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Thurlestone Rock

Thurlestone Rock
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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: 2008-01-19
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV & Cokin Grad
Exposure: f/18.0, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-01-20 12:49
Viewed: 3245
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This is Thurlestone Rock, a stone arch that sits near the shores of Thurlestone beach on the south Devon coast.
The weather was pretty poor once again, so the light was a bit flat and we wandered along in thick drizzle and howling wind for most of the time. This spot is about as close as i could get to this rock arch, as the tide was high and the wind driven waves pretty big. Nevertheless it's a spectacular and very rugged stretch of coastline, so it was great to just be out exploring it in moody conditions.

Thanks for looking

Miss_Piggy, nglen, Jamesp, eqshannon, Royaldevon, Patleboss, dejo, Adanac, anel, Heaven, vanderschelden, horia, SelenE, Juyona, NinaM has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-20 12:58]

Hi Paul. Been of out again for the weekend. We must be going to get some bright weather soon !!!.
I like the wild look you have captured in this one. with the earth colour tones in the rocks. a good focal point in the rock out to sea with the hole in the midle.this must have been a time you got your feet wet. well done TFS.

Hallo Paul
A beautiful sight of Thurlestone Rock. Beautiful movement of the water, and a wonderful capture of stormy and busy waters. I like the rock at the far end of the sea. Another fantastic seascape, with great camera work even in windy and miserable conditions. A image that clearly shows the moody weather conditions. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi Paul,

Nice picture and good sharpness.
It's a pity that the photo is taken in cloudy wheater, so the grey air.
@ years a go i was in Bournemouth in Dorset and visit also Cornwall and Wiltshire.
Englang is a beautiful country and i will come again there.

Regards Gert

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-20 13:19]

Hi Paul

Great composition with great exposure and tone. Well seen.


Off to bed soon - just got back from Japan.

Ahhh yea Olde Englishman, trying to make excuses for the weather...it looks like a balmy day..perhaps for being inside and tipping a pint or two!:-) A wonderful representation of old man weather. It feels damp and cold..which is probably what is is/was....very good...

Hello Paul,

You're right! The weather has been pretty awful! However, with a great eye and good skill, you have managed to turn a grey scene into one which is exciting, rugged, swirling and a real battle between the sea and the rocks! Great!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Paul,
again a splendid deascape perfectly composed with a wonderfull point of view and excellent management,

beautiful landscape composition
the exposure time add nice effect with interestint patterns

Hi Paul,
Despite this "flat" lightning you managed to capture a great mood is this picture. We can almost feel the cold and humidity. POV and composition are as usual superb with excellent choice of exposure! This stone reminds me of Le Rocher Percé in Quebec which is a famous tourist’s attraction. I didn't know that there was similar stone somewhere else in the world :) Thanks,

Fotografía fría y dura, que refleja perfectamente el ambiente: sobresaliente.
Buenas tonalidades.
Saludos Paul.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-21 0:48]

Hi Paul,
nice scene, very dramatic landscape capture, nicelly frozen waves & great details
nice work
best regards, Dejan

Hi Paul
It looks dangerous. Amazing colours and interesting texture made by the waves. As always very good job
Best wishes

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-01-21 1:21]

Moody picture. Nice composition and water, wonderful detatil on stones. Picture is not colourful, but it only strengthen the impression.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-01-21 1:21]

Hello Paul,
Excellent point of view and very beautiful fine colors. A picture full of atmospere. A great thank

Hi Paul!

You are too busy: i was absent for only a few weeks, and you have posted so many "beauties" during that time! It's a pleasure to go through your gallery and to discover your pictures. You have your style, and I can feel how close to nature you are! I like this last picture very much. The unity of the color tones is amazing, and the low point of view leads us straight into the picture.

Kind regards


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-21 2:31]

The weather is really horrible at the moment :-(
It's been raining so much here that the river has flooded just as bad as last year!
Perfect exposure here showing the sheer power of the sea by adding that bit of blur. All the swirling wirling patterns are awesome!
Superb composition placing the distant arch in the perfect place so that the eye is instantly drawn to it.
Natural colours and great soft lighting.
Very moody image... and weather!
Well done Paul!

Wonderful image again, Paul.
Excellent compo, colours and sharpness. Tour long shutter speed is very effective; the sea is displayed everything but boring.
I like the way you 'placed' the rocks as well.
Well done

Hi Paul

I see what you mean, my friend...pretty flat light indeed.
But, as a great saying goes: a missed experiment is never a failure...it can always serve as a counter-example :)
In other words: i don't know the direction this view is facing at, but i don't think it actually matters; on a nice sunrise/sunset you can be sure that from this point you'll be able to get a postcard view :)

Other than that, i like your FG elements here and the composition you chose here. The Thurlestone Rock, although in the far distance, stands out nicely and contrast well with the washed out sky around it.

Being a picture with such a sky, i couldn't help trying to convert it to b&w. I posted a workshop with the result (after playing with the levels and curves for about 5 minutes...no more). It's hardly any improvement, just a different point of view.
Anyway, a very nice post!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Paul

Great rocks and very well captured; composition is outstanding. Nice long exposure and crisp details. A brilliant seascape.



This is a dreamy mystical landscape that you have dragged me into. It reminds me of a scene from Lord of the Rings... maybe I will start calling you " Lord of the Landscapes ".
Ta Ta for now. : )))

Hello Paul
The currant bun failed to make an appearance as predicted but in a way Im pleased...I say that because here you have captured a stunning seascape showing the true rugged nature of the coastline in conditions where most would be reaching for the remote control...This to me is one of your best to date..Great work.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-21 4:18]

Hi Paul,
Wild and a beautiful seascape. POV and composition look very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-21 6:51]

Hi Paul,
You Brits and your underestimations, your moody conditions are my NASTY conditions, like Ernest Shackelton was out for a small adventure. What a wonderous result in your image with atmosphere galour. Superb job my friend, how do you keep your camera dry?

Hello Paul,
Well captured of the whole coast in a good low pov!
very good clarity even with a flat light and a great focal point!
very good fg perspective to view the far distance of the Thurlestone Rock!
well done
many thanks for sharing

Hi mate,

Just a quickie - got to go rescue my other half who's stranded by flood-hit train services! But this is a great moody shot - love it, great work as ever!

Cheers, Doug

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-21 14:58]

Hola amigo,
preciosa vista,
detalles, tonos y ambiente...
hermoso pov y dof...

Hi Paul,

I really like the way this picture hangs together and with all that you have going on - the movement in the water, the rocks in the foreground and the outcrop on the horizon, you eye is taken right to where you want it - Thunderstone Rock. Great example of composition.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-23 8:06]

Hi Paul, this is another beautiful shot of yours, with almost no colours, in fact, very close to sepia. Yets it holds details and movement and the arch at the background is splendid. I love how you managed to let out eyes flirt with the waves and rocks before getting there. Superb composition. Thank you!


Hello Paul,
I have seen different images with the rock seen from different angles but this is the first where it actually is in the background, interesting!
Strong foreground interest creates effectively a sense of depth, and the lack of colours tell the story of the season...
Pablo -

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