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mttm429143 February 17, 2017
that's awesome my uncle and aunt live in Capetown, very beautiful picture
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MKPhotographysa May 21, 2017
The lighting is amazing in this shot. The composition is superb. I really like how you can see Table Mountain, Devils Peak and to the other side, the 12 apostles. Awesome.
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MKPhotographysa May 21, 2017
The lighting is amazing in this shot. The composition is superb. I really like how you can see Table Mountain, Devils Peak and to the other side, the 12 apostles. Awesome.
 
janetgarden May 21, 2017
WOW!
 
Blossom_Girl May 22, 2017
I am in love with this picture! Amazing!
 
Neckbone May 22, 2017
Beautiful scene and capture!
 
EligoDesign June 21, 2017
wow, this is so beautiful :)
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Brenda13 July 03, 2017
Beautiful Cape Town....
 
squeaky89 July 08, 2017
This is really beautiful! ????
 
SirDiegoSama July 09, 2017
Very nice capture! Congratulation for the runner up in the Sunlight Photo Contest!
 
Joykaye July 27, 2017
magnificent composition, colors, and lighting. beautiful.
 
sundargopalakrishnan October 02, 2017
love the work ... amazing frame , colors and processing...
 
Liebeny January 04, 2018
Wow what an amazing shot ?? Love the scenery and the colors ????
 
fabs February 09, 2018
Breathtaking
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Corabelle February 10, 2018
Breathtaking
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TomasTar June 10, 2018
Awesome
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Alfredo_Jose November 01, 2018
Stunning!
 
DNproSTUDIO May 10
so amazing landscape shoot

Table Mountain at Sunset



Climbed up Lion's Head for the sunset. Wasn't disappointed, such a beautiful place.
Climbed up Lion's Head for the sunset. Wasn't disappointed, such a beautiful place.
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Behind The Lens

Location
Cape Town, on top of Lions Head looking on to the stunning Table Mountain
Time
After an evening climb up Lions Head we arrived, a little exhausted but in absolute amazement at the view we had. I found myself a vantage point, set up my tripod and waited and hoped that the Sunset would be magical.
Lighting
To watch Table Mountain become illuminated with the setting sun was an experience I'll never forget.
Equipment
I was hoping to get this with my widest angle lens which is my Canon 17 - 40 mm f/4 but the scene was so vast I had to pan my Canon 5D MKII to capture it all.
Inspiration
My good friend, who lives in Cape Town, phoned me when she was up Lions Head and said that I must capture Table Mountain at Sunset. I jumped onto my computer and checked the area out through online maps from my little office in Edinburgh Scotland. When I saw the possible vantage point offered by Lions Head I became completely obsessed with catching this scene.
Editing
With this photo being a panorama and with the complex range of darks and lights I needed to really think about how I could achieve this. Every photo in the panorama was taken three times using the bracketing mode. In total this shot is a combination of 27 photos, 9 panorama steps with 3 photos at each step. Combine the 3 shots then stitching all 9 photos together using a combination of Lightroom and photoshop.
In my camera bag
My go to camera for landscape is my Canon 5D MKII with the 17 - 40mm f/4. My tripod is always with me as evening shots need longer exposures. Once the camera is on the tripod and I'm happy with the composition I'll bring out my Lee filter system and Lee polariser which is a must for landscape photography. Cable release plugged in so there's no chance of accidentally knocking the camera and I'm good to go. Occasionally for some variation I'll use either one of my 85mm prime lense. This creates a completely different feel for the scenery and produces such lovely compressed, sharp images.
Feedback
The view and the stillness of overlooking the city is worth the climb. Add the setting sun and you would be forgiven for forgetting to take your camera out and shooting. This is how awesome the landscape is. The path up is easily accessible but there is a stage in the climb where you need to pull yourself up ladders so be sure to take a comfortable rucksack for your gear. Stay as long as you can as the city lights up once the sun goes down.

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