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Had a great holiday in Northumberland, so much for the family to see and do! However I managed several early mornings out to make the most of the good weather. We were staying 10mins from Dunstanburgh and it has a lot of significance for my wife as one of her brother's ashes were scattered there. The sun rose pretty close to the castle making contrast control interesting. This is from the first morning I went there, in the company of my brother in law, Kel55 (thanks for looking after Sookie the dog!). I know this isn't an original image given how well photographed this area is but it was very exciting to get to such an iconic place! Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Oct 2013 - 7:02 AM
Focal Length:17mm
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:5sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Mono Rocks
Username:almiles almiles
Uploaded:15 Oct 2013 - 10:17 AM
Tags:Beach, Castle, Dunstanburgh, Landscape / travel, Mono, Rocks
Votes:43

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widtink
widtink e2 Member 1404 forum postswidtink vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 10:27 AM

Lovely shot Al Smile The sheen of the rocks and sky are really beautiful .

Rod

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 10:39 AM

It's not easy to get something original from here, but it's always nice to get something as good as this.
A moment to think while a long exposure ticks away.

Dougie

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 10:49 AM

Works for me Al, the comp my not be original but the sky and water are never the same.
Regards Richard

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Diggeo
Diggeo e2 Member 1Diggeo vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 10:55 AM

A beautiful work!!

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geffers7
geffers7 e2 Member 332 forum postsgeffers7 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 11:29 AM

It may have been done before but not by you Al - you've controlled the contrast really well and its a really good image. Is the colour version going to follow?
Geoff

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 426 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 12:13 PM

I've been waiting for this Al and it definitely doesn't disappoint , it's beautifully taken. I can understand why your brother in laws ashes were scattered there it's a beautiful place with a strong spiritual feeling
JSmile

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Joline
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15 Oct 2013 - 12:40 PM

The mono creates a very dramatic and beautiful photo. So much power in those stones.

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5170 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 12:41 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

As Jeremy says this certainly does not disappoint. Beautifully captured. The exposure balance and toning look spot on Alan.
Might be a tiny bit soft on the foreground rocks but looks like a sharpening rather than focus issue to me. Easily corrected with a touch of localized sharpening and not enough to spoil the impact, so gets my badge today.
Derek

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charlotte
charlotte e2 Member 934 forum postscharlotte vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 2:24 PM

Well worked Al.

Charlotte

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NDODS
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15 Oct 2013 - 4:51 PM

A poetic composition crafted from the finest hand...

A stunning monochrome, one which makes one yearn to get back to my roots, and one which has been so very well observed, composed and exposed. "Simply Stunning Al" Glad you had a great time in Gods Country...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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kel55
kel55 e2 Member 1kel55 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 5:14 PM

Hi Al , this is a wonderful shot , level of skill and talent is outstanding , in fact if you keep practicing you might produce something as good as sookies sunrise ( sorry about the spelling ) , seriously Al love this , mono and exposure work brilliantly . Look forward to seeing the rest of the shots from that week . Hope the you and the rest of the tribe are all good , speak soon Kel

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Niknut
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15 Oct 2013 - 5:21 PM

Great shot !!!.......love those 'crusty' boulders !!.....top quality !!!!!!

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 5:37 PM

the subject matter really suits the mono treatment, good work Al.
ant.

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 6:54 PM

Thanks to Jeremy, Derek and Kel for their coveted UAs! Didn't expect such a great response. Thanks for the comments Rod, Dougie, Richard, Georgios, geoff, Jeremy, Joline, Derek, Charlotte, Nathan, Kel, Keith and Ant!


Quote: It may have been done before but not by you Al - you've controlled the contrast really well and its a really good image. Is the colour version going to follow?
Geoff

I wasn't wowed by the colour version of this particular morning's shoot Geoff but I had another 2 mornings at Dunstanburgh trying to improve matters so will see how they edit out. Had one great low-tide sunrise and one stormy high-tide morning at Bamburgh which look like they might get some decent results.

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15 Oct 2013 - 7:13 PM


Quote: The mono creates a very dramatic and beautiful photo. So much power in those stones.

Superb shot

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jeanie
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15 Oct 2013 - 8:03 PM

It's a cracking image Al.. suits mono and a classic view.
Gets my vote!
Smile

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Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 426 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales32 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 9:35 PM

Late to the party but have my badge too for this cracking moo, Al. It's not an easy place to photograph and exposure control can be very challenging but this is expertly handled. Congrats
Alun

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almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2013 - 5:39 AM

Wow, thanks for your UA and comment Alun! Thanks too for your comments Colleen and Jeanie! Smile

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16 Oct 2013 - 11:07 AM

Lovely dark tonal range and great perspective, well balanced composition.

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almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2013 - 12:17 PM

Thanks Andy Smile

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16 Oct 2013 - 10:08 PM

Absolutely amazing Al, superb composition, superb detail and a sky to die for! Magnificent!

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almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 6:01 AM

Cheers Mark! Smile

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