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Black Rock

Black 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: 2008-08-24
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, CP + ND grad
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/15 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-26 2:43
Viewed: 4330
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,

This is looking directly west towards Black Rock in Widemouth Bay, near Bude in North Cornwall. The waves come crashing in here unbroken straight off of the Atlantic, and it's another excellent stretch of coastline that offers alot to walkers, surfers, climbers and photographers alike.
I've just spent a few days camping out down in the West Country, and unfortunately this shot represents the 4 or so hours we had of sunshine during the entire stay there! During the evenings it rained hard along with howling winds, and this brief spell on Sunday was the only opportunity i had to get my camera out! I love moody and wild weather, but even i am now getting a little tired of the incessant cloud and rain.
We've not had a proper summer for 2 years now in the UK, last year was a wash out too...maybe this is a sign of Climate Change and the effects of man finally coming to bare...Butterflies in the UK are suffering and their numbers are crashing drastically, crops are failing everywhere, foreign species are migrating north from the continent and devasting indigenous creatures, seabird populations around our coasts are failing...it's like watching a car crash in slow motion...

shot in RAW, adjusted curves, reduced highlights a touch, converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened.

Thanks for looking...

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  • Loro Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 42] (557)
  • [2008-08-26 2:46]

Great job! Wrll done Paul.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-08-26 2:54]

Very good landscape photo, TFS!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-26 3:35]

Hello Paul,
A great composition of the Atlantic rollers and the rocks at Bude and a fine use of the lighting while you could make use of it.
Sorry to hear that you had a bad summer in the UK. Ours was not too bad but the drought in May decimated many butterfly species by withering their food plants, July was dry and since then it's been mixed with more rain these last two weeks.
Your note also applies here, sad to say. We have to consume and waste less but the world's economy depends on the opposite!
Many of us feel that's it's too late but something must be done by the world's leaders if there is to be hope: in the meantime the slow-motion crash continues....
We'll cheer ourselves up by photographing what's left!

Hi Paul!

Although I love weather like this, it sure is bad to have it all summer. It is sad to read this about the fauna around there, that there's already too many obvious signs of climate change. Regardless of that the picture is wonderful, and gives back some hope to see the inevitable power of nature in those waves.
Wonderful shot filled with real subject through notes, TFS!

Best regards,

Wow!! that is all I can say to this photo Paul.
Well done

Hi Paul.
Love the view into your image following this rock/reef line out with the waves coming towards you. Sort of makes you want to jump back out of the way so the gear does not get wet. Beautifully taken with great exposure, colour and detail.
Who would have thought looking at this image that you were having bad weather camped out.

Change is going on down under in little ole NZ as well, each year you are seeing things change.


kolejny przepiękny widok na Atlantyk. Niby sielski i spokojny ale już wyczuwa się to napięcie zwiastujące zmiany - w kolorze chmur na horyzoncie, w wietrze układającym fale...
Masz rację, zmiany klimatu dotykają cały glob ziemski, w Polsce też nie było "normalnego " sezonu letniego w ciągu kilku ostatnich lat. Albo upały dochodzące do 30 stopni Celsjusza lub powodzie i tornada niszczące wszystko na swej drodze.
...it's like watching a car crash in slow motion...
I agree
Best wishes and regards

Hi Paul!

When I see the wonderful red rocks in the foreground I feel like travelling to that place, knee down and take pictures of the shapes and patterns... Now, these rocks play an important rule in your picture, too!. They point to the main subject of the picture, the Black Rock. This is very well seen!

Kind regards


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-26 5:42]

Hello Paul,
Beautiful light and magnificent colours for this marvellous shot. Is a little bit in contrast to what you are writing.. Excellent point of view and composition, very beautiful shot indeed.
Un grand merci

Hallo Paul
This is just another wonder of the Creation and indeed a beautiful seascape. A striking and stunning scene. I am sure you enjoyed photographing it, as much as I have observing it. I can imagine the awesome feeling you had being so close to such splendid view. I have many times admired scenes like this one, paging through books. A beautiful atmosphere is captured. Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy your day.

bonjour paul
ah l'ocean!!!
il offre vraiment de jolies oportunité.voila encore une image splendide.

Hi Paul,
Great DOF and clarity in this shot.
The filter makes the sky look a little too blue though I feel.
Its a beautiful image though,very well seen and captured.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-26 7:38]

hi paul,
excellent use of your equipment and your talents too. tfs.

Hello Paul,
As always a very good photograph. You must be quite satisfied about that Sigma zoom.
I like the way you managed depth or 3D in your work through these extraordinary foreground rocks leading to the little 'mountain' in the background. Subtle clouds as well.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-26 7:59]

Hello Paul,
The weather conditions don't seem to affect your splendid photography but I sympathize with you as we can 'boast' having had a 'hot'summer. It's all weird! I studied Alternative Technology at the Open University in 1978, then one felt hopeful about change, but now I've given up, humans are soooo greedy!!
Anyway, great capture of the Black Rock with the lovely wet brown rocky beach in the foreground. I love the rough waves and the fine sky. A lovely composition!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hi Paul
Another great seascape. Nice diagonal composition with rocks on foreground and big rock on the left. Beautiful sky, great dynami waves
Best wisehs

I agree with your notes both to me and ongoing..the sea...it holds quite a story...and is yet teh real unexplored wilderness....underneath...that is where I would wish to see someday and not from a glass bottomed boat...but some submarine...For all the beauty we see at seascape-side, there must be a hundredfold more down below...Wonderful thought..you have given me some drive...some motivation..

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-26 8:53]

Man I want that lens!! I have to wait about 4.5 months before even considering to buy one :-(
This is another stunning landscape image.
The wet rocks form a great lead-in line and as usual you've composed this perfectly.
Fantastic depth from the super-wide view and great DOF to keep it all tack-sharp.
Superb notes too. When I first got a camera about 2 years ago, I remember staying out in the "wild" photographing for ages and I never ran out of subjects to shoot. This year has been barren compared to the year before and when I went to france and spain a few weeks ago it dawned on me how creature-less we are getting here in England. For example I photographed about 20 new species in one day in France and everywhere you looked there were animals.

Anyway, awesome shot....


Hi Paul,

Beautiful landscape shot as usual.I like how you capture the foreground. Excellent sharpness and nice colour.TFS.


Hi Paul
What a wonderful scene from Widemouth Bay,
Great DOF, composition and exposure.Welldone my friend.

Good Luck

Hello Paul,
It is always difficult to give you a critic, I find your photos always perfect! I like the choice of diagonal for the POV.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-26 12:26]

Hola Paul,
interesante perspectiva y efectos...
bello pov y excelente encuadre,
hermoso disparo,
saludos amigo.

Hello Paul,
Signiture image of my friend Paul!
great depth with wonderful fg interest and a good distance view of the rock!
good sharpness, nice colour and details
take care and sincere regards from NZ

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-26 13:34]

Hi Paul. IMHO this is your best picture taken with the 40D so far , I say the last bit because i am sure there is more to come from you. Your lowPOV and full compostion and use of the light makes this seascape come to life. very well done TFS.

Superb PaulH sht, your signature style, as usual, is all over it!Bro, please come down to India(be my guest), and teach me how you create/compose such magic!

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-08-27 3:32]

hi paul. Nice composition and colours. I particularly like the rocky outcrop running down the centre, it reminds me of an alligators back!

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