A collective REPHOTO project
Reading the posts coming through from Manilla I find myself once again thanking Table Mountain for her presence. It does make the identification of photos easier!
And so, I went down to the Alfred basin this afternoon with my son, looking for photo 45623.
Yesterday I speculated that the picture may have been taken from the Clock Tower, given the height from the water.
But when we arrived there, it was immediately obvious that it couldn't be, because of the length of the wharf in front of the Tower, before the Alfred Basin. And that was a good thing too, because a large building has been built between the Clock Tower and the mountain, making the view non-existent. It's so interesting realising that I've been here many times, and taken photos in the area, but I needed to visit the spot for these issues to become obvious!
So we continued walking down the wharf towards the Chevonne Battery, and the Alfred Basin. This is a view I know well, because it's the venue for the annual V&A Rowing Race between the local schools and I've watched my son come down from the aquarium on a number of occasions. But then I've been looking at the water, not the relationship of the Basin to the mountain!
As you get to the corner of the wharf it's all obvious. Maybe a foot to the left, or the right, but you can see immediately why this was the spot the Challenger's photographer would have chosen.
At the corner of the wharf if a flight of steps down to the jetty. It would have been easy to get out here,and afforded a nice high view off the water. (My son is standing at the spot where I believe the photograph was taken.)
For those of us Capetonians who recognised the sheds, here is another set over in the Victoria Basin - the famous Ferryman's Pub today.
And so, in the final analysis, here's my view of the overlay.