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Golitha Falls

Golitha Falls
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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: 2008-08-05
Categories: River
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, CP + ND grad
Exposure: f/22, 8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots, Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-07 7:46
Viewed: 4110
Points: 52
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Hello Everyone,

i've just got back from a week or so of exploring the West Country, in the counties of Cornwall and Devon. Typically the weather was intense rain and wind (classic Britsh Summer weather!), but it also meant that rivers were in full spate.
What you can see here is part of Golitha Falls (pronounced 'Goleetha'), formed by the the river Fowey flowing fast downstream off of the granite massiff of Bodmin Moor and into the sea to the south. The woodland here is mainly sessile Oak and Ash, a remnant of the huge ancient forests that once covered this area.

I now have to go and unpack everything and start on the washing...will catch up asap.

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

Thanks for looking..

eqshannon, uleko, mohaiminawang, haraprasan, Alex99, jaycee, Juyona, Evelynn, Dis. Ac., bobcat08, Royaldevon, vanderschelden, pankajbajpai, JoseMiguel, horia, cicindela has marked this note useful
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Hi Paul
this place looks a paradise!
rain is the ultimate celebration of nature!
and look at the gushing water how happy it is!
and ur photography has turned the whole scenario into paradise!
great shot
loved the place

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-07 8:18]

Hello Paul,
I'm really sorry to hear you had such 'typical English weather' in beautiful Cornwall! I thought you had a nice spell recently but you have to pay somehow for the green lush landscape of dear old England! Here we had a storm with a downpour but now it's back to drought in our little corner of Sweden.
This is a lovely atmospheric capture of a full river Fowey. I love water where-ever it is and the surrounding forest here looks wonderful too. You know my feelings about the 'frothy' look, I miss the droplets, but that's just me! Even so very nice!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

You simply are a master "craftsman" at this type of image...These are the kind of pictures I see at upscale art and photo displays...some at South Lake Tahoe around this time of year. this kind of image in say a 16x20 framed go for 200-300 dollars if signed and limited in print. Now that may not sound like a lot of money, but it is much more than none, which most photographers get:-)
I have no clue, without being inside of your head, how you do this. It is not just simply a technique..and yes I have seen "similar" but nothing as close to this...absolute perfection and this kind of image is what gives TN it's heart and soul...Glad your back and posting Paul!

Hi Paul,

Wow, i like the water effect and how you play the foreground with this kind of exposure and speed.....its amazing landscape shot.many thanks for sharing.


Unbelievably beautiful and not just the scene...the talent behind it!! I could learn so much from you!!!I am starving for this kind of knowledge!!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-07 8:30]

Hello Paul,
I have to admit that under similar rainy dull circumstances I couldn't have achieved the sharpness and DOF of the beech wood that the river Fowey is flowing through in this shot because I would have wanted the speed to show the water as it was. However though the appearance of the water is not to my taste, on reflection, your version is better than mine would have been and the composition is unbeatable.
I take my hat off to you!
Nice to see you back in action on TN

Hi Paul
Bu gerçek mi.
çok güzel.

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-07 9:16]

Hi Paul,
very good effort. beautiful and serene.
just wonderful. though the effect of the water is nothing new, this one is just right. the color of water is not good but then after the rains you can't expect it to be clean and prestine. lovely forest in the BG. the big tree stump in the middle looks like some mythical creature. tfs.

Hi Paul,
A lovely capture of this beautiful jungle scenery. Very well composed with lovely colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-07 9:44]

Hola Paul,
esplendorosa foto,
detalles y bellos efectos,
excelente trabajo amigo,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-07 9:45]

Hi Paul.
Fantastic shot executed with great skill and technique. Amazing place, crisp sharpness of all details, very impressive transparency of the image and 3D-effect. Lights, shadows and colours are superb and reproduction of the water stream are outstanding. Bravo. Perfect piece of art.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-07 9:48]

Hi Paul,

What a beautiful scene this is! I have never seen the English countryside but it looks wonderful - too bad about the rain. The water and the falls are so effective against the beautiful lush forest. My eye wants to follow the river around the bend and see more and more.


This photo certainly has that elusive quality: Impact. The deep depth of focus and the great sharpness against the silky water is very effective. The overcast weather made for some nice even light. VERY nice work Paul.

Evelynn : )

I have taken 2 vacations in Devon/Cornwall and had wonderful summer weather for both!! I guess I was just lucky.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-07 10:43]

Hi Paul!

Really impresive landscape! Long exposure time made wonders with this picture. Soft, blurred river looks excellent. Old green forest is perfect add-on for this great composition.

Hi Paul,

Nice shot from this fall, very good exposure time.
I like the pov.


Hello Paul,

I think, this is yours speciality. "running water shooting" And again this is also a very succesfull shot. The bush anf the light is here beautiful. Lovely colours and the big branche at FG makes the composition complete. POV, DOF and BG are good.

Greetings and TFS BOB

Hello Paul,

The wetness has, as you say, provided you with spectacular rivers and lush green vegetation. The atmosphere here is lovely.
You have made the water slide over the rocks rather than rush and tumble. I think this is a great art and have debated preferences many times. I must admit, I like to see the water spraying but that is my preference and in noe way demeans your shot.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Sorry you had such awful weather but I'm sure you took some great shots and its good to have you back.

la vitesse est tres bien gérée et donne un aspect irréel à ce court d'eau forestier

Hello Paul,
British summer weather in the 'Far West' must be a good habitat for my mourning dove:-)
Nicely done. Excellent compo and light.
The 8 seconds shutter speed is very effective. No wind apparently.

hello paul,
i missed this great shot earlier. very nice capture, the slow shutter speed has given great effect to the flowing water, the lush green surroundings adds to the looks, nice lighting and well composed too,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Paul,
What a good result of the long exposition here!
The result is an image plenty of plastic sense, in which the proper layout of the elements makes of the composition a very pleasant one to look at.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-08 2:21]

Hi Paul

Nice to see your newest work from your travels and to see you back here again :) I hope you're alright and that you aren't finished with your holidays and traveling ;)

This is a splendid shot of a slice of the huge ancient forests that once covered that area. I'm sure it's an absolute pleasure to walk through all that history and to feel those "ents" crack and creak, on a background noise of water flowing...and that's exactly what this photo makes me feel, too. You managed to capture the exact sentiment of that place with this shot and that's something one hardly obtains. I congratulate you for that.

Technically, the shot is really great, with a spot on exposure everywhere. I'm actually a bit surprised that after 8 seconds you didn't get over-exposure on the foam of the water...it must have been a really dark place :)
Anyway, the composition is terrific, the low POV is lovely and the perspective towards the forest is superb.
Wonderful work, mate and hope to see lots more ;)

Cheers and TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-08 20:14]

Hello Paul, Well shot and great use of colors and lighting. Superb shot of this landscape. Ganesh

Hi Paul,
This is truly amazing! While in vacations, I made some tries with long exposure and tripod but nothing came out so nicely than this picture! Composition, POV and this place are so beautiful! Greetings,

Hi Paul,
A wonderful effect on this extreem long exposure. You must have been lucky that there was no significant wind that day since the leaves and twigs are in perfect condition. I like this type of forrest a lot, it always has some mystical feel to it.
The composition is very wonderful and the river invites to viewer to explore the depth of the photo. The details are stunning and the control of light is very impressive.

Great shot! The slow shutter speed creates a beautiful silky feeling. Good composition and colours.

Hello Paul!
This time a very short comment because there is nothing to critique! The picture is simply wonderful!!!
All the best!

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