The unforgiving coastline at Welcombe Mouth in North Devon.
When it comes to place names Welcombe Mouth is a bit of a sick joke. Nowhere could be less welcoming than North Devon's 'wrecker coast' – close the Cornish border. The men aboard the ships Maggie, Cornelia, Nancy, Leopoldin Baur, Edward Beck and Avonmore must have thought it to be the most inhospitable place on Earth as they wrecked upon its razor-backed reefs.
All those vessels went to their doom around Welcombe Mouth, and probably more besides. For mariners it is a savage place
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-18 4:55
love this! It is almost surreal when you slow down the world with the big stopper filter. A shot that looks more like being at the top of a mountain range rather than at sea level, but therein lies the magic and appeal of this beautiful image. Awesome!
Enjoy the week ahead - B.
tyro (22168) 2014-08-18 5:37
Just like your last photograph from this remarkable place, this is also a stunning image which works (or, at least, you have made it work!) so well in black and white, the starkness of monochrome enhancing the feeling of mysticism and sinister treachery afforded by those spectacular jagged rocks as the sea softly and gently flows between them. And those same feelings are also enhanced by the fact that there's not another person or thing - nothing - apart from the sky, the sea and the rocks.
Again, your use of a ten-stop ND filter has added magic to an image with fabulous light, tones and contrasts, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-08-18 6:21
I think this is your second post of this rocky coastline and done superbly. The long exposure, the wide angle and the choice of monochrome all stand out to make a great picture.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Have a great week ahead.
holmertz (45297) 2014-08-18 7:29
This looks rather out of this world, like a shot from a Holywood fantasy movie. I surely wouldn't enjoy this view from a ship on a stormy day. But it's a fascinating scenery for somebody safely sitting by his computer and you have processed the photo very well.
Gerrit (50984) 2014-08-18 9:36
Good evening Les,
Beautiful landscape and fantastic photo in surprising effective black and white tones.
dcole (281) 2014-08-18 9:37
Incredible shot and rendered extremely well in b&w. Beautiful comp. & exposure. I recently picked up a big stopper and this image is making me anxious to give it a try. Very well done!
Noel_Byrne (27440) 2014-08-18 11:30
Once again you have portrayed this place with a very savage beauty. These rocks are like sharks teeth, and it is easy to imagine them ripping apart the hulls of ships. The long exposure has made the water look like mist, or possibly the breath of the beast, while the black and white treatment adds an intense mood to the view. Combined with these clouds, this is almost an alien landscape. Beautifully done.
JanArie (653) 2014-08-18 12:47
Hi Leslie, great B&W photo with this long exposure time.
I like the foggy see and the sharp rocks of the coast.
Very well done.
Royaldevon (33387) 2014-08-18 15:03
Oh, wow! Those rocks certainly look like row upon row of shark's teeth! No friend to a ship! Great friend to a wrecker!
There is an 'other world' atmosphere to your photograph, where the slow shutter speed has given a very misty surface to the water. Amazing!
As always, a fine composition.
My warm regards,
delpeoples (55094) 2014-08-24 16:25
Ciao dear Les
Wow, I've worked out that I am your evil twin when it comes to an appreciation of windswept coastline. This photo says it all and I'm so glad you chose B&W which has really accentuated those wild textures. The razor sharp rocks jutting out from the misted-up water are pure poetry. This photo oozes that wild untamed beauty, which is getting rarer and rarer in the world.
Thanks for sharing, hugs to you all
kabel (1902) 2015-01-25 7:41
Hello, a lovely wild shoreline image. The filter creates that moody water look which appears like mist. Excellent sharpness throughout.
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (15571)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-07-22
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NikonD300s, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX, Lee Big Stopper 10 stop ND
- Exposure: f/16, 30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Mono [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-18 4:44