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Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-18
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 17-40mm f4L, Digital RAW 100, Cokin P153 Grey ND 4X
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Winter Holiday Campervan Trip 2006
Date Submitted: 2006-07-23 3:23
Viewed: 7236
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Moeraki Boulders

The Moeraki Boulders are a number of huge spherical stones, found strewn along a stretch of Koekohe Beach near Moeraki, a small settlement just south of Hampden on New Zealand's Otago coast. These boulders are grey-coloured septarian concretions which have been exposed through shoreline erosion from black mudstone coastal cliffs that back the beach. They originally formed in ancient sea floor sediments during the early Paleocene some 60 million years ago.

The boulders weigh several tonnes and are up to three metres in diameter.

Maori legend tells that the boulders are remains of calabashes, kumaras and eel baskets that washed ashore after the legendary canoe, the Araiteuru was wrecked at nearby Shag Point (Matakaea).

The above obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moeraki_Boulders


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 11:40 a.m.
Date: 18th July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 17-40mm L
Filter: Cokin P153 Grey ND 4X
Shutter Speed: 1/30
F-Stop: F/22
Focal Length: 33mm
ISO: 100
Support: Tripod
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi there, great shot, I love the way you have captured the movement of the sea.
Nice and clear, good composition.
Well done

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-23 3:26]

Bonjour Pam!

Bravo pour cette présentation,surprenant on dirait des gros boulet de canon ces rochers.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-23 3:28]

Hi Pam,
What fascinating boulders. Great notes.
I like the composition of this image. It has a very mythological feel to it. Your frame is very intricate and impressive.
TFS and hope you are having a wonderful time on your vacation. : )

hi Pam,

this stone looks very nice and the water is like silk... 30s time of exposure WOW.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-23 4:10]

Hi Pam,
Beautiful and cool spherical stones that tells us about timing in Nature! Wonderful composition and beautiful shot.
TFS, José M.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-23 4:13]

Hello Pam,
Magnificent capture.Well seen and composed.I liked effect of slower shutter speed,POV,perspective,framing and DOF you managed a lot.

great capture with great composition and shutter speed. I would add more points if only TN allow me to. TFS

Hi Pam,
Sometimes nature can create the most beautiful pieces of art. And once in a while, photographers are able to capture them and create a piece of art themself. You've done the latter. The low POV and the slow shutterspeed are amazingly beautiful. This is an instand fav for me.

Nice image I particularly like the silky water. Those rock look like giant eggs. Interestting note.

Hi Pam, Excellent shot and well composed with very good DOF.
I find there apparent size and spherical shape very unique, great interest here..
Great note describing this phenomenon :)
Very well done!

how cool is that?! gigantic footballs! *g*
wonderful and interesting capture, pam! :-)
well composed and with a perfect low pov and an amazing foggy
effect on the movement of the water due to the long exposure time.
well done & take care, thorsten.

Hi Pam,
it's a nice and interesting seascape
The stones looks like they are floating in the soft water, it's lovely. Well composed and very good details.
I love the low POV.
Great work, mf.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-23 9:09]

Hi Pam , Very good composition to depict this strange stones. Nice framing too.
and interesting note.
Well done and TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-23 9:32]

Hi Pam,

A different,but great shot,excellent composed and exposed,well done,


Bonjour Pam!

Excellente composition de ce paysage avec ces rochers très particuliers.. Bravo pour la netteté et les couleurs justes.
Merci et au revoir....JP

Hi Pam,

Working way to much, and way behind on my critiques......
Incredible seascape!!!!!!!!!!


Hi Pam!
These rocks look fascinating. Until I read the note my first impression was they were man made. Well hadled tricky exposure.

Good morning Pam,
Just time for a very quick visit.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Have a great week.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-24 3:20]

Hi Pam!
What a place!!! Looks absolutelly unreal! Superb shapes of these rocks, long exposure was great choice here - blurred water added more magic to this seascape. Excellent post, I'm waiting for more from your trip!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-24 11:49]

Hello Pam, very interesting shot, excellent composition, with the slower shutter the effect on water is amazing!! Very well done, Didier.

Although I would have preferred to see slightly less foreground and/or slightly more background, it's a very good photo nonetheless, for it's originality factor!

Hello Pam,

Are you sure they are not dinosaure eggs? The first one has just hatched 5 million years ago ;-) You got a remarkable pov and did a wonderful composition. 3/10s. as shutter speed cannot be better in order to obtain this so nice softness in water! I like also the fact that you used f/22.0 in order to have all the boulders in focus in your picture! Great post and TFS,


Hi Pam,

Gigantic Elephant Dump. ;) :)
Really, excellent shot and well done on the composition. Very interesting view. TFS


This is very nice capture Pam, you must have been close to the water in order to get this superb low POV on the stones. Love the motion blur on the water. Very nice work.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-07-27 21:05]

Hi Pam,
Excellent capture of these interesting stone, perfect exposure, excellent composition.
Very well done!

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-28 17:24]
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Hello Pam, interesting shot. Great boulders too! I think the framing is a little tight especailly at the top. I also think B&W would have worked well here combined with a longer shutter speed.

Well done.

*I've turned off my points, I cannot recieve and I cannot give. I'm sorry for the latter*

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-29 6:37]

Pequeña y hermosa imagen Pam, con un POV perfecto.
Nítida, cálida, melancólica.
Felicitaciones por una gran captura.
Saludos... Ricardo

Little and beautiful image Pam, with a perfect POV.
Clear, warm, melancholic.
Congratulations by a great capture.
Regards... Ricardo

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
DOF: ******
POV: ******
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Wonderful Pam! I like the composition and perspective in that photo. The effect of the moving water is great. Beautiful colors and light. TFS!

Wow! I was just looking at Manyee bowling ball boulders and they are very similiar to the ones that you captured, They are cool looking, kinda reminds me of the pods from Ron Howards movie 'Cocoon'. :)

Olá Pam,
...mas que foto mais linda!!!
Estas rochas tem vida própria, é incrível a presença delas no ambiente da tua imagem!
Excelente nas cores (casamento de tonalidades criando um clima tenso e ao mesmo tempo de rara poesia...), excelente nitidez, foco, composição...sem palavras!!
Muito obrigada por compartilhares o teu tabalho!!!
Abraço do Brasil!!

Hi Pam
These rocks are so interesting. There is a place in Ontario Canada called Kettle Point where the are similar round rock. Kettle Point is on the Great Lakes. I wonder if they were made the same as these.

Excellent detail, colours and composition.
TFS Janice (from way...way up north) ;D

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