The Giants Causeway is a region located at the tip of Northern Ireland and is renowned world wide for its beauty and unique geological qualities. The region is made of a volcanic rock called basalt which flowed out of the earths crust some 50-60 million years ago.
When it cooled and solidified the chemical elements in the basalt formed approximately some 40,000 geometric, mostly hexagonal, shapes.
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david (3992) 2006-06-30 8:39
i like this photograph. there's a nice juxtaposition between the bright colours of the green plants, and the dark rocks and sky.
the geology if the area is awesome. i like the patterns in the rocks and the hill rising behind are amazing. i think you could spend hours there getting some great photographs.
ryno (6865) 2006-06-30 8:49
Good photo of an interesting-looking place, Stephen. I like the emerald green grass amid all the dark/grey colour - it stands out like a beacon. Sharp definition & good composition, well done. Regards,
gp_pl (1394) 2006-06-30 8:51
what an amazing place, wonderul colours. Great contrast and composition.
jrleborgne (1554) 2006-06-30 8:52
That's an unexpected photograph. Special timeless atmosphere !
LCannon (2796) 2006-06-30 8:59
This photo is simply stunning Stephen, breathtaking in it's beauty. I love the dark rocks with the contrast of the green and bright area in the foreground. Your POV is perfect with the light shining behind the rocky part in the background. I love all the interesting textures and shapes in the rocks. I'd give it extra points if I could, it is so wonderful, WOW for lack of better words.
jinju (14265) 2006-06-30 9:01
The bright colors in this almost grey environment are so good. Stunning actually and they pop out so strongly even in the thumbnail
tjanze (5674) 2006-06-30 9:15
Wow!Amazing photo.Perfect shape of rocks,good composition.Almost fluorescent green grass works amazing on photo.Thanks for sharing.
samrat_roy1 (697) 2006-06-30 9:39
excellnt compostition. i just went WOW. great colours. the place looks so enchanting. the rocks are superb. great capture man. really love the picture
flagman (298) 2006-06-30 10:05
From the thumbnail, this looks like it might be a photoshop job, but I'm delighted that it's not.
Amazing scene, I'd love to go there. Perfect POV and composition.
hugolef (4909) 2006-06-30 10:16
nice shot, i like this contrast of colors ... good choice of wide angle.
nice POV and frame
Well seen and done
rhizomes (15343) 2006-06-30 10:17
Wow, impressive picture with strong colors and interesting composition !
Good idea to use the tripod...These hexagonal forms are amazing !
jussipee (10) 2006-06-30 10:44
Nature have been crack those pentagon rocks to the foreground. Stonepillars to the background, grey and brown stone color borders looks like interesting.
Weather is changing, you have been there in a right moment (and i guess that you been waiting this moment).
Mainsubject, that grass-eye, rocks.
Composition works, harmony colors.
teutza (10590) 2006-06-30 11:55
another unreal photo!!those rocks have an amasing shape!!!the light and colours are also very good!
veve (4189) 2006-06-30 12:23
Very nice photo!Excellent contrast between green and blue dark!Good composition!
Goran (247) 2006-06-30 15:38
Great colors, POV, composition.
I personally would just not have sharpened it a that much,
anyway really nice.
Stan (2770) 2006-06-30 15:44
Very nice shot and colours. I like this unsual landscape and the hexagonal shape of the stones. Well done!
recepyuksel (17808) 2006-06-30 16:27
like a different planet..
bravo, thank you
veronika (6058) 2006-06-30 16:55
Sharp, perfect and strange in the same time Stephen and the result - great :)
+ very good note.
Have a nice weekend!
umbrellaphotos (1901) 2006-06-30 17:04
Very interesting. The background is pretty dark, while the foreground is well-metered. Such interesting shapes - I've seen pictures from this place before, it's quite remarkable. Thanks for sharing,
daddo (25441) 2006-07-01 2:59
Hi Stephen. This place looks too weird to be true. It looks as if someone went around with a BIG, black feltpen and drew over the outline of each rock and then used a bright green and yellow highlighter pen and coloured in all the vegetation. It's magical, it's beautiful, it's fantastic (using the true meaning of the word}.My compliments for capturing this spot so well. Klaudio
Lukasso (645) 2006-07-02 5:44
I love the ambiance of your photo. Composition and colors are just great making it really eye-catching.
But in the matter of genesis of hexagonal shapes you're wrong. Chemical elements form only minerals constituing the whole rock.
In fact as the basaltic magma intruded chalk bed and formed an extensive lava plateau it started to cool rapidly. The differnce between temperature of molten basaltoic lava and solid host rocks and the whole outside world were giant! It was the same thing as throwing molten iron into the water. It cools rapidly. So as the lava cooled very fast some contraction in all directions occured. Vertical contraction rreduced the tickness of basaltic floor. But the horizontal contraction could only be accomodated by cracking up throughout the basaltic flor resulting in such shapes. Due to its mechanical propeties (which are different for each type of rock) basalt contracts into hexagonal or pentagonal forms whose thicknesss depends on rapidity of cooling. That's how it was:)
But it changes nothing. The photo is great:)
jemaflor (88199) 2006-07-02 15:28
A great shot, this lanscape is already very nice but your photo is wonderful with this green, congratulation.
Yffic (6106) 2006-07-03 3:13
I really like your shot, specially for two reason: first of course the colors and in second because you have succed to show us the hexagonal shapes.
Amandine (1072) 2006-07-04 4:30
Wonderfull pic Stephen, the different grey tones are well contrasted, espacially with this luminous green. Your composition is well done and points the relief out. Well done
gata (0) 2006-07-05 8:33
Muy temprano o muy tarde estuviste, para no encontrar a nadie, y capturar esa luz.
CoolDan (2516) 2006-07-12 15:24
Quel endroit surprenant tout droit sorti de certaines scènes du Seigneur des Anneaux...
La composition des pierres est surprenante et la lumière parfaite.
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-07-27 3:38
Hi Stephen, your gallery is awesome, i love your pictures, you show the world in a way that i love, brilliant.
jean11-3 (2799) 2007-06-30 2:41
a great view of the Causeway;I have never been but it is on my list of places to visit.
Good DoF and POV.
I like the way you have composed the shot with the rock pool in the f/g,it adds some colour and light,and emphasises the shape of the columns.
TFS, regards Jean.
danrockd (23) 2009-10-09 2:55
First what an amazing place..
Next an equally impressive shot to capture the stunning beauty of the place. great contrast and color saturation. the green amongst the grey is outstanding !
- Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) (13048)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-06-23
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EFS 10-22mm, circ Polarizer
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/2 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Timeless photos, Greatest-1116, Best shot from Northern Ireland., Images I do like [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-06-30 8:36
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