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Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands
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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: 2008-04-19
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV & Cokin Grad
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-20 2:08
Viewed: 3466
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
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Hello Everyone,

I took a long planned trip to North Cornwall yesterday, in the probably naive hope of getting some surfing and photography done.
Unsuprisingly this turned out to be quite disappointing as both the waves and the light were flat and boring! We cruised around for a while along the coast between breaks, looking for anything that provide a decent ride but had to admit defeat in the end. So we got the boots and went for a big hike instead, ending up here, Saunton Sands. This is a massive beach, popular with Longboarders and Sand Sailers alike.
As you can see, the light was very poor and it was a real test to come back with anything worth sharing. Hopefully the simplicity of this shot works a little..

PP: Shot in RAW, touch of curves and some water specks cloned out, converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened

Thanks for looking, hope you've all had/are having a great weekend...

Jamesp, warnzy, eqshannon, horia, gerbilratz, Heaven, goldyrs, haraprasan, Adanac has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-20 2:29]

Hi Paul

A lovely composition - excellent DOF and great moody tones. I like the simple, bold elements here.

I spent yesterday looking for cranes in Norfolk - didn't find them, just got cold and wet!


Hi Paul,

I love the colours here with the warm yellows running into the cool blues. Great composition and it shows that you don't need much to create a great landscape. Beautiful.


Hello Paul,
Great composition and nice colours. Sand and water looks almost like a glass surface. Very well done!

us'n over here, US and Canadians of the west, are posting shots which either in nature or words indicate a late spring snow..and here is your image which looks as though, only in appearance, that one should have on their swim attire. The world of climatology is as fascinating as all of it's part. Very nicely done as you seem to do quite often in your seascapes and I have often as well referred to such...

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-04-20 8:00]
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Hi Paul

Simplicity definitely worked here, my friend! This is really great!
I think you did the best with the poor light you and, but on the brightside, the overcast sky made sure you had a superb color saturation for the wood and the sand in the FG.
The lines here and the composition are absolutely gorgeous!!!
Very good work, indeed.
...i had no idea you surfed :) Must be cool! ;)

Bravo, TFS and better luck next time for bigger waves :)

Hi Paul,
very beautiful landscape shot.
Great POV and colors.
TFS Tatjana

excellent composition, you handled the flat light quite well though, it actually looks quite moody

Hi Paul, this is almost abstract in it's execution. Serene, with a stunningly good perspective. Excellent foreground. fine work indeed. tfs

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-21 1:15]

Wow! What a stunning image!
The simplicity of it is exceptional!
Very clever FG interest and the reflection of the headland on the surf balances out the composition.
Great to hear you surf! I've never tried it before... just windsurfing... though I'm pretty rubbish at that anyway :-)
Very fine work, Paul!


Hi Paul!

Boring light? Hmm, I personally believe that these kind of light conditions are best for landscapes and seasides with an artistic aspect. If you want souvenirs or photographic subjects for postcards (do you remember?), then you need harsh contrast, deep blue sky and tons of polarizing filters... boring! But if you use indirect and diffuse light - as you did at best in this exemple - you get masterpieces like this one!


Kind regards


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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-04-21 11:07]

Hi Paul!

Were the lights poor but I find it in fact very interesting all together. You found smooth fg to fit the sky, and with the reflections and that single stick only breaking solid surfaces, simplicity does work really well! Imaging the fine material in the front brings details in the shot while does not ruin overall smoothness. Very well done against the bad conditions.

I also have the same situation all the time but with windsurfing waiting for wind, and I have the advantage of having the weekend house close to the shore that makes waiting pretty comfortable :) Still I think it's not much better after all going in and out of the house all day to check if anything changed...

Back to the picture, one more thing is the transitions helped by the reflection of the solid sky is very remarkable, something that would not have been so in better lights.

So TFS this wonderful image my friend!

Best regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-21 18:19]

Hello Paul,
Another superb landscape with excellent composition. I just simply amazed to see the subject is focussed differently. Ganesh

Paul,Bro,..If you ever plan on giving lessons on landscapes, please do count me in...
Goes right into my favs, as usual.

Hi Paul,
A beautiful capture of this lovely and colorful seascape. Excellent composition and nice hues of colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-04-22 10:14]

Hi Paul,
You cultivate the proverb, less is better.
Very simple, so all the attention goes to the shades of the wet sand. Perfect composition.
well done and TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-25 19:28]

Hello Paul,
The true test of a person is what they can do under adversity. Well in my opinion this is beautiful, placid and calm. the stick in the foreground causing a color change in the sand. As for the surfing opps Mother Nature wins.

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