Almost dry dry-dock by awefaul

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This, briefly empty, dry-dock at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, is one of the places that is a source for many of my pictures. It is usually very busy with workers cleaning and painting the ships. The ‘bridge’ that the photo was taken from is a huge steel drum that is filled with water and plug the entrance before the water is pumped out.
Five images -2 to +2 EV in Photomatix and Photoshop CS4, close to the natural colour.
To get an idea of the scale, here are two pictures taken from the same spot with a telephoto lens:

Another picture 10 months later, this time with Photoshop CS5 Merge to HDR Pro.


Digital photography is doing for photography what the piano did for keyboard music. You can still play music composed for the harpsichord on the piano but not the other way around.

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  • Fruitexplosion
    Fruitexplosionalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, what an impressive view! It looks huge. Is it? I have no idea.
    I love the symmetry in it, and the HDR certainly adds that crisp feeling to the picture. Fav for me!

  • It is enormous, big enough for two ships at a time. You can get an idea of the scale in this picture with the man sitting on a step at the bottom left.

    – awefaul

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 5 years ago

    beautiful shot. It almost looks like some ancient Greek building

  • Now that you write that, it is a rather universal and timeless construction. Thanks.

    – awefaul

  • njordphoto
    njordphotoover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • robyncox
    robyncoxover 4 years ago

    What an interesting shot!

  • Thanks. It is only empty for very short periods.

    – awefaul

  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...over 4 years ago

    WOW!!! I’ve always wondered what a dry dock looks like! great shot!!!

  • Thanks. I have added two pictures of workers in the dock since your comment if you are interested.

    – awefaul

  • Rene Fuller
    Rene Fullerover 3 years ago

    I’ve never seen such a huge drydock! Well, I played in quite a different league:)

  • Thanks. You had me looking around at dry-docks on Google. Very interesting.

    – awefaul

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