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Chapmans Pool

Chapmans Pool
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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: 2008-12-26
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar.
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/15 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-01-09 12:05
Viewed: 2838
Points: 38
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this was taken on the day after Christmas Day, at a circular bay called Chapmans Pool. After a day of shameless self indulgence the day before, a hearty walk was in order to burn off some of the christmas calories, so a group of friends and i took our traditional post feast hike to here.
Getting here requires a good walk from any direction really and when we arrived we found the whole place deserted. Maybe it was the early hour, or the unbelievably cold wind that kept everyone away, but we had the whole place to ourselves! Some clouds in the sky would have been nice to complete the shot, but you can't have everything eh?
Anyway, what you can see here in the foreground is a 'Pavlovia Rotunda', a type of Ammonite fossil set into the dark shale rock. Chapmans Pool is well known for the abundanace of such specimens, but about a mile further round i found my best fossil find so far, which i am going to put into the workshop.
I am waiting for an ID for what it is from a chap at Southampton University, but if anyone can give an ID in the meantime i would be most grateful. It now sits pride of place on my mantlepiece at home :o)

I know my presence here is not as frequent as it was, but i am always still very involved with TN and what goes on here, just don't seem to have the time to post much at the moment!

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend ahead :o)

nglen, Juyona, Argus, matatur, CeltickRanger, mohaiminawang, horia, haraprasan, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-09 12:10]

Hi Paul. Good to see one of your winter pictures so full of rich colours . We were very lucky with the light on that day and have been of late. Thats one big fossil in the slate by your feet. well done TFS.

PS i am a bit limited at the moment so its mainly pictures from my archives.

Beautiful exposure Paul.
Nicely composed,good rich colours.
Excellent work.

Hi Paul,
when ever I see your shots I'm sure - I must have this lens - but until now I don't have it ;-( Your shots are so wonderful, I like them all so much, this one is with warm light and a wonderful blue sky, excellent moment, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-09 13:07]

Hola amigo,
Feliz año nuevo,
deliciosa iluminación y pov,
bonito paisaje y composición,

Ciao Paul, wonderful exposition on a beautiful seascape, fantastic colors and splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-09 13:25]

Hello Paul,
Nice to see you active on TN again.
This is a great shot showing not only a fine land/seascape with the black limestone at lowtide but witha big bonus of an ammonite fossil in the FG. It really puts the fossil locality into perspective. I've been fossil hunting just w of Lyme Regis but Chapmans Pool is new to me: it must be near Charmouth with the black rocks.
The fossil in the WS is a great find.
Thanks for delighting us with this,

very beautiful landscape , great saturated colours and good natural light ,

Olá Paul

Linda, linda esta foto...uma beleza de paisagem e um ponto de vista maravilhoso.
Cores divinas, parabéns.

The eroded dark shale "pavement" looks so fine with the contrasty ammonite fossil in this side lighted wide angle view Paul, some fluffy white clouds would make this take a real beauty, but as you say, you can't have everything! As for the second fossil, well, it looks like that of a vertebrate, but I would place the lamp a little farther away for a better effect...

hello Paul

beautiful Landscape/Seascape photography, shot with a fine POV
and the vertical framing gives a superb DOF, beautiful luminosity
excellent sharpness and details, and excellent contrast between
the sea/sky's cold colour tones and the ground's warm colour tones, TFS


Hi Paul,

I like the elements on surface of rock from fg to the hill, very nice visual guide.Great compo. and colour with wide angle lence.TFS and have a nice weekend.


Hi Paul, a splendid seascape capture of from Chapmans Pool with wonderful perspective, details and sharpness. Great DOF and POV.
TFS. Have a nice weekend!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-10 8:41]

Hi Paul

WOW! Both for this lovely shot but probably more for the one in the WS! That looks really impressive! I'm actually a bit surprised that you are allowed to take stuff like that home...i don't think it would be allowed here :)
Anyway, i honestly hope you'll get it identified. I'm quite curious what it is. I agree with you: doesn't really look like a fish and that part from the lower right corner definitely looks like a leg. But if you say it has feathers...i might be one of those really rare links between dinosaurs and bird...who knows.

Anyway, back to this little beauty, too.
I love how you've incorporated the ammonite in the FG - it contrast so well with the rock it is in that it stands out superbly and just goes to show that anyone walking through there should mind their feet. Further on, the zig-zag and angles of the rocky beach act excellently as a lead-in lines but also contrast well, in shape, with the pebbles on the left.
On to of everything a nice cliff and a beautiful blue sky, all well saturated and exposed, to complete a gorgeous presentation.
Splendid, interesting and very original post, mate!


Hi Paul,
HAPPY NEW YEAR. A nice capture of this beautiful seascape. Superb composition and lovely colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-10 11:45]

Hi Paul.
I like selected view for picture so much. The stones pattern of the shore is impressive especially. We have not such wonderful shores. Ours are from sand. All other pictured objects as well as the quality o the shot are the best too. Brilliant work. TFS and best regards.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-10 15:08]

Hi Paul,
a very good seascape.
I love the fossil in the FG.
Very good clarity and detail.
Excellent composition.

Well done mate,


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-01-11 12:34]

Wow Paul,
You are so lucky for been in place like that. Great POV, I really like this shot of the fossil been part of it... Well done


Hello Paul

A beautiful scene captured.
The foreground almost looks like slate tiles.The fossils must be exciting to find.I grew up on some land that had been quarried somewhat and spent hours hunting for fossils in rock,as a child.
The light here is warm and and the colours are deep and vibrant.
Composed with an artist's eye for detail.


Hello Paul,
Lovely shot, beautiful colors and light, excellent sharpness and perfe4ct depth of field, nice textures and details, good composition and pov, well done.

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