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Butter Rock

Butter Rock
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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: 2008-09-21
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-21 10:15
Viewed: 2715
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,

it's been superb weather wise here in the south of the UK this weekend, and although i've been busy with a friends wedding, i finally managed to get out into the sunshine this afternoon to do some shootin'.

This is Butter Rock, a limestone sea stack right at the very end of a long gravelly beach along the Jurassic Coast. I didn't time this right really, as much of the more interesting rocks were submerged due to the hightide, but i got here as soon as i could and guess it's a good incentive to go back and have another go.
It's a beautiful, wild and secluded spot that rarely see's many visitors due to the long walk involved to get there, even on a day like today.

Not much PP, just a very slight reduction of highlights on the chak cliffs, and the usual tweak of curves.

Thanks for looking, hope you all had a good weekend...

cataclysta, nglen, Heaven, Juyona, pankajbajpai, Adanac, soccer, Jamesp, rcrick, anel, NinaM, eqshannon, SelenE, jrobertop, uleko, gracious, horia has marked this note useful
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  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-09-21 10:28]

Hi Paul
It was a very good weekend indeed! I had a lovely walk near St Catherine's Hill this morning which provided plenty of subject matter.
This shot captures the beauty of the day very well - I like the wispy clouds, and the light on the water is well exposed.
Kind Regards

Hi Paul
Unfortunately the weather in Poland is not so good as in Britain ;-) I envy you the beautiful blue sky and great light. Another nicely composed landscape in your gallery

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-21 10:36]

Hi Paul. You have made the most of the good weather . This is area i have not been to I wonder how it got its name. Once again you have used the camera and lens combo to thier best. Good lighting giving rich colours. Good work with the white rocks . wel ldone TFS.

Hello Paul
This is a fine view of Butter Rock...It seems to me that the 40d has fallen into very intuitive hands as the results show here...
All the Best

Hi Paul,
The depth is excellent, the light management and the superb colours makes this scenery attractive, very well done

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-21 11:59]

Hi Paul!

I see that you have taken full advantage of the fine weather. Your picture is marvellous, and that beautiful Butter Rock seems to be more resistant than butter... The colours are superb and I'm glad to re-discover a more natural PaulH...

Kind regards


muy buena imagen en composición,luz y color,paisaje muy atractivo.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-21 15:03]

Hola Paul.
preciosa captura,
realmente bello tu trabajo,
deliciosa iluminación...

hello paul,
(the landsacpe specialist)
in this shot the composition is very nice including many layers, the details of the rock and the beach is very nice, the natural sunlight looks beautiful, well saturated colors, the reflection of the blue sky on the ocean makes it even better,
well done as you always do,
tfs & regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-21 21:25]

Hi Paul,
Masterful work as always with your seascapes, I truly wish I had your talents when I was on the coast. But I will give it another go in the near future. Till then I amire your work all the more.

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-09-21 23:02]


Very well composed pic. I olike the positioning of the rock and the detail in the FG.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-21 23:03]
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Hi Paul

Great pov with excellent detail and superb colour. Is this just to the west of Durdle Door? (is that it in the BG?) As I read this I remember I need to buy Practical Photographer, as you recommended.


Hi Paul,

Excellent work mate, love the textures and the layers you've captured in this image, d.o.f and detail is just stunning, perfect sky, and as for that pinnacle just awesome, beautiful light too, is that the same cliff you’re standing on in your bio pic! Hells bells mate a wee bit close to the edge? I get kiddy just lookin at thaat :)

all the best, Rick :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-22 5:41]

Hello Paul,
This s a very fine composition, a beautiful sight on this exceptionnal sea-sight. You have found the perfect spot to take the picture from. I also like the profound calm and the beautiful light that this pictures conveys. Feels so well.
Thanks so much

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-09-22 5:51]

What a wonderful view of this coast, Paul, and as usual, your composition is superb. I like the play with the two rocks, the "small" one in the foreground and the tall one in the background. The perspective changes the size of both rocks. The colours are beautiful and the eye follows the shore like taking a walk, Thanks again!


Here is one where the light really did the work for you! And of course the focal point is towards the almost phallic appearing rock...If it were me, I would have liked to climb that rock and shoot downwards to the horizon...NOT! well perhaps for a real climber and perhaps swimmer with wetsuit...and waterproof gear..You really have a wonderful album treasure of seascapes!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-22 7:16]

Hi Paul,
Beautiful sescape photo. Exposure control, POV, composition, colors and the scenery look so good. TFS
All the best,

Hello Paul.
A wonderful landscape!
Excellent perpective and chromatism.
Spectacular depth of field.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!
José Roberto

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-22 8:36]

Hello Paul,
This wonderful shot gives me a definite feeling of late summer with a bright blue sky and fresh air. Excellent POV and a well balanced composition in lovely colours.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hello Paul,
I loved the beautiful lighting across this beautiful coast especially that falls on the Butter Rock!
great pov with depth in good sharpness, nice colour and details
well done
p/s I was out with a British friend Jim in the coast on sunday, and he let me try on his Cokin Grad with his Nikon D80, and I noticed the nice effect on this beautiful shot of yours!
take care

Hi Paul!
As Krzysztof noted, in Lodz this weekend was not so sunny (really all 48 hours was raining). No chance for field trip with camera. And I can see that the climat is really changing, as there is no "English weather" seen on your photo ;)
Very nice composition with lovely rocks and very blue (with no clouds!) sky!
TFS and have a nice and sunny week!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-09-22 22:06]

Hello Paul, Superb shot and amazing view. The shot is brilliant with excellent lighting. Ganesh

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-09-23 0:49]

Hello mate.

Very nicely saturated colours and excellent composition, with visual interest in the foreground and background. I really like the colour and detail of the sea where the light has hit it.



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-23 5:47]
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Hi again, mate

I've been busy learning these days (i have a big exam on Thursday, for my PhD) and apparently i've missed this one...sorry.
A very nice vertical composition here with this butter rock as an excellent focal point. The FG elements are really strong here and attract a lot of attention, but i'm afraid that the darkness in the very bottom doesn't help...sorry if i'm too forward (probably from too much reading :p). Anyway, i know that you didn't have any choice in these conditions, but i really think a great shot can come out of this POV if you go a bit sooner (or later for that matter) and avoid that partial shadow.
Anyway, the rest is terrific and i really like the strong contrast between the bright limestone and the deep blue sky.

Bravo and TFS

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