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Cornish Return
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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: 2007-07-14
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/18.0, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): gondox's favorites - sunsets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-29 13:08
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Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Taking a dip back into my archives today, way back to July when although the weather wasn't that great this summer, at least the sun set late in the day and you had a chance of maybe seeing it.
So, this is Speke's Mill, a secluded spot on the North Cornish coast that has some great surf and a very rugged coastline to explore. It's one of those 'hard to get to spots' that i like the most, and is a great spot to wild camp at and avoid the crowds.
I've avoided posting it until now as i guess i've not been completely happy with the composition, finding the hill in the background too centrally placed as well as there being a slight lens flare on the left.
But, i do like the mood and the memories attached to when i was last here, so i thought i'd share it with you and hope you enjoy it too.

The weather here for the south of the UK this weekend is predicted as pretty wet and stormy again, but i am keeping my fingers crossed to be able to get out and get something new...i won't hold my breath though :o)

Thanks for looking

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2007-11-29 13:21]

What a landscape! Wonderful colors, fine details from the close stones to the sky in the back. Wide angle, wide aperture, wide palette of colors... One of the best landscapes I've seen!TFS


amazing light and colours, great moment well captured
excellent composition
good job !

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-29 13:45]

Hi .Just got home after a long day .so just to say this is a very good picture .full comments later.

Hi Paul,
A great landscape shot with amazing light and great composition.Fantastic colours too.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-29 14:52]

Hi Paul

Wonderful composition - I sort of see your point, but the sight lines created by the light reflected on the rocks overcome the central hill - in my opinion.


Hi Paul,
The centered hill doesn't bother me too much as it is the sunset that grabs the attention. The angled line of the hill and headland lead to the sunset. The light on the foreground rocks is glorious. The only thing that bothers me a bit is the over- saturating halo along the ridge top.

Evelynn : )

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  • Norte Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 45] (184)
  • [2007-11-29 16:04]

Good evening!
Very good shot with some incredible colors!
Perfect composition.
Thank you!

I understand your comments, but I still thyink this is a very nice shot. The light on the rocks is what makes it for me. TFS


hello paul,
what a fine capture, the setting sun has created beautiful colours, you have captured the light so well, the glow on the rocks looks beautiful, nice composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-29 21:11]

Hello Paul,
Impressive Sunset, the colors are very vivid and marvelous
Wonderful composition and great POV.. Well done


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-11-29 21:37]

Hi Paul!

It's a wonderful sunset, romantic and balm for the soul of a nature lover. I especially like the fact that you show us a sunset without the direct appearing of the sun. This is much more pleasant to me and underlines the effect of that great lighting. Your composition, as usual, is perfect.

Kind regards



This is a delight to wake up to. Note going to mince my words ... STUNNING. I would love to see into your treasure trove if this sort of shot is lurking away.
Hope you have a nice day, am up and out early to the Mendips, enjoy the office.


Very nicely done ... good colours and details

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-30 1:29]

Hello Paul,
Colors and light are eye catching... I liked the shape of those stones in the foreground,and the light of the setting sun shining on on them looks beautiful. Very good POV and composition. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-30 1:32]

Hello Paul,
astonishing shot of this amazing scene.
The sunlight is beautiful!
Wonderful colours aswell.
Great composition.
Superb sharpness and detail.
Great work mate.
Very well done,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-30 2:37]

hello Paul,
In general I'm not a great fan of sun set pictures, which easely look somehow kitsch. But the way you took your sunset is just amazing. What I like especially that you show in the foreground the reflection of the sun on the stones and the way the light is dispersed in your composition. A great bravo

Your gorgeous seascapes are a thing to behold...a thinking of beauty...a thing of summer and warmth as I sit in the snow laden western US and pretend I am at this location at this time...

Cheerful Regard

Hello Paul,
I would loved to stay on this place together with you as long as I can until the sun disappeared from the far horizon!
this is trully a great shot for any landscaper's wish to have, and you had done it perfectly!
super low pov with depth, awesome sunset colouration and perfect details!
my special compliment towards this one!
all the best

Hello Paul,

What a great capture. And what about the amazing light and colours. Soh, it is unbelievable that things like this can be happen in our nature. I found it a perfect composition. When I read the reactions from our members, I think that you too critical for yourself. But that doesn't matter, therefore you stay sharp (-: Sharp fine details and rich colours. As a last remark. CHAPEAU my friend. Have a nice weekend and TFS BOB

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-30 8:32]

Wow, This is amazing, Paul!
Well worth taking out of your archives to show us what a bit of Cornish coast can look like in a sunset.
Superb composition and perspectiveand despite the 1 sec exposure the waves look like sea waves. The different tones of reflected light on the cliffs and stones make this unique.
Thanks for sharing this and for your kind words on my 300th!
Best wishes, Ivan

Impressive landscape....gorgeous colours and details.. particularly like the rocks in the foreground...

WOW Paul, fascinating landscape with splendid exposure and great POW, beautiful composition with great light, superb colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hi paul
very very similar to cot valley and the view to cape cornwall...
excellent lighting and expostion of the rocks
the 1 sec hasnt done a lot for the dreamy effect you get on other shots but i appreciate the light was good and you used up your f capability
next time i get back to cornwall i will try to shoot cot valley beach as you have in the evening
will take the old slik with me

here is a link for cot valley

Hello Paul,
This is a breathtaking scenery! This lightning, POV, exposure, lightning and colors are stunning. As I have said before I think, you have a style on your own :) This is superb, congrats!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-30 23:09]

Hello Paul,
I think the composition is great, the shoreline cliffs lead us to that brilliant sunset. As for the glare I would have not noticed had you not pointed it out. This is and excellent image Paul and thanks for sharing.

Hello Paul,
Excellent light, lovely reflections off rocks and cliffs!
Effective low point of view creates a great feeling of depth in this fine composition...
Sharp fine details and rich colours!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-01 0:46]

Hi Paul,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will return with a proper critique later. Sorry, work pressure.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-03 7:11]

Impressive and astonishing landscape captured in the best of moments with those wonderful colors in the sky reflected on the rocks.
I love it!
Thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-04 9:05]

Hello Paul,
What a fabulous capture of this coastal landscape at sunset. The light and colours are
really amazing and I love the sweaping coastline and the cliffs catching the sunlight. The round pebbles in the foreground make such a lovely contrast too. Really outstanding work!
Thank you very much! Ulla

Hello Paul,
The light, the mood and yes...the compo is there.
Of course:-).
Well done

WOnderful shot! The golden rays look magical. Nice composition.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-08 9:09]

Hi Paul,

This is a magnifcent landscape. The colors, lighting, depth are incredible. My compliments.


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