It’s hard to believe that this lovely harbor is one of the largest harbors. The cities of Halifax and Dartmouth are placed on opposite sides and until the 1950s, ferry travel was the only connection between the two cities. Although there are now two bridges that span the harbor, the ferry is still active. In addition, there are many types of vessels that cruise the harbor. There is a long waterfront walkway lined with many tourist-friendly attractions.
The harbor is shaped like a spoon, with the wide bowl of Bedford Basin at its end; it is 16 km (10 mi.) in length. The Sackville River now empties into the upper end of the harbor in Bedford Basin. This deep, navigable harbor was carved by rivers, enlarged by glacial action, and finished by geologically recent relative sea-level rise. The depth and extent of the harbour led early explorers to estimate that it could hold "1000" ships, an estimation borne out in World War II when it was used as a staging area for cross-Atlantic ship convoys.
The Island in the background is called George’s Island. The buildings are part of Ft. Charlotte. Although the island has been named a historic site, it is not yet open to the public. If you don’t like snakes, you’ll want to avoid the island; Georges Island has the highest ratio of snakes per amount of land in the world. However, they are only Black Garter snakes. Until the lighthouse was automated, a total of 8 lightkeepers maintained the light over a 100 year span. This partially submerged, streamlined hill was formed underneath the ice sheets, moulded by a glacier as it flowed around an obstacle. Reference
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besnard (53515) 2007-08-21 1:12
Belle composition bien cadré de ce bâteau "toutes voiles dehors". Les couleurs sont belles et le phare est typiquement canadien.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
Gerrit (47886) 2007-08-21 1:15
good composition with the boat along the barren grassy coast - it realy looks like Scotland. The whites are very good, the sails and theirv reflection at the first place.
delic (6735) 2007-08-21 1:15
Wonderful view, Pat. The boat is captured nicely moving in the direction of the lighthouse. Love the fully open flag. Regards,
lestans (17128) 2007-08-21 1:19
Ciao Pat!! It looks like an old time painting! what a nice capture of the ship going towards the loghthouse.
Interesting note; I will surely avoid this island!
sacavem (18610) 2007-08-21 1:31
Good work to capture this image. Very good colour, contrast and definition.
edytungkal (4551) 2007-08-21 2:01
Nice to see you again with wonderful Halifax Harbour. You have a very nice point of view with beautiful boat as focal point and it's support by nice lighthouse and the hill as BG.
Excellent composition... thanks for sharing it.
have a nice day
PixelTerror (0) 2007-08-21 2:11
The good thing with harbour or seaside view is that you can normally find pure whites to set white balance on, here the small harbour, good you shot that one as the big ship was balancing the view, and trying to emasure scales it DOES look huge.
Valerka (8171) 2007-08-21 2:36
My compliments for this shot.
Neat colours and good POV.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-08-21 3:03
Very good informative note to accompany this wonderful picture. The old sail boat looks really fantastic ... somehow it compliments the age of the lighthouse and the house. I will certainly avoid this island because I hate snakes. Well captured and composed. Well done! tfs
ktanska (24758) 2007-08-21 3:09
Cool shot with maritime subjects. The ship and lighthouse are well placed. Even the Canadian flag is fully open. One of those scene people love to hang on their walls.
carper (96) 2007-08-21 3:11
a lovely shot Pam,
good pov and very nice composition to look at,fine details and good quality, fine photojob here.
asajernigan (21148) 2007-08-21 3:42
This is a very nice shot. Your composition is great placing the boat in the left half of the photo giving the shot nice direction. The inclusion of the lighthouse is a definite plus helping to balance the shot. The lighting and colors are great with nice sharpness and DOF.
xuaxo (6846) 2007-08-21 5:10
What a beautiful photo! Nice light, beautiful composition.
I've never been to Halifax, but my friends (sailors) said me often that the city's nickname is Halisex, which in Portuguese sounds like "há ali sex(o)" (translating: "there is sex there"). Perhaps that reputation comes from times before AIDS.
feather (51130) 2007-08-21 5:33
It's good to see a new post from you again Pat. This is is a real gem you sent for us today. The light is gorgeous and you exposed the image well; all those whites and no sign of oe. It's also very well composed with the beautiful ship entering the frame and the lighthouse on the right for balance. Good decision to crop too as you now have perfect horizontal thirds.
macondo (18623) 2007-08-21 5:54
Hi Pat. This is a lovely simple shot that sets two white subjects at the two sides of the picture. The ship has been caught in just the right spot, still revealing one building on the shore. Lovely colours and light, not too much contrast. A very good crop was done here, too. Thanks for great note. Excellent.
pboehringer (770) 2007-08-21 8:18
Pat, since 09/98 Halifax got a meaning for me. It was when Swissair had one of its very rare major flight accidents. It was quite a shot to me back than, because that airflight company was grade as one of the safest in the world and I used it quite frequently. Anyway, our image doesn't give any of this terrible moment, quite the contrary. It is a peaceful and calming view. Very well balanced composition with the ship coming into harbour.
josepmarin (57789) 2007-08-21 8:21
Nice panoramic format in your photo, I like how the setting places the ship aside and the lighthouse in the green landscape to another side.
The sea and the sky with its blue tones wrap the image finely and a good chromatic contrast.
Cormac (26563) 2007-08-21 8:27
Nice shot of the harbour, and especially of the classic old sailing ship. The photo is nicely balanced too, between the ship on one side and the lighthouse on the other side. I like the note as well, which was very informative (this is an under-rated part of TE).
jwmunro (286) 2007-08-21 10:06
Hello Pat -
Well done and seen with the sailing vessel just coming into the image and the lighthouse standing tall on the other side. The panorama like format was a good choice as more water and/or more sky would have watered down, pardon the pun, the impact of the image. All of the tech's are spot on.
Thank you for sharing.
Angelillo (9374) 2007-08-21 14:29
It's a photo very well balanced: the white tower is very well accompanied(!) by the white sails of the boat and the house. There is like a straigh horizontal line joining the white colors. The island, beautiful, is a very good background. The composition is very good, relaxing, full ol calmness and quietness. Very beautiful! Thanks.
ahmetgedikli (25478) 2007-08-21 14:33
Wonderful shot! Very superb POV, sharpness and perfect colors. Good job!
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-08-21 16:31
Beautiful place and great colours in your composition!
Nice perspective and good clarity!
gunbud (34066) 2007-08-21 18:06
Excellent capture of this rare triple masted scooner as it sails through this lovely harbor with its white sails contrasting beautifully with the blue sea and green cliffs. The lighthouse at the foot of the harbor is wonderful gravey to this stunning image. Excellent informative note.
singuanti (15250) 2007-08-21 20:05
Hi Pat. You did a fine job of finding several classic things to include into your composition and I see no hint of modernism. The saturation and colors are nice and vivid. You might have blown out the highlight on the lighthouse but it's not important at all. The sky and the ship’s sails were far more important to retain highlight detail on. Good note too! tfs Pat.
darrasin (2860) 2007-08-21 21:21
Hello Pat! The composition is just perfect with the large vessel at the edge of the frame sailing into it. And the exposure is right on too with the whites just brilliant. The shutter was also just right to the catch the Canadian flag completely unfurled.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2007-08-22 1:22
A fortress of snakes...;) Lovely capture. Interesting place and good light.
pablominto (53744) 2007-08-22 1:33
A pleasant composition!
The maritime elements of the past are nicely put together, as both the sailing vessel and the lighthouse both have seen their glory days gone by...
I'm still curious why the lightkeepers also kept snakes??
delkoo (68) 2007-08-22 5:49
nicely framed with the lighthouse and boat contrasting well with the sea and landscape .
robertosalguero (246) 2007-08-22 6:14
Lucky you have seen what I ave been wanting to see for so long. Great view of the tall ship and the lighthouse. The view is very clear and the colours look great. You balanced the image well and both stronger focal points guide the eyes left to right in a nice flow. I hope you had a good time in the Maritimes Pat.
isabela_sor (47683) 2007-08-22 8:43
This shot is perfect!!LOoking again and again,really I dont know what to say,the point of view,the placement of all elements,especially that boat,the quality...all perfect!
jmcl (14535) 2007-08-22 15:36
Classic and beautiful composition with the boat and lighthouse .. love their physical, color and thoughtful relationship .. Beautiful image ..
john_c (24662) 2007-08-23 7:43
Wow - I am jealous of this one, as I never realized Halifax harbour could offer this kind of drama. The old vessel is perfectly captured here in fine light, nicely balanced by the lighthouse. Your panorama format really is apropos. I also like the proportion of water you allotted for the foreground. First rate work, Pat. Congrats on this one.
Ann75 (0) 2007-08-23 13:33
What a gorgeous shot! I love the light house on the green island with the ship floating by. It looks like a scene that goes back many many years! Great lighting, amazing colours, beautiful sky and lovely details! Great work, Pat!
bakes888 (18499) 2007-08-23 23:22
Hi Pat. This looks like something out of the nineteenth century, no modern trapping to be seen. Great photo. Well composed with natural colour and good sharpness and detail. Thanks for sharing.
elmec (12210) 2007-08-24 3:51
Great compo with white sails, lighthouse and green hill!
Scharan (14144) 2007-08-24 7:03
Lindo cartão postal...belas cores deste incrível cenário. Bom trabalho Pat, meus parabéns.
gneufeld (15890) 2007-08-24 11:43
Great panorama shot here. Exceptional to catch the ship and the lighthouse in one image. Great composition and striking colors. Great shot and TFS. Gerald
euryan (8438) 2007-08-26 19:39
This reminds me of Henk's (Floydian) latest photo, but this has a completely different look and feel. The lighthouse alone would be a beautiful shot, as would the boat, but together they are superb. I like the panoramic crop too.
John_F_Kennedy (42342) 2007-08-27 3:53
Very interesting POV you got here. Excellent light, colours and sharpness.
TheMystic (912) 2007-08-27 10:35
Great compo with the ship and lighthouse anchoring the panoramic view!
anes_lc (14968) 2007-08-27 10:37
beautiful composition pat. the view is amazing ...no words to expres how much i enjoy looking at
thanks share ,anes
Angshu (55641) 2007-08-28 0:38
This is gorgeous! The sailboat enters the frame, in perfect position. The pano format crop works very well. The lighthouse is very well placed in the frame & the picture has three distinct almost equal 'layers'. Great exposure control & the thing which also attracted me is the reflection of the sails. Wonderful!
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-08-28 9:41
the boat is beautifull and the composition is very elegant with the with tower on the right.
This is a beautiful picture looking like in old time.
baba_flies (8829) 2007-08-28 9:57
Lucky you, Pat! Halifax Harbor and no fog ... I have not seen that very often but rather heard the fog horn going :) I like how the ship moves in to your photo but also the light house underlines the mood of Atlantic Canada so well. Wonderful warm summer colors suiting the mood of this sunny August day. Excellent. Have a great day, Barbara.
banyanman (7789) 2007-08-30 6:32
The sails on the left and the lighthouse on the right produce a nicely balanced photograph, Pat, although I would like to have seen just a touch more space behind the sailing ship. Thanks for the warning about the snakes - for that reason I have decided against adding Georges Island to my list of 'must visit' places ;)
Cheers . . . David
konok (2068) 2007-09-25 11:53
Impressive scene in a well organized composition. The light-management is absolutely perfect!
mirarer (4751) 2007-10-01 13:17
I just wont to vote this photo because is very beautiful and also thanks you for the workshop you have done of mi photo "urkiola". I really like it, I think is a good idea to clear it. Sorry for my terrible english!.
terrysio (715) 2007-10-11 9:38
La photo est plutôt simple, mais tellement classique avec son phare et le bateau...
Hymne à la mer!
Bravo pour cette belle photo!
jrmejias (247) 2007-10-18 4:07
Simple and calm composition about the daily life in Canada, nice shot and good contrast in the background and the boat, thanks, kind regards, Ricardo
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-11-08 4:08
Wow, what a composition Pat!
Great job! Moreover, great colours and sharpness.
MarianneS (15338) 2008-02-01 5:09
I just red your introduction and appreciate the thoughts you share through it.
As you will not post new photos during a while, I choose this one to wish you again that things become calmer or easier for you very soon.
This one is a very nice photo. In addition to all its photograhic qualities, I would say that the idea of that boat which always comes back home is perhaps the right image to illustrate what you said in your introduction.
scobert (5355) 2008-02-09 14:17
I can handle garter snakes but not venemous ones. I guess that Greece has some poisonous asps that roam there. I basically dislike snakes but I am ok once I get calm and centered. You really need to publish a travel book. Your photography is first-rate and your compositions are always outstanding. This is marvelous and there is really nothing that I can add that would be of any more value. I am taking a queue from you and Tom O'Donnel (gunbud) and placing my photos on "random" display mode. You and Tom are digging through my archives and finding value in my earlier posts. My earlier images did so poorly that I thought that they must not be very good, until I learned the Trek Earth ropes. Outstanding!
paura (47166) 2009-11-09 13:29
Uma beleza de composição aqui, mostrando o barco de interessante arquitetura em um enquadramento muito bom. Lindo trabalho.
fds (8254) 2011-07-01 10:28
very beautiful image with the boat saling and very very nice white lighthouse
very great colors
danos (86621) 2011-07-08 3:24
the passing by sailing boat in front of your lens is a good focal point for our eyes and is placed perfect in the frame,as see on the right and the green islet with the lighthouse on it..Good presentation as excellent the light management.
- Copyright: Pat Lim (plimrn) (21344)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-01
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D70 DSLR, Nikkor AF-S 18-70 1:3.5-4.5G, Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Nova Scotia
- Date Submitted: 2007-08-21 0:50
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