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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 Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 8:21 AM

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

LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce 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 Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 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 Plus Member 92564 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 Plus Member 3243 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 Plus 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 Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard 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 Plus Member 5195 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 Plus 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 Plus Member 123525 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 11:54 AM

Wonderful colours and textures Bill.


mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 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 Plus Member 51357 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 3:27 PM

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


TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC 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 Plus Member 9lifesnapper 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 Plus Member 3330 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom8 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 Plus Member 9421 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  7 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 Plus 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 Plus Member 6686 forum posts213hardy vcard England
5 Aug 2012 - 7:28 PM

Three absolute crackers, Bill.

Nice work


VivienO  5 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 Plus Member 4191 forum postsannettep38 vcard France33 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 3:57 PM

v2 for me, what a fine composition!

Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 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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