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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-17
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/18.0, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: 2008 England trip
Theme(s): Loot's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-21 4:28
Viewed: 4660
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi again

This is another reminder of my trip to England this year. I still have many photos from there that i'd like to share with you, but have a hard time deciding which to post :)

This is another "experiment" you could say. After talking a bit about this with Elevynn some time ago and looking at other nice photos all around the web, i saw that i had two photos from the exact same POV but with different composition - one lower and the other higher - and so i tried a vertorama. This is basically a vertical stitch of two horizontal images. The resulted almost square format is somewhat unconventional but i think permits me to show you the entire beauty of this place - Lulworth Cove.
I don't have an ultra wide angle (which would probably have been enough here) but with this kind of a stitch i managed to squeeze in the lovely strata of the rocks as well as the gorgeous foreground rocks.

Hope you'll like it and thanks for visiting.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol. + Cokin P121M ND Grad.
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 1 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/18
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 11 AM
Weather conditions: cloudy

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superba compozitia Horia!
imi plac foarte mult culorile !apa ti-a iesit foarte bine in expunerea prelungita!

Hi Horia,
this is a magical place, so untouched of human hand. Wonderful, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-21 5:53]

Hello Horia,
Well, I think you were very successful here - its a fantastic image showing the interesting rock strata and the cave opening on the right. Excellent low POV, great DOF, sharp details and wonderful colours. Very well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

hello Horia!
a well succeeded stitch with the spectacular landscape of the Dorset
good visual of the signes of the erosion on the rocks...a good impression to remember!!

tfs sERGIO

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-21 7:16]

Hi Horia,
Yes, your experiment is worth watching, great place. Pleasing colors and shapes all over. however, the foreground looks bit soft, is it because of the merging, I have no idea, but fine image. tfs.

Hello Horia !
Wow, amazing - really ! I cannot say what I like most on this picture : soft texture of the water, moss-covered stones, the shape of the rocks, the very natural colors, the perfect composition, the POV - everythins is just wonderful. Very well done, and I hope to see many more like this from your trip to England ! :-)

My wife is still asleep but I will be showing her this one. You have composed a nice blend of nature and g4eology. I have no idea of the layering effect here...Wonderful image Horia...Sorry for my snow days absence!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-21 9:04]

Hello Horia,
Great photo with different impressive places. The shapes of the rocks, the cave and the rocks covered with moss are all eye-catchers. And these all in a fantastic composition and very beautiful natural colours. Wonderful photo.

hi horia. wonderful dramatic light. the green mossy is highlighted and this makes a great and interesting contrast. great job. tfs.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-12-21 11:58]

Hi Horia,
This is so beautiful.
The luminosity of the shot came through in the thumbnail,
and I just had to click on it. : )
What amazing rock strata you were able to show us here.
But I love the moss-covered rocks. The haphazard green patches give it a riotous look, a theme that is picked up by the small eddies / waves in the cove.
The cave adds depth (physical and symbolic) and mystery to the picture.
TFS. : )

This is really nice Horia. I love all the textures, patterns and limited palette of color. It is a wonderful stitched image. I have been doing more almost square images and like them. It is a wonderful photo.

Evelynn ; )

Hello Horiua,
nice capture, wonderful shapes and patterns, lovely colors, good light, good sharpness and nice exposure.

Hello Horia

Excellent job on this ,the flow of the lines are wonderful.
The shot has excellent DOF and POV.
Lovely rich detail and colours.
Great job.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-22 5:44]

Hello Horia, Very nice design and well presented.Ganesh

Hi Horia

What a great result, it looks fantastic to me, the eye is led from cave following the green rocks in the forground around teh water and up through the strata to the fence. A perfect composition.

Brilliant!!! TFS

I hope you and your family have a safe and happy festive season.


Hi Horia,
I am not huge fan of the square format because I often find it hard to find a good focal point. But, I can appreciate the experiment a lot. It certainly helped you to get that feel of an UWA lens.

The location is certainly an impressive one. When I saw the first photo of it (by Paul) I was stunned by how beautiful it looked. So its great to see another photo and from a different POV. I am certain that you had a blast walking around this location.

Your stitch is really perfect, there is no way I can tell where the seam of the two photos runs and that considering the movement of the water. I also like you composition with the wonderful colors and details in the FG, the movement of the water in the MG and the wonderful shapes of the rock in the back. But I can't help to think that the sharpness in that rock is as good as it could be. The light and colors look wonderful and I think that the overcast helped out a lot on getting the slower shutter and the shadeless composition.

Hello Horia,

Wow! What an impressive result using 2 pictures and the Vertorama software! There is a lot of interesting details within this picture (the rock strata, the dark cave, the water movement, and the nice green colors of the moss on the rocks. Maybe I would have removed the fence to keep the scene more natural but it is question of choice.

Very good work, Horia!!!



This is a very cool shot, I love the colours in the shot. The curves on the rocks in the back really add an interesting effect to the shot.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-12-23 11:41]

Hello Horia , Exelent landscape from the rocks .great compositie and colours .Happy Cristmas and good 2009 for you and the famely .Greetings Teunie .

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-23 14:38]

Hi Horia,
a great photo of Lulworth Cove.
Very good clarity.
The blurred water is great.
Excellent composition.
Nice colours.

Well done mate,

Hi dear Horia ,
As always so nice scenery.
Great composition and excellent light.

Kind regards

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-24 12:47]

Hi Horia

I haven't heard of vertoramas before but I have to say I am very impressed as it shows the beautiful drag fold in stairhole off beautifully. Great POV with lovely FG details



Hi Horia!

You have realized a very good stitch and I like the square format. I remembers me my Pentax 6x7...

The rock formations are superb and the look like Flysch. The foreground is very detailed and leads us into the picture. I also like the natural colours created by the indirect light. Maybe the fence is a little disturbing element, but if you want to catch this beautiful spot there's no other choice. Here the question is allowed if it would be ok to remove it...

I would like to wish you all the best for the new year!

Kind regards


Hi Horia,
I've seen this spot posted on TN before by others.
I remember the unique rock strata that shows the geological forces at work here..
I agree, the detailed FG with its moss covered rocks makes the shot "fly".
Excellent job, thanx for the info on how you did this my friend :)
Merry Christmas!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-12-25 22:43]
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Hi Horia

I know I am repeating myself, but I want to say the same to you as well as I've just said to some other members, "I am trying my best to catch the last bit of Christmas 2008 and with time running out at a drastic rate I have to push to get this one in before the final bell tolls".

Wow, what impressive and magic scenery. It's got everything; amazing technical manoeuvres to attain the final image and the unspoiled beauty represented by nearly all the natural elements earth, water and air we only miss fire. The amazing greener-than-green moss covering of the rocks, the timed exposure showing the effect of the flowing water, the mystery of the unknown as suggested by the opening to the cave on the right, visions of the past as demonstrated by the amazing geological activity frozen in the rock strata in the BG, and finally the glorious effect of light that fills the image all added to give this shot remarkable visual impact. One experiment you can be exceedingly proud of and utterly satisfied with. Superb work.

Very well done MF and TFS.

PS. More importantly, I want to thank you for the wonderful friendship you extended to me in the past. Also, I want to wish you and your loved ones a joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year. May this Christ-fest and the imminent 2009 bring you everything that is beautiful and admirable, provide all your needs with blissful abundance, present you with that which is edifying and inspiring, grant you blessed peace and harmony, and bestow upon you a myriad of worthwhile pleasures and breathtaking moments with close friends and dear family.

Hello Horia,
A new word for me...a vertorama...
It's bit visible in the middle. Beautiful vista. I was thinking about Harry Potter somehow. The place has something magic...

Well done and a Happy 2009, dear friend.

Hi Horia,
a very nice landscape picture. I think you odd technique works very well.
Good DOF, sharp from the FG to BG. Lovely colours and nice lighting.
Well done, my friend.

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-12-28 10:28]

hello mate.

I recognise this place! Stair hole. im due another visit here soon i reckon.
Nice composition with perfect dof.
Ive not heard of a vertorama before but it has worked very nicely and also kind of decribes the colour of the photo too with the bright greens of those slippery rocks.


all the best


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-28 23:25]

Hi Horia,
What an interesting place. The texture of the rocks in the background are beautiful. Exposure is very well controlled. I like your POV and the composition a lot. TFS
All the best,

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-12-30 21:12]

Very good stitching job, I can barely tell except that you gave it away. Anyhow, I like it very much, it really give an overall impression of the area with its beautiful features. Beautiful rocks with all the algea so bright and vivid in color, Good details with good clarity and sharpness. Beautiful color and light, the square format work out just fine in this case. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and If I don't write you between now and than Have a Happy New Year too.

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