As promised I now go back to digital colour photos for a while. I have so many forgotten or neglected photos from the eleven years since I bought my first digital camera in early 2006. Looking through my archives I have wondered many times why I didn't show this, or that photo. So here they come.
This is from my very first journey in the digital era, to the Cape Verde islands in the Atlantic ocean outside West Africa. I took this photo just after I had arrived by ferry to the island called Santo Antão in the northwestern corner of the archipelago consisting of nine inhabited islands. I had checked into a hotel and immediately gone for a walk in the town called Porto Novo. This man was watching the neighbouring island of São Vicente as the sun was about to set. Here is a larger version.
As workshops I have posted a photo of my ferry just setting out on its return journey and a view of Porto Novo when the ferry was approaching the port an hour earlier.
I tried to add the map references but wasn't allowed to. If you want to see where I took the photo the coordinates are 17.017794 -25.061540.
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npecanhuk (78475) 2017-03-01 7:20
A place with an attractive view!
I love the shapes of the mountains in the distance!
Beautiful picture, with excellent sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov, contrasts and composition!
TFS - congrats,
ikeharel (78193) 2017-03-01 7:29
Wind was notable blowing around the island, Gert, seeing it on the waves and trees. I like the WS with the rocks, maybe this could be posted as main photo as well.
Only one lone man on the bench looking across to the mountains.
I encourage you to keep posting, all your waiting list photos.
dta (82298) 2017-03-01 7:37
Hello Gert ,
This is a beautiful composition in the panoramic format . The lonely man on the benche seems to be dreaming to the next island .
Great portuguese pavement in this well aranged square .
Hansaphotos (8685) 2017-03-01 7:54
Han hadde litt av en utsikt, mannen på benken. Selv om benken er vendt andre veien, har han, fornuftig nok, snudd seg mot sjøen og de flotte fjellene i bakgrunnen. De to trærne gir en fin kontrast og rammer fint inn benken og personen. Fint lys også. Virkelig bra!
Royaldevon (43287) 2017-03-01 8:24
It's funny how tastes change over the years. When I started taking photographs, I always waited until people moved out of the scene and probably would have been disappointed if the scene looked misty. Now just the reverse is true.
So, in your photograph, we have a figure, gazing out to sea, strongly lit in the f/g and misty in the b/g. Really quite perfect!
My warm regards,
rychem (42530) 2017-03-01 8:44
A nostalgic photo, I dont wonder the man is deep in thought, perheps he has to think about a life problem and the place is so calm and beautiful,
very well captured
serp2000 (45828) 2017-03-01 9:16
I do know nothing about this country, but I like this name.
Good balanced composition with so impressive lines on the background. Perfect quality! I like this graphic of the cobblestones and vivid colors of the gray day.
ktanska (29223) 2017-03-01 9:59
It is your style to show view from a less travelled one of these islands. Very nice harbourside view. Cobblestones, windswept tree and palm and the guy with colourful shirt are good foreground items. And the background island is quite mountaineous and rough edged.
dale54 (8972) 2017-03-01 10:23
Gert hello..very relaxing scene. Looks like Paradise! Beautiful shot! TFS. dale
cornejo (46708) 2017-03-01 10:50
Hello Gert, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting composition on a windy day, very well captured in this beautiful image, with good clarity, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of week.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.
GyurMaster (7283) 2017-03-01 10:55
So I have to miss those gritty and wonderful analog photos for a while? :( Anyway, this picture is good enough to make me forget. I like how the tree frames the man looking at the sea.
adramad (49470) 2017-03-01 11:04
A splendid view, with the foreground of the simple lookout over the sea and the mountainous view of the island of S. Vicente in the background, the viewpoint has a strategic bench in the shade of the palm tree and the other tree, a beautiful enclave.
A pretty colorful, powering image.
Magnificent management of brightness and sharpness, to enjoy with the details.
Well seen and fulfilled. I like it.
You have a good day.
Very best regards.
papagolf21 (109160) 2017-03-01 11:40
Bonsoir, cher Gert,
Je crois que je pourrais rester des heures à regarder la mer, surtout lorsqu'elle est en mouvement.
Le spectacle est toujours changeant.
J'aime beaucoup cette présentation photographique. La posture de l'homme assis donne à penser.
pajaran (65682) 2017-03-01 11:44
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan tekst ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast, perspektiva i ostrina, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepo mesto za odmor sa lepim pogledom na pucinu i planine.
Lepa fotografija i secanje.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
Beautiful view and the moment, interesting text ...
Good work, nice shown, good contrast, perspective and sharpness, beautiful colors, beautiful moment captured.
Nice place for a holiday with a beautiful view of the open sea and the mountains.
Beautiful photographs and memory.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
COSTANTINO (69590) 2017-03-01 12:02
Hello dear Gert and have a nice time
and a happy new day
I am so glad to read that you have so
many forgotten or neglected photos from the
11 years since you bought your first digital
camera simple but nice iddylic and romantic photo
Silvio1953 (152823) 2017-03-01 12:06
Ciao Gert, lovely composition with lonely man on bench admiring fantastic sea, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (106256) 2017-03-01 12:46
A very curious place.
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
Men add flavor to this composition.
worldcitizen (9348) 2017-03-01 14:11
Nice view of this lone man and the island in the distance. I like how he is sitting under that small bit of shade. There is a feeling of longing in this scene. I also like the WS showing Port Novo. I wonder how much there was to do and see in that city. Maybe we will see more if it in future photos. :-)
federico (4495) 2017-03-01 15:08
hello Gert, very nice view from Cabo Verde, nice composition with the lonely man looking the ocean, well balanced colours and light
fritzi007 (12414) 2017-03-01 16:06
Certainly an interesting place, surrounded by wind and water, very well photographed, congratulate!
emka (106608) 2017-03-01 23:39
Almost sunset picture from you :).
My adventure with digital cameras began in 2003. The first one was Casio and it was not good. Here good quality. Nice composition with the man looking at the other island with nostalgia. Nice symmetr, lovly light. Interesting workshop pictures too.
have a nice sunny day
Nicou (150928) 2017-03-02 1:09
Quelle vue et iamge quelle compo ce homme assis sur ce banc avec la forme spéciale des arbres qui font comme une ombrelle superbe avec la vue en fond.
Bravo et amitié
lousat (97497) 2017-03-02 1:44
Hi Gert,finally a place that i seen before you...ehee...i been there 17 years ago,just a pic on TE because i haven't a digital camera and i don't like to work with the scanner...ehehe...your pics are lovely,i agree with you for the choice of the main post,well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
snunney (106427) 2017-03-02 2:30
A perfectly balanced composition well suited to the panoramic frame and which exudes peace and serenity. Very pleasant lights and colours and good sharpness.
jhm (159891) 2017-03-02 4:57
Also out of your archive but in colour.
What a quiet place the man enjoy in the shadow of the nice view
An excellent panorama view too.
Also create you depth and perspective.
Very well composition. TFS.
kasianowak (10405) 2017-03-02 6:30
Lovely landscape - of course not as good as the Arctic in late winter ;-) but still, the photo makes me want to be there (rather than in my office in Croydon...), sitting under a tree and looking at the distant mountains across the sea.
Love the title!
PaulVDV (32587) 2017-03-02 10:06
The mountain range with its sharp peaks across the sea looks wonderful and challenging for a visit.
The picture has excellent depth thanks to the fact we see a part of both coastlines on the image.
Beautiful how the branches of the tree hang over the man peering over the sea.
Porto Novo in the WS looks surprisingly modern. Perhaps this doesn't have to surprise me ...
Is this archipelago an interesting travel destination? Here in Belgium I only heard of people who went there for a relaxing holiday under the sun.
Best regards, Paul
ourania (51079) 2017-03-02 10:28
the man looking at the neighbouring island with such concentration and intensity has offered a great gift to your composition, an interesting story within a quiet setting and emotions to be considered and shared by the viewer. I like the warm light and the effects of the wind, the dramatic or mysterious background and the significance of the distance between the bench and the mountain in the horizon. The workshop pictures are great and enrich our impression of this place and its daily life. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
pierrefonds (71051) 2017-03-02 15:18
The diysance between the bench and the mountains is giving depth to the composition. The presence of the person is adding life to the scene. The point of view is showing the details of the bench and of the trees. Have a nice day.
macjake (72447) 2017-03-02 17:00
I share your thoughts too, when I look back at all my shots I see so many that are worthy of posting. But I don't post everyday so its hard to get to them all.
its so strange to see you posting a newer coloured photo, i had to make sure this actually was you!
does that man have a large tatoo on his back or is that just the shadows from the leaves above him?
for me, the stones on the ground and the mountain scape in the bg make the scene, as well as the light. nice shot
Tue (43384) 2017-03-02 23:47
Great view over the waves of the Atlantic towards the pointy peaks of the neighbouring islands. The small trees and bench are well included in the foreground and particularly the man looking longingly across the water is a great detail. The warm light in combination with the bluish background is great.
danos (103082) 2017-03-03 0:46
nice the scenery with the man to was sitting on the bench and watching the neighbouring island of São Vicente.The warm light of the afternoon as falling on the scene making it even more attractive.
sacimar (28659) 2017-03-03 5:33
good image and composition with the man looking at the sea, I like the scene you captured, the mountains shape in the back also catch my attention, well seen,
jmdias (68605) 2017-03-03 5:48
I would like to visit each former portuguese colonies in the world, but this is impossible. anyway cape verde is in my list of desires. lovely image of the man watching the ocean and the sharp summits of the other island ahead. very nice quality and sense of loneliness and peace.
Cricri (125786) 2017-03-03 6:14
Une vue agréable, bien présenter en format pano, j'aime la position relax de la personne regardent au loin, ca fait rêver :-)
mcmtanyel (28936) 2017-03-03 20:44
Very nice photo from the time of your digital debut. The horizon is tilting to the left ever so slightly, but it's easily correctable.
ricardomattos (8065) 2017-03-04 5:09
How I would like to be there right now. Lovely place witha lovely mood and view.
saxo042 (37966) 2017-03-04 23:04
En välfångad bild med tydlig skillnad mellan förgrund och bakgrund. Ett mycket attraktivt djup i bilden.
batalay (40381) 2017-03-05 7:41
This is a beautifully composed shot of an exotic site I have not seen myself. Thanks for sharing it. You had very good sunlight, allowing the colors and textures in the foreground. The mist seen just above the silhouette of that midget palm is especially attractive. The man gaining wistfully into the distance is an crucial element, I think, of the composition.
Thanks for reminding me of posting of the two graves (Gauguin and Brel). They are now in place.
ChrisJ (117715) 2017-03-08 14:52
It looks tropical and exotic, even though technically it is still part of Europe. Good sharpness, color & framing. The bg mountain range looming on the horizon is eye catching. Tfs!
clic (18484) 2017-03-09 7:25
Hello Gert The very first digital picture I saw was from a mere 2 mp camera, enlarged at 102x156mm, and I was so excited about the result! So keep as a jewel this souvenir of yesteryears, as people do with vintage cars! The man's posture
is for shure highly symbolic of a dream state in a conductive environment to introspection. Very well done. Basta halsningar.
kordinator (22489) 2017-03-10 3:17
Beautiful view of this rocky pavement and tree and bench with the man in middle plan and beautiful mountain as a wonderful natural background.
Here are the stunning colors, the composition of a great, impressive texture, a perfect sharpness.
claudeD (41528) 2017-03-14 1:00
you are right to share this interesting view with us here on TE. Very good composition, fine light managment and sharpness. I lik ethe view very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
delpeoples (59772) 2017-03-19 21:12
Great title. I like the mood you create with this photo, the solitary person wistfully looking out to see. I can almost feel my blood pressure dropping. Almost. The depth of field is superb, beautifully displaying the far off mountains. Lovely natural colours and excellent definition. Nice one.