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Lazy Days

Lazy Days
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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, 1/12 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-04 10:17
Viewed: 3364
Points: 68
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taking another dip into my archives again, this one is from a rare hot and sunny day during a hike last summer on Dartmoor. We stopped here for a quite some time to rest, mindful all the time of ticks and other nasties that lurk amongst the ferns and grass!
After extensive checking and rechecking of my various maps of this area i can only conclude that this valley has no name at all so i'm afraid i can't tell you what this area is called!
It sits on the more fertile and green outskirts of the southern half of the Moor near Haytor Vale and even retains some of the ancient woodland that used to cover this area before man cleared it a few thousand years ago.
If my memory serves me correctly, the spot from which i took this shot is in the middle of one of the many neolithic ruins that are found on Dartmoor. This loose rock that lays scattered around on the slopes of the granite Tors here is known locally as Clitter, and is a term that is used only here as far as i know.

Hope you enjoy the sunny view, won't be long until the the warmth returns hopefully.

Thanks for looking...

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Hallo Paul
This is such a refreshing scene. Looking at it makes me miss somebody I don't even know. An image I would print, frame and put it on my wall. This is really beautiful. There is just such a variety of colours to appreciate in this photo. The white clouds, the blue sky, the grey rocks, the green valley, the flowers in the distance and many more. This is a magic scene that has a calming effect on the eye. The landscape is really wonderful. Great sharpness and exposure. Lovely presentation. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi Paul
Depth of view is great. The sky is absolutely fantastic. I like everthing. Nothing to critique. Beautiful! I agree with Anna there is so many different colors on these shot

Hello Mr Haynes
This is a fantastic landscape..Youve captured light and shadows all over the scene which is very nicely broken up into the the fore, mid and back ground..No easy task.
The framing is spot on as are your use of filters.
Top Work and one that I would proudly display on my wall.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-04 11:16]

Hi Paul

What a beautiful late summer day! I miss them, too! And i sure hope that the warmth returns soon (it's been cold and rainy here for almost a week) :(
I like the landscape - and i mean the actual landscape here: just nice hills with little patches of forest here and there, rocks scattered in bit an all the slopes and lovely wild flowers everywhere...just a splendid place to walk in on such a nice day.
The great sun and the fluffy clouds really gave you a terrific summer mood and also made sure that every aspect of the frame here would be "entertaining" :)
Charming colors everywhere and a spot-on use of all those filters!
Wonderful work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Paul,

What a beautiful landscape and what a contrast between dark and lighter areas. Splendid. These stones on the right side are a nice contrast with the purple moor beside them. The undulating landscape happens very pleasant. The blue sky, clouds and the whole environment give me rests. That must be a perfect lazy day. Thanks for sharing. Greetings and TFS BOB

Hi Paul,
you have manage to get a very good deep here with sharp FG and BG.
Well composed with good details and lovely colours.
I like the compo a lot.
Well done.

Great landscape...wonderful colours and a fine composition...I see you use a Sigma 10-20...er...I just bought one!!

regards h

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-03-04 12:05]

Hi Paul!

This would be a place where I would like to have a rest, even a lazy day! Where I would walk around with my camera round the neck or have a picnic with my lovely wife. There are many beautiful spots like this one on our planet, but not many so well put on stage as yours.

Kind regards


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-04 12:14]

Hi Paul. Spring is nearly with use then the summer. Its going to be a good one this year you mark my words.
Your landscape from last summer looks 3D on my computer.I think the clouds play a part in this. great colours and deatil in the rocks. well done TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-04 12:22]

Hola Paul,
hermosa vista,
bellos colores y agradable pov...
excelentes nubes y cielo.
genial trabajo amigo, como siempre,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-04 12:39]

Hello Paul,
What a splendid colours in this landscape. Everything is so clear. You set it in a perfect composition with an excellent DOF. Fantastic sharpness.

Hi Paul,
What a beautiful colors in these great scenery.
Very good pov and depth in the picture, well done.
I was 2 years ago also in Dartmoor and Lands end.

Regards Gert

Interesante trabajo con el color Paul y una magnífica luz y composición. A la nitidez de los colores se unes esos potentes contrastes que dan un interés especial a esta toma. Un bello conjunto muy bien trabajado técnicamente.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-04 16:42]

Superb superb beautiful landscape, Paul, I love walking into it with my eyes! What a nice curve of a landscape. When I look at it, yes, we can tell it is an old place. The sky is fantastic and the hills roll one after the other one, it is so beautiful. Thank you!


I have been out most of the day...very big things happening here..a wonderful photo which deserves much attention...however I have little time and slow fingers! Lovely work Paul!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-04 22:47]

Hi Paul

Excellent composition - well thought out, with the main elements and light and dark areas well balanced. Having the small patch of purple just off centre makes the shot.

I know the term clitter - it actually refers to the noise that the rocks make when they rub together (also used for insect noise).


wow, Paul your landscapes are stunnig! This one is charming. you are killing me today, because its snowing here in Poland again.. I want that hot and sunny day!
I love this shot :-)

Hello Paul,
The cloudy sky and the varied light add attraction value to the image!
A well balanced composition with good foreground interest, a fine feeling of depth...
Lovely late summer colours!
Pablo -

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-05 1:08]

Magnificent image Paul!
The composition is exceptional!
I love the contrast between sunny land and shadowed land.
Excellent clarity and superb sharpness.
Vibrent colours.
Great note.
Well done mate.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2008-03-05 2:04]

Hi Paul, this is a wonderful scene of Dartmoor, such diversity and colour in the landscape with a wonderful pov, all topped off with the clear blue sky and fluffy clouds. The shot would make a lovely poster or calendar shot. Great light and good detail throughout. Wonderful composition.

excellent depth good one

Hello Paul,
Very good light and colours in your excellent wide angle photo.
Well done

hello paul,
another great shot, whenever i look at you postings i feel like leaving macros for sometime and go for landscape , i am planning to buy sigma 10-20 lens, what do you say about this lens,

this picture is so beautiful the colours are amazing, excellent pov, the white clouds in the blue sky look lovely with the shadows falling on earth,
excellent work,
tfs & regards

Hi Paul,

Have you really had your EOS400 and 10-20 since last summer?! Time does fly, seems like only a month or so ago you were posting your first shots with that combo!

Anyway, beautiful peaceful "nice" scene mate, I don't generally like that word "nice" too much - but it somehow really fits this shot - it's a real "ahhh" roll on summer type of shot!

The filters have made the most of that lovely sky - and your usual standards of composition etc apply!

Great work - TFS,

Hello friend Paul,
I loved this image very much!
a photo full of light and shadows displayed with well saturated colouration and details
a very pleasing composition and notes
well done

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-05 9:15]

Hi Paul

I love the light falling across the landscape. The colours and textures are very beautiful. Were there any sunny days last year :)



This is a nice wide angled shot with nice foreground elements and great depth. The clouds are nice and their cast shadows interesting.

Evelynn : )

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-05 23:15]

Paul, Yes this is really a superb scene as said by Miss. Piggy. Excellent lighting and lovely view. Ganesh

Hello Paul !
What a splendid picture you have here ! You have such a wonderful point of view on the valley from here, and I also like this gorgeous light that is shining on the hills, and the beautiful clouded sky, and the beautiful colors, and the composition of this stunning picture... Very well done !

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-06 2:30]

Hello Paul,
This is a lovely view across Dartmoor in late summer. Great DOF and a lovely patchwork of colours. Beautiful blue sky with cumulus clouds and a very fine composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-06 19:18]

Hello Paul,
Very nice capture, the colors and details are very nice


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-06 21:00]

Hello Paul

A beautiful vista.This shot is very well balanced and composed.
I like the rock on the right,and the flowering (sedums perhaps?) in the foreground.
Lovely rich ,well saturated colours.
Excellent focus and sharpness.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-07 0:28]

Hi Paul,
Wonderful landscape shot which looks like a painting. Lovely colours and sharp details. Superb light and shadow play and you have captured a charming scene and the refreshing ambience pretty well. Excellent DOF and chosen POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Paul.
I have made this shot my favorite but I could do it with any your stunning pictures. All is amazing. Pictured place is wonderful but skill of execution (I think) is more significant factor. Fantastic colours, lights and shadows, excellent reflection of space of the image. Transparency of the image, razor sharpness of all object are terrific. Bravo.

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