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Volcanic stacks of Ballintoy

Volcanic stacks of Ballintoy
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-20
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm 1:3.5-4.5, Kenko Pro1 CP
Exposure: f/14.0, 3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-26 11:24
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Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ahh yes, there is nothing like getting your feet wet with the unpredictable crashing waves coming in from the right and gales, driving rain and sea spray from the left, fogging up your lens every 2 secs...nothing like it..

Volcanic stacks faces the force of the Atlantic as gale force winds hit the Uk. This whole area round to Ballintoy has an amazing number of basalt islet and is quite unique, it is also one of the finest locations to view the power of Atlantic storms as they pound into the natural defenses that protect Ballintoy harbour.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Exposure Time: 3.2 sec
F-Stop: f/14.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 20/1 mm

loot, horia, scottevers7, marhowie, coasties, red45, vanderschelden, wkshelton, wallhalla15, SunToucher, Silvio2006, Valf, TAZ has marked this note useful
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Hi Stephen,
it's such an unreal place, I love this shot, your are realy the master of those silky shots, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-11-26 11:38]

Hi Stephen,
Charming photo. great atmosphere! very accurate light and colors.
very well done and TFS!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-26 11:40]

Hi Stephen

A great posting – simplistic, fascinating, very artful, and with a great deal of visual impact. The time exposure created a beautiful effect for this seascape. The dark clouds and soft light rendered this shot with an almost monochromatic outcome.

A great composition and wonderful POV of this fabulous beach scene. The colours are rather interesting, the details are very sharp and carried well into the frame due to the large DOF gained at F/14, and the exposure was spot-on.

Very impressive work and TFS.

Great mesterious photo. Fantastic presenation. I agree with Sabine - unreal place

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-11-26 14:14]

Thanks, Steven. Thatnks for puting yourself in the line of fire for us. The end result is beautiful. I love the trails left by the tides in the bottom left -- 3 seconds seems to be perfect to capture that with some detail, and not just fog. I'm enjoying what I think are your experiments with exposure time.

bonjour stephen


great job here,
love the silkness of the water,
very nice,


Fantastic long exp. photo, bravo

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-11-26 15:54]

Belle puissance de la mer !
Bonne journée.

Hi Stephen,
AWESOME! I love the dark moody feel of this superb composition. The long exposure effect was done perfectly here. Great job.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-26 17:31]

Hi Stephen,

I like your shot a lot,very colorfull and artistic due the shutterspee,well captured and TFS


Well done again Stephen!
Exposure is nicely done and gives a good effect with the waves hitting the beach. For example, the first rock in the FG gives the impression of being surrounded by surface fog and you can notice the receding water making white blury stripes. Good balanced exposure throughout the picture. Nice overcast mood.

PC :)

My husband would be throwing a hissy fit if I got near salt spray with my new camera and lens! Have you had any trouble with it? You seem to have mastered this foggy, "brewing cauldron" effect. It is very interesting.

Evelynn : )

Hi Stephen

Simply brilliant! :-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-27 2:31]

Hello Steven!

I'm glad that you sacrificed your feet to make this photo :-) It is worth every effort. Very grim and wet, but beautifull. As always perfect DOF and composition. Long time changed sea into mist. Superb work!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-27 3:58]

:)) Somebody should definately take a picture of you standing with your caera in these conditions...now that would be something :))
Another slpendid work, Steve!
The exposure here is really great and the colors magnificent!
I like the effect of the waves from the beach in the FG - those straight but fluid lines are fantastic!
Very well framed and composed, too.
Bravo and TFS

Hi Stephen,
Great painting again with a lot of light and atmosphere..

Hello stephen,

Excellent work here, great details, very crisp, nicly composed, perfect dof for the scean great work,

TFS Kyle

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2006-11-27 13:05]

Once again a masterpiece of long exposure. Very successful shot in creating a steam-like water surface and excellent composition of those elegant rocks.

Congrats Stephen,
you use your 400D excellent! Fantastic shot here. Excellent POV, ligting, colours and sharpness. I like this picture very much. This is an excellent composition. Thank you my friend.

Hi Stephen, it seems a photo from an other world, wonderful effect of the water, lovely delicate colors, fantastic composition, ciao Silvio

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-11-27 16:55]

Hi Stephen,
Very nice picture, very good composition.
Regards, Francois

Hi Steve,
I think I've found the perfect combination to enjoy life. This stunning photo and the music of Coldplay. Just when I clicked your photo, the song Clocks came on, so I've listened to the entire song and looked at your photo. It felt good. The beauty of the scenery and the mellow music of Coldpay was a great combination. Fo that reason, I am adding it to my fav's.
The exposure of this photo is just awesome. The slow shutter speed created a superb mood to the scenery. Another great example on how to create a stong composition with just a few elements.

:) tomorrow


Excellent shot, the light, the colors and the atmosphere of this image are wonderfull!!!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-22 7:31]

Hello my friend,
Your are the master of strange place. You made another amazing shot. The shape of the big rock makes me feel an animal. Great water effect.
Congratulations and TFS.

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