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This is the oldest building in Swellendam. It was built in the early 1700's as the official residence for the first Magistrate that was sent from Cape Town to establish law and order in what was at that time the furthest outpost of the Dutch East Company. Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa.
Thanx for the kind comments and votes on my Sunflowers and especially to Eric for the modification.
Have a wonderful day !!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Powershot SX20 IS
Lens:5.0 - 100.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 27.3 - 545.6 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Feb 2013 - 9:23 AM
Focal Length:5.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Drostdy Museum
Username:Hermanus Hermanus
Uploaded:17 Feb 2013 - 3:40 AM
Tags:Architecture, Drostdy Museum, Swellendam
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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 3:47 AM

Beautiful study.

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LV426
LV426  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 4:04 AM

Very intersting info.
What a nice style of achitecture that they had back them in 1700.
Tarek

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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 5:10 AM

Morning Herman. A lovely shot of a very nice building and enjoyed the history you accompanied with it Grin
Kathryn

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2162 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 5:29 AM

Morning Herman, nice photo, Swellendam is such a pretty area, nothing prettier than old Cape Architecture. I am In rainy wet Durban for a week and I see Cape Town is 37 deg today.Grin

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gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
17 Feb 2013 - 5:38 AM

Fotografía muy limpia..Excelente..

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WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
17 Feb 2013 - 5:44 AM

A beautiful thatched Museum great capture.
Well done Herman. WesternRed.

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 5:51 AM

Morning Herman, the Cape has some interesting stories and a good representation of some history is this Museum. James E Mitchner recorded some in his best seller"the Covenant" Enjoyed your comment on my pic, my blood is still boiling, Enjoy...John

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom94 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 5:56 AM

A symmetrical composition for a symmetrical building which works very well! I'm surprised how much sky detail has been retained using your compact, it adds to the interest. The blurb is very interesting too thanks Smile
Being a bit picky, your horizon slopes off down to the right a little but that should be no bother to level with a crop. I really like the FG path and shrubs as a lead in and would be tempted to angle the camera down a little more if you ever re-visit, to make the lead in line even longer and stronger!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 6:09 AM

What a beautiful building Herman, a lovely composition and capture, even though it has a slight lean to the right Wink Carol

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 6:27 AM

A well taken composition with a nice lead-in, Herman. I love the symmetric design of this beautiful thatched building.

Lavina

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meniko
meniko e2 Member 3meniko vcard Cyprus
17 Feb 2013 - 7:01 AM

They put a lot of money and effort in this beautiful building to accommodate the Magistrate...Wink
Now its a Museum, but where are the visitors???Wink
there should be a long queue, like the lines I saw outside of bush hospitals...
apart from that is it a very well taken shot !!!
meniko

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 7:40 AM

love the comp herman brilliant detail great write up too a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 8:10 AM

What a beautiful building! Excellent shot, Herman!

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
17 Feb 2013 - 8:33 AM

Lovely symmetrical building - I like that. I think the path just adds to a perfect picture.

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 - 8:46 AM

A beautiful building and well captured Herman. Excellent narrative to accompany it
Jim

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 8:54 AM

If that is a Museum, can I be the Curator............ would love to live in a house like that.

Tish

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2154 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 9:03 AM

A Lovely building ,I would love to see insideSmile
NettaSmile

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User_Removed
17 Feb 2013 - 9:36 AM

A super image Herman.
Regards, Alf.

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luckybry
luckybry e2 Member 4luckybry vcard Scotland
17 Feb 2013 - 9:59 AM

realy like this looks a lovely building to photograph and you have captured it well

bryan

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 10:03 AM

Super image Herman, fascinating write up, beautifully captured

Hugh

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digital_boi
17 Feb 2013 - 10:10 AM

a fine old building certainly built to last nice one

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Humblebee
Humblebee  2 England
17 Feb 2013 - 10:15 AM

Lovely capture, Herman, of this fine old building, so good to see it is well taken care of, glad to make it that good ol' 30 ... Carol Grin

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 10:47 AM

Thanks for the info, very interesting and a great image showing this lovely property. - gary

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achieverswales
17 Feb 2013 - 10:48 AM

As you say Herman it was a building for Law and Order! From what I understand this has failed, my friends visited last year and were handed guns by their hosts and were not allowed out without guards, this was a great pity for them as it really spoilt their once in a lifetime holiday. On another note an excellent composition that a slight level will put right, and excellent exposure, great old building my friend.

Regards

Trev.

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 10:50 AM

Well composed

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 11:35 AM

Lovely building well composed and shown off to its full beauty.

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 11:40 AM

And I thought it was your house! Wink Beautiful shot Herman.
Rende

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agednovice
17 Feb 2013 - 12:16 PM

A splendid photo Herman, they don't build'em like this anymore
As for "achierverswales" comment on law and order , I think that he should at least qualify his remarks by stating where his freinds were staying.
Regards
Frank

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achieverswales
17 Feb 2013 - 12:34 PM

Just an update for Frank! They were staying in Johannesburg in the Province of Gauteng, staying at their friends home, just a note their friends have been robbed several times in the three years they have lived there, like most places there are good and bad people and also good and bad places, I was just stating a fact about them being given hand guns for protection, they did not even know how to use them and refused the offer.

Regards

Trev.

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 12:38 PM

Nice hoose Herman you must be very rich Wink Nicely composed

Rod

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
17 Feb 2013 - 12:56 PM

Well taken shot Herman, would not mind that house myself nice one! interesting write up! the concept looks Dutch to me like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Dinky65
Dinky65  1 United States
17 Feb 2013 - 12:57 PM

Very pretty house. I love the roof.Smile

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
17 Feb 2013 - 1:31 PM

This is a superb capture Herman, and excellent compositionSmileSmileSmileSmile
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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 1:36 PM

My, this is a fine building--- I enjoyed the accompanying text-- very informative!

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NDODS e2 Member 32917 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 3:27 PM

Both interesting and so very well captured Herman.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 3:54 PM

this looks so Dutch, Friesland or Vriesland as it was spelt formerly! a fine, well composed shot
(just a tiny hint.. it is a good idea to overexpose while buildings/flowers slightly, it helps with the right white balance)

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anglingandyq
17 Feb 2013 - 4:11 PM

Great Architecture and photo

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jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
17 Feb 2013 - 6:13 PM

The building is impressive

Peter

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17 Feb 2013 - 7:04 PM

Great image and a very interesting descriptionWinkGrin
Ryan

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Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 7:28 PM

A really lovely image
Lillian

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 - 8:38 PM

Gorgeous building Herman, by the look of it, is been very well look after through all those years. Nicely presented.
ElenaSmileSmile

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ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 9:14 PM

Great image ,
AliSmileSmile

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Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 9:28 PM

Beautiful shot,,nothing fancy but is spot on in the taking,

Aidan,,

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handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 1:30 AM

Hi Herman, this is a lovely shot. I have always loved soft looking roofs like this, whether thatch, tile or shingles. Very pretty photo.

Peter

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kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
18 Feb 2013 - 3:53 PM

What a nice symmetric building and and a great image of it!SmileSmileSmile If only we too could see the green grass again here in Finland. ----- Jukka.

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bcawood
bcawood  2 South Africa
18 Feb 2013 - 4:13 PM

Great composition to show the Drostdy in its full glory, Nice! Smile

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platzy
platzy  1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 - 4:34 PM

Nicely composed and an unusual building for a Museum, wonderful interesting image.

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20 Feb 2013 - 3:03 AM

Great shot and explanation on this wonderful well preserved old building Herman, they don't build them like that anymore!
Rgds., Jim

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RuthyJ  8 England
21 Feb 2013 - 6:41 AM

wonderful looking building Herman. Lovely.

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