So glad Table Mountain hasn't moved, because lots of other things have.

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.

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Comment by Eleanor Muller on November 28, 2010 at 7:43pm
This is going to be an interesting issue when we get to pictures like the Lion's Head one. In reality man has changed the environment so drastically (i.e what was sea is now a railway terminus and industrial area) I do think the "feeling" will be very different.
Comment by GaryMcLeod on November 28, 2010 at 7:33pm
Thats good :) There was one occasion in Japan when I kind of felt that one location hadn't been visited by the photographer, and I later found out that was probably true. At the end of the day, maybe the sixth sense is the only sure way to know with some places. Will be interesting to hear what others think if they go to the same site. @stefan? @claude?
Comment by Eleanor Muller on November 28, 2010 at 7:28pm
Exactly the same feeling. My son Luke was with me (he's 11) and he'd also had a look at the picture and as we walked past the building that blocks the view from the clock tower he said "This is it!" It was all just right - the water lower down, the shed-section in the middle and even though we can't see them now, I know the yatchs are in the next part of the basin. In the Challenger's pictures you can see the rigging of ships behind the sheds. Real feeling of "yeeeeesssssssssssssssss"!
Comment by GaryMcLeod on November 28, 2010 at 7:18pm
The skyline certainly does fit! How did you feel when you were standing there? This may sound silly but when I stood roughly in the photographer's positions in Japan, I sort of "felt" like I was standing in the same shoes. It was kind of eery.
Comment by Eleanor Muller on November 28, 2010 at 7:13pm
It was just my way of "proving" that at least the skyline fits, and helps me see to what extent the old and new suggestion are possible. What I can see is that the focal lenths are different, and here we'll need the abilities of more technically proficient photgraphers than myself if we do accept this to be the spot.
Comment by GaryMcLeod on November 28, 2010 at 4:06pm
Eleanor, this is great. Can I ask why you chose to place the old image in the centre for comparison?

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