The Alabaster coast before storm, Etretat
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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besnard (52887) 2012-09-21 1:21
Une bonne vue plongeante sur le rocher avec la mouette qui semble surveiller l'horizon.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-09-21 1:31
Wow.So perfect capture.The place seems so peacefull and calm.That's the great atmosphere.Very nice framing and POV.Well done!
Have a nice day
mauro61 (52623) 2012-09-21 1:46
bravo e fortunato nel trovare il gabbiano messo in posa per te-
Ottima la qualità dello scatto,
bergese (6699) 2012-09-21 2:40
Ta série sur cet endroit me plait beaucoup.Je trouve que le ciel couvert met en évidence cette côte.
snunney (81885) 2012-09-21 3:27
You do not seem to have had very good weather during your trip to Etretat. Nevertheless, you have produced a very successful composition here. Excellent point of view with the added bonus of the seagull lord of all he surveys. I like the muted tones and the very good sharpness. The stormy sky contributes much to the mood of the composition.
carlo62 (30625) 2012-09-21 3:37
che bello il gabbiano a far da guardia allo spettacolo naturale che è ai suoi piedi.
jhm (137668) 2012-09-21 3:42
This is a wonderful place along the coast, you chose a very well angle.
We see a nice part of the sea between the rocks and the seagull.
A incredible nice contrast image.
Excellent composition, pleasant colors, good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
marcan44 (6223) 2012-09-21 4:04
il tempo non promette niente di buono ma anche il gabbiano, insieme a noi, è affascinato da questo stupendo panorama ripreso con la solita maestria.
Buona serata amico
Sergiom (57851) 2012-09-21 5:00
J'aime beaucoup la construction de cette image, surtout au niveau de la mouette qui s'est présentée pour balancer l'image. Du très beau travail.
timecapturer (47518) 2012-09-21 5:09
inspired composition with the placement of elements here so beautifully placed. It is a wonderfully executed shot and very creatively presented.
Have a great weekend - regards Brian.
jjcordier (75190) 2012-09-21 7:42
Jolie composition avec la complicité de la mouette qui semble observer la falaise.
holmertz (39569) 2012-09-21 7:46
This magnificent view can obviously be used many times. This is another fine composition with the seagull standing like an emperor inspecting its territory. The large bird is well captured in a profile and you have given the picture a very good treatment.
tedesse (25099) 2012-09-21 7:49
Another beautiful view of Etretat. Excellent sharpness and colors, beautiful work.
Have a nice weekend
brianmcc (6099) 2012-09-21 10:46
this is a great composition, with the gull in the foreground and the cliff providing context to the scene. the beach in the background with the arch is wonderful. your depth of field is perfect to take in the whole scene. the sky looks very moody and adds to the overall atmosphere.
Sonata11 (33223) 2012-09-21 10:51
another beautiful and spectacular view. Beautifully executed with great framing. Awesome. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a great WE,
Gigidusud (14713) 2012-09-21 12:53
Beautiful photo of this coast with nice green tones.Well framed with the bird on the right.
Have a nice WE my friend,
cornejo (30115) 2012-09-21 13:02
Hello György, I like this nice picture of this beautiful composition, technically perfect and great quality. Excellent and lovely work, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good night and happy weekend.
Best regards and best wishes.
mesutilgim (82344) 2012-09-21 13:42
Hello dear George,
Something quite different from your typical way.
Very nice layout with the lonesome seagull at right top.
Nice artisanal effect, nice framing.
TFS and have a nice weekend
gervaso (9859) 2012-09-21 14:28
Wonderful and peaceful landscape, and I like the seagull observing the scene, excellent framing! Beautiful job!
Royaldevon (28455) 2012-09-21 14:37
Did you wait patiently or was it coincidence that the seagull was so well placed in your shot? Whatever, it gives a great focal image and creates a view that we must follow, from the clifftop to the beach.
The shot has many characteristics of a painting.
I like it very much.
Have a lovely w/e,
jlbrthnn (79703) 2012-09-21 15:30
Nothing escapes your eyes experienced, nor the sight of the cliffs, or the gull in the right place at the right time. Superb. Bravo.
dkmurphys (48088) 2012-09-22 2:22
Another very attractive composition from the unique rock. I like the colors and the atmosphere. Well taken.
npecanhuk (63604) 2012-09-24 4:25
Everything here truly pleases me!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders and, above all, chosen pov and composition!
I love the presence of that bird there!!!!
TFS - congrats,
Gerrit (46892) 2012-09-25 1:27
magnificent plave and view and waht a fantasic composition with the seagul on top.
AdrianWrobel (1686) 2013-04-22 8:14
Heil, Przepiekne ujecie, i ogromna skala kontrastu.. Pozdrawiam-Adrian
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-21 1:05