Visitors who come to Namibia are often surprised by the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund. It has a distinctly German look about it. Walking the streets and sitting in the cafes, one hears German or Namibian-German being spoken. Visit the shops and you will find German food for sale.
Swakopmund lies on the narrow coastal strip between the cold blue Atlantic Ocean and the light orange dunes of the Namib – in a truly spectacular setting. Numerous colonial-style buildings lend the town the atmosphere of a small German enclave along the coast of southwestern Africa and stand proudly alongside modern buildings reflecting the old German architecture. The town is known for its "Gemütlichkeit" – a German word meaning friendliness or cordiality.
Established in August 1892, when the crew of the Hyena stepped ashore to secure access into the interior of Deutsch Südwest Afrika, Swakopmund is the second oldest town in Namibia and the country’s most popular tourist town.
In the far distance of this picture, you can see the Kaserne building. Despite its decidedly military appearance, the Alte Kaserne (old barracks) was built to accommodate troops of the Second Railway Construction Company. They landed in Swakopmund in October 1904 to build a wooden jetty to handle the increase in the number of ships calling at Swakopmund following the outbreak of the German-Herero War in January. The L-shaped building with its 55-m-long sea-facing wall incorporating a central tower and 36,7-m-long side walls extending eastwards was completed in 1906. Crests of the then German federal states and a plaque commemorating those killed in action adorn the walls of the entrance hall. The Kaserne was used as a school from 1927 to 1975 and later found use as a youth hostel.
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aliabazari (10282) 2012-02-14 0:19
Hello Rosemary ...
Contrast is very good and excellent composition. Great field depth.
Congratulations my friend
jimkil (1684) 2012-02-14 0:28
Nice angles Rosemary
The light is nice and subtle on the right, stronger and more ambient on the left, giving good contrasts as well. Good use of the road to lead the eye to the far distance.
Well seen and presented
Suppiluliuma (3855) 2012-02-14 0:50
It is a pity, it seems, we failed to visit Swakopmund during our Namibian trip. It would surely add a different flavor.
I like the pastel tones and the sense of depth in this shot.
danos (78112) 2012-02-14 2:05
nice the view of this tranquil and quite part of the coastal town of Swakopmund,with the clear road,the new and in good maintenance houses to be the ornaments of the city.I like the clarity and the sharpness of the image with the well chosen POV to creates depth in the scene.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4612) 2012-02-14 2:15
Hi Rosemary! Excellent contribution! Fantastic note! Definitely looks like a quaint town, nice roads, clean atmosphere and interesting architecture. Superb light management, you've managed to expose the shades without overexposing the left most part of the scene. Love the vibrant colors, the clarity and the quality of the image. Excellent Work! What did you do to adjust the levels for here? Quite curious, as I really liked the result of it, looks so natural!
timecapturer (37064) 2012-02-14 4:29
love your POV and composition here it gives the shot so much impact. Superbly sharp and the light is so well controlled. Beautiful lines and a sophisticated presentation. Excellent!
Regards - Brian.
BennyV (13058) 2012-02-14 5:41
Interesting combination of architectural styles, but all very colourful. I like how you've split up the frame in two parts, a bit reminiscent of the division between shade and sun.
jjcordier (67214) 2012-02-14 6:41
Une note très intéressante illustrée par une superbe photo avec une belle composition et une remarquable gestion de la lumière.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-02-14 9:23
a splendid photo of this place and I like the composition and the attractive lights, the POV is superb, great atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
dkmurphys (42483) 2012-02-14 10:01
Well taken shot with great lines and colors. I love the lack of people.
Enjoy a fine day.
tyro (15703) 2012-02-14 12:10
You have given us a very interesting note here and this is a very fine picture with which to illustrate it.
The lighting here is wonderful as also is your management of the strong contrasts in lighting. The right side of the picture (and the street) is in really quite deep shade and yet it is full of lots of interesting detail and the exposure is perfect. By way of contrast, the left side is in bright sunshine and yet there is no sign whatsoever of any overexposure there.
Gorgeous colours, excellent composition and exquisite sharpness.
bayno (18334) 2012-02-14 15:30
What strikes at first glance of this photo is the beautiful perspective and incredible depth increased by the dashed line, is also excellent light and the contrast between the yellow buildings and blue sky, so sharp....and cleen...
Ricx (13489) 2012-02-14 22:11
Morning Rosemary,, Now having lived in the overcrowded Northern Hemisphere for over ten years, the first thing that hits me about your image- is where are the people, cars and sign of humans? There is even no pollution and rubbish that has been discarded.. no dogs, no taxi were you up very early on a Sunday morning?
You know I have a yearning to visit Namibia.. I will be there..
Have a great day
jhm (127955) 2012-02-15 1:58
Almost incredible make, a picture middle of the village and everyone takes a break, a street without people.
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
All details make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
MJR (3340) 2012-02-15 3:21
Back to your wonderful light, well managed as I read in your reply to Matt. Again, pink walls and yellow huts show through.
Good POV gives lovely perspective down the street, and lovely light in the porch really shows up this frontage well.
As Ricx says, the emptiness is a fascination, cant believe everyone was sleeping ! It looks like a scene from the remake of The Prisoner, which was, I recall, filmed hereabouts ?
Good note, tops off a great post - thanks ! ( No buts today !! )
ChrisJ (91276) 2012-02-15 5:26
Wonderful warm vs cold color contrasts between the yellow facades of the buildings, & the blue sky, with good sharpness & excellent use of diminishing linear perspective. I like how the diagonal lines start in the bottom right corner. Tfs!
cavli (1874) 2012-02-15 6:39
great sharpness and brightness capture. very good persfective you captured here. very good pov and dof. tfs
Sonata11 (31229) 2012-02-15 21:06
a very interesting composition of this beautiful street and fantastic perspective with beautiful blue sky. Beautiful composition and framework as well. Perfectly well done. A very good management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity, super POV and DOF as well. I like it a lot. Awesome !!!. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
Cricri (92167) 2012-02-16 5:27
Une note vraiment intéressante..j'aime le cadrage avec le porche de la maison, une belle architecture, la perspective et une très bonne lumière, c'est une heure assez calme dans la rue!!
ricardomattos (3532) 2012-02-16 9:32
Excellent shot with high quality. Sharpness and colors are superb. Good management of the light too. Very nice archtecture.
Best regards !!
Royaldevon (21415) 2012-02-17 1:15
Good Morning Rosemary,
What attracted me to this shot was the amazing clarity; it is absolutely pin sharp! After that fine detail, we are transported at great speed, via the converging lines to the distant barracks. A really well composed shot.
Have a lovely day,
danyy (0) 2012-02-17 3:55
un si bel endroit qui semble désertique.
Quelque part, il apporte le calme qu'on aime souvent retrouver. Un bel effet de perspective qui accroit la profondeur et ds lumières parfaites.
ybx (251) 2012-02-18 1:01
Hello Rosemary, i like this picture, in particularity the perspective and the colours.
In fact, it don't looks like a scene shot in Africa and seems perfectly maintained.
POV, exposure, sharpness and colours are perfect.
Thanks for interesting explanation about Swakopmund and its history in the '800/'900
Have a nice weekend - ciao
chanteuse (210) 2012-02-21 6:35
Stunning shot with peachy and blue tones - this would HAVE to be a German town, it is so incredibly clean. I'm always doing these perspective shots but am rarely lucky or persistent enough to find a nice porch on the side which adds foreground interest as well. Beautiful. What Matt said about light management...excellent!
zanzi (13040) 2012-02-24 11:20
I like your idea of splitting the picture into two distinctive parts.
As usual the colors are vivid and the light very strong.
One thing bothers me: why everything looks so empty? No people, no cars, no pedestrians,...