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Durdle Door from Swyre Head

Durdle Door from Swyre Head
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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: 2008-03-01
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): gondox's favorites - landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-01 10:17
Viewed: 3285
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone,

Although it's been a mostly overcast day today here in the south of the UK, the sun did put in an appearance for an hour or so this afternoon and i was lucky enough to be at this spot when it did.
This is the view East from the top of Swyre Head, looking down towards Durdle Door. When i eventually got to the top of here, after much puffing and panting (think i over packed my rucksack as usual!), the path i had followed up was in deep shade and struck me a great lead in the view beyond. I sat here for some time, enjoying the warm sun and wondering why i was the only person here again..

shot in RAW, a touch of curves, converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened..

Thanks for looking, hope you're all having a great weekend..

gerbilratz, eqshannon, Jamesp, horia, Argus, haraprasan, Heaven, NinaM, gondox, warnzy has marked this note useful
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Hello Paul,
This one is so beautiful and I fall in love with it immediately!
I must make it a point to go out with you again with our little friend in hand to this lovely place! wishing to see you here with me one day!
No word for this, too beautiful for me!
many many thanks for the sharing, Paul
best regards

Hello Paul,
what a great proof on this splendid shot, I like very much 3D effect and wonderfull point of view,
splendid composition my friend,

Hello Paul
This is some view....You have really captured how the ground drops away..No easy thing to do..This to me is a perfectly composed and balanced scene...The long exposure has worked really well..(30secs is enough for a quick smoke!!)
Cheers for this Paul

cracking view and a great composition, lovely perspective...this has depth, clarity and detail...fine work.TFS

P/S...just bought myself a sigma 10-20!!

The path looks like an English version of the start of some UFO markings, like crops ciricles but in a straight'ish line:-) A nice trek if you do not have tick problems as well do this time of year. I do not mind removing ticks, but I am afraid of the deer tick...a great image from a different height!

Hi Paul
Perfect shot I like long foreground very much Great composition, beautiful light great water color
Best wishes

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-01 14:09]

Hi Paul

Once again, excellent composition with stunning light and colours.



This is another perfect scene for that lens. I feel I could step right onto that path. It does look quite uninhabited. I am often surprised at how often I am able to get off alone when there are highly populated areas nearby. Sharpness, color and light are great

Evelynn :)

Hi Paul,

Beautiful colours and good pov.
What a beautiful country live you.
Also good long foreground so that you have a little sky.
Well done,

Regards Gert

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-02 0:45]

Hi Paul

Now that's what i call great timing :)
You really were the man in the right place, at the right time :)

A splendid view from up here and indeed that shadowed trail acts superbly as a lead-in line for the perspective and composition! I love the way you've used it here.
The Durdle Door is very nicely visible in the distance (i must see it live!) and it looks wonderful in the nice afternoon sun!
The contrast here between the bright and warm colored cliffs and the darker and cloudy sky, adds a great deal to the scene and its atmosphere, enhancing the composition well.
Splendid work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-02 3:31]

Hi Paul,
very nice capture of this beautiful scene.
It must be so peaceful being up there on your own.
Superb composition as usual.
The use of the path as a lead-in line is superb and there is lots of interest.
Nice colours especially from the turquoise sea!
Exceptional clarity.
Very well done mate.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-02 4:12]

Hello Paul,
One sees many shots of Durdle Door from various P'sOV but this view in this lighting must be one of the most unusual, the Door looking like an old castle ruin with most of it the shade but the outline wonderfully lit up. This for me is the focal point of a great view of the coasline from the west.
If you are going to photograph the Lulworth Skipper, it is just this stretch of coastline where it was most numerous when I saw it.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,
best wishes, Ivan

Hi Paul,
A beautiful capture of this lovely landscape. Excellent composition and the thin road like structure between the grass bed makes it look stunning. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-03-02 11:28]

Hi Paul!

The lighting and the perspective are the main characteristics of this picture that make it an outstanding one. You have the secret of such impressive perspectives. And today, the special light conditions were a good ally!

Kind regards


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-03 9:39]

What a privilege to be surrounded with such landscapes and sceneries and be alone! In England where you are so many people! and what a privilege to us on TN having to look at your wonderful shots. I have never seen anything like it, your pictures are fantastic. In this one the perspective is so strong with the line of the path joining the line of the shore. Wow Paul, what an artistic and skilled eye you have. This view is almost like one on an airplane and what a surprise to see it's at this path level. Great great beautiful picture with fantastic colours. My dream of England come true ;-)) (it's a dream I have to go in England and Italy) thank you!


Hi Paul!

I always await when you will just pop in a brand new pov among your shots, it's a hit every time! But still recognizable style of yours. If there's not enough sun you catch the work of wind in the grass and the sea - excellent work! TFS!

Best regards,

Hi Paul, great POV for a splendid sea view with wonderful light and colors, good exposure, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Paul,

Lovelyy image and please you managed to get a flash of sunshine to reward you for you effors. The picture was well worth the puffing and panting. Colours and light are great and the composition perfect. Stunning.


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