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King Arthurs Stone

King Arthurs Stone
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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: 2010-08-05
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm F/4L USM, Lee 0.6 ND Grad Hard
Exposure: f/22
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pretty - Perfect - Picture [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-11 11:05
Viewed: 4832
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

hope you're all doing well, thought i'd drop in and share this, taken last week during a few days stay on the Gower Pennisula in South Wales. This was taken looking north west about half an hour after sundown, on the windswept summit of Cefn Bryn.

Arthur's Stone is a neolithic burial chamber, a cromlech, which dates from 2500 BC. It consists of a huge glacial boulder supported on nine uprights. (Legend has it that whilst walking in Llanelli, King Arthur found a stone in his shoe. He removed the irritant and flung it as far away as he could. It is said to have landed on Cefn Bryn !) It's placement is probably due to a glacial deposit rather than human force, then tomb-builders excavated below it to create their burial chamber. The capstone of millstone grit is said to weigh more than 25.4 metric tons. In Welsh, the stone is called Maen Ceti, and was once considered one of the wonders of Ancient Britain.
It's a very evocative place to visit, especially as it's getting dark...

Thanks For Looking :o)

Paul Haynes Photography

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-11 11:21]

Hello Paul,
Fantastic landscape in splendid light and colours. The green is so beautiful. Together with the colourful sky with clouds this is a superb photo in a great composition. Very good DOF.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-11 11:51]

Hello Paul,
Nice to see a landscape from you again and this time from Wales! It sure looks like a fabulous place that you've captured from a nice POV and in magic light. Fantastic DOF and fabulous colours too! Excellent work as usual!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-08-11 12:20]

Hi Paul!

Please, do not just drop in, but keep on posting pictures like this one and all the ones you spoiled us during the past years. It's so fine to see and to hear from you! When I saw the thumbnail, I knew who was the author. Your style and your know-how are unique. I love the dramatic aspect in your picture, well highlighted by the superb sky and the lightspots here and there. And of course, the very low point of view...

Kind regards


Hi Paul,

A very atmospheric shot, love the colours and movement in the clouds, excellent dof and POV.
TFS regards Bill

The legend of the stone is interesting in its own way, but your picture featuring it in the foreground is a wonderful landscape, Paul.
The earth and sky look beautiful in this picture taken on an overcast day. The greens of the foregroung are very soothing.
Thanks and hope you too are keeping well.

Hi Paul,
Good to see you here again with your unique style.
You still have the touch. This is brilliant once again.
I've been taking a few nice landscapes lately,thinking of yours.
Superb work.
Cheers & TFS

Awesome... reminds me of the ancient ruins in Ireland... very mystical. Excellent presentation!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-11 22:43]

Hello Paul,
A beautiful and fascinating capture that reminds me the Wales as I remember it when I lived in Pembrokeshire (as it was then).
The colours, composition and lighting show the character that has almost become your trademark.
The shutterspeed is not mentioned but it was long enough to creat a fine effect on the clouds, like a Turner painting.
I have not been to King Arthur's Stone but know the cromlechs around the Preselly Mts well: I recommend them to you as subjects.
Diolch yn fawr: thanks a lot (I learnt some Welsh when lived there).

Hi Paul,

This is a stunning landscape you have caught. The long exposure creates a wonderful effect in the sky and everything is very well exposed. Lovely foreground interest with the stone on a thirds line. The detail is also very good.
Great capture and TFS


Hallo Paul
I have run out of words to describe your photography and the masterpieces you bring us by ways of your camera so this time I'll just say: This is a PPP - Pretty, Perfect, Picture . Thanks for sharing. Warmest regards from a freezing Empangeni.

Hi Paul,
A beautiful landscape. Very well captured by you. Excellent composition and nice colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-12 5:11]

Hello Paul,
Nice to see a picture again! And this one has a very mysterious atmosphere, something we like to imagine thinking about celtic or older times. Most beautiful evening light, which allows very special shots. I also like the couleur palette and the composition is like always very well chosen.
Well seen, indeed.
Kind regards

Hi Paul,
you really teach us TN watchers something with your top-notch landscape views. This seemingly simple view of "King Arthur's Stone" is a good example: you wait for the right moment for the light, you use a tripod and a long exposition time and and and ...You say that you are privileged by your environment. But so am I... Yet I still have to peel my eyes and learn a thing called patience.
Thanks for presenting your Artwork on TN.
Best regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-23 19:33]

Hello Paul,
You and I have been here for awhile now and I am still amazed at your ability to take stunning seashore or any other type image for that matter. Well done my friend.

Hello Paul,
Outstanding landscape.Just brilliant...
Thanks for sharing such breathtaking view,

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