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N, Irelandís tallest cliff

N, Irelandís tallest cliff
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-11-09
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm 1:3.5-4.5, Pro1 CP + Cokin grad P121
Exposure: f/16
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-30 17:29
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fair Head is one of the great headlands of Ireland, its sheer face rising some 600 feet above sea level, making it Northern Irelandís tallest cliff face. Its impressive profile can be seen from Ballycastle and many other points along the North Coast. The gentler slopes and wooded areas of Murlough Bay to the east provide a contrast to the starkness of Fair Head.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/1 sec
F-Stop: f/16.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 11/1 mm

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Muy bonita la foto, perfecta.

A joy to look at Stephen (like always :)
It is wonderful this way, but I would not mind to see it in colour too.
The choice of the f value is just perfect for this composition, crisp clear from near to horizon. Exposure beautiful too. Thanks MF.

Hello Stephen!
Excelent seaside scene, with that atmosphere created with the mist.
I enjoy a lot your b/w post, getting the most of the ligth and shadows values.

Hi, Stephen. Great B&W with excellent tones and composition, love the f/ground and the atmosphere. Good work. Regards, Roy.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-01 5:03]

Hi Stephen

Another splendid coast shot from you!
I really like the usage of the black&white here - it gives a lot of drama and enhances the picture's atmosphere a lot.
Also the DOF is very impressive - you managed to get the sharpest possible details and textures in the FG rocks but still keep nice details to the grant cliff from the BG.
Also the overall look of the water is great and has a totaly different "feeling" in b&w.
Great work!
Bravo and TFS


A very dramatic, well composed pic that displays good composition, POV, Sharpness and detail.

Hi Steve,
A very stunning B/W photo with a beatiful view on the cliff. I am a bit confused, or maybe I am thinking too much. It looks like the sun is just behind the cliff, but your EXIF file indicates it is early morning. When I see the water on the right and since I know where this is, you must have been facing north-west. SO where was the sun?
Your POV and framing are awesome.

Wow, what an awesome picture ! I love the atmosphere of this picture. Composition and POV are truly splendid, with those rocks in the foregrounds and these beautiful cliffs in the BG. Black and whiote was an excellent choice here, it adds a dramatic feeling to the picture. Very well done !

This, of course, must be Stephen Emerson's work;-).
Good work!
Especially... as always.. the composition!

very niely done,
love the B&W,
tone and contrast are detailing,
silky water is awesome,
great job,


Excellent B&W Steve.
Perfect shot for it IMHO. Very nice FG detail and focus, with the tonal range perfect of this as I said..
Check out Rick Sammon's :)
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Stephen

Wow... perfect in B&W. Stunning shot as always. :-)

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-12-03 11:55]

The B&W brings out these great textures very well. Another interesting long exposure, too. Beauty!
You can get 11mm with stacked filters, eh? I think I can only get 12mm.

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  • regis Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13 W: 7 N: 100] (396)
  • [2006-12-04 9:33]

Hello Stephen

Stunning image. The composition here is great (I would however crop it a bit from the top) In my opinion it would look even better.
The B&W works great here - which conversion method did you use here ?

Nice b/w work. Looks likes a dream's image...almost unreal.

Composition is excellent and choice of low exposure time was perfect here, giving this blurry effect on water.

Ireland seems a paradise for photographers...

Thanks for sharing this.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-05 14:55]

Hi Stephen

This looks great in B&W. It certainly adds to the drama of the picture and the B&W tonal range is excellent. I love the vertical composition, the FG details, the light and the soft water



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