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Cape Town Sunset - HDR Stock by somadjinn Cape Town Sunset - HDR Stock by somadjinn
Coastal scenery from Cape Town, South Africa. HDR composite from multiple exposures. 

Specially dedicated to my father Gérard Raymond :icongerryray: who would have been 65 today, but unfortunately lost his life to pancreatic cancer in 2010. Such a magnanimous spirit who would for example share the frequent flyer miles accumulated through his missions and take us to amazing places like this. My number one inspiration in so many areas including photography. 

Even though it's hard sometimes, I still try to remember him above all for his Joie-de-Vivre (French for Joy of Living). Too young to pass away, but at least he enjoyed life to the fullest :) To capture that essence I took the following photo of him on that same trip to South Africa:
Gerryray by gerryray

I also want to express my condolences and deepest admiration for Nelson Mandela. Another exceptional role model of mine and a perfect example of the best qualities humanity has to offer. Most inspiring to me was his strength of character to forgive despite all the years of oppression and his personal incarceration. Kind of puts my own issues into perspective like a tiny drop of water in a vast ocean. Together with my father who always believed there was a solution to every problem, I would therefore like to end on a more positive note and celebrate all the good they left behind... like soul fragments that continue to live on as long as we cherish them. 

By that token I am releasing this photo for free at super high res without watermark. It's also that time of year for giving, hope you enjoy :)

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chevronguy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

used your stock in…
Any Problem let me know

Syyend Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry to hear that you lost your father to cancer; I lost my Grandfather when I was 1 due to cancer as well...
somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks for your concern Syyend. Not always easy, but gets better with time. He had helped for example with my Green Card application that started in 2003, and now that I got it, I very much appreciate everything he did to make it happen in the end. Also now much closer to my mother as she lives here :)
Brlim Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Artist
somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you Brandon :)
Brlim Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Artist
No problem
emilyblox Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic work, such beautiful light
somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
Merci beaucoup Emily :)
EveLivesey Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Beautiful shot and a wonderful dedication :hug:
somadjinn Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Merci infiniment Eve :hug:
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