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Frozen Wave

Frozen Wave
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1993-08
Categories: Desert
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geological Wonders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-19 1:20
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a scanned slide taken with a Pentax Z1.

I was hoping to post some shots I took on a visit to Welney yesterday with Paul Burford (Lawbert). Unfortunately, I was not looking where I was going as we were walking between hides and fell over, ripping my 300 2.8 off its mounting (it can be easily repaired - I am told). I, however, now feel like I spent the afternoon in a concrete mixer!! Bruises everywhere!

Anyway, this 'frozen wave' was formed in the same way as rock arch is. Twyfelfontein is best known for its rock carvings, but being me, I found this much more interesting!

SIZE - I seem to recall that this was abput 4-5 metres long and about the same high.

The figures at Twyfelfontein were created over a couple of thousand years before 1000 AD. The hunter-gatherers who lived in the region created them as part of their rituals. The carvings represent rhinoceroses, elephants, ostrichs and giraffes as well as depictions of human and animal footprints. Some of the figures notably the "Lion Man" depict the transformation of humans into animals.

Archaeologists have dug objects from two parts of the site including stone artefacts, pendants and beads. Twyfelfontein also contains six rock shelters containing depictions of humans painted in red ochre.

The creation of new works was probably ended by the arrival of pastoral tribes around 1000 AD.

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To cicindela: Of course :)Jamesp 1 03-19 10:09
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Hi James,
Good morning my friend. Today close neighbour. Splendid shot, Great composition indeed. This rock arch resembles an eagle head:-). All are perfect as usual. TFS. Cheers,

Hello James,
Wonderful shot of this rock arch. Nice composition. TFS. Regards,

What an honour to be your neighbour on the Gallery today, James!
I am alarmed to hear about your accident. Hope you are not seriously hurt. The lens would be repaired, I am sure. Please be careful.
This stunning picture you took so many years ago leaves me speechless with wonder. What a fantastic creation of nature!
The landscape seen through the half arch looks beautiful.
Great authentic colours and fantastic depth of view.
TFS and take care.

Hi James,
Wow what an image looks like some monolithic skull about to devour that hill in the background, wonderful colours, really good d.o.f, excellent composition and well framed, Cheers Rick

Hi James,

Beautiful capture from this rock.
It's look of a great head of a prehistoric beast.
Exellent colors and a good pov.

regards Gert

Hello James,
Interesting object. Greatly taken "fossil wave" rock. Nicely composed. POV and focus very nice. TFS, well done

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-19 4:28]

Hi James,
awesome...i love this, this is the powers of nature displayed at their most aesthetic! Perfectly framed to show the overhang against the blue sky so it doesn't get lost in the surrounding rocks and very good detail and colour from your scanning.
Hope you're not too badly hurt by the way!

Hi James

Great looking formation. Well captured, I love desolate landscapes like this. Converted well from the slide too/



The lighting and colour here give the pic a lot of character. The composition, POV and DOF make a detailed subject that is vey pleasing to the eye.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-19 5:16]

Hello James,
First and foremost I wish you a speedy recovery from your fall, I always say, they can build new equipment but bodies are a different story. I have found myself that as I age healing comes more slowly. Now this image is superb, I can see why it caught your eye. Wonderful textures and colorsin this excellent composition. Thanks for sharing this with us and heal fast my friend.

Hi James,
A beautiful capture of this amazing landform. Very well taken with very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing the capture as well as the informative notes.

Hi James!
I can not imagine better title to this presentation! Just lovely! :)
And the picture presents a very unique rock formation, I would like to add it (with great pleasure :>) to the theme "Geologcal wonders" if you agree :)
All the best from Lodz!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-19 6:58]

Hello James, well seen and well done, the image is sharp and clear and the composition is great. Incredible shot my friend, thanks!


Hi James
Well seen and very good capture of this strange rock formation, I was their last year but did not see that one!
PS: I feel sorry for the damage on your 300mm lense the attachment ring will most probably have to be replaced but you should also have the lense's attachment on your camera body checked ? any slight damage might create a misalignment!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-19 8:04]

Hi James,

I'm glad neither your nor your camera were seriously injured. This is an amzing looking rock formation. To me it looks like the wing of some prehistoric animal. Wonderful rich colors. The pov is superb showing off the scenery behind it.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-19 8:12]

That is fantastic!
What a superb eye you have to spot this!
Excellent rich, red colouring and I love the warm light.
Sharp and crisp.
Sorry to hear you hurt yourself and your lens... I hope you got some good shots out of the trip anyway!

Great work!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-19 8:14]

Hello James,
A nice scanned image of a geological curiosity that is an interesting substitute for what you might otherwise have delighted us with had it not been from your accident. The wave shape is well depicted in fine lighting and with excellent sharpness.
I hope you are recovering well and the lens is easily repairable.

Awesome geological contraption James, what is this? Sandstone? It looks like the dreadful fossil remains of a prehistoric giant turtle head from here my friend, terrific indeed!

very good quality of this scan, i don't do as well as this,
very interesting subject, well composed

Hello James
I sincerely hope that you are feeling better as the day goes by. Thank you for all your help and advice.
I feel bad that my card was full and you didnt get any pictures at all...but in a way i am glad because I get to see this perfectly titled piece of work that I probably wouldnt have.

I can see why you found this frozen wave so interesting..Its a marvelous piece of geology and you have placed it in the frame perfectly..The hills in the BG almost look like a tongue coming from a mouth.


Hello James, As you say, this looks like a frozen wave the way it arches over. Interesting note, good contrasty light w/ fine colors, good close composition. I like the contrast in the red rocks against the blue sky. It just works well. tfs Rgds Necip

Hello James,
thank you for sharing this amazing rock arch that captured beautifully in good pov!
the wonders of nature truly seen here!
good exposure and focus in excellent details
well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-19 13:35]

Hi James .Glad to here you are ok after yesterday. What a fantastic sight . how do you know where to fine all of the places you visit.
You have taken this one with good detail and colour. well done TFS.
And take care.

Cool shot James and an appropriate title. Well composed, sharp detail even to the BG, and interesting note. Hope you mend fast. Tfs Richard

hello James

first i wish you a speedy recovery
(je te souhaîtes un prompt rétablissement),

great shot of this rock formation, i love the warm colours
of the rocks and ground, and the cold colours of the sky,
excellent POV and framing, excellent DOF,
excellent sharpness and details of the foreground
and lovely luminosity of the image, TFS


Ah....I read Pauls account...I commiserated but only in words...Not sure I would want to be out in the damp...however this image from a scan is an ideal substitute and thanks for lending Paul your long lens..he had fun...sorry about the trashing your body took! Not to mention the lens..

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-19 21:14]

Hola James.
Very nice image. Great colors and well focus. I like this big rock. It really looks like a frozen wave.
Saludos James.
TFS My friend.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-20 2:54]

James, fantastic shot and simply awesome and amazing shot. Ganesh

Hi James!

It is impossible to catch up on all your wonderful shots when I miss a week...
This rock is unbelivable to stand there and not break! Composed very well, with - again - outstanding quality for a scan, with great contrast and beautuful colors. TFS!

Best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-20 20:09]

Hello James

What an amazing formation.
Looks just like a wave.
The lighting is wonderful and the colours are vibrant.
Excellent focus and sharpness.


Hello James,
This is an amazing creation by nature!
The details are of an impressive quality, not the least considering this is a scanned image...
A fine dynamic composition, great details and colours!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-27 11:59]

Hi James.
Excellent title for amazing nature objects and perfectly done picture. Only I suppose that this rock reminds the jaws of fossil predator. Terrific DOF and exactness of details. Amazing lights and colours. Brilliant POV and composition. Bravo, in a word.

Hello James,

Interesting notes.
I like this composition! The colour is remarkable and it resembles the head of a sabre toothed tiger! You have used a great pov by displaying the rest of the shot through the open mouth!

Hope you are feeling better now!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

pl :-)

Hi James
It rely looks like frozen wave. Very nice image and great place. And like compo. Exposure is very good.
I like it very much

Wonderfully dramatic photo! It is a frozen wave...wow! Great light, gorgeous inspiring color. :)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-08 14:20]

Hi James,
Textures, colors, light, POV, DOF and exposure handling are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello James
Very intersting scene you show us here :O)
Perfect colors,composition and POV.
Superb shot my friend.


Frozen wave it is....
Very beautiful indeed!

Hello James,
Missed this photo and story.
Hope you are okay in the mean time.

Hello James,

First of all the question how do you do ?

It´s look like a mouth of a DINOSAUR (-:. No just kidding. A wonderful artistic impression of our nature. Beautiful colors. Razorsharp. It must have been a bad environment to live. POV, DOF and BG are oké. Great shot. Regards and TFS BOB

striking pic, TFS Ori

very dramatic formation, but what I see is not a wave, but the scull of some giant monstrous beast......

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