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A Fleeting Moment

A Fleeting Moment
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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: 2009-11-13
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm F/4L USM, Lee 0.6 ND Grad Hard
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/10 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Soft on the eye images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-16 12:07
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This is taken from underneath the western slopes of a large headland called Houns Tout. It was late Friday afternoon during a bleak, grey and occasionally very wet hike to one of the remotest parts of the coast.
I love it here.
It requires quite alot of effort to get to, on some steep & muddy narrow paths that traverse down steep hills - then round a bay, then over alot of slippery large boulders. The tides are always a factor to remember so timing and a wary eye on the sea and clock is crucial too.
Consequently it is often unvisited and true enough i didn't see another soul the whole day.
Here is the one moment when the sun made a brief, if not rather lack lustre appearance, so i chucked the tripod up and tried to find an composition before it was gone.

Thanks for looking...

matatur, nglen, cicindela, Heaven, techranger, nasokoun, PeterZ, NinaM, Juyona, livius, horia, KOMSIS, anel, SunToucher has marked this note useful
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And you've found an excellent one Paul, just in the nick of time, it seems, with your clear trade mark in wide angle nature photography. Thanks for your expertise indeed my friend!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-16 12:15]

Hi Paul. It sounds like you enjoyed the walk .You were lucky to be able to take any picture at all. The colouds are looking a bit wild. The sea at this moment looks almost calm with what was to come over the weekend. I like the colours in the sea worn bolder in the forground. the sun seems to be just cathing it. Take care when alone out like this.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-16 12:15]

Hi Paul,

Again a super magnificent landscape with some details and some great colors. My warm congratulations.
Have a pleasant evening,

Hello Paul!
Once more time I can see wonderful picture with great play of colours and light! Lovely composition with rocks, sea and sky. Not the first time, and I'm sure not the last one, I can say - your pictures are one of the best ladscape/seascape images in TN gallery :)
All the best from Lodz!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-11-16 14:25]

Hi Paul!

I'm not sure that my poor English vocabulary contains enough adjectives of the superlative to express what I feel when I see this picture. Some of these adjectives may be magnificent, superb, magic... Moreover, the lighting is perfect and creates a mystic atmosphere. The picture also reflects very well the loneliness of the place as you describe it.


Kind regards


Superb seascape, wonderful colours in the foreground rock and nice sky.

Another gorgeous superb capture and treatment Paul... I love your work... your images are so surreal.


hello Paul
exceptional management of light, you compose splendidly the scene with a very good pallet of colours, you dramatize and transmit this with marvellous way!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-17 3:46]

Hello Paul,
When I read your note, it looks a bit dangerous to go all alone on these slippery paths. But you have left a wonderful photo. Great timing. Fantastic atmosphere, colours, DOF and composition. The rock left in front is so beautiful. Take care.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-11-17 5:36]

Not only do you seem to get better (if it can be), but you also seem to post-finish a picture with tremendous talent. This is perfect, Paul, the only thing I can add is that you live in a fantastic place! Good to see your work again, I'm really fond of your pictures. They're so different one after the other one, seascape changing from moment to moment. Bye bye!


Hallo Paul
I want to thank you for all the effort you go through to photograph and show us images as the seascape here in today's posting. Although you mention you love it at that specific spot, I can only but imagine that it is not easy as pie just to get there with all your gear, set up and photograph 1-2-3 and the perfect shot have been captured. You have said so yourself in your note and I for one, appreciate all your effort, bringing us the end result as perfect as this one. You are indeed a very talented gentleman, to capture the stillness so perfectly that I can actually sense it here where I am thousands of kilometres away. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-11-18 0:23]

Hola Paul,
fabulosa escena,
una obra de arte con exquisitos detalles,

Hello Paul
great seascape. Excellent details and wonderful light with incredible colors and water movement.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-11-19 3:45]

Hi Mate

Great to see you're going out still and getting accustomed to your new toys :)
This is a lovely seascape from you, as always! The mood is terrific and that break-through the clouds, with the light rays coming down, is just bliss! Very well seen, worked with and captured!
Also, the rocks in the FG are great and definitely add some more color to an otherwise almost monochrome scene.
Very nicely done and keep them coming ;) Hope to chat with you some more soon, too.

Cheers and TFS

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-19 8:02]

Hi Paul,
Composition of an effective sea landscape ...
Used it the perfect light, gloomy clouds and sparkling beaches ...
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-20 4:29]

Hello Paul,
Sometimes we have to make some effort to get a good chance for a special shot. You did it and were lucky, not only because of the beautiful sight you caught in your picture, but also because of the atmosphere of the moment, with this dark grey sky opening just enough to let pass some sunrays and create a very magical effect on the surrounding. Very well composed, like always and my favourite color- grey- in fine combination with white and yellow. I would also thank you very much to have appreciated my last picture. It makes me very happy!
Kind regards

Hi Paul,
I've missed this one. I really like the break in the clouds and how it gave just enough light to add that bit of extra to the scenery. The lump of oddly shaped rock in the FG with its golden glow is a real eye catcher and gives the photo a nice extra touch of color.
I hope you don't mind that the next is a bit more critical. I am sure you've contemplated to correct the lens distortion and that it would result in loss in composition. But, the current result is a bit too curved along the horizon. It really dips to the right. Next, I would add a bit more contrast in the upper part of the larger rock on the left. It has a slight haze to it. And last, there is one little dust spot in the sky on the right side.


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