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Chalk and Seas

Chalk and Seas
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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: Monera
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-13
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/16, 3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-07 9:57
Viewed: 2999
Points: 44
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I'm afraid i still don't have anything new to share with you all, due to the mainly grey and overcast weather we've had here recently, so another dip into my archives is necessary again. More rain and cloud are predicted for the weekend, so this situation is set to last a bit longer...roll on summer!

Anyway, this is the view south west from Old Harry Rocks and shows the chalk sea stacks that dot this patch of coast here.
Being sedimentary rock, they consist of millions of compressed tiny skeletons and shells of marine life that died and then fell to an ancient sea bed around 90 million years ago, in the Cretacious peroid. Water and wind erosion have since formed these impressive formations and they are quite famous here in Britain as a well known recognised landmark.

The stack on the left here is known as Little Pinnacle, Haystack, Turf Rickrock or the 'Wedge'. The sharper, pointy shaped one in the middle at the back is known as The Pinnacle.

At the turn of the 19th century it appears Peregrine Falcons once nested in a hole at the top of the Pinnacle. In the words of Thomas Hardy (1910):

"Agglestone Rock has been the habitation of a pair of penegrine falcons for ages back. They rest and hunt there, but build their nest and rear their young on the top of Pinnacle Rock, near Old Harry. Their nest is artfully concealed in a hole in the summit, which has an opening at both ends, through one of which they enter, emerge at the other, the nest being most skilfully concealed from all nest seekers or destroyers of their own or any other species. The reason why these birds can be so seldom seen is because of their wonderful keen sight, for as soon as the "man with the gun" is observed at the most distant range, the birds swoop down from their aerial abode and wind their flight to their retreat to the Agglestone or some other isolated spot, long before the eye of the fowler has detected them. This pair of falcons is one of the five pairs known to reside on the Dorset coast, the abodes of the others being Blacker's Hole, St. Alban's Head, Whitenose and Portland. Another remarkably interesting point is that, if one of the birds is killed, the survivor makes off to Scotland to procure another mate, and returns with it again to its former haunts.'

I know that Peregrine Falcons have returned to the Dorset Coast in more recent years (i have seen them hunting in a few places) but i've never seen any here unfortunately...hopefully they might return one day!

Shot in RAW, adjusted curves,increased saturation + 4, converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened.

Thanks for looking and have a good weekend..

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Hello my friend Paul,
Much appreciated again for sharing this stunning landscape with us!
A true beauty in the fg interest with awesome colour! and a superb view of the coast!
my compliment to your excellent work!
have a great weekend, Paul!

great image, I really like the perspective, the way the sky changes colour as the picture recedes to the horizon...

Hi Paul
I would like to see more shots from the archives ;-) Especially shots like these one. Unusual POV (two see shores on one shot), great depth of view.
I like it very much

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-07 10:13]
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Hi Paul

This is again a simply fantastic shot from your archives...it just goes to show that with a bit of luck in weather, on an outing you can really take lots and lots of great photos in this area and you have so many that a photo such as this would end up "sitting" for 4 months :)
I hope to be as fruitful, too :)

The view here is just breathtaking and the way you've composed it is brilliant!
The vertical chalk rocks in the distance look great but they needed an anchor in the FG...you managed to find just the perfect thing! Both the main plant towards the right, but, i would dare to say, the one on the left (the vivid one), too are exceptional elements here and really add some more contrast in an area that would have otherwise lacked some.
The result is really really beautiful...handled like a PRO!
Superb work, my friend!


Wow, gorgeous Paul! I love the rich color and dynamic composition. Great shot of a beautiful place. Well done, tfs Richard

Hello Paul me old mucker!
Now what can I say about this that needs words....You had a really flat calm day and made the most of it with the FG tight and not a hint of movement with your 3 sec exposure...Little point in me saying much else just to thank you for sharing yet another stunner!!
And the weather does look a bit off this weekend...there goes my plans and yours!!
Top Post and a good weekwnd to you Mr Haynes.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-07 13:05]

Hi Paul

Another exquistite composition, combining a great POV, razor sharp focus and excellent exposure. Great posting.



PS I think you have got some sea kale in the foreground - it is not that common.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-07 14:57]

What great colours, Paul, it is striking! The purplish blue on top of the frame coming down gently to that illuminated gold is fantastic! I like that cabbage-like plant at the foreground. It is beautifully captured, great pov and the white cliffs are magnifiques! And great notes. Thanks again,


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-07 15:00]

maravilloso pov,
sensacional trabajo.
colores y fg. detalles excelentes,
saludos amigo.

A highly contrasted image from fore to aft....There is a particular quality and difference in this one as the background is larger but the smaller and brighter could be anything one wanted to sell ...and in this case it highlights the herbs and stuff...A very neat notion...

hello paul,
i liked the way you have composed this shot, the colours are lovely and the lighting is fine, precise dof, very nice pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-07 20:35]

Hello Mate,
Now this is phenomenal, wow what a beautiful scene you captured superbly here Paul, simply fantastic, thanks.

An eye-pleasing land/seascape Paul, the vegetation in the foreground create a great feeling of depth my friend, TFS and cheers,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-08 3:40]

Hey Paul,
what a superb image!
The plant in the FG is very nice!
Vibrent colours and great lighting.
Excellent composition as well.
Stunning work mate.

Hello Paul,

This shot really is just amazing!
Bright interesting f/g, and then that breathtaking leap into the calm ocean flanked by sheer limestone cliffs, and overlooked by a soft purple sky!
Just wonderful!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Paul

Really a breathtaking shot, I know that UK coasts are amazing places for photography but framing and composition and exposure are sometimes hard to correctly decide. You did it perfectly. Well done

Hi Paul,
This is so beautiful! What an excellent composition. I like this plant in foreground, tones of colors and outstanding exposure. This looks like a painting, great shot!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-09 10:14]

Paul, Superb shot and what a superb landscape. Great clarity. Ganesh

Hello Paul,
The impressive white cliffs are well captured here!
Effective point of view, an the foreground is simply lovely with the variety of plants...
An awesome composition with a fine sense of depth, attractive colours!
Pablo -

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-11 20:12]

Hello Paul

Another WOW shot.These are so beautiful.This shot has wonderful clarity.
The lighting and colours are excellent.
What a beautiful composition.
These places are truly amazing.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-12 7:18]

Hi Paul.
I have watched your landscape pictures with my wife and she has shared my delight. This one is so wonderful as others. I like wonderful combination of absolutely different object in the scene. Richly coloured vegetation, cold monumental rocks, boundless sea and fathomless sky. Superb framing, amazing POV and wonderful sharpness and coloure palette. My greetings and TFS.

Llevaba unos días ya sin ver tu galería, he estado por Italia unos días. Veo que esa costa de Dorset sigue dando buenos e inacabables frutos jeje. El ángulo alto bien, pero sobre todo ese excelente primer plano de flora local, contrastado su color efectivamente con el fondo.
El fondo un buen trabajo de luz y color.
Bonito trabajo.

J. Ignasi

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