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A good day...

A good day...
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-17
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Cokin P121M
Exposure: f/16, 2 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: 2008 England trip
Theme(s): A day on the Dorset coast - Paul & Horia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-24 1:53
Viewed: 3872
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends

Since i broke the "symmetry" with my last post, i thought i'd come back to something from early spring - my England trip :) I haven't posted many from there because soon after i came back i went out and started taking a lot of other photos, too. Know though, when the weather is bad and the colors of autumn haven't appeared yet, there is a small window for visiting one's archives. Therefore, i'm showing you another shot taken on my day out around the beaches of Dorset with my great friend Paul Haynes. Even if the light conditions weren't the best in that day, we still walked many miles and had a superb time taking lots of pictures and talking about all sorts of cool stuff (music, films, drinks and surely photography) :)

Here is some information regarding this particular photo. The source here is none other than our own Paul Haynes, who probably knows more about this stretch of coast than any other member here :)

"This is the view south west from Old Harry Rocks and shows the chalk sea stacks that dot this patch of coast here.
Being sedimentary rock, they consist of millions of compressed tiny skeletons and shells of marine life that died and then fell to an ancient sea bed around 90 million years ago, in the Cretacious peroid. Water and wind erosion have since formed these impressive formations and they are quite famous here in Britain as a well known recognised landmark.

The stack on the left here is known as Little Pinnacle, Haystack, Turf Rickrock or the 'Wedge'. The sharper, pointy shaped one in the middle at the back is known as The Pinnacle."

The information was taken from a very similar photo of his, presenting the same subject(s), which you can see here.

I hope you'll like it and thanks for visiting.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol. + Cokin P121M
Focal Length: 19mm
Shutter Speed: 1.6 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: -1/3
F-Stop: f/16
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 7 PM
Weather conditions: English :)

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A beautiful land/seascape and a perfect capture with a great depth of field Horia, the strong, chalky escarpments and the dainty flowering bush in the immediate foreground provide a nice contrast for your composition. TFS and cheers,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-24 2:22]

My Neighbour today, and for once we share the same subject and nearly location too! This makes me very happy my friend :o) I am honoured you choose to quote me a source of information too, i think that's a first for me ;o)
I remember this moment well. Despite our adverse weather conditions, we still had a great day. You have chosen to share a shot from a great place to shoot the Pinnacles from, a spot i have used myself in the past. I love the soft, almost dreamy colours here, with the bright yellow of the flowers in the foreground anchoring the view very well. I hope we can do it again someday, with better weather :o)
tfs this great memory.

Hello Horia,

Superb photo.
Fantastic composition and detail.
Good sharpness and definition.

Hi Horia!

After having read Paul's notes and laughed about his adventure, it's a normal step to switch over to your picture. Both are close together, but finally totally different in the way of approaching. I like your picture very much, mainly because of the tenderness it generates. The light, the atmosphere and the nature in this picture are soft and glow in natural colours. That kind of atmosphere is the result of indirect light, and you took advantage of it. I also like the large palette of colour tones in the sky, sometimes reflected in the water. Your picture awakes emotions, animates for dreaming and allows the spectator to "fly away" for a couple of minutes... It's hard to come back!

Kind regards


..well lighting or not, I can fully understand why you chose to post this and I'll chance it you have more...I personally am attracted to thee seascape geological shots...I hope you get to go again some time..and I hope you can spend longer...all things come to those who wait...and if your there long enough, you will have opportunities for sunny days as well..or so it is said in ancient books...there is a thing called sun in England right?:-)

Hi Horia,
An excellent landscape capture of this beautiful place with very stunning details, warm colours and clarity. Excellent POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-24 13:43]

What a great shot, Horia!
The composition is superb.
Great FG interest.
Superb moody sky.
Maybe the weather was foul but it created a great atmosphere.
Excellent light and contrast.

Well done mate,


Hi Horia!
As I see, today two of my favourite photographers are really very close ;> (just to explain: you and Paul ;>)
Wonderful place and presented by you in very special way. I like composition (with this small flowers) and exposition :>
I think that weather was not too good when you were taking this picture, but thanks to clouds photo is a little more dramatic :>
I like it Horia!
TFS and see you soon!

A great shot. Great DOF and POV. Lovely and sharp and great colours. I love the line of sight it gives, you feel drawn into the shot and the yellow in the front adds something to it.


Hi Horia,
A nice capture of this beautiful and exotic place. Very well composed shot with lovely colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-25 11:17]

Hi Horia

I have seen this place before from Paul's beautiful photos and this looks as glorious as them. You have the same wonderful eye for composition and the DOF and exposure are both spot oon. I'm glad you raided the archives.



Hi Horia

Excellent landscape shot of these great looking cliffs
Great composition and DOF


Hello Horia

A postcard or calendar like shot.The colours are well saturated.
Excellent POV and DOF.
Sharply focused with excellent details.


Hi Horia,
I was wondering if we would see more from your trip to the UK? I actually like the light in this photo a lot. It gave the entire image a nice soft light effect and the grey sky made great contrast with the wonderful flower in the FG and the grass. I really like this POV where you have a real good feeling of the height of the cliff. The second exposure gave the water a wonderful texture and allowed for enormous depth in the photo.

very nice shot! great colours and composition!


You have posted an excellent landscape shot. The dramiatic colour in the skyline, the contrast in colour between the cliff face and the sky is awesome. The yellow foliage in the FG as well as the detail shown in the image are excellent and make for a very good posting. The composition allows all to be well constructed and displayed.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-30 3:28]

Hello Horia,
Another lovely capture from the Dorset coast. I like the pretty yellow flower in the foreground as a contrast to the stark and steep cliffs and the dramatic dark sky reflected in the water. Excellent DOF and beautiful colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

This is lovely Horia, and technically excellent. I love the soft shimmering light on the water and the sense of calm that the image projects... despite the storm clouds. I may have preferred that your point of view be a bit to the right so as to move the flowers a bit to the left. Maybe the other way may have worked as well. Maybe it is just me that notices that all the interesting bits are lined up vertically???? I have a real hard time noticing things like that in the field and they become more obvious on the computer screen. It is a beautiful photo and subject nevertheless!


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