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Durdle door again!

Durdle door again!
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Copyright: EWAN HITCHCOE (erve) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon 400D eos, Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, kood p dark grey grad
Exposure: f/22, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-18 4:53
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Points: 10
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Hello. I was hoping to go to mupe bay today as i have not yet been there. Unfortunately i could not get there as the lulworth firing range was closed :(
So as not to waste the trip i decided to go on to durdle door instead.
I know i have recently posted a durdle door shot, but that was HDR, and i wanted to get a 'straight' shot.
The conditions were not quite as dramatic as my previous visit, and the sky is a little flat, but i still quite like it.


The arch has formed on a concordant coastline where bands of rock run parallel to the shoreline. Here the rock strata are nearly vertical, and the bands of rock are quite narrow.

Durdle DoorOriginally a band of resistant Portland limestone ran along the shore, the same band which can be seen two miles down the coast forming the narrow entrance to Lulworth Cove. Behind this is a 400-foot (120 m) band of various weaker rocks which are easily eroded, and behind this is a stronger and much thicker band of chalk, which forms the Purbeck Hills. The limestone and chalk are much closer together here than at Swanage, 10 miles (16 km) to the east, where the distance between them is over 2 miles (3 km). There are at least three reasons for this. First, the beds are highly inclined here, and more gently angled at Swanage. Secondly, some of the beds have been cut out by faulting at Durdle Door; and thirdly, the area around Durdle Door appears to have been unusually shallow, so a much thinner sequence of sediments were deposited here.

Durdle Door, Man o' War bay (opposite beach)At Durdle bay all except a short stretch of the limestone has been completely eroded away by the sea and the remainder forms a small headland where it has protected the clay behind. At the western end this band of limestone has been eroded through, creating the natural arch.

The 400-foot (120 m) isthmus which joins the limestone to the chalk is made of a 50-metre (160 ft) band of Portland limestone, which is less resistant than the Purbeck beds, a narrow and compressed band of Cretaceous claysóWealden Clay, sands and chert bedsóand then narrow bands of Greensand and sandstone. In Man o' War bay, the small bay immediately east of Durdle Door the Portland stone has not been entirely eroded away, and at low tide the band of Portland stone is partially revealed.

Thanks for looking!


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Hi Ewan beatifuly done. Good composition & effect of water in motion. Nice sharp image. Well done. Regards - Adil.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
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Hi Ewan

Nice to see something new from you, even if it's not exactly what you were aiming for :)
I am one of the lucky TN members to have seen the Durdle Door live and therefore every shot of it is a great reminder of a superb outing on the Dorset coast.
This is a very nice shot from you. I like the look of the arch from here and the very good light and details you managed to get on it, despite the rather bright sky behind it.
The FG is also lovely and i particularly like the small round stones that add a bit of extra color to the scene.
Maybe it's just me, but i would have waited for the sun to be lower here and try to get a bit more colors in the sky as it sets...just a personal opinion. However, this is a more dynamical shot thanks to the nice effect of the waves and their foam in the lower part here. I think it all depends on what you are aiming for.
Anyway, good work!

Bravo and TFS

Ewan, this is a very beautiful shot of this seascape. You did a wonderful job capturing it. Have a great day. Bill

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Hi Ewan,
My eyes were immediately drawn to the door. The way the late light has illuminated the inner side of the door is very beautiful. Horia's idea to wait for the sun to set is a good idea, but looking at the amount of clouds, I don't think it would have brought you anything extra.
I like the entire composition with the right amount of FG interest. The wave patterns leading the eye and the door perfectly position on the top left 1/3 axis. Overall a great idea to revisit this spot.

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