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Abode of Giants

Abode of Giants
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-06
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm 1:3.5-4.5, Cokin ND8 Filter
Exposure: f/11, 15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 2, Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-12 16:52
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Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Since the 18th century The Giants Causeway has often been described as ‘The Eighth Wonder Of The World’ and once you have visited the site you will quickly see why.

The area consists of an estimated 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns, which were formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago.

Strangely the Causeway is thought to have lain undiscovered by the outside world until a visit in 1692 from the Bishop Of Derry (Londonderry). The Bishop alerted authorities in Dublin, who then notified learned circles in London. Many papers were produced and many theories on how it had been formed were put forward.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Exposure Time: 15/1 sec
F-Stop: f/11.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 12/1 mm

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-11-12 16:57]

Hello Stephen,
I know Giants Causeway very well and to me it's one of the most spectacular places I've ever seen. You pictured it in a very special way. I love this mysterious mood, blurred water and dark sky. Superb shot!

PS. And just to put some scale into the picture - 60 mln years ago was when the dinosaurs were vanished. Quite a long time ;-)
Best greetings,

Hi Stephen,

Superb capture, excellent composition, perfect mood. The DOF is good as you distinguish the basalt columns very well from the FG and beyond. Your exposure time is perfect and the lighting in well balance throughout the picture. Good use of the Cokin filter as usual.
Is that fog on the surface of the water? If so it is beautifully captures. I am also confused on how you were able to have light on the columns with the sun shining behind them!

PC :)

Really awesome landscape shot. The filter really enhances the scene nicely. :)

Hi Stephen,
Excellent details, exposure (the dynamic range is fantastic) and above all - composition.


I like this beautiful landscape,and cokin ND filter works very well.TFS

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-11-13 2:27]

wow! great place, colors, atmosphere. fantastic view, pov. the effect of a long exposure works very well! great visual impact. tfs

A very moody shot.
Well captured, love the long exposure and delightful composition.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-11-13 6:21]

Hi Stephen,
Great landscaping, with the rule of thirds in prominence. 15 secs exposure has blurred the water magnificently and the fore ground detail is awesome. Was the fiter a grad? Even the sky is well exposed.
Great shot and tfs

I love this photo perfect exposure wonderful comp. very moody. I have never been there and feel I have really missed out on something special.

Great photo.


Hi Stephen,
Like in a science fiction movie...
Really fantastic compo!
Great light and very dreamy.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-11-13 8:17]

Bonjour Stephen!

Félicitations,l'effet est superbe et l'endroit est très joli.Bravo pour la qualité d'image et la composition générale.


Very well done Steve.
Almost magical/mystical feel to this one. Or one could say dream-like..Excellent use of light with the perfect exposure. Composition is masterful and the title full of intrique..Who could ask for more? :)
Have a Good Week!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-13 9:07]

Hi Steve

Another shot of these impressive rock formation that just leaves me speachless...i have to go there and see them with my own eyes!
The atmosphere and mood are really amazing here! The high POV is very nice, the DOF excellent and the colors and tones fantastic.
Bravo and TFS

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2006-11-13 12:06]

Just amazing! One of those photos that remind us that we live in such a beautiful world, in spite of us, humans. Great shot.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-11-13 12:40]

Wow. 15 seconds is perfect here, I can hardly believe the way the ocean looks -- very surreal (and like naturewalk calls it, foggy). The composition of rocks and textures really contrasts with that -- the hex shapes and their collection into rounded hill shapes. Great sky to add to that, especially the mooon with the star-shape. For me the muted colors are another strong point. Trying to go out (from your 350D) on a really high note, are you? It works for me -- this is the best shot I've seen of the Giants' Causeway. [But why did y'all name it after the SF Giants, anyway?)
P.S. Reminds me a bit of a post-apocolyptic Hollywood thing...

Hi Steve,
What a great moment to make this photo. The sun in the back and to moon in front of you. It really helped on the lighting. The effect of the slow shutter speed gave the photo the right touch. Great composition with the different layers of rock and ocean.

Hi Stephan,
An amazingly beautiful place. A perfectly composed and framed shot. The slow shuteer speed created a dramatic effect on the water. Great exposure across the entire tonal range. Awesome!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-11-16 14:46]

Wow, this is an excellent landscape picture Stephen. I really like the mist, the foam, the light and the composition.


Simply stunning, Stephen.
The mist is just perfect. I'm amazed to see such an atmospheric look to the mist with an exposure time of just 15 seconds. Most photos we see like this have exposures of several minutes to get the desired effect. I bet you were excited when you saw it!
Wonderful multi-layered composition and perfect exposure.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-18 2:51]

Bonjour Stephen, l'ambiance de ce site est parfaitement rendue et les colonnes de Basalte en premier plan entourées d'écume donne de la profondeur au paysage. Belle harmonie de teintes avec un ciel trés charge. Félicitations, Didier.

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-11-19 13:40]

Absolutely wonderful capture. The colour, the light, the exposure - everything is spot on. The atmosphere in the image is very capturing - almost like a dream.
I really like it!


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