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Always on the look out for 'different' landscape subjects I decided to have a look at the Denge Marsh Sound Mirrors near Greatstone Kent.
The mirrors were constructed during WWII as a listening aid to detect incoming Luftwaffe aircraft. Built from reinforced concrete the circular mirrors are approximately 25ft in diameter. The wall is 200ft long.
Derek

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Mirror, Mirror......Mirror
Username:derekhansen derekhansen
Uploaded:26 Nov 2012 - 7:28 PM
Tags:Architecture, Denge Marsh, General, Greatstone, Kent, Landscape / travel, Sound mirrors
Votes:54
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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 3261 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 7:35 PM

A great image of a part of our history.............fantastic tones and it emits a great feeling................GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41122 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 7:36 PM

I remember these from the original series of 'Coast'. A difficult composition and lovely tones again, Derek.

Dave

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geffers7
geffers7 e2 Member 437 forum postsgeffers7 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 7:41 PM

Very interesting subject Derek and as Dave says difficult composition - well done.
Geoff

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 544 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 7:46 PM

Excellent and original image, Derek. I like this a lot.
Alun

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 6200 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 8:08 PM


Quote: Very interesting subject Derek and as Dave says difficult composition - well done.
Geoff


Quote: I remember these from the original series of 'Coast'. A difficult composition and lovely tones again, Derek.

Dave

Interesting that you should both remark on the composition as this gave me real problems and probably explains why I have seen so few decent shots from here. Unless you have a boat the only approach is along a shingle path to a small headland. You cannot walk around the location as the Mirrors are located on an Island and only accessible via a swing bridge and even then only as part of an organised tour. I spent an hour walking around an area about 30ft x 30ft trying to find the perfect composition without ever being totally satisfied..

Many thanks to Julia for the GEA. I really do appreciate it.

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 51181 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 8:49 PM

Interesting shot and a great comp.


Ian

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 6200 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 8:52 PM

Thank you for your precious UA Andy. It means a lot.
Derek

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chris-p
chris-p e2 Member 964 forum postschris-p vcard England
26 Nov 2012 - 8:53 PM

A fascinating image Derek...have read so much about this place and its history.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 9:35 PM

Fascinating history Derek ( is it out of bounds ) Hence the POV.
Ron.

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AnnChown
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27 Nov 2012 - 7:56 AM

I was interested to read of your difficulties in finding the right perspective for these mirrors. I've never seen them, even from a distance despite my frequent visits to Dungeness. So, a great composition and a very atmospheric image Derek.
Ann

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2012 - 9:25 AM

A superb composition from here Derek, I have actually been in to see these close-up but your view-point shows them off perfectly, in my opinion! I like the mood/feel that you've created, almost sombre!

Sarah *

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 6200 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2012 - 10:22 AM


Quote: A superb composition from here Derek, I have actually been in to see these close-up but your view-point shows them off perfectly, in my opinion! I like the mood/feel that you've created, almost sombre!

Sarah *

Thanks Sarah. I was definitely looking to bring out the imposing mood during post processing.
Derek

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h4rsx
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27 Nov 2012 - 10:27 AM

Very interesting Derek, I had no idea these existed down in Kent. Very nicely composed. Wink

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2012 - 3:50 PM

Your very own detailed image Derek, something from a few concrete shapes. Interesting too.

Dougie

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RockArea
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28 Nov 2012 - 7:09 PM

Such an interesting subject and very nicely processed to reveal all that detail.

David

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helenlinda
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29 Nov 2012 - 7:52 AM

Different to see movement in the water in one of your images, and it has created lovely curves to the bottom left and different shapes to the right.
Well composed shot Derek SmileSmile
Helen

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almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 6:25 AM

Was worth the time to chose this comp Derek. I too saw them on the TV but they didn't look as good as this! Love the dark moodiness to the image, reminiscent of those days when these were in use. The water movement front and left nicely echos the sky.

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