There are fifteen Islands surrounding this area of the South Pacific known as the Cook Islands. This was taken on the largest Island – Rarotonga (only 67sq km) which belongs to the Southern Group
(the other Southern Islands include Aitu, Manuae, Aitutaki, Mauke, Takutea, Mangaia, Mitiaro and Palmerston.
The Northern Group consists of Penrhyn, Rakahanga, Manihiki, Suwwarrow, Pukapuka and lastly Nassau.
Manuae was the first Island sighted by Captain Cook and the Polynesians were the first settlers 800AD. Rarotonga and especially Aitutaki embrace coral atolls, white sandy beaches, volcanic structures and blue lagoons stretching for mile around the Islands.
x2 soft edge grads used and time is wrong on EXIF data, taken
22 hours earlier (the time difference between NZ and Cook Islands)
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grigand (19587) 2009-08-14 5:57
A great shot ! The colors and light are superb.
baba_flies (8829) 2009-08-14 6:13
Already back ... time flies :))) Wow, Jim, this is truly BEAUTIFUL! You made incredible progress in your photowork, you are reaching high terrain, really fantastic. What can I say, love the well-chosen foreground, the glass clear water in the back and this beautiful sunset reflecting in the sea. This is how we want to see it and how we think the Cook Islands "have" to be. Welcome back of course and enjoy the weekend, Barbara.
Tobias__Ortmann (2638) 2009-08-14 6:27
wow this is awesome great colours and this sky
very well done
linask (2930) 2009-08-14 6:41
The sky and it's reflection on water surface looks great. I think rock in the bottom was worth including in the photo.
Well done !
dta (68024) 2009-08-14 8:10
Hello Jim ,
Incredible beauty of this composition ! Each part of it is outstanding : the rock in the sand , the sea and the reflection , the cloudy sky . Great light , very well managed .
Waylim (25362) 2009-08-14 9:30
Good to see you posting again after some time and it is a very beautiful shot to begin with, very drammatic, both in landscape and sky. I like that you use the large rock as an anchor point in the foreground, yet the show here is really the beautiful light with variation of colors and tone from the top of the sky gradually changing form warmer to cooler color the reflection isn the water catching some part of the sky that we can't even see. Very good shot as always. Thanks. Love to be in NZ one day soon.
Tweety (4546) 2009-08-14 9:44
Ta photo est vraiment magnifique. Le rocher au 1er plan, le ciel, le reflet, tout est vraiment agréable à regarder. Toutes mes félicitations.
lctan (1061) 2009-08-14 9:51
Beautiful colours very well captured in a great composed photo. sharp and clear! tfs
LOOOK13 (19046) 2009-08-14 10:28
Salut.Tres belle photo.Le premier plan est bien trouvé, ainsi que ces couleurs venues d'ailleur.Bon cadrage, et reflet terrible.Bravo.
Kielia (23767) 2009-08-14 10:53
very moody impression of the Pacific evening – excellently composed - with these beautiful colors, amazing reflections and the wonderful light. This image looks like a painting. Perfect photo work, my compliments!
By the way: I miss our friend “Gracious”. Do you know the reason why he does not post photos any more?
john1 (4028) 2009-08-14 13:01
what beautifull shot, the colors from the sky and the reflection are amazing.
Sistercosmo (242) 2009-08-14 14:37
excellent shot, perfectly composed with amazing colors and a terrific reflection. I love it!
Have a nice weekend and take good care!
femendes (118) 2009-08-14 18:11
Nice and colorful sunset.
jurek1951 (42160) 2009-08-14 23:39
Wonderful landscape. Beautiful clouds and sky,great colours and a good composition. The lighting is well done.
Selmik (3192) 2009-08-15 23:06
beautiful scenery of sunset, awesome colors and viewing perspective.
bakes888 (18499) 2009-08-17 1:21
Hi Jim. Lucky you, a pacific island holiday! Spectacular colours and great cloud formations. Well considered composition with excellent depth. Thanks for sharing.
PS I’ll be spending a weekend in Whakatane sometime soon perhaps we can meet up in Rotorua or somesuch place. I have yet to work out dates.
cbrman (21645) 2009-08-18 22:22
Quel paysage ! Les couleurs sont tout simplement féériques ! Le rocher de l'avant plan et parfait ici pour jouer le rôle de point d'accroche dans cette image !
Sa position centrée rend peut-être la compo un peu statique mais l'horizon nous fait oublier se détail !
halikarnas (6772) 2009-08-28 2:54
quillo (11850) 2009-08-30 1:30
Hello Jim -------------------->
Nice reflexes, good color, big depth,
the result is good and I like; congratulations.
Un saludo y feliz domingo.
delpeoples (53415) 2009-08-30 1:50
Hi Jim, you really have an art of creating an eye-opening, unforgettable piece of art out of something as mundane as a rock on a beach. Great use of the large FG in the vertical format. The sunset, the reflections and the tiny rocks in sillouhette in the BG are just spectacular. I don;t know where to start (or to stop raving about) this shot. Congratulations, it's a kick a*s one that's for sure, Lisa
Cricri (107999) 2009-08-30 8:59
Splendide cette image, le rocher en avant plan, la scène un peu surréaliste du ciel et les reflets est tout a fait spectaculaire, très belle image
delkoo (68) 2009-08-30 13:26
this is absolutely great shot, full of light and colors. Excellent composition and perfect moment to capture such place and such scene.
feather (51130) 2009-08-30 14:23
The grads worked big time! This is stunning. Your small aperture ensured you had the fg rock as sharp as the horizon line. The colours and the reflections are superb.
abulafia (4900) 2009-10-12 2:58
And another stunner just to prove my point!
vasilpro (40943) 2009-10-12 10:00
Wonderful composition, a great picture with a unique colorful sky, excellent reflections from a very well chosen POV. Congratulations!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
adasindia (633) 2009-12-07 2:51
Awesome light. Great shot. The reflection is looking very good.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2009-12-09 13:34
Hi, Jim -
Sunsets are a bit of luck, but shooting them right is skill. You did a very good here, particularly with the low angle emphasizing the fg. Colors and clarity are really great.
Bluejeans (64249) 2010-01-25 5:46
Ola Jim ,
Que fantástica foto , o reflexo do céu na agua ficou lindo , gostei muito das cores, boa inclusão da pedra no primeiro plano , bom uso da foto na vertical , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
francio64 (38381) 2010-04-01 2:34
ho visto la tua foto gallery è ho trovato foto eccellenti.
Questa mi piace per il bel PV verticale, la resa cromatica e per il riflesso del cielo sull'acqua.
giorgimer (34870) 2010-04-30 13:25
wonderful shot. I like a lot these wonderful colors and this magic reflection. Good composition with the rock in the FG and excellent DOF
foozi (7101) 2011-01-02 5:23
another excellent presentation exploiting the power of super wide angle. The colours are really effective and render a dramatic view.
i like the big rock in the foreground. It is well textured and full of sharpness.
Exciting work in lovely composition.
- Copyright: Jim Kil (jimkil) (1702)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-08-12
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D80
- Exposure: f/22, 5 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Seascapes, Pink Hour / Barbie Hour Pt I [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-08-14 5:43
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