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Fire In The Sky

Fire In The Sky
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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: 2008-09-17
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/22, 3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-18 2:15
Viewed: 2895
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I took a walk last night with a friend to make the most of the fast shortening days along 'my' bit of beach, very close to where i live. The sunset itself was pretty nondescript, but once it had sunk far below the horizon the sky slowly began to fill with this strange, intense ambient glow, like some far off fire. It all felt a bit apocalyptic really.

Pretty soon it'll be dark by the time i finish work and photography will be confined once more to the weekends...

shot in RAW, cropped a little, curves, increased saturation + 8 (a bit more than usual as i wanted to somehow get across the light here), resized, converted to JPEG ands sharpened.

Thanks for looking..

matatur, LordPotty, uleko, Juyona, nglen, Dis. Ac., cicindela, vanderschelden, eqshannon, jrobertop, hester, goldyrs, cataclysta, NinaM has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To uleko: Hi!PaulH 1 09-18 08:08
To LordPotty: Going Mad in DorsetPaulH 3 09-18 05:59
To matatur: Over saturatedPaulH 1 09-18 02:42
To robindb: weather...PaulH 1 09-18 02:37
To gannu: 10-20mmPaulH 1 09-18 02:36
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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-18 2:27]
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Hello Paul, My neighbor. For a moment I thought it was sky and then realised. Superb shot and my urge to pickup 10-20 has increased further. Superb landscape. Ganesh

Hi Paul,

Nice mood with the long exposure on the water and good composition with the rocks in the foreground. What do they say about a red sky at night???? Hopefully you are in for some nice weather.


Stunning Paul!!

Maybe a little over-saturated, but surely a tremendeus sunset scene Paul, the effect of depth is much in evidence, as usual, so is the "boiling surf" effect of the looong exposure time. A beautiful composition to behold, no doubt.

Hi Paul!

Are you a fan of Deep Purple, eh?

Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky...

Viewing your picture together with that unforgettable song becomes an... unforgettable experience!


Kind regards


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-18 3:36]

Hi Paul,
Outstanding lanscape shot again and you have such glorious colours here. Very charming and attractive image with superb freezing of rolling surf and the brightly colours sky. The FG rocks stes up fine perspective too. Magnificent composition. Thanks for sharing this great image.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-09-18 4:15]

Awesome sky,lovely composition.

Hello Paul,
Taz aynı ve çalışmalar çok güzel.

Amazing shot of the Dorset coast Paul.
The 3 second exposure really gives the impression of smoke which fits the fire in the sky theme.
The coastal rocks look amazing too.Is that a limestone area or is that chalk ?

(I can't think of Dorset without thinking of The Comic Strips '5 Go Mad In Dorset'-Brilliantly funny)


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-18 7:53]
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Hello Paul,
I really envy your sunsets - the sun never goes down along our coastline!! ;-( We were hoping for a trip to the West Coast but the weather there has not been too good - lots of rain from England!! This is a great capture and I like the way you increased saturation, the colours are terrific, from the orange/red sky to the green rocks and the dull bit in the middle makes a very nice contrast. Very well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

hello paul,
very nice capture, the colors in this shot looks so pleasing, as susal the pov is great and the composition is pleasing,
another fine work from the landscape sepeicalist,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-18 8:53]

Hola Paul,
sensacional composición,
realmente parece una postal extraterrestre, :))
bellos colores amigo,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-18 9:23]

Hi Paul. This is a stunning shot . The colours in the sky and reflection in the sea must have been a sight worth seeing. I like the inclusion of the rocks in the forground. well done TFS.

Hi Paul,

what a beautiful coloured picture from these seascape.
I like the pov.

You live in a beautiful area.


Esta vez nos has transportado a marte :-) Particularmente no soy partidario de transformar tanto la realidad, pero tú, con la belleza y habilidad con que los haces, estás perdonado jajajaaj.
Veo que la 400D te sigue dando buenos resultados, yo tuve en solo un año muchísimos problemas con ella y de todo tipo.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Yes, there is really fire in the sky Paul! And this title reminds me words of one very special song... You know which one? ;)
Beautiful capture and professional light control. It is a real pleasure to watch photos like this one.
TFS and best greetings,

Hello Paul,
Smoke on the water,...:-)
Well done. Good wide angle shot.

Is this not the name of a movie or a book? If not then it should be so...and if it was or is then the picture would fit perfectly Paul...there is almost a eerie sense about it...almost as though something is about to change...and all that through a simple, yet complex in many ways technical image...

Hello Paul

Wow, great capture.
The timing is right,you have created a wonderful atmosphere.
The colours are well saturated and the contrast between orange and blues is super.
Well composed and presented.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-18 22:53]

Hi Paul

Very skillful work - wonderful shot. I can never seem to managed these - I think I am probably too impatient!!


Hi Paul, fantastic composition with splendid exposure, wonderful light and colors, superb burning sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Paul.
A true paint of the nature!
Combination chromatic simply fantastic.
Sensational perspective and profundity also.
Congratulations for the marvellous work photographic.
José Roberto

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-19 13:06]

Hi Paul

Now you are just showing off :) what a great contrast between the firery sky and the cool blue tones of the water. Wonderfull composed, great POV and excellent DOF as ever.



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-20 14:20]

Stunning image mate!
The colours here are amazing!
Very good composition.
Superb clarity.
Great light.

Very well done,

p.s Paul Burford can come on Sat 4th! You all still up for it?

This is not you, Paul...Sorry, love the idea of this shot, the composition is great, but it being yours, I'll take the liberty of being harsh..There is simply too much noise(if that's what you call those spots) in this shot to bear your insignia.
Could you please post a WS?
Or am I wrong?
Sorry, if I hurt your sentiments.

Another stunning image Paul. Your use of the light is awesome and your tec skills on the water are beautiful.

Hi Paul
Red, grey, green amd blue and I agree Fire in the sky ;-) Beautiful, colorful, mesmerizing landscape Markus is right it looks like you are a Deep Purple fan ;-)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-22 20:03]

Hello My Friend,
Splendid composition, with amazing colors and atmosphere. Red sky at night sailors delight? Thanks for sharing.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-09-25 7:06]

A fantastic landscape, Paul, you're an artist and envision reality with your own eyes, I love it. What's to say except this dreamy landscape is real and that's where you live, lucky and loved by the gods! Thanks again for the nice photography lesson in your notes and the pleasure looking at it,


You are lucky to live in such beautiful and rich area Paul! You pictures are amazing; I wish I have you skills to do such great landscape's shots. Colors and composition are breathtaking! I think that long exposure has created a little noise and I wonder if there is something to do to avoid that. I've made some tries with long exposure but all my pictures have visible noise... Anyway, this is nothing significant for such a nice picture.

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