Here is a view from the south coast of the Hvar island which is located roughly between Split and Dubrovnik.
50 km long and about 4 km large, this island is quite touristic on its main town, Hvar, but once you left that west part, you feel you found a calm place of "Provence" close to the sea. On almost each hill, one can find wineyards and lavanda fields. The wine produced here and sold in almost each farm is very tasty.
The clearness of the sea is absolutely incredible and as the shore transforms itself very rapidly into deep depth, that's why you can see on a small distance that almost white sea becoming deep blue. The relief is so steep on such a small island that there is 1.4 km one way tunel to reach that south part of the island from Jelsa located on the north coast.
The island was under the rule of different empires through History : Illyrians fighting the Greeks in IVth BC; the Greeks, the Romans then the Byzantin Empire; Slave tribes between the VII and the VIIIth centuries; Croatia in the XIth; Venice in from 1331 to 1797. Then it joined the Dalmatian province which was respectively conquested by the Austrian Empire, The French one before being part of the Empire made of Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia which would lead to the Yougoslavia.
Original framing; I applied USM via PS7 and Barrel distorsion correction via PTlens.
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naxius (16685) 2004-08-29 7:16
Very nice composition. The colors and the contrast are great. The usage of the polarizer is very useful is such situation.
paguru (1056) 2004-08-29 8:07
Thanks for the interesting note, Steven. I remember vacations on the croatian coast a long time ago, the shore is really beautiful, and I'm glad to hear the water is still as clear as it used to be. Your photo is excellent - it really shows the unique nature of the coast there!
Zanni (6108) 2004-08-29 8:09
Superb colors for this splendi place. Incredible that there is nobody in the water. Note very useful
eleparc (24063) 2004-08-29 8:57
Hi steven and Pauline! i bet you spent your vacation in Croatia??..lol are you sure you did not shoot that one while on your wedding trip to provence...?? ;-))
DonQ (2625) 2004-08-29 9:11
Very nice blue colour of the beautiful Adriatic sea Steven. Good note and frame too for this peace of beauty. Thanks for sharing.
jhm (138280) 2004-08-29 11:47
A superb image, Steven, excellent composition, wonderful colours, the blue sky and it blue water are beautiful, splendid great work here!
phi729 (2101) 2004-08-29 13:48
Superbe piqué et définition des couleurs (notamment les détail du fond et couleurs de la mer). Belle "flèche" offerte par la bande de terre renforçant l'effet de profondeur. La texture des rochers est aussi bien rendue. Excellent travail.
Endy (1025) 2004-08-29 18:38
Excellente photo Steven! Une image très contrastante avec la forêt comprise entre le ciel et la mer. L'image est très nette et détaillée ce qui nous permet de très bien voir les détails situés au fond de l'eau! Une superbe composition .
jackwp (519) 2004-08-29 20:25
A very rugged scene. Nice clarity and colors. It looks like a very interesting place to visit. Nice capture.
Jean-Luc (5488) 2004-08-30 3:43
Bien réussie cette vue de cette côte sauvage.
J'espère que l'on profitera de bien d'autres vues de ces iles paradisiaques que l'on découvre le long de la côte croate.
Merci pour la note.
cyril (2748) 2004-08-31 7:32
Beautiful colours and compo.
DOF is good
and the landscape is just amazing
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-08-23
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700, 35-280mm f2.8-8.0, JPEG 100 ISO, Hama Circular Polarizer 77 mm
- Exposure: f/6.4, 1/97 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: 11 DAYS IN CROATIA
- Date Submitted: 2004-08-29 6:22