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The View from Above

The View from Above
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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: 2008-08-06
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV & Cokin Grad
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-12 2:22
Viewed: 3454
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

this is another shot looking west from the same area as my last post. Here you can see Soar Mill Cove from the surrounding cliffs above, as we continued on our journey eastwards along the undulating coastpath towards Salcombe. This part of Devon has some spectacular rugged coastline and offers some pretty demanding hiking. The top of the hill in the background marks where we started from.
Although it looks quite grim and moody here, about an hour later the sun was blazing and we were searching for shade!

A brief history about the make up of this part of the UK, from Devon County Councils 'Geology In Devon' site:

'Devon has a varied and ancient geology and as
you travel around the County this variety is
clearly reflected in the diverse landscape.
The uplands are dominated by the granite of
Dartmoor and the sandstones, slates and other
sedimentary rocks of Exmoor. The upland
character of both of these National Parks was
strongly influenced by a period of mountain
building caused by tectonic plate collision. The
nature of these rocks together with the climate
has created acidic soils that have helped to give
these areas their moorland nature.
In the central belt of the County between
Dartmoor and Exmoor the Culm Measures of
Carboniferous age, laid down between 354 to
290 million years ago, give rise to a characteristic
wet, acidic rushy and heathy grassland where the
rocks are rich in shale. However, when
sandstones predominate over shale the soil is
better drained and supports arable farming.
In contrast, limestone, the remains of countless
numbers of marine organisms, can be found in
areas along the south coast such as at Hope’s
Nose and Berry Head in Torbay. At the last
locality towering limestone cliffs now support
species-rich grassland and provide a home for the
largest breeding colony of guillemots on the
south coast of England. This limestone is one of
the oldest rocks in the County, being laid down
during the Devonian Period (417 to 354 million
years ago), a part of geological history named by
the Victorians after this very county.'

Handheld, shot in RAW, curves, + 4 saturation, converted to JPOEG, resized and sharpened..

Thanks for looking..

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-08-12 2:37]

Hello Paul,
We haven't here many landscapes and your is very beautiful, blue and white water and pretty coast with gentle light on it.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Paul,

Thats the summer 2008 in Europe. So it's raining cats and dogs and after a while you must searching for shade! But sometimes this is a very attractive weather Paul. Never the same (-:

Back to your photo. I love this seascape. A beautiful rugged coastline. Colorful. Almost every colour is present. Grey, green, blue etc etc.

Must be a very pleasant place to be there (not in a heavy storm) Thanks for sharing and TFS BOB

Good photo Paul - So much detail of different seasons captured in this photo. Well done.

Hello Paul,

It's so long since I was on holiday in Salcombe and as a teenager, I didn't really go looking for such beautiful places as this!

Despite the grey clouds (which actually add to the overall effect) you have created a beautiful photograph! The rich colours in the f/g gradually grade out on an almost perfect diagonal and are complemented on the left by the contrasting colours of greys and blues.
It is a very well composed and contrasted shot.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-12 5:15]

Hello Paul,
Well, without the dark and threatening clouds this image would not be the same! And it is a very dramatic capture in lovely colours. Excellent POV along the rugged coast with the little sheltered cove and the patchwork pattern in the landscape. I've been to Salcombe many times -it is a lovely area!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Paul,
Great capture of this familiar so beautiful landscape. I used to live in Devon for awhile. I still sometimes have the chance to enjoy the coastal path. Excellent composition, nice contrast and very beautiful natural colours.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-08-12 7:31]

Hi Paul,

A nice capture with nice colored layers,you have applied the right saturation to this seascape,tfs


Having lived on the rugged Northern California coast for 20 years, I can appreciate your words on how the ocean and the sky can change quickly. Sleeper waves were always a danger and the swells were 10-15 feet then add waves of 30 feet on top and you have one mighty power.

The dark mood is caught well by the good lens..and framed perfectly, encompassing a wide swath of land and sea with very neat slight tonal differences. This is a genuine kind of art..and I always enjoy seeing it.

Hallo Paul
This layered land and seascape is really something special and has bits and pieces of about everything. Clear blue sea in different shades of blue's in the water, green mountains up to far in the distance, almost moody clouds in the air and an arrangement of beautiful flowers in the foreground.Thanks for sharing, yet another piece of your paradise.
Kind regards.

Hi paul,

Dramatic cove shot with excellent POV.There are so many think to say on your image, from foreground to the horizon, detail to sky and feeling towards the nature......conclusion is wonderful seascape and great eye.TFS.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-12 9:17]

Hi Paul.
I like seascape so much as an inhabitant of seaside city. However, our landscapes are not so impressive. Thanks for your skill and so amazing presentation of your places. All is perfect at your shot, Bravo.

Hello Paul,
Very beautiful shot, with splendid saturated colours and good DOF. Very nice use of the grad filter. Very well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-12 12:15]

Hi Paul. Interesting notes on the area. You took this one from a good POV so we can see well out to sea and far in land as well. You have captured good movement and detail in the waves . A nice picture of the cove . rich colours in the sea and hills. well done TFS.

PS how do Fridays pictures look !!

Paul, my friend,
It is so nice to behold another one of your wide-angle masterpieces after my lengthy TN-fasting. The colours you provide are a certain balm to my tired eyes, thank you indeed!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-12 13:24]

Hi Paul

As i saw this photo and started reading the beginning of your note, i wanted to laugh and say: "another day like we had?"...but then i got to the part about the blazing sun...:(( Well, don't get me wrong, i'm happy you had sun that day, but why wasn't i saw lucky? :))

Anyway, this is a lovely view from the top and a great one to complete your former presentation of this place. It also looks like you had quite a hike, indeed :)

The picture itself is lovely. It has what i like to call "a lot of values" - meaning it has a vast chromatic palette, comprising different tones of cold and warm colors. This automatically implies that the white balance was very well set and that the general colors in the shot aren't artificially cooled or warmed by the artificial sensor.
Aside this, the perspective is lovely and has plenty of depth. This is definitely underlined by the wave lines that lead all the way into the horizon.
Farther more, the high POV has its advantage and you managed to compose it just right. Very well done in all aspects, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-12 16:09]

Hola Paul,
hermosa vista,
colorido de la vegetación...
el mar y las nubes, un conjunto
efectivo para esta bella postal,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-13 5:30]

Hello Paul, Excelent view and superb landscape. Brilliant lighting and great shot. I like the colors here. Ganesh

Bien captado el ambiente de tormenta Paul, con colores algo saturados pero que le quedan bien a ese paisaje. Gran profundidad y excelente primer plano. Buena luz.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

This is a real beauty Paul. All the subtle gradations of colors... the blues, the greens, the rusts and the saturation of them is really stunning. If I had to pick on something it would be that I feel like I'd like a bit more of the foreground rock and that rusty foliage. Also I feel (totally personal) that the heavy black border on top feels like it is pressing down on the image and sort of stifles that sweeping vista into the distance. Scroll this image up until the top border is the same as the side borders. What do you think. It's probably just me!!

Evelynn : )

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