<< Previous Next >>

The Pulpit Rock

The Pulpit Rock
Photo Information
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: 2007-08-26
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar.
Exposure: f/18.0, 2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-15 12:49
Viewed: 3813
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

it's been raining pretty much all weekend so far, so i thought i would dip into my archives and share something fron a moment when there was actually some decent sunshine, last summer.
This is The Pulpit Rock, a much photographed spot lying at the very southern tip of the Isle of Portland in Dorset. The diagonal slab of limestone leaning up against the Pulpit Rock itself is not natural, but was placed there by quarrymen many years ago when i believe there was crane mounted up there which was used to load the stone onto barges. These days it's a just an airy fishing spot with great views up and down the coast.

Thanks for looking..

XOTAELE, gerbilratz, kmr13777, peter_stoeckl, Adanac, Jamesp, eqshannon, vanderschelden, Luis52, hester, rcrick, Miss_Piggy, Argus, fartash, horia, uleko, Juyona has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To horia: Hello!PaulH 2 03-17 09:26
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hola Paul.
Una imagen preciosa, finamente captada con todo detalle. Genial perspectiva y PoV.
Un cordial saludo, Jl.

The wonderful light is as much the subject as the great rock formations. The more saturated central part of the sky from the polarizer is a little distracting. It is hard to avoid on a horizontal image. It is a super composition.

Evelynn : )

Hi Paul,
This is a very beautiful shot with a great POV, colors and contrast. Even the details are amazing.


Stunning colours and a superb composition. The foreground is a vibrant and the horizon/vanishing point is amazing...One of your most dramatic and emotive...very very nice work... TFS, regards h

  • Great 
  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-03-15 13:19]

Hi Paul!

It's simply beautiful. The lighting and the colors make this picture an outstanding one. I love the foreground with the great details very much. The long exposure gives a special effect to the water.


Kind regrads


Hi Paul,
spectacular image - the contrast of cold blue waters and red rocks at sunset is amazing. Your wide angle is sucking me right into the scenery. Long time exposure is showing smoothly moving waters running against seemingly eternal solid rocks in a magnificent way.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hi Paul,

Beautiful colors and good composition.
You have here wunderful light and contrast.

Regards Gert

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-15 15:09]

Hello Paul,
What wonderful golden light you have captured here. The exposure you used is amazing. The resulting image is goregous my friend, thank you for sharing.

  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-15 15:22]

Hi Paul

Superb, well balanced composition with geat colour and movement. The use of the rock in the foreground to focus the viewer's attention on the rock is excellent.

Wow Paul! check out the difference in light from one season to another...and this has its special quality because of time of day as well as latitude. What a grand sight to see...You are gonna make me wish I had millions to spent on travel...beautiful country you have there...

Hello Paul,
Very strong compo. Extraordinary light.
Well done

  • Great 
  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-15 16:44]

Hello Paul,

Fantastic colors and what a light show, great composition


Hello Paul,
The amazing light that falls on the Pulpit rock that makes this image so specticular and beautiful!
good pov with well saturated colour and so much details to look at!
many thanks for sharing

  • Great 
  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-15 18:35]

Hola Paul.
Una muy hermosa postal. Los colores y tonos logrados de alto nivel. El encuadre escogido es ideal para la foto.
Saludos Paul.

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-16 4:07]

Hi Paul

Until I read the note I was wondering where you go the sun from. You must have some gems in your archives if this is anything to go on. Wonderful light, spot on DOF and perfectly composed. Excellent work



  • Great 
  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-16 7:24]

Paul, your shot is simply amazing and superb colors. The composition in this shot is fantastic and just fabulous. Ganesh

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-16 9:19]

What a stunning capture Paul!!!!!
The colours here are so vibrent and rich!
I love the blurred sea.
Exceptional clarity and detail.
Great composition as always.
Very well done mate!

  • Great 
  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-16 11:32]

Hi Paul,
Outstanding shot with such glorious colours and fantastic lighting effects. This surely is a masterpiece and you have done a commendable job here. Excellent DOF and a well chosen POV to portray this charming scene and ambience. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

A good scene of strong sedimentary rocks leaning towards the sea Paul, with some help from the wide angle lens, obviously a pre-sunset capture of warm colors and beautiful greens. TFS my friend.

Hi Paul,
Mate I must have missed this one along the way, what an amazing shot, just awesome, excellent d.o.f, wonderful POV, the colours are un-real just beautiful, composition and framing perfect, great work mate, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hallo Paul
The extreme wide-angle works well with these huge rocks. The composition is very good, and I really like the combination of browns, blues and green and all other in between. This is really a great shot and can easily go through as a place out of a fantasy world or destination. I think most people have said what needs to be said about this picture, so I'll just add that this is a PPPP – Pretty perfect picture photo. Great shot, and I like the title too. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-17 6:29]

Hello Paul,
Difficult to realise that these are limestone cliffs when caught in the redness of the setting sun!
Superb composition and placing of the horizon and excellent POV to show Pulpit Rock at its best.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful image and I hope the weather will be kinder for you over Easter!

Hello Paul
What a wonderdul scene you captured,
Great colors,POV and exposure,Welldone my friend.


  • Great 
  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-17 8:42]
  • [+]

Hi Paul

This is another superb shot from you archives my friend and another reason for me to think that my trip to England is way too short :))
A splendid sunset captured here with that very warm evening light hitting these rocks and bringing out the best in their colors.
The Pulpit looks great - sandwiched between the 2 beautiful blues of the sea and sky and placed very well, a little off-centered, in the composition.
I also like how the vertical cliff on the left sort of continues with almost the same tones over the horizon to the right...it balances the image so well in my opinion.
Overall, a stunning shot in every aspect, my friend!

BRAVO, TFS and take care

Woww, What great and warm colours on this one !!!
Splendid point of view and wonderfull composition
a great cheer my friend,

Hello Paul,
The warm light really makes those cliffs stand out!
Good point of view and a fine composition, as always good lines...
Fine details and strong foreground interest creates a great feeling of depth!
Pablo -

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-19 10:25]

Hello Paul,
What a stunning capture of this dramatic coastline caught at sunset. The late sunshine hitting the cliffs and turning them into gold is really fabulous! I like the wet sea-weed covered rock in the foreground too and the lovely colour of the water. Brilliant and very well-timed sunset shot!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

  • Great 
  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-20 10:05]

Ola Paul
Linda foto desta paisagem tão impressionante e bela, a nitidez da foto ficou otima e o contaraste tambem. A claridade ficou xcelente, e a luz solar deixou a foto mais especial e bonita.

  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-20 15:37]

El color y los efectos del mar,
con esa formación geológica maravillosa, The Pulpit Rock... impresionantes tonos y pov,
felicidades Paul por este bello escenario,

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-22 9:18]

Hi Paul.
Once more so impressive shot with amazing low and warm sunlight, terrific aperture value and long exposure time. Great effect of frozen water surface, crisp sharpness of the rocks and wonderful almost clean blue-orange sky. My compliments and TFS.

  • Great 
  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-25 1:03]

Hello Paul,
Magnificent scene!
light is really fantastic!
nice composition, beautiful clors!

Hi Paul,
Very beautiful capture! Great light, nice colours and excellent composition.

Hi Paul
Fantastic light. Great saturated colors beautiful composition Another magical impression in your gallery

Calibration Check