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Ladram Bay

Ladram Bay
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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: 2007-12-30
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-30 10:23
Viewed: 3389
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

firstly may i apologise for not being around much in the past couple of weeks. The holiday season seems to have kept me quite busy and combined with poor weather for photography, i haven't had much time or anything of note to share. Hopefully this will change in the New Year!

So, this is Ladram Bay, right at the western extremity of what is known as the 'Jurassic Coast', where i went today in search of something inspiring to shoot. In truth, this area is actually formed during the relatively younger Triassic Period, which was 250-200 million years ago.
The Triassic period begins in the wake of the greatest mass extinction of all time. Only about 4 per cent of known species survive from the preceding Permian period.

The world at the time is a single land mass called Pangaea and what is now the Jurassic Coast lies at the arid centre of this super-continent. Mountains to the south and west are the source of huge rivers that wash stones across the area before their waters evaporate. The period is characterised by red-coloured sandstone and mud, which you can see in the Sea Stack here.

By the end of the period the continental plates had started to drift apart. There also emerge the dinosaurs, pterosaurs, marine reptiles and crocodiles, turtles and mammals. Many excellent specimens of large reptile have been found here, including the Devon Rhynasaur.

Unfortunately, as usual the bright sunny morning turned into a day of grey dullness...so the bright red sanstone here is a bit of a flat affair and not glowing in the winters sun as i had hoped. But, i drove for 3 hours to get here, so i am going to share something with you, even if it's not the best!

shot in RAW, curves, levels, increased saturation + 5 to add a bit of colour, resized and sharpened.

thanks for looking and a very, very Happy New Year to you all...

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Hello Paul
What a wonderful scene from Ladram Bay,
Perfect composition,exposure and POV,
Superb shot.

Best wishes for 2008

The one hole almost looks like a blow hole. We had those on the Pacific Coast...but only a fews...A nice image of the powerful water, done as only you do so well..even with low contrast. I think low contrast sets a mood...it is a seasonal thing for England don't ya know....Well done sir..and HNY to U!

Hi Paul!
This time extremely short comment because I had a lot of work before the end of this year. Fantastic capture with great details and colours (as always in your RAW presentations :>). Nice to read a note too (especially that I am starting to plan a trip in "this direction" :>).
All the best in new year for you and your family my Friend!
Friendly yours,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-30 10:37]

Hello Paul,
Another fantastic seascape, with great camera work. I like the low point of view on this one Paul, did you get wet? Thanks Paul and Happy New Year.

Hello Paul,
splendid move of water on this wonderfull composition,
I like very much point of view, splendid natural colors and excellent lighting,
cheer and have a wonderful St Sylvestre

Hello Paul,
Excellent place for photograph opportunity!
you had captured in perfect low pov with depth, sharpness, well saturated colouration and details in it
well done
best wishes and thanks for notes

As Rick has asked, I also wonder if you got wet to take this amazing shot :) This slow exposure makes this water looks so soft with superb movement. As usual, composition is breathtaking with those five elements and great DOF. This is very well done again; inspiring work. Thanks,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-30 12:12]

Thanks for this great pic from England,i like a lot the way to show the water..have a nice 2008,Luciano

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-30 12:54]

Hello Paul,
Wonderful capture of busy waters.. Great colors and details, superb sharpness and well composed image.. Very well done my friend, and Have a wonderful and blessed New Year.

Greetings from Arizona, Everton.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2007-12-30 13:39]

Hi Paul

What a great composition of this seascape. You tought me a lot with your note, so thank you!

Love the streaming water, and the sharp detailed rocks. Great PoV and colours

I wish you a happy new year!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-30 14:52]

Hi Paul,
Your choice of POV, and composition are very nice. Colors, exposure control and scenery look very good. TFS
Happy New Year :o)

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  • bizsu Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 6] (160)
  • [2007-12-30 17:27]

Hi Paul,
Beautiful photo. Good setting, beautiful colours. TFS. Happy New Year !
Regards, Zsú

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-31 3:11]

Hola amnigo,
precioso pov,
bella bahía y efectos magníficos.
Happy new Year,

Hi Paul

with what light was available you have still made for a very moody shot that clearly shows the weather the south has, and you have done better than most of us becuase I am using older photos from pre Christmas in the nice icy foggy period!

Love the foreground, the detail is excellent.


Hi Paul,
Thanks for the wishes. A beautiful capture and well presented. Excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-02 1:37]

Dear Paul
With this amazing and splendid shot of this beautiful seascape that you captured so stunningly I want to take the opportunity to thank you for all the great moments enjoying your marvellous pictures and your pleasant comments. I hope to keep enjoying with a lot more from you during the coming year.
Have a great Night and may 2008 will bring you great moments and lots of Happiness!!
With my best wishes


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-02 6:41]

Hello Paul, you have a great style ! That image is beautiful, very pro like ! The composition, exposure and technique are second to none and the long exposure is a winner ! Thanks !


Como es habitual en tus tomas, un excelente primer plano y unos buenos tonos de color en toda la toma. Sensación de profundidad y mucho dinamismo.
Buen trabajo.
Un saludo: J. Ignasi Tejedor

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-06 6:13]

Hi Paul.
Despite the cloudy weather you managed to create a so colorful impressive landscape picture. I like very nice low POV and framing with a lot of FG. Great reflection of water movement by long exposure tine. The small aperture value has given great DOF and excellent sharpness of the image. Bravo and best wishes. Excellent job.

Missed this one apparently...
Very good one indeed.
Depth, light and compo... and a photographer is satisfied.
Well done

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