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Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-09
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/16, 1/20 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-09 12:43
Viewed: 3502
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello everybody,

this is the view east from the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset. Extremely changeable weather on the south coast today, with bright sunshineand blue skies one minute and pelting hail the next. A big storm is predicted to hit us tonight and tomorrow, so this moment is very much the calm before it.
Lyme Regis marks the western end or beginning of the Jurassic Coast World Hertitage Site. It's a mecca for fossil hunters and today was no exception with the beaches swarming with people looking for them after recent landslides revealed more unseen rock.

From wiki:

'The town is famous for the fossils found in the cliffs and beaches, which are part of the Jurassic Coast—also known as the Heritage Coast—a World Heritage Site. The Blue Lias rock is host to a multitude of remains from the early Jurassic, a time from which good fossil records are rare. Many of the remains are well preserved, with complete specimens of several important species.
Many of the earliest discoveries of dinosaur and other prehistoric reptile remains were made in the area surrounding Lyme Regis, notably those discovered by Mary Anning (1799–1847). Significant finds include Ichthyosaur, Plesiosaur, Dimorphodon, Scelidosaurus (one of the first armoured dinosaurs) and Dapedium. The town now holds an annual Mary Anning Day. A fossil of the world's largest moth was discovered in 1966 at Lyme Regis.'

Thanks for looking..

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-03-09 12:48]

Hi Paul!

Fabulous! I like it very much. It's so clear, the perspective and the depth of field are perfect, the sky is dramatic and the contrasts make it very vivid.

It's a beautiful seascape!

Kind regards


Hallo Paul
So simple yet so very beautiful. This is a fascinating, touching photo, which easily can take our thoughts to unknown yet inspiring places. What wonderful cloud development announcing the storm that is brooding. You caught a special moment with a dramatic announcement of a storm and I can almost feel the tension building. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-09 12:56]

Hello Paul,
Outstanding work here Paul, the landscape is wonderful and the shallows look to be full of life. Incredible image my friend, thanks.

Hi Paul
Great Seascape!!! Great color,depth and POV. Very nicely done!!

Excellent, really nice reflections, the water is clear and clean...you have captured these underwater colours very well, really nice picture..TFS

Hello Paul,

I am just overcome by the immenseness of this shot!
The excellent composition seems to double everything!
Great clarity and perspective!
Interesting notes, as usual!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-03-09 14:42]

Hi Paul!
The grad filter balanced the expo so perfectly that everything comes live and realstic! Lovely underwater world with it's own shadows...
Love the format like this too TFS

Best regards,

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-03-09 14:47]

Another perfect landscape shot from you! Most excellent!
The reflections make this image!
Great job!
Cheers, Klaus

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-09 14:53]

Hola Paul,
bella escena,
mágico y maravilloso pov,
reflejos y colores muy hermosos,
saludos amigo

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-09 15:19]
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Hi Paul

Great POV - must have been quite a wide angle as Golden Cap is far away. Great handling of the light and great mirror effect.

Lyme is one of my favourite places - Jane Austin connection also.


Hello Paul,
What a super reflection image with so much depth! just awesome, man!
perfect sharpness, real colour and details!
a good landscape image

Hello Paul,
Lovely image, beautiful composition, good pov, excellent sharpness and superb vivid colors, fantastic depth of field, very good clarity and lovely light.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-03-09 21:35]
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Hello Paul,

As with James, one of my (many) favourite places. Wonderful image, great depth and detail. Spot-on exposure. I feel a sense of calm just looking at this, great image. I'm surprised though that nobody has mentioned the horizon being tilted down to the right.

I don't know if you're aware but there is a really easy way to straighten horizons. In Photoshop you can use the Measure Tool (in CS3 it's called the Ruler Tool) to draw a line between two points on the horizon. Then go to Tools->Rotate Canvas->Arbitrary and it will have already filled in the degree and direction required to level the image (I learned that here at TN). Hope I'm not teaching you to suck eggs here :-)


Hi Paul,

Very good low pov with beautiful colours.
Reminds my an my vacation 2 years ago.
Also very shap with the on 1/3.

Regards Gert

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-10 1:06]

Hi Paul,
Outstanding shot and a superb visual effect. The reflection of the sky on the water looks fantastic and you have captured the details with immaculate sharpness and with lovely natural colours. Great DOF and skilfully chosen low POV makes the image majestic. Very nice composition. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-10 2:32]
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I remember going to Lyme Regis when I was very young. We found loads of these ammonites made from Fool's Gold!
Very nice image of this amazing stretch of coastline!
I love the reflection of the clouds in the water. Wouldn't the use of a polariser reduce these reflections?
Very well composed and there's lots of interest throughout.
Razor-sharp with great clarity.
Very well done Paul.
Cheers mate,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-10 6:41]

Hello Paul,
Perfect composition matching the sky with the still water on Lyme Regis Beach. I know this beach well and we have collected a few ammonites there: I'm surprised it is still allowed!
Clever positioning of the rocks below the far cliffs on the horizon.
Hope the storm doesn't do much damage.
Thanks for this bit of nostalgia!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-10 7:54]

Hi Paul,
DOF, POV, composition, colors, reflections on the water and exposure handling are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

The polarizer did two main jobs here..It saturated as they do so well the sky and it cleared the water to see all of the underwater details... It never occurred to me that this filter could do two important things at once...Excellent lesson for me Paul!

Though technically this is a outstanding photo, it feels so symmetrical that it is a bit more static than your usual compositions. There is something about the X formed by the white clouds & their reflections that seems to catch my eye and won't let met go explore the rest of the scene.????

Evelynn : )

In case you are wondering why this critique has moved.... I fixed a typo. I meant to write "though" not "tough"!!
Ev : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-10 9:19]

Hi Paul

Another very beautiful view of your gorgeous stretch of coast there!
I love your work on the exposure here - very well balancing the sky with the rest while you also worked superbly with the polarizer to get a very nice see-through feel for the water in the FG.
Indeed a terrific weather - even if for a brief moment - but the sky is splendid and the contrasting fluffy clouds are also very beautiful.
Wonderful composition and great use of your gorgeous ultra wide lens (which i'm beginning to crave for) :)
...and even if that horizon is tilted as Adrian says, it's for probably 0.1 degrees...so nothing bothering at al!

Cheers and TFS

An excellent wide angle land/seascape with wonderful reflections Paul, the polariser succesfully made the underwater visible in the foreground and probably darkened the sky a little in the background while the UV filter was cutting the haze near the horizon. Beautiful effect indeed my friend.

Hi Paul, splendid view with wonderful reflections and superb sky, great exposure, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-10 11:39]

Hello Paul,
We've heard about the bad storm that hit Britain today, I hope it wasn't too bad in Dorset. What an interesting low viewpoint of this shallow shoreline! Interesting cloud formations and beautiful reflections. A lovely capture!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Paul!
Mate what an amazing landscape absolutely wonderful shot, the detail even under the water is stunning, excellent d.o.f, beautiful colours, perfect use of the rule of 3rds, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

Realismo !! y un efecto impresionante. Excelente trabajo con la luz. Buen encuadre, pero no sabría decir si es mejor el fondo o el primer plano. Eres un artista Paul !!

Saludos: J. Ignasi

Hi Paul,

Wow - what a big scene - lovely detail and the sky and exposure and use of filters is perfect - really stunning!

Those clouds and reflections are amazing...

Just two minor nits - horizon is slightly off (not enough to be major, I'm just ultra-critical about horizons...!), and personally I find that little white "thing" (seaweed? stick? litter?) in the bottom left just a touch distracting - I'd be tempted to clone it out - I hate it when I spot things like this on my shots AFTER the event...!

Other than those really small crits - another stunner my friend :-)


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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-03-13 7:37]

Hi Paul,
if somebody has any doubt about perfect things in nature... must look at this picture. Calm water and running clouds before a storms seems perfect to me, a perfect compensation. This look like a true mirror.
I like the POV (close to the water but not "in" the water) and the DOF (it´s that the ocean?)
good work!
have a nice day

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-14 8:34]

Grandiose! You seldom take pictures horizontally and this one is very nice. I like it because we see the clouds reflection so well in this wide panorama. The mix of weeds and rocks, reflection, horizon, wow... thanks again!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-18 7:22]

Hi Paul.
I do not know what image is better. Or image of the sky, or image of the sj=ky in the water, or image of water surface with nice rocks, bottom and ... cloudy sky. Amazing 3D-effect, terrific transparency of the picture, vibrant colours and crisp sharpness of even fluffy clouds. Bravo and best wishes.

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