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This was the scene about 15 minutes after my last upload from this beach halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The fog moved in, and allowed me to isolate these structures with a long exposure. I tried to make this as abstract as possible for a little change of pace.

It was quite difficult walk/run around. There were no flat areas at all, and the entire place was wet and slippery. However, I still wanted to get close to the water so it could add some depth to the scene. It took several attempts to get this because the water would occasionally cover this entire area. LOL - There are few things worse than having to abandon a long-exposure attempt to run/stumble/crawl for your life. I'll be back here for sure!

1 minute exposure @F22 with ND grad 0.9

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 17-40 @19
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Library of Ages
Username:PatrickSmith PatrickSmith
Uploaded:3 Dec 2007 - 5:32 PM
Tags:Big sur, California, Landscape / travel, Specialist / abstract
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User_Removed
3 Dec 2007 - 5:34 PM

Excellent shot, great details and comp, well captured
Mark

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leons29
leons29  6 South Africa
3 Dec 2007 - 5:37 PM

Stunning shot
Leon

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hgabi
hgabi  6 Hungary
3 Dec 2007 - 5:37 PM

Great shot!
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Kevlar
Kevlar  8160 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2007 - 5:38 PM

Brilliant as ever

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graeme34
graeme34  7 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 - 5:43 PM

Another stunner! love the patterns and composition

Graeme

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Dotrob
Dotrob  8 Wales
3 Dec 2007 - 5:45 PM

Great shot, super water movement and textures in the rocks.
Dot

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vulkan  7 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 - 5:49 PM

Great shot those rocks are amazing

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User_Removed
3 Dec 2007 - 5:49 PM

superb shot Patrick, looks volcanic

Regards
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piccy  8 Wales
3 Dec 2007 - 5:51 PM

It looks a dangerous place especially with the tide covering the rocks. Amazing rock structure, but I guess you are near a fault line there and so the landscape shows evidence of it.
Freda

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PatrickSmith
3 Dec 2007 - 5:55 PM

Thanks for your comments!

David, it is all sedimentary right here, but within 15 miles of this place are 7 excinct volcanic plugs, one of which is right on the ocean. I may upload that one later. Quite dramatic!

Yes Freda, this coastline is being pushed out into the ocean and being more exposed each year.

Patrick

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flyingseale
3 Dec 2007 - 5:57 PM

Very nicely done. The detail in the rocks is superb and it certainly looks a great place to visit.
MIke

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iajacks  9
3 Dec 2007 - 5:57 PM

this almost looks like a island above the clouds.

nice one ian

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kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2007 - 6:11 PM

great rock structures and your patience paid off with the various attempts you mention.

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sospan
sospan  7 Wales
3 Dec 2007 - 6:13 PM

A stunning image, excellent movement, detail and fab light.
Andy

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PatrickSmith
3 Dec 2007 - 6:20 PM

Thanks for your comments!

True Kin, it was a lot of work, but hopefully worthwhile if people like it!

Patrick

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ripleysalien
3 Dec 2007 - 6:32 PM

Still like it, though the other one seemed a tad more contrasty, but not over dark.

steve

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PatrickSmith
3 Dec 2007 - 6:35 PM

Yes Steve, sometimes compression does strange things!

Patrick

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LisaRose
LisaRose  7172 forum posts United States4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2007 - 6:35 PM

Amazing rock structure, and your exposure time has given it a mysterious feel, very beautiful.

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3 Dec 2007 - 6:41 PM

Pleasure to be #30 Patrick, amazing detail and composition!

gill

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sut68
sut68 e2 Member 111997 forum postssut68 vcard England76 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2007 - 6:49 PM

Dramatic landscape you've got there mate. The harsh contours of the rock juxtaposes wonderfully with the misty ocean ... my kind of shot.

Paul

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robway
robway e2 Member 9317 forum postsrobway vcard Wales
3 Dec 2007 - 6:54 PM

The layers of rock protruding from the misty sea create an almost primeval effect. Wonderful atmosphere and impeccable exposure.
John

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pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2007 - 7:01 PM

Perfect Patrick!

Rgds
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3 Dec 2007 - 7:09 PM

Oh wow what a brilliant image, superb in every respect

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SRSmith
SRSmith  7 United States
3 Dec 2007 - 7:10 PM

Superb! It all combines for a visual masterpiece.

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Ukulele_Lady
3 Dec 2007 - 7:13 PM

Beautiful and atmospheric. Funnily enough the coastline near where I live in the UK has similar angled shelves of rock - I will look at them very differently now!
Suse

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paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2007 - 7:13 PM

Beauty, love the light, the texture and direction of the rocks and the treatment on the water. Paul

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Nettles  7 England
3 Dec 2007 - 7:18 PM

A real stunner. The rocks and fog are shot to perfection. Brilliant work.
Love it. Annette

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franken
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3 Dec 2007 - 7:22 PM

Another superb image. The composition and the lighting are both excellent.


Ken

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3 Dec 2007 - 7:29 PM

Fascinating rocks formation well worth all the effort you put in
cracking shot
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ian walker  10716 forum posts United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 - 7:40 PM

beautiful as always

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MalcolmS e2 Member 91072 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2007 - 7:59 PM

Strangely surreal, great atmosphere Patrick

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Nigel_95 e2 Member 8260 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2007 - 8:01 PM

Great composition, drama and detail Patrick. What a graphic shot of the history of the planet.

Nigel

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3 Dec 2007 - 8:06 PM

Although that I am looser I still dmire good pictures like this

Peter

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scott_jessuk
3 Dec 2007 - 8:37 PM

Very nice Patrick.

Scott

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Kris76
Kris76  7 Canada
3 Dec 2007 - 8:43 PM

Great atmosphere in this picture. I like it alot. Was it a foggy day?

Kris

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PatrickSmith
3 Dec 2007 - 8:46 PM

Thanks for dropping by!

John, I did feel a bit like I was in another time and place. With no people around it could have been eons ago.

Suse, now show me what you mean with an upload from there!

Yes Nigel, it is like you can read the history in a better way then when the layers are on a hillside.

No way Peter, you have uploaded lots of great shots!

Yes Chris, it was sunny just a few minutes earlier, like in the last upload. Then the fog moved in quickly. I got one more composition after this and just barely made it up the hill in the dark fog.

Patrick

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PatrickSmith
3 Dec 2007 - 9:15 PM

snickering....

Paul I don't think that this is your kind of shot. There is not a single squirrel to be seen here!

Patrick

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ashley
ashley  10167 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2007 - 9:16 PM

great details and comp

Ash

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2007 - 9:27 PM

Amazing structure to the land here, you can almost see the passing of time. Take care here Patrick this looks dangerous in the extreme. Slippery rock and no real footing with an incoming sea is the worst nightmare.

All the very best
Dougie

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3 Dec 2007 - 10:14 PM

My kind of shot too....super detail and mood

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3 Dec 2007 - 10:37 PM

Way late today for me for an original comment, I enjoyed this image, Jennnn

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PatrickSmith
3 Dec 2007 - 10:44 PM

Thanks Ash, Chris and Jennnnnnnnnnn!

I'll be careful Dougie. This is a very uncomfortable place to do a seascape, but it looked so awesome that I could not resist!

Patrick

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3 Dec 2007 - 10:44 PM

LOL! Patrick, you are funny ( amusing) The Pennslyvania Formby!
Actually, as you know they are RASCALS!

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johnallen2002
3 Dec 2007 - 10:45 PM

You have some superb rock formations out there Patrick, great detail

John

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Neil_Higgins
4 Dec 2007 - 12:28 AM

The way them rocks are lying and the detail is amazing, that must be some place to be, wonderful scene.

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tepot  104416 forum posts United Kingdom
4 Dec 2007 - 4:25 AM

I like the long exposure effect on the water surrounding the rocks, giving a somewhat translucent effect, also there are ledges further out with water running off into the ocean which look good, best seen large.

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PatrickSmith
4 Dec 2007 - 5:21 AM

Thanks for dropping by!

I like that Jennnn, the Pennsylvania Formbies!

True John. There are some near the GG bridge, but they are at a difficult angle to integrate into a seascape.

It is Neil!

Yes Terry, the ledges go way out there!

Patrick

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4 Dec 2007 - 5:31 AM

sumptuous!

steve

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4 Dec 2007 - 6:49 AM

Had to be yours Patrick.Stunning photography.
Tom.

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User_Removed
4 Dec 2007 - 8:14 AM

undoubtedly a smashing image patrick it could be mountains from a plane! i think this is an example of a technically brilliant shot that is sort of an invitation to treat visually rather than a resoundingly captivating image if you get my drift. your skills & ability though are clearly on display in regards exposure & choice of shutter speed.

gerry

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proz  10205 forum posts United States
4 Dec 2007 - 1:23 PM

brilliant shot Patrick

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MarkT  9119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2007 - 1:33 PM

Superb rock formations and looks quite a dangerous place for photography - superb capture Patrick.

Mark.

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mattw  105189 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2007 - 1:39 PM

Execlent as always Patrick.
reminds me a little of Mupe Bay in Dorset.

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IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2007 - 1:46 PM

You may not have been blessed with brilliant light, Patrick, but actually perhaps that helps this wonderful image by underplaying the contrast and allowing every conceivable shape and texture equal voice...if that makes sense. Probably not...I'm going down with something which makes coherent thinking and articulation akin to walking through treacle.

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PatrickSmith
4 Dec 2007 - 3:12 PM

Thanks for stopping by!

Gerry, that is better than I could put it I believe, though the first factor is, as always LUCK!

Yes Mark, it was a bit dangerous but I've learned to assume that the hourly sneaker wave will strike at any moment.

Matt (looking up Mupe Bay on Google), it is quite similar, though there are no layers of shale or anything else between these layers usually. Lets see some shots from there. I've seen the Kimmeridge ones.

Yes Ian (looking up treacle on Google), the fog dulls the light and seems to bring out better colour and detail. So I waited for the fog to make a dark sky and only include a bit of it, and emphasize the rock formations, unlike the last one where it is almost 50/50.

Patrick

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darn, just missed being within the first 100 Smile

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4 Dec 2007 - 5:38 PM

Amazing, it looks like some sort of moonscape. I really like the way the sky and the sea compare and contrast.

David

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PatrickSmith
4 Dec 2007 - 5:38 PM

LOL Koen. I tried to sneak in this unusual shot, but people found it!

Patrick

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PatrickSmith
4 Dec 2007 - 5:55 PM

Hitting refresh adds another comment...... very strange....

Patrick

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chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2007 - 6:44 PM

Your adventures are scary Patrick,almost as dangerous as avoiding giant Molehills whilst collecting leaves Wink
Beautifully peaceful,love the textures on the rocks.
Janet

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well try not to hit it Patrick. They don't take that kind of behaviour too kindly Wink

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4 Dec 2007 - 6:51 PM

Yes David, it is a bit of an alien-scape for sure.

LOL Janet... Molehills? (shaking uncontrollably...) Ooooooh, how dangerous!

Well Koen, I know I'm in trouble now. I'll be expecting a dark sedan to pull up in front of my house at 3am any day now!

Patrick

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elkiebrooks
4 Dec 2007 - 8:46 PM

Cracking image Patrick. Just be careful out there.

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4 Dec 2007 - 9:40 PM

A tremendous image Patrick, absolute top drawer as per usual

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Sezz  9617 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2007 - 11:42 PM

WoW Patrick - not sure what else to add? - great title Wink

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PatrickSmith
5 Dec 2007 - 3:36 AM

Thanks for dropping in! I'll be careful out there.

LOL Sarah, thanks!

Patrick

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5 Dec 2007 - 7:30 AM

Excellent work Patrick, you can see both depth and definition in the rock shale, as always you manage to capture the light in places most only capture shadows. Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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wamp  8276 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2007 - 8:58 AM

Not quite sure how I missed this one, lovely work. The detail in the rocks and the appearence of the sea is so good

Sean

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StevenPrice
5 Dec 2007 - 11:14 AM

a superb shot Patrick really like the layers of rock.

Steve

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Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2007 - 12:18 PM

This looks amazingly like the coast of Maine. What a fine shot, and worth risking life and limb to get.

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5 Dec 2007 - 2:29 PM

Love this shot Patrick, lond exposure works very well indeed and the subject is very well isolated. nice processing work too. Kind of reminds me of some of the Nova Scotia coastline in Canada.

Ben

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PatrickSmith
5 Dec 2007 - 2:43 PM

Thanks for looking!

Sometimes Greg, many are just rubbish though!

Joline, I'll have to put Maine on my list of places to go then!

Ben, it looks like I should add Nova Scotia as well! They have big tidal ranges there too. A long enough exposure could capture several feet of tidal movement!

Patrick

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Portknockie
5 Dec 2007 - 8:18 PM

Look magic Patrick..An Exposure that long up here and I could capture ice forming...Wink

Don

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LeighRebecca
5 Dec 2007 - 10:38 PM

Wow, that is a dramatic and quite abstract composition. Love it.

Leigh

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5 Dec 2007 - 10:55 PM

Superb, excellent detail,
Fred.

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looboss  73124 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2007 - 2:47 AM

What can I say?
I know, I'll just do a meaningful click Smile

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chrissd  8304 forum posts United Kingdom
6 Dec 2007 - 3:49 AM

the softness against the jagged rocks is a brilliant piece of composition Smile
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bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2007 - 10:20 AM

Superb capture Patrick. Every one of those rock layers would have its own story.Above the little pool on the left I notice some rocks sloping in the opposite direction from the others !!
Brian.

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PatrickSmith
6 Dec 2007 - 2:42 PM

Thanks for your comments!

LOL Don!

Good eye Brian. That is actually a reflection of the rock layers in an even smaller pool that remained still during the exposure. Just to make it look even more surreal....

Patrick

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6 Dec 2007 - 3:06 PM

Thanks for your comments!

LOL Don!

Good eye Brian. That is actually a reflection of the rock layers in an even smaller pool that remained still during the exposure. Just to make it look even more surreal....

Patrick

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6 Dec 2007 - 3:45 PM

Thanks for your comments!

LOL Don!

Good eye Brian. That is actually a reflection of the rock layers in an even smaller pool that remained still during the exposure. Just to make it look even more surreal....

Patrick

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6 Dec 2007 - 4:08 PM

Thanks for your comments!

LOL Don!

Good eye Brian. That is actually a reflection of the rock layers in an even smaller pool that remained still during the exposure. Just to make it look even more surreal....

Patrick

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bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2007 - 4:35 PM

Wow.

Superb shot.

john.

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PatrickSmith
6 Dec 2007 - 4:38 PM

Thanks for your comments!

LOL Don!

Good eye Brian. That is actually a reflection of the rock layers in an even smaller pool that remained still during the exposure. Just to make it look even more surreal....

Patrick

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Josh_W
Josh_W  6 England
6 Dec 2007 - 5:31 PM

Lovely image!

Josh

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old timer
old timer  1055 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2007 - 5:41 PM

This is just utterly stunning! The long exposure has given such an ethereal quality to the water, and those stratifications lie beautifully on the diagonal.
Jim

PS - sorry I've been away for some time, but I just don't have the time to spend on ePz these days

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6 Dec 2007 - 6:23 PM

superlative brilliant

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rmr
rmr  7 Wales
6 Dec 2007 - 7:20 PM

simply stunning ,thanks for you"r comments
mark

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Patricia Fenn
6 Dec 2007 - 7:53 PM

absolutely wonderful! Very well done, Patrick!

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bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2007 - 10:25 PM

Thanks for the info Patrick I could not work out what it was. - you did not need to keep repeating your reply though Wink
Brian.

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tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2007 - 10:37 PM

Great shot, Patrick. I love the rock formations.
Ted
PS Thanks for the birthday greetings. I haven't managed any more outings yet with the new camera as the weather is so wet over here at the moment.

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xinia  954 forum posts
7 Dec 2007 - 12:18 AM

the title suits this so well - poetic in word and image

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2007 - 10:32 PM

A superb shot Patrick, it looks great large.
Pete.

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Carabosse e2 Member 1139444 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2007 - 2:24 AM

A stunner Patrick! Smile Nothing really to add to the comments already made.

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Marian
Marian  962 forum posts England
8 Dec 2007 - 2:11 PM

Your lanscape images are stunning.
Marian

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wyatturp  8 England
8 Dec 2007 - 7:49 PM

Looks great well done that man

DougSmile

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PatrickSmith
8 Dec 2007 - 8:36 PM

Thanks for having a look!

Hi Jim, it is good to see you around even for a short while.

LOL Brian, I'm not sure how that happens but it has done that several times on my shots and a few others.

I'm having the same problems here Ted, though it is due to lack of clouds and one day where it rained all day with no break, then back to clear again next morning.

Patrick

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Camairish  81276 forum posts Scotland
9 Dec 2007 - 9:19 PM

Mesmerising photography,

Ian.

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phototime  8 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2007 - 9:52 PM

A stunning image Patrick,love it.

Mo.

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bekx
bekx  6 England
13 Dec 2007 - 8:54 PM

I just love the lines of the rocks in this one!

PS Thanks for your vote!!

xx

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megamuff8
megamuff8  1092 forum posts United States
27 Dec 2007 - 7:25 AM

Stunning, P......Perhaps one of your best!

Cheers and Happy Holidays,
Suzan Smile

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claret
claret  1049 forum posts England
7 Jan 2008 - 1:20 PM

Missed a couple Patrick. Happy new year to you.
Iain

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MikeA
MikeA  91173 forum posts England
10 Jan 2008 - 2:05 PM

Like the rock formation and the contrast between it and soft misty water.

MikeA.

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olbell  747 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2008 - 4:38 PM

Wow wow wow amazing! If only i could take photos like you!

Rgds Ollie

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2008 - 11:06 PM

Fascinating rock formations.

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jstock
jstock  6 Scotland
22 Jan 2008 - 11:55 PM

Really interesting shot. Must have been pretty low light for you to manage a 1 minute exposure, even at f22. Did you also use a (non-grad) ND on there to allow a longer exposure. That effect can be a bit of a cliche, but here it isn't at all. Just stunning.
Cheers, Jon

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PatrickSmith
23 Jan 2008 - 6:08 PM

Thannks for your comments!

No ND's Jon, it was getting dark out there. The fog got really thick just as the sun set.

Patrick

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ChazB e2 Member 964 forum postsChazB vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2008 - 3:47 PM

The detail you've captured in the rock striations is stunning!
Charlotte

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17 Apr 2008 - 4:11 PM

Thanks Charlotte!

Patrick

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2008 - 10:37 AM

the texture in this is just fabulous. lesley

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