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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: 2008-10-25
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma DG 17-70 mm f 2.8-4.5 Macro 1:2.5, UV & Cokin Grad
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-27 12:33
Viewed: 3340
Points: 24
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this was taken on Saturday afternoon, during a long hike i took in the afternoon. I haven't been here for quite some time, so i thought i'd venture out into the wind and the rain and blow the cobwebs away a bit with a stroll along the cliff tops. The wind here was very, very strong, and i had to lay flat on my stomach in the grass to get some sort of stabilty in order to get the shot. Staggering around near a very high cliff edge is never a good idea!
This is looking west, from the near the top of Flowers Hill, where an old Iron Age hill fort resides. At nearly 600ft high, this spot is wild and exposed, providing an awesome vantage point up and down the coast. It seems an obvious place to set up a settlement for strategic reasons i guess, although the people that lived here must have been very hardy folk to withstand the elements.
Here the cliffs are made of chalk, and reveal a large expanse of the underlying rock structure. I particularly like the way we can see what a hill would look like if it was cut in two. My route onwards took me past the little cove of Arish Mell, to the top of the hill in the background, called Cockpit Head. Further on below here is Mupe Bay and Mupe Rocks. The next bay round is the well known Lulworth Cove and rock arch Durdle Door. The island in the distance is Portland.

Soon after i took this, the rain came back with a vengeance and this is pretty much the only shot i got during the whole hike!

Thanks for looking...

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Hi Paul
First of all fantastic depth of view. Also perfect exposure and composition. Beautiful colors of water surface. Nothing to critique ;-)

Yep, love this place, especially with a bit of weather coming in... I used to go up to Flowers Barrow to blow out the cobwebs every now and then! In fact I took my first ever deliberate landscape image there!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-10-27 12:46]

Hi Paul!

I'm so glad to see this picture. It's again one of the kind I like so much: a delightful perspective created by the particular point of view. You have the secret of this effect and you present it here at best.

Kind regards


ahhh... if only I could fly... :) Beautifully composed and presented image Paul... such depth of view. The highlights and the shadows show just enough detail... nothing is lost to the eye. Well done... again... :) TFS


I'm glad that you were lying down as this shot almost gives me vertigo... even without the wind. The large cliff face is very bold and dramatic. I like the long vista. Nice work

Evelynn : )

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-27 16:05]

Hi Paul

Great shot of the Jurassic Coast - excellent depiction of the dip and stike of the exposed chalk strata - one of the best I have seen.


Impressive cliffs, Paul.
Quite an experience probably standing there or better laying there in that strong wind.
Fantastic image with a lot of 3D (of course:-)
and a good compo.
Thanks for sharing

The geology for once outdoes your true art. What a fascinating area in ancient rocks and layering...These things stick in the back of my mind and remind me of how young I am compared to a million or 3....for some unrelated reason, my mind goes to Celts.....it is just now coming to me...perhaps the Celts had some sort of legatos or quasi science of this area....correct me if I am wrong..just a hit from the back of my own ancient mind:-)

Awesome capture of the chalk cliffs Paul.
I half expect to see a fancy Lambretta come hurtling over the edge (these cliffs always make me think of Quadrophenia now .... oh,and Frank Spencer). I know its not Dover,but they're similar I guess.
Anyway,an excellent shot.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-28 1:29]

Hello Paul,
I just can feel the wind! The chosen perspective is great, I love the way we can see down on the sea. The light falling on the rocks is so light and the color-contrast to the sea very beautiful. I also like to see the small paths in the background.
Excellent picture

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-28 2:04]

Hello Paul, Beautiful shot and superb landscape. Excellent Depth of view and an excellent lighting. Ganesh

A perfect capture of complex rocky outcroppings rushing into an azure sea, the diffused image of a low island in the far horizon and a fine lesson in geology Paul, again, a tremendous feeling of depth within this beautiful composition my friend, TFS indeed!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-30 4:35]

Hi Paul,
what an awesome shot!!
That moody sky is fantastic!
Very sharp and crisp.
Naturally saturated colours.
Exceptional composition.

Very well done mate!

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