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Lying just off Winchelsea Beach and exposed only at low tide are the petrified remains of a forest. We struck lucky one grey morning: it is quite astonishing to look at though the tones need boosting a bit to bring out the textures. I confined myself to a few details, which under the prevalent lighting seemed the obvious approach.

Thanks to VivienO for alerting us to this fascinating natural wonder.

And thanks to John (lifesnapper) for honouring yesterday's upload with his U.A.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Jun 2012 - 9:25 AM
Focal Length:15.4mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-0.33
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:4 Aug 2012 - 8:15 AM
Tags:Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract
Variant - ReportVariant - Report


helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 8:21 AM

What wonderful rich colours and textures Bill - all three well composed as ever SmileSmile

LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 8:25 AM

Wow! Love these Bill. V3 is my favourite.

Last Modified By LynneJoyce at 4 Aug 2012 - 8:27 AM
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 8:34 AM

Very attractive abstracts with complementary tones, colours and textures. The orange/brown pebble is an important focal point in 1 and 2.


jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 8:50 AM

Ah! V3 made it clear. Wonderful.

sherlob e2 Member 82429 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom126 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 9:10 AM

Hi Bill,

I really like the composition in both V1 & V2 - indeed these are my preferred shots. However, I always think that these shots - where texture can play an important part in the composition - maximising the dof to ensure front to back sharpness is preferable. V3 does this (likely as you've pulled back a little to get the wider perspective). I wonder if this contributes to the preferences for this version from those commenting so far?

All the best,



Excellent captures loads of detail great colours, V3 is my fav. but only just.


netta1234 e2 Member 2212 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 9:17 AM

I love these images especially v1,great colour tones and textureSmileSmile

Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 9:32 AM

I keep going back to V1 and seeing the subtle lines of wood with the little pebbles in the tiny holes. Nature working her magic as ever in an ever changing canvas lasting for millions of years.

I've just discovered the work of ViveneO and enjoying what she saw too Bill.


gary_d  7575 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 10:34 AM

When you think how old these are its amazing, a really well taken set Bill. - gary

AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 10:59 AM

They're all so good Bill - I can't choose between them!! Nature's abstracts at their best.

BarryC123  643 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 11:18 AM

Wonderful abstract work. If we're picking favourites, mine is V1...as suggested above that orange pebble somehow makes this work the best.

ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 11:29 AM

These are amazing. I'd heard of the petrified forest but have never seen pics of it. You've captured these so beautifully, Bill! Wow...


franken e2 Member 123261 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 11:54 AM

Wonderful colours and textures Bill.


mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 11:58 AM

A splendid shot is V3 Bill.
A bit of dampness always brings out the fine colours.
Forget all about that ''50 Shades of Grey'' they keep talking about,
50 shades of brown here !!
Excellent shots.

4 Aug 2012 - 2:43 PM

Love the colours V1 does it for me Steve

WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41103 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 3:27 PM

v1 for me, Bill, less cluttered and a strong diagonal.


TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 3:57 PM

It's amazing what you can see if you bother to look down instead of in front of you all the time. Lovely patterns and textures here, Bill, a super set Wink
Trev Smile

lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 5:01 PM

V1 is a Gem of a picture Bill, you certainly are on a roll here.

John Smile

Last Modified By lifesnapper at 4 Aug 2012 - 5:01 PM
carper123 e2 Member 3116 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 6:31 PM

A great set of variants and they all have their own merits, but i liked v1, the diagonal works well.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

KingBee e2 Member 8398 forum postsKingBee vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 8:22 PM

A lovely collection, with - bizarrely - the large red stone in V1 reminding me of a kidney, and the big chunk of rock in V3 (bottom/foreground), a slab of liver. Yes, I've been out in the sun all day; no, I haven't been drinking.



Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 7:57 AM

A good set Bill - I have waited for a long time for the tide to reveal these - missed it again!!!*$%

pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
5 Aug 2012 - 10:41 AM

prefer #1 ; intriguing composition
superb details / textures

RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 5:53 PM

Love V3 Bill. I have been there (Winchelsea) and seen this, but didn't get any photos unfortunately.
kind regards,

213hardy e2 Member 6643 forum posts213hardy vcard England
5 Aug 2012 - 7:28 PM

Three absolute crackers, Bill.

Nice work


VivienO  4 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 - 7:05 PM

Fine close-up detail of petrified wood Bill, enhanced by all the trapped pebbles and moss. Like them all but V3 is my favourite.

annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 3:57 PM

v2 for me, what a fine composition!

Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 5:55 PM

Tremendous colours and textures in these seaside abstracts

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