19 January 2014. We awoke to the Symphony dropping anchor in Opunoha Bay, Moorea. From the Promenade Deck one could see the wondrous panorama, the focal point: the canine tooth-shaped Mt. Tohivea, soaring higher than a 400-story skyscraper. The island with a population of 16,000 is rivaled in beauty only by Bora Bora, an hour by air to the northwest. This particular shot was from the tender transporting passengers to a nearby dock.
It is a quirky feeling to label a location on the globe diametrically opposite Europe as "France," but that is what French Polynesia happens to be. Tahiti and Moorea are French Colonies, and they are magnificent. Two years ago in January 2012, we were in Moorea, and I posted, "Return from Paradise", and "Return from Paradise II".
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papagolf21 (100944) 2014-02-04 1:02
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Ce monstre des mers tout de blanc vêtu ressort magnifiquement à proximité de cet impressionnant environnement végétal mêlant joliesse des nuages et ciel bleu.
Une bien belle proposition à travers cette composition.
Nicou (141134) 2014-02-04 1:29
Le petit et le big le tout grand tout en blanc quelle vue et iamge et cette colline en fond superbe contraste double et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
arnie (1805) 2014-02-04 2:57
Paradise indeed, Nice capture, good POV.
We were there on November 9th 2013.
snunney (98253) 2014-02-04 4:34
An impressive ship captured in rather grandiose surroundings. I have never been to that part of the world, more's the pity, but one can dream:-)
mirosu (16129) 2014-02-04 5:16
Excellent image composition with the white cruise ship in front. The ship is in excellent light and the light and color contrast is superb. I like the background with the green hill and blue sky with white clouds.
Very well done.
Royaldevon (38471) 2014-02-04 7:51
This is a welcome shot to me, after experiencing many days of rain, rain, rain! Paradise can be just a blue sky and warm sun!
The Crystal Symphony is a splendid boat, long, sleek and a fine focal point set against the shaded, rock slope.
I particularly like the clouds, they are frothing up like whipped cream on the surface of a coffee!
My warm regards,
Sonata11 (33795) 2014-02-04 8:55
Hi Bulent,impressive, huge boat. Recently we can hear so many problems they have, but this is picture is very beautifully done it. I love the colors, sharpness, clarity with fantastic POV and DOF as well. Must be very beautiful, spectacular place. I really love it. Thanks for visiting. In Houston we have the same weather, raining and neasty. Just be home.
All the best, Barbara
Gigidusud (20825) 2014-02-05 4:26
Hello dear Bulent,
Great capture of the Symphony on the island with splendid light. Beautiful place and fantastic sky. Well done!
Greetings from Marseille.
Mics (936) 2014-02-06 3:07
Splendid ship you captured in here and indeed a perfect paradise to take a vacay. Wow! what a way to travel the way you do...Thanks for sharing:-)
jemaflor (96775) 2014-02-06 4:10
Beautiful island and composition with this impressive cruise ship, good light management, What a beautiful cruise ...
PaulVDV (28805) 2014-02-06 11:54
Seeing the thumbnail I was wondering where in France this picture could have been taken ...
A beautiful light on the big ship and on the clouds in the middle. This creates a strong contrast with the dark steep rising mountain.
Best regards, Paul
jhm (152232) 2014-02-08 1:48
These boats are really paradises for people that gladly make a trip.
I have alone a picture taken in Zeebrugge of Queen Mary II.
I wish you a lot pleasure with the a lot trips and the different speeches, this must give a lot satisfaction
Your picture is taken in high quality with wonderful colours
Absolutely a very nice image about these Crystal Symphony.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-08 3:54
una bellissima nave in un posta da sogno.
Moorea credo che possa essere considerata - a ragione - tra le località più belle del mondo e già lo stesso aspetto della montagna ricoperta dal verde della fitta vegetazione è un eccellente biglietto da visita.
In questa foto piace il contrasto tra il bianco della nave da crociera e il verde della imponente montagna lasciando al cielo di completare degnamente la composizione.
Eccellente anche la nitidezza.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
fabbs99 (17151) 2014-02-08 7:23
This is a gigantic cruise ship in the middle with a huge mountain in the BG. What a combination to have in a single frame.The sea must deep here and the mountain must be on an island.Nice shot with good sharpness.TFS.
mesutilgim (95050) 2014-02-08 7:36
Hello dear Bülent,
I see you are again on the way ! Like Evliya Celebi WHO said after a nightmare "Seyahat Yaresulallah" instead "Shefahat Yaresulallah! !
Two big competitors here : The Symphony and the White clouds above her. I think you couldn't avoid the windowframe at right corner.
TFS and best regards
PS.Thanhs to my todays entry. I couldn't get it in my compo but the most amazing part was an old man with black heavy bearth and his teşbih in hand (most probably an islamist extremist) waving his with the tempo of the music ! I didn't evoke him from his dreams :-)
worldcitizen (8572) 2014-02-09 16:28
I like all of the very large things we can see in this photo: the large mountain, the large, fluffy clouds, and, of course, the large ship! It must be a nice feeling to cruise into paradise. :-) I guess you've mostly had good experiences on cruise ships, and not anything like the poor passengers that recently became ill. I hope all is well, and I also send my regards to Carol Jean.
macjake (67534) 2014-02-09 21:36
I like Bev's comment about the clouds 'frothing' up in the sky...never heard of that adjective used for clouds! I'll have to keep that one in mind.
Never been on a cruise, although i really want to.
its amazing the size of these beasts!
really like how the clouds fill in the space to the right of the mountian.
lovely water views!
enjoy your next trip!
bukitgolfb301 (41448) 2014-02-09 23:36
Hi dear Bulent, how are you?
Sorry for my no contact as so busy recently
Yes so comfortable and stunning image, that make sme so fresh and reaxed. Vivid and high contarts of white is so wonderful to see.
All the best and have a good new week! TAKERO
m (0) 2014-02-10 8:46
beautiful shot of this giant, reminds me of the one I saw in Hong Kong. Spectacular view and amazing backdrop, well taken.
Thanks and best wishes!
Didi (60588) 2014-02-10 10:28
Salam my friend
Nice great ship great view in this magnificient place
I don't know if it was possible to frame a little bit on the left to mask the triangle on the right :)
Please forgive my requirement
claudeD (38382) 2014-02-10 10:59
you are right. This region must be a paradise to visit. Very good sharpness and clarity for this perfect fotojob.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-02-11 7:35
Such a huge but beautiful ship against an awesome background. I wouldn't mind living in one of those houses up in the mountainside. Nicely captured with good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
I used a 75-300mm Nikkor lens to take my airplane pictures, the one of the F-22 was 180mm.
ChrisJ (113257) 2014-02-14 14:55
Good juxtaposing of the small tugboat against the huge luxury liner with a paradisaical backdrop of jungle clad peaks and coconut palm fringed beaches. I might have tried to exclude the fg railing at right but I know firsthand this is not always possible. Tfs!
wolf38 (31296) 2014-02-15 0:38
Hello Bulent. The modern white cruise ships are the epitome of adventure, convenient travel, comfort, etc. And an eye-catching, these ships anyway. Especially when they are in a bay at anchor, they are a sight.
pierrefonds (65860) 2014-02-15 17:54
The mountain is framing well the ship. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the ship. The good luminosity is giving nice colours output. Have a nice day.
mcmtanyel (22216) 2014-02-19 12:50
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
It is good to have you active on TE. The cruise ship is well positioned , the photo manages to convey the excitement of going on shore to discover new sights. What I appreciate most is that you were able to capture the white ship without overexposing it.
ikeharel (70725) 2014-02-22 0:46
Fabulous white big vessel in contrast to the green slopes of a rain-forest covered surrounding.
Exquisite sharp details of the ship collected superbly, and the white developed clouds rise on the far side added great depth to the whole scene.
Impressive yet beautiful.
kato (11630) 2014-03-08 3:58
You're capturing well this scenery by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the Luxury liner and Mt. Tohivea. The whole is harmonized well by a good arrangement and the beautiful color combination.
mkamionka (36250) 2014-03-14 9:55
very nice composition, of course there are some minor problems like the fragment of the window in the bottom right corner and some noise probably because it was taken through the window. But the scene is wonderful with the huge cruiser making a good scale marker here.
The sky was lovely too.
Very well done,
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (38773)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-19
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): PARADISE ON EARTH [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-03 21:54