The spectacular cliffs around Hartland Quay are always worth a visit when the wind blows!
The Peninsula is arguably one of the most dramatic landscapes in the UK: granite cliffs – the highest in England – tower over Atlantic rollers, then dip down to deserted beaches. Astonishing folds and rock formations, wild heathland and rare fauna and flora mean that protecting these landscapes whilst promoting their enjoyment is an important part of living and visiting here.
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snunney (90688) 2014-03-27 3:26
A very moody composition truly evoking the power of the sea. The square crop works perfectly, resulting a pleasing balanced composition. Good choice of black and white with well managed conversion.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-03-27 3:40
Love the mood you have captured and managed so well in this over the cliff sea scene.
B@W gives it a super feel, love the swirling waves, flattened grass on the cliffs, and the darkened sea and rocks.
Nice one, Tfs,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-27 4:30
super B&W shot this. Full of amazing tones and a real sense of the drama captured so impressively. Looks spectacular!
Regards - B.
jhm (145134) 2014-03-27 4:58
I think that the colours version also is very nice with the waves against the rocks.
Lovely perspective picture.
Black and white and sharpness are perfect made.
Excellent composition and perfect presentation.
Very well composition, nice done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Sergiom (68602) 2014-03-27 5:40
Une petite merveille que cette composition.Le point de vue nous montre très bien la force de l'océan qui vient frapper les côtes anglaises.On ressent le vent qui rugit. Le noir et blanc accentue l'impression de la violence des éléments.
tyro (22396) 2014-03-27 6:48
This is a fabulous photograph which perfectly depicts the awesome power of Nature! And its rendition in black and white adds to the mood stunningly well.
Your composition is superb, those fearsome jagged rocks perfectly placed in the frame and threatening to destroy any craft which might some within striking distance. Wonderful tones amd strong contrasts, lovely light, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness. There is a lovely gritty "graininess" to the sky which also enhances the mood nicely.
Looking at your exif data, I can't believe that is was terribly dark when you took this - was this another case in which you used your 10-stop ND filter (one of which I got just last week) to such good effect?
patpatch (1601) 2014-03-27 8:56
I like your picture very much.That's very impressive and your black and white choice gives a very strong effect and a dramatic atmoshphere.
I like your crop with the grass bended by the wind on the foreground.The foam on the water is really beautiful,I easily imagine the strength of the waves.
SnapRJW (31627) 2014-03-27 10:46
Hello Les - This really conveys the wildness of the the north Devon coast which, I think I've mentioned before, I love. Wonderful textures and details, the drama you present here is superb.... wild and romantic! I doubt it would have the same power in colour so good choice to go with B&W.
mesutilgim (89726) 2014-03-27 12:27
Amazing b&w capture of this stormy scenery with very good pov and layout.Nice farming and interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
Royaldevon (33787) 2014-03-27 13:53
Wow, this looks like a lithograph from a copy of the 'Illustrated London News'! It has a great atmosphere, reminiscent of tales of the wreckers!
Your photograph is very well composed, at an angle across the frame, with very strong contrasts between the swelling sea and hard, jagged rocks.
For me, the b&w conversion works very well in promoting the mood.
My warm regards,
chrislo (4155) 2014-03-27 14:24
A very dramatic image showing the power of the sea and nature. The strength of the rough sea is well depicted with the blurred and dynamic movement of the waves, the cold low light, the threatening sky and dark sharp rock. The lighting is spectacular, and the black and white treatment adds to the dramatic almost menacing nature of all the elements. Strong, moody, and very well realized. A wonderful shot.
Have a nice weekend.
macjake (62280) 2014-03-27 15:10
easy to enjoy this one!
this for sure makes me want to get into a car and see the coastline of the UK.
love the sharp acute angle of the large rock face.
and the blue/grey tones give a unique look to the scene too.
surprised you achieved so much silk in only 3 sec!
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2014-03-28 11:45
wow, it is magical. Long exposer here done the trick. I like the presentation in monochrome. Depth and sharpness are superb. Excellent tight framing. Tfs.
sabermonajati (10549) 2014-03-28 11:47
you captured wonderful form from waves.
ChrisJ (105455) 2014-03-30 5:27
and a spectacular photo of the spectacular cliffs! The b&w renditions accentuates the subtle tonal nuances in addition to some dramatic light contrasts between shadows and highlights. Good sharpness and a fine high pov looking down. I like the motion blur of the waves too. Tfs!
photoray (13719) 2014-04-04 7:53
Impressive monochrome scene of Hartland Quay, the long exposure enhances the power of the ocean, and the jutting rocks, windswept grass, and stormy clouds.
Nicely composed and created,
clic (16134) 2014-04-05 13:25
I saw many of your pictures and I presume you take your shots with the HDR technique because most of them appear quite dramatic; in this particular case, the faint lighter halo of light around the larger sharp boulder appears quite descriptive of this special technique, as well as the numerous grey tones of enraged waters hitting the stubborn rock!
Hard to imagine the power of droplets gathered to destroy granite!
Many thanks and...see you soon, I hope!
delpeoples (55254) 2014-04-10 15:49
What a spectacular B&W you present to us. The granite rocks are simply spectacular, so jagged and menacing. The slow exposure has worked a beauty in demonstrating how wild and woolly that coastline is. And the strong textures of the grass on the cliff complement that superbly. There is a slight grain to the image (seen in the sky) which really depends on personal taste. I don't mind it at all, although usually prefer to see landscape skies clean and portraits a bit grainy. Again, this is a personal taste thing, rather than a technical thing. All in all, a spectacular photo.
Hugs to you and G - will be seeing you on this side of the Orb this year?
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-12 2:23
Another very fine B & W capture. I love the movement of the water and the square format is very appealing. The jagged line of rocks running into the breakers is quite dramatic and the play of light on the flat surface of the granite is wonderfully caught.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend
petarl (1189) 2014-05-22 2:27
You have some very fine images in your gallery. I like them quite a lot. This black and white landscape is simply stunning. Such an amazing view. Strength of the waves and wind can be felt as if we’re there. It’s an inspiring image well worth of cover page of a book, some classic master piece. I have the same lens which I bought after viewing some of the images here on TE including yours as well. But it takes more than a lens to catch wind, waves and the shapes of the stones protruding from the water as if the new island is rising from the sea during an earthquake. Creation of the new land masses. Regards, Petar
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (15681)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-02-16
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NikonD300s, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX
- Exposure: f/8, 3 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Mono [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-27 2:32