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Stair Hole

Stair Hole
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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: 2009-05-29
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/20.0, 4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-01 11:55
Viewed: 5594
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

this is looking south/south east, out into the English channel from within the bowls of a geological formation called Stair Hole.
This strange, almost enclosed area of shore sits just west of Lulworth Cove. It's formation came about after the softer sedimentray rock that sat behind a promintory of harder Portland Limestone was washed away over thousands of years, leaving a large hole or dip in the earth.
At the far end of the shot here you can just see the Lulworth Crumple, a well known rock formation amongst geolgists that came about due to the African Tectonic Plate slowly colliding northwards into the Eurasion plate, causing the rock to fold or concertina like this.
It requires a good scramle down crumbling chalky slopes to get to, and this particular spot is a slippery, mostly submerged area in it's western end. Although i have been down here many times before, i had no idea that there was this tunnel in the rock until this occasion, so it was nice suprise to discover something new.

Thanks for looking, hope you like it..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-01 12:02]

Hi Paul. You seem to bring us a different picture from the same area . As you say in your notes somthing different for you as well to see the tunnel. I like the light on the rocks. amazing detail and colours. Once again i am not to sure about the water like this it looks to unreal for me. But you know i still like your work very much and await your book. Well done TFS.Nick..

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-06-01 12:46]

Hi Paul,
Beautiful scenery... Light, colors, textures and exposure handling are very good.
All the best,

This is wonderful, it seems almost like an impossible landscape here on Earth. Love the contrast of the sharp details of the water against the smooth water.

Amazing shot!! I love the colours and composition. The flow of the water in the direction of inclination of the rocks look beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-06-01 23:17]

Hi Paul,
Woooow...a majestic presentation of this so beautiful place. Outstanding colours and you have done an expert job here with slow shutter speed. Great view and great image where one's eyes gets fixed. Kudos.

Hi Paul,

Thanks again for a great shot, I've been to the Lulworth and Kimbridge areas, but never this one. Great colours, focus and dof. Like the slow speed setting giving the sense of everying thing has stopped for a moment. Love it thanks for sharing.

Regards Bill.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-06-02 6:19]

Cheers mate

Did the cliffs change or why do they seem smaller then when i was there? :)
Another wonderful capture from you form the amazing Stair Hole.
The long shutter effect is excellent and creates this lovely contrast between the water and rocks poking out of it.
The gradient in the sky is also beautiful and adds its tough to the overall great exposure.
Wonderful work, as always!

Bravo and TFS
PS: i hope this isn't your last post...as i've heard it could be...

Hi Paul,

This is classic landscape photography. You have a small aperture to get everything in focus, also to get the slow shutter speed, resulting in this very pleasant image. Well done.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-05 5:23]

Hi Paul.
You have found an amazing place for shooting. Construction from rocks are impressive at highest range. As usual for your works details are razor sharp across the image, freezing of the water is magical. Bravo. Stunning shot.

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