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For a while now I've been searching for unique perspectives of the Gouffre, on Guernsey's South. I finally thought I had found something suitable, so on Sunday evening I went for a bit of a climb!

I'd checked the satellite imagery and saw that there may just be a chance of some late light breaking through the passing weather front. So I made my way to the Gouffre and started to gingerly scale the cliffs in the pouring rain. I reached the limit of my descent, a large overhang, 50ft above the pounding surf below and waited.

Eventually the rain passed just in time to attach my filters and compose the image, within seconds the sun burst through the cloud behind me. Not in a LONG LONG time had I witnessed such striking light and to my joy a raindbow appeared above the headland as the rain storm passed by!

Exposing was tricky, so much rain was still blowing in the strong wind and I had to contantly clean and cover the filters between exposures. Coupled with the gusty wind funneling up the cliff face I was very pleased to get home and see how sharp and clean the image was.

This is one image I will always look back on and realise just how amazing this island is when all the elements combine. I didn't even give a damn that I was so cold and wet!

Thanks for looking.

Dan

ps: I'm hoping the thumbnail on this shot will stand out a bit more than my previous post!

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MKII
Lens:Canon 24-105L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Natures Wonder
Username:Guernseydan Guernseydan
Uploaded:27 Jan 2009 - 9:26 AM
Tags:Channel islands, Guernsey, Landscape / travel, Le gouffre
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Dennis_Bromage
27 Jan 2009 - 9:34 AM

It's a stunner. Beautifully composed and fabulous light. Well worth the effort that's for sure

Den

Last Modified By Dennis_Bromage at 27 Jan 2009 - 9:35 AM

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2009 - 9:40 AM

Oh my oh my, Dan - this is a beauty. Thumbnail stand out? It leaps out and grabs the viewer by the throat! Absolutely gorgeous.

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2009 - 9:40 AM

Very nice colour and detail.

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GT_Steel
GT_Steel  8 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2009 - 9:43 AM

Great work the colour stand out almost making a 3D look. Great work.

Gavin

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swami1969
swami1969  10
27 Jan 2009 - 9:50 AM

Nice shot with a great light. I like it.
swami

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richardwheel
27 Jan 2009 - 10:12 AM


Quote: Thumbnail stand out? It leaps out and grabs the viewer by the throat! Absolutely gorgeous

yep, what he said Wink

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User_Removed
27 Jan 2009 - 10:33 AM

Gorgeous light and fabulous contrasts.

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G_Hughes
G_Hughes  7
27 Jan 2009 - 11:22 AM

Fantastic light and shot - well worth the rock hopping.
Greta.

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scott_jessuk
27 Jan 2009 - 12:08 PM

Cracking image, excellent light and colour.

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pmorgan
pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2009 - 12:28 PM

You don't post on here often any more Dan, but when you do, they are always such a joy to view!

Rgds
Paul

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Guernseydan
27 Jan 2009 - 7:08 PM

Thanks everyone!

Ian - Thanks for the award! The picture made me chuckle! Smile

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bruce295
bruce295  827 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Jan 2009 - 7:45 PM

Well worth the climb and soaking, one of the best I've seen on here for a long time, it's made my day.

Rgds

Geoff

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SWMahy
SWMahy e2 Member 6SWMahy vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2009 - 9:34 PM

Very nice Dan...and that rainbow is the icing on an already very tasty cake!

Can I ask you where you check your satellite imagery for the weather? Knowing what clouds will be doing a few hours in advance would be very useful.

Keep up the good work. Steve.

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Guernseydan
28 Jan 2009 - 7:00 AM

Of course Steve, it's the Guernsey met office website.

They have a section called marine links and in there you can get both visible and infrared displays of the last 24 hours. It's updated every hour at about 20 past so you do still have to put in a fair bit of guess work.

However without it as a tool I'd have missed the opportunity to get this image!

Thanks again everyone!

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BarryC124
BarryC124  5 New Zealand
28 Jan 2009 - 8:39 AM

Wow! That's a great shot. Barry

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