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Dunkery Beacon

Dunkery Beacon
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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: 2008-07-19
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV & Cokin Grad
Exposure: f/16, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Peace and Love, Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-21 1:24
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Points: 46
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Hope you all had a good weekend, we finally saw some sunshine!
This is the view North from the top of Dunkery Beacon, which at 1,704ft high (or 519m for those who prefer the metric system!), is the highest point on Exmoor National Park and also that of the county of Somerset.
In the distance here you can see the Severn Estuary and just beyond on the other side the south coast of Wales.
Exmoor is an upland of sedimentary rocks classified as 'gritstones, sandstones, slate, shale and limestone, siltstones and mudstones' depending on the particle size. They are largely from the Devonian and early Carboniferous periods (the name Devonian comes from Devon, as rocks of that age were first studied and described here).
As this area was just south of the huge ice sheet that once straddled most of the Northern Hempishere in the last ice age, this area is a landscape that has changed very little for hundreds of thousands of years, save for the superficial exploitation of agriculture of course.

As with most upland or moorland areas in the UK, Exmoor has it's own story of a mysterious animal at large amongst it's deep valleys and rolling hills.
This, the 'Beast Of Exmoor', is allegedly a feral Big Cat (or ABC - Alien Big Cat) which has escaped or was released from illegal private ownership, and is thought by most to be a Puma or similar predatory creature. No sign of it on this occasion though.

shot in RAW, a tweak of curves, converted to resized, converted to JPEG and then sharpened

Thanks for looking..

Miss_Piggy, haraprasan, cataclysta, eqshannon, Silke, vanderschelden, uleko, NinaM, bobcat08, SelenE, gracious, CeltickRanger, goldyrs, Heaven, anel has marked this note useful
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Hallo Paul
Looking at your image a certain movie's title came to mind. "How green was my valley". I have never seen it, nor do I know what's it about, but just thought this must be a description of it. Absolutely stunning and a wonderful view. I wish I could be there. Sitting at the edge of the mountain, gazing into the far distance. Oh how wonderful would it be? Breathing the fresh air, smelling the fresh breeze. Oh how absolutely peaceful this view is from my screen, and I envy you for being there taking this lovely photograph.

This is a beautiful landscape and splendid view you shared with us. There are such a lot of lovely features in this one image to appreciate. A beautiful display of colour and detail of the elements of nature all in one. Blue sky, white clouds, green fields and to me the main subject the beautiful way how one can see into the very far distance.It was an absolute delight to look at this great scenery.
Best regards.

Hi Paul
Great depth of view. Beautiful sky A great place to see. I think that Bob would say that this is wilderness
Best wishes

Hi Paul.

Many a times i think seeing to the wallpaper of Windows Xp,That is it possible to get a picture like that.Your this one gives me confidence that yes it is possible.
Great Picture.


Hi Paul,

Amazing landscape shot.I wish, i can stand on the shaded grass.TFS


There are some similarities between this long, deep landscape...as to my Palouse. The hills are not as mountains as such and the rolling nature of the geology is intriguing. Your camera and good practice with seascapes, have given a superior tonal change quality to the image and colours perfectly saturated add in a synergistic way! Very cool image for sure...Had I room I would add it to fav's..I do have alternatives for my sake!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-07-21 8:28]
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Wow, wow, wow, Wow, Wow!
Stunning colours! Superb composition, Breathtaking PoV -- this is truly grand work

Hello Paul,
Beautiful. You got these cloud shadows as well.
The foreground is absolutely working as well.
Well done

hello paul,

how do you manage shooting such lovely landscapes, forget the technicalities i am surpriesed how do you reach to so many lovely locations & that too on times which are best suitable for landscapes,

You have done a great job and my appreciation has gony manyfolds since i used a wide angle,

This is another gem from you, i loved the colors and the way you have composed this shot, nice lighting and the blue sky with clouds look so beautiful,

excellent work and keep it up,

tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-21 11:29]

Hello Paul,
Lovely view across Exmoor towards a patchwork of fields and the Somerset coast. Excellent DOF, beautiful colours and I like the cumulus clouds sailing by!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

I see you are making good use of the light and scenery to produce a classic landscape... The colour to the sky is wonderfully rich, sharp white clouds, and great reflections on the rolling hills... very nice!! regards h

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-07-21 12:43]

That landscape is breathtaking, Paul, I'm a fan of your landscapes! It is original, unlike the ones we are used to see, probably because of the wide angle and the unimaginable sharpness throughout the frame. Looking at it makes me feel like an eagle! That is landscape photography!


Hallo Paul,

A perfect view over the hills. Colorful, very nice contrast over the hills. Shadows from clouds, lighter- and darkerparts in the fields. Blue sky with beautiful clouds. I'm agree with the words of Miss Piggy. She says it in beautiful words.

Thanks for sharing. Greetings Bob

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-21 13:56]

Hi Paul,

You got an eye for landscapes...

You have the ability to turn ordinary landscapes to extraordinary ones with your choice of composition and the way you use the light... I would personally never think of photographing this place...

Colors, layers, POV, DOF and details look very good. TFS
All the best,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-21 14:32]

Hi Paul

A lovely composition with excellent DOF and colours. Exmoor is probably my favourite National Park - the walk along the coast from Countisbury and back over the moor is stunning.


Hello Paul,
Beautiful landscape well captured and composed!
great pov with huge depth and nice focal point here!
colour contrast is perfect with lots of details across the land
well done
sincere regards

hello Paul

WOW ! what a splendid mountain landscape shot,
i love the very wide open angle, great colour tones
and great contrast betweent the ground's colour tones
and the sky's colour tones, TFS


Sorry you missed the "Beast of Exmoor"... you were looking for it weren't you? Perhaps it is best that you missed it!!!
I like the contrast in your photo and the rich colors and great depth of focus. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Hey Bro,
I almost missed this one;)
This is soooo your shot, et so different, if you know what I mean...It bears your signature all over, yet it's so different...
I love this one, bro, can't find a flaw with it.......

Hi Paul!

This is a very beautiful landscape! I like the perspective and the depth of field very much. It gives us the impression of wideness. The colours and patterns of the smooth hills are superb. From my point of view the blue of the sky and the colour of the clouds are not natural. I don't know if it's the result of the filter or of the postprocessing. But the overall impression remains very pleasant.

Kind regards


Hi Paul,
This is just superb shot of the wonderful plains. Excellent composition and lovely colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-25 4:50]

hello Paul,
Somerset is one of my favourite regions of England and I'm so happy to see this marvellous landscape shown in magnificent light. Excellent composition and also interesting clouds throwing their shadows on the ground. Un grand merci pour cette belle image

Hi Paul,
An interesting purple hue in the sky part of this photo. I am not sure if it was your intention, but it does look nice. The wide open landscape matches the clouds perfect and give is a sence of real depth. I can imagine that walking here makes you forget all the stress from work.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-08-22 22:06]

great, almost imponderable! very nice feeling! tfs

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