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Pondfield Cove

Pondfield Cove
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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: 2009-08-05
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, CP + ND grad
Exposure: f/16, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-07 3:56
Viewed: 3356
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

well in the space of one week i've seen postings from Niek (Suntoucher), James Parker (Jamesp) and even a critique from Evelynn! It's lovely to see some of these old names here on TN, so i thought i'd post something too.
This is Pondfield Cove, at sunset on Wednesday evening. As always, the best time to come here to avoid people is close to dark, as it's a fair walk to get here from the car park which itself lies a few miles from any main road.
Sure enough i had the whole place to myself, and in such an untouched, quiet and prehistoric looking place as this it felt like i was the only man alive...a strange but pleasant feeling...

PP: shot in RAW, a tweak of curves and boost of saturation by + 10. Converted to JPEG, border added, then resized and sharpened.

I am very busy building my own website at the moment, which is partly why i'm hardly ever on TN anymore, amongst other reasons, but i am often looking in at what you're all posting.
I am trying to build a visual guide of the entire Dorset Coast (all 90 odd miles of it!), so it's taking up alot of my time...

If you would like to see some of these other images, please click here

as you will see, i still have a long way to go...

Thanks for looking..

NinaM, parasbhalla, jignasi, SunToucher, techranger, uleko, goldyrs, Jamesp, Evelynn, horia, eleana has marked this note useful
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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-08-07 4:04]
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Coucou you master of time and light! Beautiful, Paul, really stunning and beautiful. It's a travel in time and space, this is so nice. I love the alguaes at the foreground, seemingly tormented yet so peaceful. The fog of waves coming in and in without stop, just like a cascade over the rocks. And wow, the bright light as we keep on looking in the frame, the beautiful typical English island of rock and grass, with its ground facing the sun. Then the clouds and we could go on and on describing this picture, getting into the magical world of England. Beautiful, Paul!


Good Morning, Paul!

When imagination turns into reality, this is the feeling I am having after I saw this capture!

Wonderful sharpness with nice POV and the colors are just beautifully shown. The sunlight showers on the rocky structure in the BG, brings nice mood to the picture. Exceptionally well composed.

Thanks for posting.

have a nice weekend,

Hi Paul
another masterpiece
thanks for sharing this with us

Animo con tu trabajo Paul, a ver si consigues fotografiar todo Dorset :-)
Hace dias que no te visitaba y veo que sigues trabajando con tu peculiar y atractivo estilo, esta vez combinando dos tipos de luces muy distintas en una misma fotografía.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Paul,
So great to see you post a photo again. I felt a bit alone, and hope that among others you will stay. It's always great to see your photos. They all look so good and it shows your eye for high quality landscape photos. A skill not really present on TN. The details and the motion in the FG is wonderful. Especially since the rocks have weed on it to break the monotone texture. The warm light on the opposite rock graps the attention perfectly.

P.S. Did you try Robert White or Teamwork for the Lee filters?

P.S. I like your quest for capturing 90 miles of coast.

Witaj Paul.
It gladdens me, that I can again admire your pictures.
You catch a light and a moment beautifully...great thanks for show me this place.
I greet warmth

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-07 6:30]

Excellent golden light captured in this beautiful landscape, fine composition. tfs.

Hi Paul...

Your photos always speak to be of eternity... a far away time and place. Gorgeous composition very well presented... :)


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-07 9:50]

Hello Paul,
How lovely to see a post from you again!! Your website is going to be 'smashing'! I look forward to seeing it completed. This is a fantastic capture - the rock looks covered with pure gold and I love the rocks and the oarweed etc. in the foreground. Magic light with the dark sky in the background and a superb composition.
TFS and good luck with your work! Cheers, Ulla

This shot looks straight from some beautiful fantasy land, Paul.I love the way you've got the sun bright and shining on the rock like some magic is happening or expected...
The FG, truly a la Paul Haynes, is the signature rock, this time also some sea weeds (Correct me if I'm wrong, Paul)..which add a twist to the tale, if I may!
I keep saying this, you're the master of landscapes.
And at last, I hear from you, mate! Yes, its great to see that some of the older folks are back, at least in principle!
But what hurts is when they're there and they behave like strangers...Keep in touch, Paul, feels nice to hear from what's left of the older lot!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-07 13:20]

Hi Paul

An excellent composition - wonderful handling of the dof and exposure. I didnt know you had not been posting either - hope you are well?


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-08 8:35]

Hello Paul,
Very beautiful photo in splendid light and colours. Through the light the rock is like a ship in the water. The rocks and weed in the FG are fabulous. Exciting sky with wonderful clouds in clear colours. Great POV and composition.

Hi Paul,

ok, ok.... I'll even give you a critique of your own! I love your sea and landscape images and perhaps more landscapers will join in too.

You have mastered that lens. The light and gleaming water is lovely. I have the same lens and camera... now just what is it that I am missing.... oh... your skill Drat!

My favorite part is the immediate foreground. I'd like, just for fun, to see an alternate shot with more foreground and less headland and no sky. I think 3 horizontal elements may be less static compositionally than 4. You can just scroll this page up to see what I mean. Love that foreground!

Evelynn : )

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2009-08-09 13:30]

Hi Paul!

Good to see you post :) I see you don't waste your time when off TN, such an awesome image you made meanwhile shows it!
That giant "golden" rock with so detailed clouds and all the fg.. It's been a while since I've seen something to catch my eyes so much. I just keep watching and it seems I don't get bored on it ever :) TFS!

Best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-08-11 14:36]

Ahh...so the old squad is back! ;) That's a good (and mobilizing) feel!
Nice to see something fresh from you and also very nice to see you posting seascapes again...i for one have missed them.
A gorgeous place captured at a gorgeous time!
I really like the strong elements here as well as the vibrant tones and colors everywhere. They attract the attention "from across the hall" :)
The algae in the FG have interesting texture, the waves then add a lot of drama, the cliff is the main focal point and it looks stunning in this evening light and finally those lovely clouds balance out the temperature and bring an extra something to the entire scene.
I like all these "layers"...these steps of a ladder i'd like to climb once again someday :)

Hope you're doing ok otherwise, too and home to finally get some free time (both of us) and have a nic internet chat.
Cheers and TFS

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2009-08-12 14:17]

Hi Paul,
I have no words, only - incredible!
Thansparent water looks almost irreal...

All my best,

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