‘Gibraltar - Solid as a Rock’
Here is my first UK-upload.
Not exactly typical British, I think :)
Gibraltar has a special history. In 1713 after the War of the Spanish Succession it’s sovereignty was transferred from Spain to the Kingdom of Great Britain. Today it’s still a British overseas territory.
Since 2006 Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some powers, such as defence and foreign relations, remain the responsibility of the UK government.
On its little area (only 6km²) you find a mix of cultures, traditions and languages that make it a real special place in Europe.
The rock was formed during the Jurassic Period, about 200 million years ago, when the African Plate bumped on the Eurasian Plate and pushed up the limestone.
The highest point of the rock is 426 meters high above the Strait of Gibraltar (just a bit higher than the place where I took the picture).
Besides the fact that the rock is the only place in Europe where apes, the Barbary Macaques or the Barbary Apes, live in the wild, it is an important resting point for birds migrating between Europe and Africa. The rock functions as a migratory bottleneck.
The nature reserve is also the only place in Europe where the North African plants Iberis gibraltarica and Cerastium gibraltaricum occur.
This information and more can be found on Wikipedia.
On the picture you look over the rock towards Spain with the Mediterranean Sea on the right side and left the Bay of Gibraltar. The Spanish town that you see is La Línea de la Concepción and on the right there are its beaches.
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lousat (94786) 2012-03-11 4:06
Hi Paul,what a spectacular view,it seems to fly over the mountains! Magnificent pov and fantastic details and sharpness,very brilliant colors too,you were lucky whit the waeather!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
siudzi (34141) 2012-03-11 4:10
Wow! The sight on this amazing place looks absolutely great! Like your high point of view which gives a truly wonderful result. Excellent work! Like it a lot.
brianmcc (6219) 2012-03-11 4:23
i dont think i've seen a picture of gibraltar which displays the rock with such majesty. your viewpoint is superb. you got a great day with the wonderful blue sky broken up only by a few little clouds. the view over the sea is superb. excellent depth of field and sharpness.
annjackman (21901) 2012-03-11 4:56
A great view of the rock that I have heard so much about but never seen. Excellent colours and sharpness and all round great qulaity with an impressive composition.
yquem46 (38752) 2012-03-11 5:00
C'est la première fois que je vois "en chair et en os" ce fameux rocher de Gibraltar, avec en bonus vue sur le détroit et l'Espagne
Une vue très claire et très bien composée
npecanhuk (75812) 2012-03-11 5:53
Magnificent natural spot!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, composition, horizontal format and black & white & grey borders are all oustanding features here!
TFS - congrats,
serp2000 (45074) 2012-03-11 6:12
My congratulations, Paul...
I am impressed... Superb POV, excellent colours! TFS!
Sergiom (84603) 2012-03-11 6:13
Impressionnant ce roc qui s'avance dans une mer aux couleurs turquoises. Le ciel est magnifique et le vert sur les pentes ajoute une touche spéciale à l'ensemble.
ChrisJ (116676) 2012-03-11 6:16
Wow! Good to upload this as there are so few shots of this famous rock on TE. A spectacular pov. The walls & fortifications are only evident upon a closer inspections. Nice view of the Spanish coastline in the distance. Tfs!
COSTANTINO (67400) 2012-03-11 6:19
what a spectacular view,great postcard
great view of this big rock
your view point is superb
federico (4159) 2012-03-11 6:21
hi Paul very spectacular view ,great light and colors, wonderfull POV of course, definitely well done
mauro61 (52857) 2012-03-11 6:30
particolare questa immagine con il picco di roccia che divide in due la scena e rende visibile il mare dalle due parti dell'inquadratura.
Colori ben saturi e ottimo controllo della luce,
dta (80314) 2012-03-11 7:40
Bonjour Paul ,
Un merveilleux point de vue sur le célèbre rocher . Je ne me souviens pas l'avoir vu présenté ainsi . J'adore les couleurs , notamment ce contraste vert-bleu , conjugué à la blancheur des roches calcaires .
Sergio82 (28) 2012-03-11 7:40
Très belle vue du rocher de Gibraltar. Cette vue est très originale, on ne voit jamais ce petit coin d’Angleterre ainsi ! Le cadrage est parfait et les couleurs très harmonieuses. Très bon résultat.
cebe (1491) 2012-03-11 8:07
Beautiful and unusual view of that famous rock. I don't remember having seen it from this high point of view. Bright and sharp, showing interesting details (the buildings on top, that road (!) nearly reaching the highest point) and giving an idea of the surrounding region. Well done.
ourania (48864) 2012-03-11 8:49
a magnificent, breathtaking view composed by the impressive peaks, lovely sea, vast landscape and brilliant sky. I think the ancient Greeks believed that this place was the end of the world. It looks fascinating bathed in the strong sunlight, the colours are beautiful. It's wonderful how you divided the view on each side of the peaks. It's a fantastic, captivating picture, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-03-11 9:14
Hi my friend
The color of the light and making a great combination
bergese (6699) 2012-03-11 11:04
Vue imprenable sur ce rocher dominant la mer.Les couleurs sont très belles,la netteté incroyable.
Sonata11 (33969) 2012-03-11 11:57
This is an eye catching photo of this mountains pictruresque. Beautiful and impressive panorama and surroundings with splendid colors, sharpness, clarity and fabulous POV. Love it. Awesome photo. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nice Sunday,
ktanska (28437) 2012-03-11 12:29
Impressive view from the top of Gibraltar. This clearly shows this peculiar formation, and how separate it actually is from the Spanish land mass. Excellent light showing some play with sun and shadow.
cornejo (44755) 2012-03-11 12:43
Hi Paul, a charming picture with a good pov, this spectacular view of the edges of the Rock with the beaches and surrounding villages in the background. excellent and lovely work my friend, congratulations. Good night and happy start to the week. Tfs.
dkmurphys (62147) 2012-03-11 12:58
Impressive panoramic view. The place is quite spectacular. Great colors, well catch.
Enjoy a fine week.
Hansaphotos (8333) 2012-03-11 14:22
Not often we see pictures from Gibraltar here on TE. This is truly a beautiful image very well taken from a well selected high POV. I like the composition very much, where the impressive rock and its ridge is placed in a diagonal across the frame. Wonderful colour combination with the greenery and the tuquoise colour of the sea. Very nice work:) TFS. Have a nice evening.
Best regards, Erling
ciakgiak (30433) 2012-03-11 14:41
What a spectacular view! It's really impressive to see the these mountains and the sea in BG. The colors and the light are really superb, so as the excellent quality.
A dear hug.
Ricx (13495) 2012-03-11 14:46
Hi Paul, superb POV.. I like the light colours ( not often seen on mainland UK.. wonedrful distance and depth. the drive to the top must be quite spectaculor. well posted my friend. Rich
batalay (39581) 2012-03-11 14:51
You had a magnificent vantage point to shoot this image, and you submitted it with a first rate note. I've visited Gibraltar three times now (once in the mid 70s, again in the mid 80s, and again in 2010. In the first trip, I remember seeing the "Rock" this way, then I was told you could not go to the top anymore. Clearly, in 2005 you were able to. Last summer, however, we walked through some of the tunnels (there are 30km I believe), but this is the best way to see the "Rock." (I will share this photo with my granddaughter who came with us last summer.)
mesutilgim (96332) 2012-03-11 14:59
Very nice capture from Gibraltar !
Perfect layout and nice light.
Nice framing and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
adores (46079) 2012-03-11 19:40
Such a great pov to show the rock:)!Seems you had really fine weather on that day! Last time I was there I didn't have the chance to go to the top - need to return!
Very good colours and sharpness!
jjcordier (79297) 2012-03-12 0:35
Tu as trouvé le meilleur point de vue pour nous présenter ce célèbre et beau rocher avec ce très bel arrière plan méditerranéen. La lumière est très belle.
emka (102742) 2012-03-12 0:57
Indeed, not typical British :). Impressive rock. Excellent sharpness, fantastic POV so we can see the rock and the sea behind them. It loos as the cars can go very high! wuith my problems with vertigo it is not place for me, better just look at the beautiful photos. Walking there must be terrific
danyy (0) 2012-03-12 6:05
je suis vraiment impressionné par la qualité des lumières et des couleurs, je dois avouer que tu avais cependant les meilleurs conditions possibles.
Relief et profondeur, tout cela dans une incroyable netteté avec une énorme profondeur de champ.
L'endroit est valorisé.
anokutan (15097) 2012-03-12 9:05
This is an eye catching photo of this mountains pictruresque. Beautiful and impressive panorama and splendid colors.
diomed (13926) 2012-03-12 12:39
at the first view it was strange for me with such a colors the sea of England. After I read: it is Gibraltar, Mediterranean Sea. Beautiful view the rock on FG with the blue sea on the backside. Light, depth, POV, DOF, sharp are superb as ever in your gallery. TFS
NuriGiray (4) 2012-03-12 17:22
It is very good shot.
Perfect lighting and very good perspective.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-03-13 11:39
Has impressed me is how sharp the edges of the mountain.
The textures and the shades are amazing. I think the view from there is simply magical. The beaches BG with the blue crystal colours are wonderful.
patdeph (35748) 2012-03-13 13:03
quelle quel beau et sectaculaire endroit, magnifié par les couleurs et la lumière.Le point de vue est magnifique, avec le rocher guidant le regard vers la mer et l'Espagne.
aliabazari (16234) 2012-03-14 1:41
Peak in the middle of the box, the image is divided into two parts beautiful and has a good perspective and depth.
Thanks for sharing
sacimar (27539) 2012-03-14 9:10
good image of Gibraltar, this is a different view of the rock, I like the perspective you chose, well seen and presented,
Nard (6972) 2012-03-15 1:28
Splendid and impressive landscape, wild and pure. The POV is well chosen and gives a large view arround the rock with a good depth of field. Nice shot
Cricri (122669) 2012-03-15 12:55
Incroyable beauté de ces rochers d'un mélange de gris et de vert, super le cadrage avec vue du paysage de chaque cotés, la lumière et les couleurs sont merveilleuse, intéressante note
claudeD (40401) 2012-03-15 13:23
Exçellent picture from Gibraltar with a fine composition, good clarity and cors. I like your picture very much.Excellent fotojob.TFS.
Withregards from Luxembourg
PecoBud (3824) 2012-03-16 11:01
You can't ask for a better photo with the awesome colors and lighting seen here. Perfect detail and Awesome POV.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2012-03-16 12:11
a very good and interesting p.o.v.
i like also the vivid colors.
jhm (156632) 2012-03-17 1:14
Uw foto is haar scherp en geeft een fantastisch zich op deze rots rug.
U creëerde een ongelofelijke diepte en vergezicht.
Schitterend kwaliteits foto.
Mooi gedaan, bedankt.
bayno (18344) 2012-03-17 4:16
beautiful landscape, the colors are fantastic and the view suggestive, the buildings on the mountain are fully entrenched, great light and depth...
have a good WE...
dip (23890) 2012-03-17 9:28
a wonderful panoramic view of that impressive scenery with excellent clarity and amazing colors,
the choice of POV is really very good!
bema (26425) 2012-03-17 9:39
think there´s been talken a lot about your famous capture from all our colleques..! and they are absolutely ok!
great pov, perfect colors, l ike it a lot!
thanks for sharing, see you around
Fis2 (102486) 2012-03-17 10:58
Wonderful view, beautiful mountains.
Good frame and colors.
m (0) 2012-03-17 12:22
The composition is simply great, I like the way the ridge of the mountain follows the diagonal in a beautiful curl and is set off with the wonderful colors of the sea on both sides as well as the sky above. Frankly, it looks to me a bit over-processed, the sky part and sharpness too. But this overwhelming scenery sure makes up for it.
Have a great weekend,
agulberk (3794) 2012-03-17 19:50
Very immpressive beauty of rocky hill in the foreground and amazing color of the Mediterranean Sea on the right side and left the Bay of Gibraltar towards rocky hill, in addition lovely interspersed puffy clouds in sweet blue sky. Excellent presentation with splendid perspective to get strong sense of depth like 3dimensional,also perfect light management to get sharpness,clarity and natural saturated colors and superb framing to obtain balanced wiev for look at.
Thanks for sharing
Have a good sunday
aloyho (6798) 2012-03-17 22:28
What I enjoyed most is that this shot is able to arouse the curiosity of the viewer and encourages me to do some close inspection. The two cars on the left side of the steep slope heading towards the building at the peak is certainly exciting and thrilling. On top of all these the good technical handling allows me to fully enjoy this scene. Brilliant shot!!
abmdsudi (56388) 2012-03-17 22:53
What a magnificent view of this historic Jabel-Tarik !!
A superb image, brilliant view at the point of this height and what a great feeling of space and immense depth. The layout really works and sharp clean edges and green combine to lead the eye deeper and deeper into the picture to the far horizon giving a sense of proportion. Beautifully delicate colouring and the effect of the peak makes it a real beauty. Marvellous capture, it is certainly worth being up there and I can share your feel. Congrats
jlbrthnn (76039) 2012-03-18 4:55
Bien vu, et d'actualité, ce morceau du Royaume Uni. La composition est magistralement cadrée. La lumière et les couleurs sont agréables, la qualité est très bonne. Bravo.
UlfE (14641) 2012-03-18 11:59
What a stunning view. The composition is perfect with the mountain ridge starting in the left bottom corner and diagonally across the photo. Lovely colours and very impressive depth. TFS and have nice Sunday evening!
Waylim (25502) 2012-03-18 13:53
Beautiful POV and good composition shot, beautiful like a post card. If people still print post card these days. Perfectly weather and great light.
pulezan (841) 2012-03-19 15:11
Yes, this is really a superb view, kind of places from where is not easy to leave. The cars and buildings on the rock give a good feeling of the size of it.
vladic (4561) 2012-03-19 16:08
Un paysage de montagnes celui-ci est magnifique! Un excellent point de vue avec un excellent rendu de la profondeur et des dimensions. Une photo très belle bénéficie d'un ciel bleu et d'un rayon de soleil qui illumine les pics.
PS. Je te propose un petit workshop qui élimine une légère dominante d'une couleur jaune.
mkamionka (39209) 2012-03-20 12:38
wonderful view. I have actually uploaded a photo from same POV but I had a foggy day over there and the quality was pretty bad. Still I wanted to share and document that I was there :)
But your photo is wonderful: so clear and colorful. It is a pleasure to watch.
RhodieIke (11744) 2012-03-20 23:11
Hi Paul, Fantastic Pov, and Dof, in this scene of The Rock in Gibraltar, super colours, what a view hey? Great management of light and splendid presentation, Well done, Cheers Iain.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2012-03-21 0:21
Amazing landscape! Love the brilliance of this image, the vibrant colors and the clear skies. Looking at those cars towards the peak is surreal! It looks kind of scary. And I must say that you have the most fantastic POV ever, very entertaining much! Great post! Great compo! My compliments! TFS
all the best,
adramad (47738) 2012-03-21 11:41
Wonderful POV with these wild and impressive rock formations, while in the background we can see the beautiful coastline with a stunning blue sea, the beautiful sky of wonder also complements this picture.
Brightness, sharpness and good details. Well done.
Have a nice day.
foozi (7101) 2012-03-23 7:36
this is such a massive rock well presented in so many excellent elements. The colors, the perspective, the light are so well defined.
such an attractive composition.
Very well done indeed.
sacavem (18620) 2012-03-23 8:38
It is interesting view. I like your beautiful mountains. Nice composition. I like your all nature. Good colours and light.
kennyblack (4207) 2012-03-24 1:13
Beautiful aerial view from beautiful beaches in the background. An excellent and superb POV. Details clearly visible far and all of excellent quality.
Greetings, good weekend ... Marino
ebingul (1984) 2012-03-28 7:49
A breathtaking photograph!!You seem to be very good in mountaineering as you are in Photography..
Fantastic capture from a great POV with amazing colours,perspective and clarity.
This is an image solid as a rock.
Well done,TFS and best regards.
jemaflor (100241) 2012-03-30 9:53
Beautiful pov on these mountains and great light and colors on all your photo, well taken, tfs.
kiks (12739) 2012-03-30 11:04
Hello Paul, this is foe me a new view from the rock of Gibraltar. Very intersting this aproach and the color pallet is appealing.
jimkil (1706) 2012-03-31 13:24
I remember the history of this area, it looks like a massive cliff to the end of the world, fine sharpness to bring the textures out in those rocks, love the colours of the beach and sea.
Hanssie (10886) 2012-04-01 0:53
Great view in a very clear photo,
the blue behind works well too.
ruisc_pt (11090) 2012-04-01 16:21
Fabulous POV Paul,
Great tonalities and good note also.,
baclama (18884) 2012-04-05 12:12
je ne m'imaginais pas Gibraltar avec ces falaises.....une bien belle vue avec une superbe lumiere et des couleurs sympas..
ce soir je me coucherai moins idiote;-)
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-04-07 19:02
This is stunningly beautiful image with the peak splitting the wonderful blue sea and sky. The rock-face is amazing and this is such a great shot.
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.
AiresSantos (56155) 2012-04-10 5:55
Wonderful vivid colors in this very well composed picture
Fine colors and light
Have a nice day
danos (100956) 2012-06-20 0:25
Good morning Paul,
i missed this superb panoramic scenery with the solid rock of Gibraltar as dominating the image.
I like your informative note as the great light and colour management of the shot.
Have a good day,Danos
fotka (4601) 2012-07-04 14:10
Indeed it is wonderful shot of the top of Gibraltar. The mountain look interesting with white rocks on one side and other side covered by vegitation. Fantastic panorama on Alboran Sea. The photo has great compo, colors, light and sharpness.
fabbs99 (17175) 2012-08-25 23:02
Very well presented image of the famous Rock of Gibraltar.Sharp image with good color contrast.Grand view with the blue sea in the background.
fds (9547) 2012-11-20 11:12
great location and fantastic scharpnees and colors with super pov
Mesut09 (746) 2013-01-06 21:43
Congratulations.. Really Nice Photo.. a summit near the shore..
Janusz1974 (2824) 2013-03-31 11:29
Original and characteristic place.
Very good postcard from famous Gibraltar .
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-11-03 21:24
Hello Paul - I came across this great shot by chance, it is a fine accompaniment to a very good note. Your elevated viewpoint shows off the rock really well and in its context with Spain receding into the distance. This must be a fascinating place to see. Warm regards rosemary