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Bellever Tor

Bellever Tor
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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: 2007-12-09
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/10 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): lovely landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-09 11:46
Viewed: 3592
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

this is taken looking south west from near the summit of Bellever Tor, Dartmoor National Park. The weather on Dartmoor was quite intense this weekend, with 80mph gusts of wind mixed in with heavy rain and hail sweeping in from the North West.
Between the never ending fronts that rolled in all day, there was actually some nice light as the air was so clear, and i managed to get my camera out for the first and last time to take a few shots at this spot, where the lines in this granite formation drew my eye.

shot in RAW, adjusted curves, levels, converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened

Thanks for looking..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-09 11:50]

Hi Paul. Look as if the weekend was worth it . This is an excellent Landscape. You have used the light so well to give good warm colours. great detail in the clouds. well done TFS.
Nick.. we had rain all day yesterday with poor light today.


You have this "way" of making hard things look soft..and soft things looking hard...pretty unusal. I have no clue on how you do it...but it is in many of your pictures....I wonder if that is the way you see it..which means you have a certain developed talent...I guess...whatever it works out well.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-09 12:25]

Hi Paul, your landscape is amazing. I love the lines converging to the big mount of stones right at the one third upper right side. What a movement. Also, we see the clouds as if descending beneath those rocks and accentuating the effect. The hill that's in the shadow, at left, is beautiful and contrasts with the golden foreground. Congratulation Paul, it's not only the subject but the eye that sees it. Thank you!


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-12-09 12:37]

Very interesting light, nice composition, very good detail, great sky. I like it!

Hi Paul, fascinating landscape with splendid light and colors, great exposure, superb sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Paul,
good to see you, too. Thanks for the kind comments on my dragonfly shot. :-)
This photo is very impressive to me. It looks like the painting I think.
Fantastic and vivid colours with superb details and composition & POV are just perfect!!!
Also, I like this light and weather condition. :)
Well presented and TFS,
Warm regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-09 14:18]

Hello Paul,
Beautiful lighting and lines in this image with two distinct moods to it, the happiness in the sunny are and almost a forbodding it the dark background and sky.
Great job Paul, Cheers .

This looks like an HDR in PS but that may be just the efffect of a very low wintry sun. Great colors, nice composition.

Hi Paul,
As usual, this is breathtaking scenery from you. Colors, lightning, POV and exposure are outstanding! This is beautiful! Thanks,

Sensación de dinamismo en las nubes y de profundidad en general. Expléndidos contrastes
de luz. Interesante toma Paul.

Dear Paul,
Lovely landscape with the beautiful golden sunlight which I liked very much on your composition!
great pov with sharpness, good colouration and details
the texture and pattern on the rock just awesome!
well done and TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-09 19:33]

Hello Paul,
I don't have much time today because I have to study
for final exam tomorrow, but I had to stop by to congratulate
you for this excellent capture.. Very well done


Splendide photo Paul,
quelle lumière extraordinaire, j'aime beaucoup l'effet D sur cette composition, vraiment du très bon travail,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-12-09 23:19]

Hi Paul!

This is PaulH at his best! Dramatic, vivid, emotional. A very moving description of an authentic landscape.

Thanks for this, Paul!

Kind regards


A beauty, Paul!
Light, depth, compo! No discussion: great work!

I don't know what else to say I didn't on your previous shots, but can't leave it without words either.
So a very nice light-shadow game within the rocks and in the whole landscape too. A perfect catch of light! TFS!

Best regards,

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-10 2:59]

Hi Paul, another magnificent shot and well done for catching the light in such turbulent weather, it must have been fierce out there in the open. The light is acturally very effective, soft and low. The granite is nicely lit with good texture and contrast, with the dramatic skyscape as a background. Always clean and sharp and very well composed. Very nice work.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-10 3:09]

Hi Paul,
you got some excellent weather down there!
It has been raining all day here :(
Fantastic image.
Superb composition.
Great lighting and vibrent colours.
Very sharp with good clarity.
Well done mate.

hello paul,
another of your fine landscape shots, i liked the effct of the light here, beautiful colours, excellent pov and the composition,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Paul,
The weather conditions have produced some interesing light & shadows..Very good details, colors, and POV in this comp. The focal point of the exposed granite layers, and this dramatic sky, make it work well :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-10 8:43]

Hi Paul.
Great job and perfect PP. Stunning scene, tremendous lights and darks, exclusive DOF and razor sharpness of the entire image. POV and composition cannot be better too. Bravo. My compliments.

Hi Paul,
No ocean? What's up with that? Just kidding, I am actually glad to see another photo from the inlands. It shows that your part of the world also has a stunning back country.
I do have to mention that I am a bit baffled by the extreem drop of in sharpness near the corners of the photo. I didn't know that it would be this huge at F9 with the sigma lens. But I do think the photo could use some overall sharpness.
I do like the composition and the wonderfully shaped rock and how the light has illuminated the landscape. That sky is really stunning and has some really nice colors and patterns.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-12-10 14:20]

Stunning light, wonderful contrasts -- not a fobidding place at all!

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  • Norte Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 45] (184)
  • [2007-12-10 15:46]

You are really the master of wide angle shots!
Fantastic "spotlight" on the FG, very warm fine colors.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-10 21:48]

Hi Paul,
Just marking this wonderful shot from you and will be back later with a proper critique.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-11 6:44]

Hello Paul,
I've never been to Dartmoor but from books and films I've got the impression of it always being covered by cloud and mist! At least you've brought in some sunshine here too! And it is a wonderful shot with the sun lighting up those interesting weather-beaten rocks. I like the distant hills and the ominous clouds. Very well composed.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-11 12:09]

This seems taken in the land of Tolkien! What I like most in your pictures is that you always capture the most beautiful landscapes with the most beautiful sunlight, even when the sky is clouded!
You always capture the best of a place. What a gift!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-12 1:17]

Hello Paul,
Very interesting light on this mysterious landscape. This area seems to bear a lot of old stories and appears even more dramatic with the shadow part in the back. Very interesting picture.
Thanks a lot. Salutations

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-13 1:07]

Espléndidas montañas,
pintadas con el eterno verde...
la iluminación y la original formación rocosa,
hacen un bello cuadro,
saludos Paul.

raw shot that paul..i can feel the cut in the air
your foreground tells me it wasnt all that bad..
the rings have come up well and remind me of my days trekking west penwith with my two dogs in tow..muffled and coated in waxcoat and heavy boots
main ingredient here is the sky and how it tells of intermittent sun and rain and its formation the speed of the wind
that dark patch over there is on its way so i guess you got the camera safely back into the rucksack.
tomorrow i am off to haigh near wigan for a christmas walk..and i dont want to see this..:)

Hello Paul,
This is a fine composition, and a beautiful landscape!
You capture here a kind of moment I love, that is dark clouds hanging over while a few sunbeams break through...
The situation is well framed, fine colours and a pleasant feeling of depth!
Pablo -

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-17 7:05]

Hello Paul,
I missed this impressive Dartmoor landscape shot!
The way you captured the lighting here is the key. The contrast between the sunlit grazed vegetation and the greys in the sky and BG hills makes the image striking. The POV and angle of the light on the frost-shattered granite adds impacts and is the focal point in this marvellous composition.
Well done and thanks,

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