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Basel's Early-Morning Rhine

While in Switzerland a week ago, we had a day in Basel, close to both the German and French borders.
Basel is Switzerland's only port, located on the Rhein/Rhine River.

It was almost like being in the Holland polder!

Basel's Early-Morning Rhine

While in Switzerland a week ago, we had a day in Basel, close to both the German and French borders.
Basel is Switzerland's only port, located on the Rhein/Rhine River.

It was almost like being in the Holland polder!

comments (59)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 24 Nov 2008, 00:23
Love the dark mist and the contrasting whites. Stunning image.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marcie. It's the best time of the day.
  • Ada
  • stuck in my head
  • 24 Nov 2008, 00:40
This is lovely ginnie. You are having all the fun.
Ginnie Hart: Traveling is part of my birthright, Ada, if you know anything about Natal Charts. smile It's part of what makes me tick.
  • Nicholas (#1 Grandson)
  • Mommy's House
  • 24 Nov 2008, 00:45
What a masterpiece from that high. I really like this grandma.
Ginnie Hart: Nicholas! You have totally made my day! OMG! Donica says you thought this up and wrote it all by yourself. We'll have to boysit you more often. grin I love you to death. Hope you have a good day at school (third grade!).
  • mary
  • United States
  • 24 Nov 2008, 00:50
Oh my goodness, Ginnie, that is stunning!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. It took my breath away!
  • Affi
  • United States
  • 24 Nov 2008, 03:15
Oh Ginnie, I lived in Basel a few years ago. It's a wonderful place. This is a wonderful photo. It brings back memories.
Ginnie Hart: You probably know, Affi, that I took this photo from the riverside courtyard of the Munster church. It took my breath away! Glad I could bring back the memory for you. It's a lovely city.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 24 Nov 2008, 04:06
What a beautifully processed photo, Ginnie. Those tones are wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kay. I really didn't have to do much to it. This is basically what it looked like!
  • The valleys of a contented soul
  • 24 Nov 2008, 04:46
The expanive sky is perfect for giving a scale, and concentrating attention of the architecture.

Absolutely wonderful, Ginnie. Postcard and book material smile
Ginnie Hart: You're so kind, Paul. Thank you. As I keep saying to everyone, it took my breath away.
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 24 Nov 2008, 04:49
an early morning fog.. looks like a great place for a stroll! smile nice shot..
Ginnie Hart: It's my kind of a day...and place, Rian! I "strolled" my feet off that day! grin
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 24 Nov 2008, 05:52
It looks like a painting. This needs matted, framed, and hung...gorgeous.
Ginnie Hart: That is so kind of you, Sherri. Thank you.
Love the way the absolutely sharp, crisp foreground dissolves into the distant mist! Another Ginnie masterpiece!
Ginnie Hart: It was a breath-taking sight for me, Patrushka. So glad you like it.
very well done composition and use of toning!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly for stopping by and commenting, Raw Shooter!
comment arrives-tu à faire de tes photos des pièces de magie?
Ginnie Hart: You always make my day, O-P. Merci.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 24 Nov 2008, 06:33
Great photo Ginnie the colour of the smoke in the mist looks good
Ginnie Hart: I was wondering if the mist was covering up lots of industrial stuff, Vintage. I think so. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Nov 2008, 06:53
Oh, I know very well that view and I could say where exactly you might have stood- fine the reflections in the broad, rather clean 'Father Rhein', the buildings of the pharmaceutic industries in the background (my Swiss friend worked formerly at Ciba- Geigy, now Novartis)... but why did you choose that sepia, sorry, a little sad looking toning??? Basel is such a vivid, colourful, econically and culturally pulsating town -and its most beautiful Rhine-site, the old town with the cathedral... has today been hidden yet. Perhaps later if you have passed the bridge? I never would think of "Holland polder", but you are emphasizing the word 'almost', oh, Ginnie, I hope you are well...?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, you know, Philine, that I was standing in the bank-side courtyard of the Munster church. It was a spectacular view at that time of the morning. The sun was just beginning to burn off all the mist/fog, so the bright, blue, sunny skies had not yet appeared. This was pretty much what it looked like right then. Later the skies were blue and other sights were breath-taking in their own way. For me, the mists and fogs of the polder are very soulful, so this view of Basel in that moment was very soulful as well. And yes, I AM WELL. Maybe a bit crazy and weird, but WELL. smile
Very nice, I like the 2 thirds of sky to emphasise the mist and muted colours.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Nigel. I almost cropped the sky down but decided to keep it as is for that very reason...to emphasize all the muted mist.
Great shot os the 'young' Rhine; and a beautiful old bridge!
Ginnie Hart: This is the part of the world that is so soulful to me, Wim...EUROPE! I can't get enough of it!
This brings back happy memories for me. Funny to think of you me and Tiff all there but on seperate voyages.
Ginnie Hart: Separate voyages, same worlds, different times...it's all a mystery, Chad. I love it.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 24 Nov 2008, 07:42
wow, what an amazing looking place!
Ginnie Hart: It really is, Kanyi!
The hint of pink in that castle style building really sets this picture off perfectly for me. It is in exactly the right place.
Ginnie Hart: It was a piece of magic for me, too, Bill. Thanks for noticing.
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands England
  • 24 Nov 2008, 07:51
Ginnie this is a lovely view the water looks almost frozen.
The smoke coming from the two chimney's is a rare sight these days with gas,oil and alternative fuels.
Nicely composed mijn vriendsmile
Ginnie Hart: This is the kind of place that would have taken your breath away, Musketeer. A great meeting place for fellow bloggers. smile
I like east atmosphere that you have caught. The fog, the smoke of the chimneys is very special!
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, querida José Angel.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Nov 2008, 08:43
My initial reaction was that you left a bit too much sky.

My more considered opinion is that your composition, processing and presentation are spot-on.

Great image, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I almost cropped the sky down, Ray, to give this more of a panoramic view. But then I realized it was the misty, foggy sky that took my breath away against this bridge, so I kept it as is. Thanks for speaking your thoughts, though...because sometimes we find out we're really on the same page. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Nov 2008, 09:01
Wonderful panorama Ginnie. The light on the bridge against the backdrop of the mist is quite stunning. Nicely framed with the trees on the left.
Ginnie Hart: It was breath-taking, Ingrid. Thank you.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Nov 2008, 09:54
Good choice to leave that weight of grey fog pressing down on the city. Classical river frontage, with heavy industry lurking behind. A true cityscape.
Ginnie Hart: It's like you had been there, Mike! I love it.
You manage the rule of the thirds pefectly in this one Ginnie. Great composition. Wonderful shades and tones.
Ginnie Hart: Some rules are meant to be broken, Albert, but this time it seemed prudent to "obey." smile Thanks.
  • Donica
  • Atlanta...until Thanksgiving, Then...Sednona!!
  • 24 Nov 2008, 10:28
The fog and the sepia tones make this an almost spooky feeling. I didn't get to see the Rhein while we were there....too much work going on for me smile

This is a postcard shot. Great image!!
Ginnie Hart: You mean Sedona, of course, and I can hardly wait. The vortexes are calling!

Maybe the next time you can see the Rhein with me...or maybe one day we'll take a river cruise through Europe and will pass by this very spot. Now THAT would be something!
What a superb composition Ginnie. Outstanding tones and lighting as usual!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. I loved this city-for-a-day.
i love the myst
Ginnie Hart: I have always loved the mist/fog, Chantal, which is probably one of the reasons why I love Europe so much.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 24 Nov 2008, 11:30
Lovely image Ginnie. I was there in 2006.
Ginnie Hart: It was my first time there, Aussie, and hopefully not my last. I'm sure there is so much more left to see!!!
Tack sharp, very nice! I'm amazed that your shutterspeed was 1/2000... it must have been really bright. This doesn't come out in the photo at all.
Ginnie Hart: The sun was peeking through over my shoulder, Andy, so you're right about the brightness. I used the PS Multiply layer on this, which deepened the tones a bit. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! That means a lot.
  • Arash
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 24 Nov 2008, 12:30
oh, the depth here really made it, is there mountains at the end?
like tones and composition here, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: To tell you the truth, Arash, I have no clue. I didn't go back later in the day to check it out. Maybe the next time I will! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Nov 2008, 13:23
"one day we'll take a river cruise through Europe and will pass by this very spot. Now THAT would be something!" Yes, as you wrote to Donica, that is one of the most beautiful river- journies- along the Rhine -from Rotterdam to Basel- one week!
Ginnie Hart: SOLD! Donica thinks that might be something we could do in the fall next year. We'd LOVE to see all the castles from the river. OMG! I can just imagine. We've actually talked about it for several years already! Thanks for the tip, Philine. smile
Very nice image Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Bernie.
ahhhhh Very well done, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jennie.
  • Robin
  • United States
  • 24 Nov 2008, 15:18
The fog adds so uch to this shot.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Robin. smile Thanks.
Wonderful city-scape in your trademark subtle tones. Love the weight of all that grey sky pressing down. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I'm glad I kept all the sky in the image, Roz...I almost cropped it way down. Thanks.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Nov 2008, 15:37
what an amazingly european city portrait...
Ginnie Hart: There's just something about Europe, Sam. I'm a glutton for it. Can't get enough of it!
  • david
  • uk
  • 24 Nov 2008, 16:16
lovely shot; feels like the entire scene is being smothered by that low cloud
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, David, but ironically, there was nothing oppressive about it. It actually took my breath away!
The light and the big sky, all bonuses to that grand river ... superb.
Ginnie Hart: I'd like to get better acquainted with this river, Richard...maybe someday!
I went there last summer Ginnie: did you see how CLEAR the Rhine is?
Ginnie Hart: Sad to say, Chris, I'm afraid I did NOT pay much attention to the river itself. Next time I'll try to take better notice!
If you can do something that pleases a grandchild then things must be well with you and yours. I agree with him, this is lovely Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: We were boysitting him last night, Brian, when Donica showed this to him (your midnight is 7p the night before for us here in Atlanta). She was the one who connived to get him to leave a comment, but apparently he wrote it all by himself. I'll never forget it! smile
  • Ilger.nl
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Nov 2008, 20:25
Nice one Ginnie. Basel is a great city to be (for a few days). Been there last summer taking pictures as well smile

Don't agree on the Holland polder though....the Holland polder is way nicer wink
Ginnie Hart: Truth be known, Ilger, I agree with you. Nothing compares to the Holland polder!
  • klaus
  • Germany
  • 24 Nov 2008, 21:43
Wow Ginnie, i don't like fog .. but on your shot it makes a great mood .. great framing!!
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes fog is all we have, so we have to make the most of it, Klaus. smile Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden (swe)
  • 24 Nov 2008, 22:18
Quite a stunning image. Love the mist, the tones and the excellent framing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Frida.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 24 Nov 2008, 22:34
Really nice picture Ginnie, I like the low horizon and, of course, all the lovely detail smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ellie. This is my kind of "mood." smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Nov 2008, 23:15
Excellent composition and conversion. You have lifted the fog of my old mind by laying the river bare.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You couldn't have said it better, Louis. smile
VERY AMAZING FOTO, Ginnie. I love it.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, thank you, Bram. Thank you.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 25 Nov 2008, 01:08
Gorgeous composition, Ginny! Love it!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Martie!
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 25 Nov 2008, 07:19
beautiful image Ginnie. looks cold there.
Ginnie Hart: It was very chilly that day, Claire, yes. By the next weekend, they actually had snow, or so I was told! But I was dressed for it...and I kept walking, which warmed me up. smile
  • Judy - So California
  • United States
  • 25 Nov 2008, 08:55
Ginnie, Love all the comments about the "coloring". At first I did think you had mad it sepia but in looking decided that was probably the way it looked - early in the morning. Love it AND especially love Nicholas' comment.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Judy, you're right on both counts. I use a sepia effect through the Multiply layer in PhotoShop which leaves a hint of muted color (like the pinkish color on that one building). It's more of a vintage look, which I have grown to like. That Nicholas is something else, isn't he! smile
The weather looks quite depressing but the shot has come out quite well.
Ginnie Hart: It was the early-morning blahs, Navin, until the sun started to peek out! Then it was Magic Hour. smile
Spectacular view Ginnie. Really love the architecture there. The design of the bridge and structures are so fascinating. Lovely capture, so beautiful, excellent picture.
Ginnie Hart: I can just imagine what YOU would do in places like this, John! smile Thanks.
A lovely composition and capture, really Noice one.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Fotografa.
  • zohre
  • uae
  • 25 Nov 2008, 18:39
Absolutely beautiful Ginnie.Love the composition.smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Zohre.
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 26 Nov 2008, 00:30
Hello again!!!

This is a wonderful photo, not very often does fog favor ones composition but this works out very well, and the bridge draws my attention instantly.
Ginnie Hart: That fog was magic to me that morning, Brian. Thanks.
Simply gorgeous! I love this fog and these tones. The light hitting the buildings, bring out some, leaving others dark, and the subtle reflections are wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, BC, for stopping by and commenting!
Nice postcard "townscape", I would prefer less of sky may be...
Ginnie Hart: I went back-n-forth on whether to crop this down to more of a letterbox panorama, Miro, but decided to leave all the fog...since that's what was so soulful to me about this moment. But thanks for your idea regardless.
Delightful tones here, just as an old postcard ! Thumbs up !!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Zeb. You always make my day.
  • Lekra
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Dec 2008, 19:01
Your #1 Grandson is right here, masterpiece, the fog the colours, the view, I would have loved to see it with my own eyes, 'almost' like the Holland polder, but Ginnie, it IS like the Holland polder, you know that.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes! Any time I see fog/mist anywhere in the world, I always think of the Holland polder. So, yes, Lekra, you are so right. Dat weet ik! smile

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