Another shot in my ‘salt’ series. This one is a closer look at the new (2011) Ekango Salt Refinery In Walvis Bay. Prior to the commissioning of this new plant, the salt extracted from what is believed to be the largest solar evaporation facility in Africa, produced about 780 000 tons coarse industrial salt per year. Now with the new facility it is estimated that an additional 50 000 to 60 000 tons of table salt will be produced and 30 jobs created.
An interesting note about the word ekango , an Ovambo word used to describe either a journey to collect salt, a salt pan or salt itself. Traditionally salt has always had high value and was at one time worth its weight in gold. Young Ovambo men who are preparing for ‘coming of age’ ceremonies go on an expedition to collect salt. The first salt obtained is considered to be rather special. Each collector must donate some of their amount to the king upon their return, who then offers the salt to the spirits of deceased kings to protect himself from witchcraft
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howladersourav (310) 2013-04-13 9:33
It is an interesting frame. Wonderful reflection.
Thank you for sharing.
Let us share our world to each other.
siudzi (33071) 2013-04-13 9:38
Really like the water reflection effect captured at this place. The color combination between blue & blown & white is marvellous, eye-catching and makes the view truly unique. Well done!
All the best,
dta (65694) 2013-04-13 9:50
Hello Rosemary ,
Fine to show us this closer view of the same place . I like especially the contrasts of colors , the shapes of the buildings , and , of course , the splendid reflections .
JFS (32459) 2013-04-13 10:11
This one looks like NEX, isn't it? So Sharp and clean! Finally what kind of NEX did you buy? You always will be welcome when you come to Barcelona, think about it!
Enjoy your WE!
williewhistler (13741) 2013-04-13 11:33
There is a great deal of interest in this nicely sharp photo,I see what appears to me to be row upon row of dumpy bags neatly stacked outside of the remarkably well maintained buildings,no bulk tankers here then.
The shot is nicely balanced with the reflections adding that little bit extra.
jjcordier (75640) 2013-04-13 12:49
Excellente photo, lumineuse, colorée, de très grande qualité. Beaux reflets et joli cadrage.
carlo62 (31414) 2013-04-13 13:40
hai fatto un gran lavoro alle saline, tutte belle foto, anche questa ha una luce splendida ed un riflesso molto bello.
Waylim (25186) 2013-04-13 16:03
It is a beuatiful photo of the sault refinery, I love the golden colors againt the deepth blue of the sky, the white back jumps out like patch of snow. the reflection makes it even more beautifull compositionally. Beautiful image and good quality photo.
tyro (20018) 2013-04-13 18:05
Now this is very interesting because your other picture (taken the same day) of here was taken with your Nikon D700 full frame camera and this one was taken on a long lens with your new Sony NEX6: it is interesting to compare the two.
I presume that this was taken from the same viewpoint. The clarity and sharpness are exquisite, the light is lovely and the colours vibrant. I love the reflections of the buildings on the calm water. With image quality like this, I am sure that you are more than happy with your new camera.
Cricri (105303) 2013-04-13 23:02
Une très belle réalisation, le contraste des couleurs, les reflets donner par une lumière sublime,intéressante note et image
freakywindow (233) 2013-04-13 23:03
Excellent image with beautiful colors and a nice reflection. I have done a WS on this to present another perspective. Hope you like it
Romano46 (17494) 2013-04-14 1:33
le tue foto mi piacciono molto per il colore che in esse è sempre presente e sempre corrispondente al reale senza forzature, perchè quelli che tu rappresenti sono i colori della tua terra.
Anche in questa, grazie al colore e al tuo modo di fotografare riesci a rendere molto bella anche questo particolare di salina facendo leva sul colore e sul bellissimo riflesso che dà un tono di magia.
Ciao e buona domenica
timecapturer (48012) 2013-04-14 2:16
who would have thought a salt works could be attractive and fascinating, but this shot proves that it can be. The contrast of colours and elements here are compelling but it is the light, strong colours and reflections that make it so appealing and in a strange way beautiful. Original and captivating!
Regards - Brian.
ifege (10225) 2013-04-14 2:57
Great salt photo Rosemary....
And a change having industrial buildings in a Namibian photo. Superb colours and good reflections.
Noel_Byrne (23274) 2013-04-14 6:06
Until I seen your recent shots of this place, I could never have believed that a salt mine could be a place considered beautiful, but the way you have captured such bold contrasting colours and surprising landscape is brilliant. The reflection is superb, and the color of the main building the perfect compliment to the new sky.
Amazingly sharp shot too, the level of detail in the entire frame is really cool.
Thanks for sharing
rogerl (1544) 2013-04-14 7:11
Rosemary, there seems to be no end of interesting photos from this place. While in the end it's just an industrial plant, the surroundings make it a lot more interesting than it might otherwise be. Nicely done, great clarity and nice reflections. Thanks.
Royaldevon (28641) 2013-04-15 0:37
Like my galleon shots, this could be called, 'A Little Closer'. I love the reflections and the clarity of this shot.
The limited colour palette means that the red clothing and the red stop sign have a real impact. They draw attention to the wagon and that strong area within the frame.
I am always interested when people get new equipment. I really am a creature of habit and push myself to go beyond the comfort zone. I recently got a new compact, a new computer and a new monitor and everything feels to be up in the air. I'm rubbish at learning by reading, my style is hands on. I wish there were courses locally, no such luck! In the meantime, I look carefully at info around me!!
Have a great day,
delpeoples (53001) 2013-04-16 1:15
Hi dear Rosemary
I can see you're as enamoured with the saltpans as I am. And with good reason, I bet you felt like a kid in a lollyshop here, not just in terms of the subject itself, but also the light that is just so magical. I lve the glassy luminous reflections and the incandescent colours. The salt contrasts beautifully with all those other colours and the symmetry of the reflections is immaculate. Some would have preferred the main building to be a little off-centre, but this is a small critique and one which to my mind would not change the superb quality of the photo.
PS: I saw the photo of your little grandson on FB, he's an absolute cutie, I'm surprised you'd be able to stop photographing him!
adramad (37333) 2013-04-16 8:17
Superb POV to capture this salt factory, its yellow color creates a beautiful contrast to the blue sky, are two twin colors very well, great reflexes, complete a stunning image.
Very good lighting and sharpness.
Have a nice day.
Bluejeans (64247) 2013-04-16 10:41
Ola Rosemary ,
Um bom reflexo nestas salinas , gostei da simetria de foto , bons detalhes e cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ktanska (24626) 2013-04-17 11:28
So this is the salt works I saw back in 1998, but without those newer buildings. Blue and white are so clean on this, and actually so are those buildings at least considering it's an industrial site. Well framed symmetric composition.
adores (36183) 2013-04-21 16:10
The reflection is really beautiful and the colour of the buildings make a perfect contrast with the blue sky. Good shot!
jemaflor (83711) 2013-04-22 12:17
Beautiful watermirror, Good light capture and view of these reflections, tfs.
Rafer (15205) 2013-05-03 8:08
Fantastic reflection shot!!!! Greetings Rosemary
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (30911)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-04-05
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Salt Pans of Namibia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-13 9:28