and ceramics.
Picture of burning sky over Nabeul town centre at sunset, silhouetting the minaret of Karma Mosque.
Additional equipment used: Cokin Gradual Neutral Grey G2 P121M ND4
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BennyV (17650) 2011-02-25 7:55
Great picture, Abmdsudi. With the recent events in Tunisia and elsewhere in the region, it is tempting to see this as an image of hope. Fine work.
Have a good weekend.
quillo (11856) 2011-02-25 8:34
Hola Abmdsudi ...
A big photo, color light and spectacular framings,
the result is very agreeable and beautiful,
alive (1360) 2011-02-25 8:39
A photo with great composition.
An excellent work.
npecanhuk (75592) 2011-02-25 8:43
Very attractive picture!
The sky is wonderful and you photographed its colors and lights superbly!
The skyline and the tower in the fg look quite interesting and beautiful as well!
TFS - congrats,
corjan3 (2109) 2011-02-25 9:00
This image does look like there is a fire in the sky. And you retained the foreground detail very well. Excellent composition for a very pleasing image. And a very informative note as well.
saxo042 (37898) 2011-02-25 9:45
The silhouette of the minaret is well positioned here against the very colourful sunset background. An interesting note also improves this picture. Thanks for sharing!
mauro61 (52857) 2011-02-25 10:20
bellissimo il cielo con i colori che sei riuscito a catturare esaltati dalla perfetta controluce.
Ottimo il POV,
bema (26425) 2011-02-25 10:25
this is really a strange picture, like a lot the perfect sundown mood, and you cleverly use the mosque to bring out the sun of the picture.. gives a good felling with that foreground and the colorful sky above..
thanks for sahring, see you around, Bernd
Cricri (120491) 2011-02-25 10:28
Un ciel splendide, dynamique avec d'incroyable couleurs, bon cadrage avec la tour, une très belle réalisation agréable a l'oeil
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2011-02-25 11:21
fantastic sky ad colors. a great control of the light and shadows.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-02-25 12:12
Spectacular sunset. Nice play with light and shadow. Good framing.
bukitgolfb301 (42656) 2011-02-25 13:39
Hi my dear Abmdsudi
So gorgeous and perfect color gradation shot!
This is a typical midle east image indeed, I am sure.
Marvelous compsition of wide focus and very sharp and clear presentation in the detail by f22 are so marvelous as usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good day and best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
hispic (9652) 2011-02-25 18:29
Marvelous burning sky in Tunisia! White fringe around the minaret works very well in this case. A subtle tone of the shadow parts is also so good. Beautiful composition.
Have a nice weekend, Hisashi
AKITA (15125) 2011-02-25 18:50
a spectacular view shot of beautiful sunset scene, light and colors are splendid,
especially red lighted cloud and sky are very wide and dynamic,
and vertical silhouette of tower is so vivid and stable here,
horizontal houses look tranquil and peaceful too,
thank you for your excellent shot,
emka (99931) 2011-02-25 23:46
Is Nabeul still a quiet place? I hope so. Fantastic burning sky. beautiful composition with the minaret just in the right place.
yquem46 (38752) 2011-02-26 1:23
Quite appropriate title actually !
Nice compo giving the main part to this sky, the line of white houses at the horizon and the minaret at the FG
Have a good WE
kiks (12735) 2011-02-26 1:30
Amazing colors of this clouds. The sillouet of the minaret positiond at one side creates a beautful composition.
gildasjan (43650) 2011-02-26 1:47
Il est magnifique ce minaret et quelle merveilleuses couleurs dans ce ciel de feu.
CLODO (34720) 2011-02-26 2:08
Nice sunset colors against the high tower, as a rocket ready to take off.
peppe59 (14555) 2011-02-26 3:36
fantastic colors of the sky, the perfect technical integration of the tower, great quality.
delpeoples (58574) 2011-02-26 3:51
Beautiful exposition here, the colours are lovely and strong. I like the positioning of the turret and the clouds make everything look so dynamic. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a lovely day.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-02-26 4:34
stunning sunset and well composed to make it all the more dramatic with an excellent semi-silhouette foreground. Flawless light control and colour contrast. Well done!
dkmurphys (59951) 2011-02-26 7:38
Impressive capture, a very dramatic sky. The tower, as the main element, guards the city. Good work, have a nice evening.
vasilpro (41533) 2011-02-26 10:14
Superb composition, excellent POV, wonderful sky, interesting architecture, lovely light and gold color tones, TFS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
Bournazel (0) 2011-02-26 12:56
Burning sky indeed .. but not only !!
Good picture but your title is really very good at this time..
wolf38 (31296) 2011-02-26 23:56
Hello abmdsudi. Evening. Very nice colors and light. Skillful composition. Informative text. Well done. Rgds, Wolfgang.
P.S. Politically, one can only hope that Tunisia soon comes to rest.
Ricx (13495) 2011-02-27 0:47
a stuuning sky -- you have done well in not overexposing any of the clouds- not easy when shooting into the sun. maybe the water tower has helped.. lovely image and well presented. Thank You Rich
jhm (154508) 2011-02-27 2:45
The sky is wonderful and you photographed its colors and the light superb.
Nice silhouettes of the tower against the pink sky.
Nice panorama view about these place.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Light and colors are superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
siolaw (38292) 2011-02-27 3:04
This sky is extremely dynamic due to those clouds converging towards the setting sun and also its clear blue with fire in it.
The minaret of course adds context and graphism to the scene.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-02-27 5:00
Excellent nad especially very well coloured shot. Impressive sky with incerdible colors very well collected. The black silhoeut of the minaret in the FG is well off-centerd on the right of the image and give a greta depht. The silhoeut of the another edifice give a pleasant graphic effect in the BG.
holmertz (54243) 2011-02-27 7:17
The minaret makes a perfect silhouette against the evening sky with the marvellous colours of the setting sun. The wide angle creates a certain distortion to the clouds which I find very attractive. Against the horizon we can see a few more typical North African minarets telling us what part of the world this is.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-02-27 9:36
it is awesome. Excellent framing. Great depth and perfect light. Excellent presentation of it with the silhouetted minerate of mosque. Love the colours in sky with the contrasting black. Thanks for sharing.
zanzi (13690) 2011-02-27 12:00
What a sky you have found here !!!
I like how you have perfectly placed all the elements to give enough space to this beautiful sky.
leo61 (0) 2011-02-27 12:03
Even without the minaret it would have been a great shot ,but with it it`s a fantastic one,very well composed.The clouds and the orange tones are wonderful.
Waylim (25502) 2011-02-27 14:20
I love your POV to allow so much sky and also the height of the tower, yet you manage to include the city below, the Sunset is gorgeous, the cloud formation is certainly a show and drammatic, it seem almost 3D the way the light catched it on the side, the top part is a little too dark I think, the colors is borderline over saturated. It is very beautiful even with a bit less saturation I believe.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-02-27 15:08
The dark silhouettes are of the best effect in front of the blue sky and the incredible colors of clouds. I like the balance of the photo. I appreciate the quality of the realization. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Urs (14082) 2011-02-28 3:37
Sky on fire, that is really happening. With your camera Tunisia looks charming and romantic, that is good, as I have rather bad memories. Good POV with very vibrant color hues and fine sharpness. Really well done, my friend.
paololg (31448) 2011-02-28 14:32
Wonderful image, dear Abmdsudi, the clouds seem three-dimensional. Unbelievable the great depth, considering the difficult management of the light. A perfect and pleasant backlight absolutely, with colors well saturated that well opposes among them. Congratulations for this masterpiece, composed in fantastic way!
Ciao, have a nice day!
adores (45715) 2011-02-28 16:34
What a great sky here!The clouds, the golden sunlight, the silhouette of the minaret rising above the houses - wonderful composition and colours, good sharpness!
shevchenko (20548) 2011-02-28 19:29
Good low angle shot to frame the evening sky, city and tower, the clouds add perfectly perspective effect, hopes the future of this country will be better after the political reformation.
foozi (7101) 2011-02-28 22:42
excellent golden view of the sky and the dramatic clouds. The presentation of the silhouette is so pleasant. The minaret is lively and it gives a strong attractive object to higlight the theme of the shot.
I like the semi dark view of the townscape.
Atousa (7131) 2011-03-01 3:11
You captured an amazing sky with great colors n cloud formations.. the minaret is very well placed in the framing.. a magnificent shot.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
LOOOK13 (19046) 2011-03-01 9:56
A great great shot.
adramad (46476) 2011-03-02 5:12
Superb composition, with the backlight of the minaret and the city skyline in the background, the sky deserves separate attention by the sheer beauty that brings so many contrasting colors, the blue and the red horizon, which tints the clouds is an authentic wonder.
Great management of the brightness and color.
Have a nice day. Best regards.
emilbo (22616) 2011-03-02 6:48
Tout à fait merveilleuse cette formation de nuages, au dessus de la ville, et les couleurs qui sont fantastiques. la semi-silhoutte de la tour qui s'élève dans le ciel rend la photo des plus intéressante.
Bravo!... et toutes mes amitiés,
m (0) 2011-03-02 11:23
This is simply gorgeous. There's some apocalyptical feel to this glaring sky behind the mosque. Amazing shot.
Silvio1953 (145579) 2011-03-05 5:41
Ciao Abmdsudi, wonderful silhouette of beautiful tower on a fantastic burning sky, superb composition, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Angshu (56758) 2011-03-07 5:17
A fine picture especially with the clouds seemingly on fire, almost like burning ember. The silhouette of the minaret has been captured brilliantly off-centre with details of the town below distinctly visible...something which is a compliment of your exposure management! Fine composition where not only the composition, but your technical expertise as well is very much in evidence!
claudeD (39623) 2011-03-07 10:59
Waw.What an amazing shot with an excellent composition and really good colors showinf this burning sky.My congratulations for a perfect photojob.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Juntas (7960) 2011-03-09 3:40
Hi Abmdsudi. The silhouette of the minarete looks very nice and well placed on the frame but it's the wonderful sunset colors that really capture the eye attention and you did well to give all that space in the frame to the sky. Good use of nd filter, well done.
HAve a nice day.
Longroute (19396) 2011-03-10 7:49
The sky and the minaret are absolutely gorgeous, I would have darkened the houses below which show the typical Mediterranean disorder and disharmony. The composition is perfect.
jmdias (65105) 2011-03-17 17:56
very nice framing, the shapes of these colored clouds matched well with the minaret, good light, sharpness and framing
TopGeo (38216) 2011-04-01 8:56
this is really a strange shot! Excellent contrast and frame! I like a lot the perfect sunset with excellent colours! and mood, Well done!
elenimahera (695) 2011-04-06 0:42
great composition with a stunning sky and the mosque in the right place!!!
kato (11630) 2011-08-13 3:51
You're capturing well this sunset scenery by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's impressive to see burning sky and town scape with a tower. It's interesting that the wall of buildings is white as Islamic style, too.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-03-22 13:13
I remember the desrt colors in contrast with the impressive Tunisian scenery, very traditional, great colors and a great souvenir from a beautiful country!
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-04-30 19:53
very nice thought.really like the composition and the light management.the pic pivots against the minar.love sky and skyline.beautiful sunset pic.
carlo62 (50031) 2014-04-13 11:57
il cielo sembra infuocato e la torre si inserisce splendida tra le tre lunghe nuvole che attraversano il cielo.
Un bellissimo momento, congelato per sempre dal tuo scatto.
ikeharel (72867) 2015-06-15 8:15
Fantastically combined view, almost a silhouette of the tower well in contrast to the golden sky behind.
The center-clouds formed a special pattern, looks as an imaginary "diving mermaid"...
Beautiful photo, my cong.'s,