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Prehistoric Processes

Prehistoric Processes
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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: 2007-08-25
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/16, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): lovely landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-28 11:12
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On Saturday, some friends and i decided that a trip to one of our favourite climbing and hiking locations, Dartmoor, was in order as it has been a while since we last visited.
Usually, this involves donning waterproofs and taking a compass as the weather here is often a combination of thick fog or driving rain. However, on this occasion the sun was out in full force and we had the rare opportunty to see for miles.
This outcrop of granite has no particular name or significance, unlike it's much more well known nearby neighbour, Haytor.

a brief explanation is below as to how these strange but very aesthetically pleasing formations came into being...

Millions of years ago magma created deep-seated dome batholiths which over time were revealed to the atmosphere and allowed for weathering to break down its composition forming tors.
Tors are composed usually of granite. Tors can also be found around any previously erupted volcanoes (although Devonian and Carboniferous outcrops are also found), though occasionally of other hard rocks such as quartzite, and are the result of millions of years of weathering.
In prehistoric times, when the land was covered in forest, rain water seeped into the ground and gradually weathered the bedrock through its natural cracks, or joints. Once the land became exposed, the weathering was accelerated, particularly during the Ice Age when freezing water expanded in the cracks. The result can be seen today in dramatic rock formations.

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

thanks for looking..

extramundi, gracious, mlines, Evelynn, anel, gannu, Silke, Argus, hester, uleko, marhowie, cicindela, Adanac has marked this note useful
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Hello Paul,
You show England very well through your lens.
The wide angle generates a mood which is almost mythically; I'm thinking Tolkien.
Well done

Hi Paul,
Great landscape shot with lovely composition and spectacular sky .


Hello Paul,
Great composition of this mountain landscape!
good sense of depth, pov, beautiful colour and details
the clouds are well captured without OE!
very well done on this one indeed!
my compliment

Beautiful wide angle in this landscape and very interesting note.
Thanks and regards, Felipe.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-28 11:48]

Beautiful landscape! Nice color, detail, interesting sky

Hi Paul,great lendscape with wonderful colors and great sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Paul,

Great composition of this mountain landscape and what a lovely colours. A perfect POV. Interesting notos. Just what vanderschelden said. You have created a mood which is (in my opnion) mythically. Regards and TFS Bob

Very nice wide good sharp detail nice light and contrast tfs rgds Necip

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-08-28 15:06]

HiPaul. It is very good to see some of this sort of images along with an excellent note about it. Good clarity and well presented. TFS. Murray.

Our favorite lens didn't let you down. The amazing depth of focus is beautiful here. It's a perfectly exposed image. I like the nicely saturated natural color and the asymmetrical but balanced composition.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-29 0:24]

Hi Paul,
Wonderful landscape with amazing rock formations. Very weird looking structure fmred from the processes of nature. The blue sky with the woolly clouds and the green plains looks majestic. Excellent POV to portray this charming atmosphere and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-29 1:31]

Hi Paul,
I love Devon sooooo much.
My Dad was born there and I've often gone.
I have to congratulate you for capturing Devon and other parts of south Britain exceptionally well.
Another sperb capture.
Very sharp with a superb compsoition.
Well taken.
Well done,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-29 2:25]

Hello Paul,
Very interesting picture. This natural rock-formation looks almost like an antic altar. Nature thanks god itself! Very beautiful cloud-formations too. Excellent point of view chosen with the sight on this flat landscape.
Best regards

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2007-08-29 2:48]

hello paul, perfectly saturated colours and focus. Excellent composition with clouds and rock formation. nice one.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-29 4:22]

Paul, Lovely landscape. I really like the blue sky on the BG against this hard rock. Great and thanks for sharing. Ganesh

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-29 4:57]

Superb notes on the development of the tors, Paul! I visited a bit of Dartmoor in 1972 (an easy day trip from Plymouth) and was mystified at the time, so your notes are really appreciated.
Truly wonderful composition and colours with superb details

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-29 9:41]

Hello Paul,
Once again a very well composed landscape. The placing of the tor rock on the left, its shape and the cloud formations lead the eye to gaze across the image towards the right, which makes this pleasing to look at. The perspective helped by the wide angle lens also leads the eye in the same way.
Thanks for sharing this,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-29 10:38]

Hello Paul,
Another very beautiful landscape! Lovely colors
Well composed and great POV, the sky is also
very vivid, the rock formation looks like a
cerimonial altar


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-29 12:45]

Hi Paul

It looks like you had some great weather, lovely blue sky. I love the rock formation. Nicely framed



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-29 19:54]

Hello Paul

A wonderful view ,just like Roger Daltrey says,"I can see for miles and miles".I love the saturation of the blue sky and the white puffy clouds.The wide angle really produces a sense of vastness and open space.Wonderful focus and sharpness.TFS


Hi Paul,
I have just visited your gallery, there are many splendid landscapes, always a very nice composition, a true one delight for eyes,
a great cheer,

Hi Paul,
I envy you for living so close to so much beauty. Could we trade places for a year? :)
It is so great to read that this is a natural formation and not created in some celtic period. How surprising mother nature can be.
You created a wonderful composition with great details and an excellent exposure. The colors of the grass and sky are superb. I am pleasantly surprised about the soft shades since it seems to be taken with some difficult lighting. Love that vie into the distance as well.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-01 3:57]

Hello Paul,
Wonderful landscape shot very well exposed and in beautiful colours. Interesting rock formations and I like the semi-circular line of the clouds. Interesting note too!
Many thanks, Ullä

Hi Paul,
The composition works well, with the subject set against this crisp, deep blue clouded sky..You've maximized the CP/Grad filters for their full effect I see :)
Sharp detail, lovely color.
Very well done.

Hi great landscape
the composition is great and the colours are very good
very well done

Hi Paul,
At first I would like to say I am sorry, I believe that there is nothing nice in reading "I'm just marking..." but sometimes during a day I have only a few minutes to check TN gallery, so there is an ocasion to keep eyes for something interesting like your pictures :)
Ok, now something about the photo!
First - I like the composition, rock on the left side and wide panoramic view on the right side - very good idea and great final effect. Bravo also for professional control of filters (especially CP), clouds are perfectly exposed and bring more that more to the character of this image. DOF and colouration are also very nice, and the contrast vivid.
TFS and best regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-03 19:23]

Hello Paul,
Great landscape with unusual rock formation.
This image is very pleasing to the eye
Thanks for sharing , Cheers

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