<< Previous Next >>


Photo Information
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: 2008-09-06
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-08 1:33
Viewed: 2872
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,

this is another shot from very near to the same spot as my last post. Here we are looking directly south into the English Channel, towards Man O War rocks in Man O War Bay. They get their name from their supposed resemblance to a Portugese 'Man O War' sailing Galleon...can't quite see the similarity myself though.
With only a very small time window to shoot in whilst the rain had paused and the rising sun was breaking though in the East, i also wanted to try and catch these waves as they hit this natural barrier.
There was no way i was changing lenses here with the amount of salt water and sand flying around, so this is the closest i could get into the rock, full stretch at 20mm. I only wish i could include the awesome booming noise as the water crashed against rock.

shot in RAW, curves, reduced highlights a touch on the foam , converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened

Thanks for looking..

soccer, cataclysta, JORAPAVI, Heaven, haraprasan, techranger, eqshannon, Argus, CatherineD, nglen, horia, rcrick, vanderschelden, jrobertop, mohaiminawang, captain has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To efsus: ThanksPaulH 1 09-08 05:58
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]


Very well composed pic that also has an excellent POV. The contrast in colour between the various elements is superb! I also think your DOF, sharpness, Lighting and clarity are all excellent.

Good shot Paul - this photo has come alive!!

Hi Paul
Another beauty ;-) I like the low POV and beautiful light. Great dynamic "frozen" waves and great dark clouds

  • Great 
  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-09-08 2:56]

Hi Paul,
Great shot. I especially like the dark cloud with the contrast of the frosen white water/waves.
Nice low pov and a great composition.
TFS Paula

Hola Paul,
Preciosa toma dinámica y de gran fuerza expresiva, interesante punto de vista con gran control de luces, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Paul!

It's wild and powerful, it's dark and bright, it's pleasant and fearful... it's pure nature at its best! A great capture with incredible light effects. Just wonderful!

Kind regards


Hi Paul,
Another terrific composition of this beautiful beach scape. Very nice POV with lovely colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

This photo has a tremendous amount of energy as the surf crashes to the shore... reminds me of another Man O'War... perhaps, along with Secretariat, as the greatest racehorse of all time. Very dramatic and well presented.


  • Great 
  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-08 5:40]
  • [+]

Merhaba Paul,

Bir manzara karesi için en uygun zamanı seçmişsiniz. Uzun pozlamanın sonunda güneşin vurduğu dalgalar üzerinde, ışık dansının gizemli etkisini izleyenlere sunmayı başarmışsınız. Seyri çok hoş bir çalışma olmuş. Tebrikler.


  • Great 
  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-08 5:42]

Hello Paul,
Uncommon shot. Great colours, light and choice time for exposition give excellent result.
Regards, Pawel.

  • Great 
  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-08 5:42]

Hi Paul,
Outstanding shot of this huge crashing wave against the rocks and the dark ominous skyline. The golden light makes the sand stand out and your choice of a low POV gives the image an added dimension. Very neat and sharp image with great colours. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

Yeah changing lens in this...I know the feeling..and so I had (*until yesterday) two cameras which held same Nikon lens...ah well off to another unexplored are for me..I am very excited..
Now lets see...Is it just me or are you coming in with quite a few action wave shots here Paul...I threw one at the group today...tis a 30 footer, but mine is all water..I did not have the time to change lens on mine...yours is truly a seascape of beauty as are many if not most of yours!

I like this shot, you've really managed to show the power of the stormy sea here. Very nicely done,


  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-08 7:26]

That is amazing!
This really shows how powerful the sea can be.
Excellent timing.
Very good exposure.
Superb light.

Very well done Paul!


  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-08 7:53]

Hello Paul,
A real beaut, thanks to the fine lighting (well timed), great POV and composition and the effect of the 1/3 sec shutterspeed is fantastic!
This has to be a favourite!

Hello Paul,
I love this shot! The colours are amazing and we can really feel the power of the waves. I notice that you used circ polarizer and cokin grad together? A good idea to help for this nice landscape. Thanks for this beauty,

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-08 11:28]

Hi Paul. The colour and lighting in this picture turn a good one into a work of art, You are the master of the Dorset coast. very well done TFS.

  • Great 
  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-08 11:53]

Hi Paul

I was just thinking after i wrote the critique on your last post that i coldn't have helped myself and i would have tried a close-up photo of the man-o-war with a big splash :) But i guess this is not hte first time we both tought of the same thing :)
Well done here and i completely understand why you wouldn't change lenses. I guess this is a situation in which i would have been advantaged because i always carry my 17-70 on the body. On the other hand, you have 2 bodies now... :)

Anyway, lovely shot, with great colors and again that superb contrast as the last time.
Great work with the shutter speed, too, as well as with the filters.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Paul!

A terrific composition, beautiful light, that 1/3rd of a second exposure has had an amazing effect on the water, really slowing it down beautifully, wonderful layers and stunning colours, excellent d.o.f, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Impressive, Paul.
Wonderful light!
Pretty wild these waves!
Perfect compo and technically outstanding..
Thanks for sharing

Hello Paul.
What a stunnig scene you captured!
A "nervous" sky and the water brushing the shore.
The details and composition are excellent and I like of the colors in contrast.
Well done!
José Roberto

Hi Paul,

Nature elements shows on five horizontal layer with different digree of energy and texture...but the water wave splash on dark rock is the main focal to tight the visual.I like the visual flow start from the BG to FG, Its very dramatic athmosphere.TFS.


Calibration Check