Cliff giants, Alabaster coast
The highlight of any trip to Etretat is a walk along the clifftops to view the fabulous white cliffs with natural giant archways that reach out into the sea. Paths rise to the cliffs from the pebble beach. In high season, particularly July and August, these clifftop paths can be very busy.
Be very cautious when walking near to the edge of the cliffs, they can be fragile and dangerous due to erosion. If you walk along the beaches then do check tide times as walkers can become trapped by the rising tide.
Étretat, another 20km west towards Le Havre, is a very different kettle of fish to Fécamp. Here the alabaster cliffs are at their most spectacular – their arches, tunnels and the solitary "needle" will doubtless be familiar from tourist brochures – and the town itself has grown up simply as a pleasure resort. There isn't even a port of any kind: the seafront consists of a sweeping unbroken curve of concrete above a shingle beach.
Étretat is a very pretty little place. The old wooden market halles still dominate the main square, the ground floor now converted into souvenir shops, but the beams of the balcony and roof are bare and ancient. As soon as you step onto the beach you'll see the cliff formations to either side. To the west, on the Falaise d'Aval, a straightforward if precarious walk leads up the crumbling side of the cliff, with lush lawns and pastures to the inland side and German fortifications on the shore side extending to the point where the turf abruptly stops, occasionally ripped by the latest fall of cliff. From the windswept top you can see further rock formations and possibly even glimpse Le Havre, but the views back to the village sheltered in the valley, and the Falaise d'Amont on its eastern side – which Maupassant compared to an elephant dipping its trunk into the ocean – are what stick in the memory. The cliff itself presents an idyllic rural scene, with a gentle footpath winding up the green hillside to the little chapel of Notre-Dame. (Source: franceforvisitors)
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siudzi (34141) 2012-09-12 1:44
This place looks really impressive from that POV. The humans provide us with a scale. I am sure it was a pleasure for you to look at that view. Well done.
cargus (10273) 2012-09-12 1:44
An interesting image, a charming landscape, good combination of light, contrast and color. Well done.
snunney (101634) 2012-09-12 1:47
A most splendid point of view on these massive cliffs. The people are indeed well included, offering a good sense of scale. Very good rendering of colours and detail despite the poor lighting conditions.
dta (79525) 2012-09-12 1:49
Hello George ;
Impressive plunging view on the beach . Interesting presence of the two people , to give the scale : they seems so little at the feet of the high cliffs ! I like your choice of framing without sky , here .
The light was not the best when you were there . Your serie has a grey-green tonality , but despite of that , is really excellent .
daddo (27010) 2012-09-12 2:06
Hi George. Impressive POV, not for those who suffer from vertigo. Lovely composition enhanced by the vertical format and inclusion of the vegetation in the foreground.Those tiny figures give us the idea of how grand the place is. Pozdrav. Klaudio.
besnard (56641) 2012-09-12 2:26
Une belle vue plongeante vertigineuse. La présence des petits personnages nous fait prendre conscience de la grandeur du site.
Bravo et bonne journée.
Royaldevon (40292) 2012-09-12 2:58
What an exciting viewpoint but certainly not for those with vertigo for the beach is a long way away! The composition, strongly following the right angle borders of the frame, is very effective. Excellent dof.
Have a lovely day,
Sergiom (82815) 2012-09-12 4:47
C'est très impressionnant comme falaise. Le point de vue est exceptionnel et la plongée vers la plage nous montre bien comment les humains sont petits devant ce mur blanc.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-09-12 5:48
WoW! these cliffs are huge and your POV shows this so amazingly. The tiny people on the beach give us a great sense of their size and scale too! Stunning shot!
Regards - Brian.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-09-12 7:24
Walkers on the beach give the scale of these cliffs. The picture is cleverly framed, dramatically. The quality is good. Bravo.
Have a nice day
holmertz (54961) 2012-09-12 8:42
As carefully as ever you have placed a few plants in the foreground to provide a perspective to the view. These steep rocks are awesome, really remarkable, and the beach looks quite tempting, although getting down there might be problematic. The presence of two persons, and maybe a third further back, makes us understand the impressive dimensions of this place.
brianmcc (6219) 2012-09-12 9:23
what an amazing coastline. your viewpoint and perspective are incredible. the two figures on the beach really give the scene some context and show how impressive the place is. excellent composition.
cornejo (43859) 2012-09-12 10:07
Hello György, excellent pov chosen to show up to these giant cliffs. Excellent picture frame in this interesting, technically very good. Very good, interesting and nice job excellently done. Congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Best regards and best wishes.
Schnappilic (9692) 2012-09-12 10:13
Beautiful composition with impressive rocks. Splendid exposure with great colors. Congratulations for this beautiful result!
All the best,
bergese (6699) 2012-09-12 11:06
Quelle vue sur ces falaises,c'est vraiment fantastique.La compo met bien en évidence la hauteur et les différentes couches des falaises.Bien vu.
tedesse (25135) 2012-09-12 11:35
Excellent POV, very nice view.
Beautiful colours and good sharpness.
francio64 (39888) 2012-09-12 13:00
bella vista dall'alto su questa spiaggia circondata da un imponente costone roccioso.
Buono il taglio verticale per ottenere profondità.
carlo62 (50800) 2012-09-12 14:38
una vista da "paura", è impressionante e gigantesco, come dimostrano le due figure che passeggiano.
jjcordier (79297) 2012-09-12 21:50
Vertigineux point de vue sur la plage aux pieds des falaises d'Etretat. Bon cadrage sans ciel.
emka (100815) 2012-09-12 23:38
Hi Georgy, the most famous is the rock in Etretat, shown on so many photos, but I find this one much more interesting. This is amazing view, with the cliffs so high and vertical. The people look like ants compared to the walls. Superb composition,. And the walk there must be great.
mohammad_H (10034) 2012-09-13 0:18
Hello dear friend
Very beautiful scenery and pleasant
Good camera angle of the rock wall. Somewhere beautiful
Have a nice day
JFS (32459) 2012-09-13 0:39
Breathtaking view...the depth of field is spectacular, a great one!
dkmurphys (60709) 2012-09-13 1:53
Another lovely capture from the impressive natural place. I like the colors and the way you've composed the image. Good work!
Graal (103034) 2012-09-14 0:08
Jó napot George,
unusual view and place. Good shot from high POV. Amazing cliff and beach. Great nature. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
abmdsudi (55604) 2012-09-14 1:18
The high pov offers the enormous depth and scale of this land formation, the high cliffs and its features with the two tiny figs add the proportion. The natural colors and luminousity are great with nice touches of fg interest. Fine shot, Congrats, TFS
trevormoffiet (3112) 2012-09-14 2:00
This composition is impressive. I like how you have positioned the elements of the image: the vegetation in the near foreground, the sea to the right, the cliffs to the left and top and the central strand of sand with the two human figures. perfectly placed.
mkamionka (38357) 2012-09-14 14:33
very impressive cliffs and a great POV to present them in an original way. I like especially the couple at the very bottom which helps us to imagine the size of the cliffs. The weather was not great and light challenging but you did a great job under such conditions.
Very well done,
siamesa (28123) 2012-09-14 16:24
Boa noite George
Impressive. This photo is superb. A perfect capture.
Buin (42468) 2012-09-15 3:07
I have had a walk in TE - and this picture at once caught my eyes. What an impressive and fascinating sight! The absence of sky here makes the picture even more interesting. A place to marvel ...
Thank you for the informative note!
Greetings from humid and cool Germany. Autumn is here ...
Have a nice weekend! Perhaps you feel like visiting me and other former TE members on Photofolia.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-12 1:30