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Life in the Shallows

Life in the Shallows
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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/18.0, 1/15 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-10 12:29
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this was taken about a mile further down the coast from where my last post was taken from, in an area called 'The Spittles', a large rock pool and ledge system thats fully exposed at low tide. We sat here and watched the goings on in the tidal waters here for some time, with small fish and various crustaceans flitting about their business.

It must be a strange and hard world to exist in. Exposed to the dessicating wind and sun at low tide, baking hot in summer and icey cold in winter. Sometimes it might rain enough to dilute the water making it nearly fresh enough to drink, whilst at others the sun can evaporate too much water, turning it into a salty soup.
But, at every low tide, oxygen and nutrient rich waters rush in as regular as clockwork, which makes this an environment worth sticking it out for.

Hopefully one day we might get a 'Coast' or 'Shore' Category on TrekNature!

shot in RAW, adjusted curves a tad, converted to JPEG resized and sharpend.

Thanks for looking

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Beautiful Paul....and again I like the way the colours of the "things" underwater are right there as a part of the whole image...It gives it a very good balance...add this to your collection of fine seascapes!

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-10 12:36]

Nice shot with great clarity and sharpness, great detail on the water and beneath. Very serene landscape with nice cloud and sky, color is beautiful and natural.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-10 12:38]

Hi Paul. You were lucky to get the light yesterday. but looking at the blue sky in the picture you did better on the coast than inland a few miles. so much to look at in the low tide shot. the bolder is a must well done .TFS.

Superb control of the light and reflections...the foreground is nicely focused and shows great detail...I like the way the clouds reflect in the water...a very fine coastal shot, TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-10 13:10]
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Hola Paul,
my admiration by each work yours...
lovely pov and dof.
pleasant colors,
excellent postcard,
greetings friend.
my english :((

Hi Paul,
Magnificent image of this seascape.
I like the way you managed the proportions here, with a good view of the underwater plants at first plane, and the contrast made by the green and reddish there.
The almost round rock works great as the center of interest here.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-10 13:54]

Paul you do these so well. I never knew Lyme Regis was so beautiful. The circular polariser has really helped you to reveal the wonderful details under the water. The red and green seaweed looks amazing. Perfectly composed and well managed exposure.



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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-03-10 14:02]

Bonjour Paul
Très belle composition, superbes couleurs et cadrage, excellente technique de prise de vue.
Amicalement Robi

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-10 14:47]

Hi Paul

I really like the way that you havecaptured the seaweed. The rock provides a great focus and the diagonal created by the edge of the wave-cut platform leads the eye to the clouds.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-10 17:50]

Hello Paul,
Ah mate an excellent image once again the scenery is wonderful and what a large tidal flat. These creatures endure great hardship to reap the rewards of the rich tidal zone waters. Thank for sharing this superb image my friend.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-03-10 23:53]

Good morning, Paul!

Thank you for this beautiful picture, I like it very much. There's no uninteresting spot in it: it pleases from the very foreground up to the last cloud of the dramatic sky. The perspective is superb, too.

Kind regards


Hi Paul,

another perfect land/Seascape, very good low pov.
Beautiful are the details in the water also the whole color palette.
That comes also trough the beautiful sky.
I think i'll become there sometime.

Regards Gert

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-03-11 0:00]

Hi Paul,
How have you been?
Another of your superb landscape shot, the boulder breaks the lake's monotony.
Good lighting and DoF. The low tide gave you a great scene to capture and present for us.I like those underwater scene as well.
Well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-11 2:59]

Hello Paul,

It seems that you can go wherever you will on your Dorset coast and you always will find an most beautiful subject. Happy you to live so close to the sea. I like the composition of your picture including the red and green vegetation in the front, marking the center with the round stone and the lovely sky in the background. You are right, they should create a category "coast"
Have a nice day

Another perfect land/Seascape Paul, you really use those filters expertly my friend, not a frequently seen occurrence indeed! TFS and cheers,

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-03-11 5:47]

nice colours and composition paul. Really like the corridor of cloud running at an angle through the water, nice touch.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-11 8:26]

Hi Paul,
This is beautiful. I liked seeing what's under the water as well as the reflections of the clouds. Very good exposure control, POV and colors. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Paul,
Super pov to include everything what a landscape photo should have, just brilliant!
I loved the lovely colour and details under the seawater here!
what a awesome view towards the far horizon with the beautiful clouds formation, my dream to be there with you one day, Paul! as we two loved the coast so much!
compliment to my respected landscape photographer from the other part of the world!

Ciao Paul, fascinating view with lovely transparency on water, I like beautiful rock in FG, wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

I'm adding this to my favs!All I can say is "Fantabulous"!
Thank you!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-12 10:49]

Ola Paul
Belissima foto desta paisagem surpreendente e enigmatica. A cores e composição ficaram boas.
A foto sai bem nitida e limpa.

This is wonderful Paul. The dullness in the upper center of the sky looks a little unusual to me though.??????

Evelynn : )

Hello Paul, your compositions generally are really beautiful. I like your wide angle shots. Its great you got nice color in the fg, it keeps the picture interesting. Nice exposure control w/ good detail throughout. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-13 4:07]

Absolutetly fantastic shot Paul, great composition with superb technique. Clever use of the grad filter. Well done, thanks!


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-14 8:32]

Incredibly beautiful Paul, there are so many things to look at yet it is in perfect order for the eye! I first saw the rock, then slid down to look at the beautiful weeds in the water, then up in the sky where the clouds are sliding into the blue sky, then the cape and the low tide... wow, this is a rich and fantastic shot, thank you!


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