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Lookout point Devil's Dyke

By StephenBrighton      
This is a shot from my "day off" yesterday. The afternoon was coming to an end as I drove up to Devil's Dyke (just outside of Brighton) with my camera and tripod. It was cold, wet and windy.

(BTW The views are amazing and I intend to go back on a sunny day to take some panoramic shots.)

After 5 minutes I thought "I'm off, its too cold". However, when reviewing the few shots that I did take, this one stood out as interesting and unsual.

What are your thoughts and ideas on it?



Tags: Sky Landscape Unusual General Telescope Close-up and macro Dof Dyke Devil Landscape and travel

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Atlas 14 621 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2007 2:32PM
A smaller aperture to give more depth I think would have been better here, I just feel I want to see that view really. Also I would have stood further back to try and get the whole of the telescope in the shot too.


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looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2007 2:45PM
see my modified version see if you like it.
RobinF 11 83 1 England
22 Feb 2007 2:57PM
Ahhh. . . good old subjectivity, although I fully appreciate what Rob (atlas30) is saying, the whole reason I like this shot is the shallow DoF and the fact that the telescope is only partly shown. I can't fault this shot Stephen, it IS very interesting and unusual! Nice work. - regards Robin
22 Feb 2007 4:59PM
Stephen, this is one designed to cause me agonies... I love the detail in the telescope, and am happy to have it truncated, but unlike Robin I find it very difficult to cope with the shallow depth of field. With some exceptions I like to see things as they appear to my brain naturally - I know my eyes can either focus on the foreground or the background, but my brain is clever at believing I can see both clearly. So this doesn't work for me. I look forward to your return in excellent weather with wonderful depth of field available!

23 Feb 2007 8:25AM
Thank you for your comments and modifications chaps. I shall definitely revisit this spot with my camera.

On the day I took several shots using various apertures producing a range of DOFs. This "wierd" version definitley looked the best to me.

However I have only just realised that the three horizontal bands of light and colour on the day is behind my choice.

A better lit scene might have meant that using a more traditional and inclusive DOF is likely to produce a more balanced image.

What do you think?


accystan 13 132 6 Canada
23 Feb 2007 3:35PM
Great shot. I like the way the texture of the telescope is brought out - and particularly the sun on the bracket. The whole pic seems a little dark, especially the bottom 1/3 but that could be my (new, uncalibrated) monitor.

Good pic, good portfolio too.

Dave D
26 Feb 2007 10:57AM
Thanks for your observations and comments.

Since reading your comments I have been back to the same place. I tried to replicate the shot with the same light with more DOF. Guess what? No success with the light but the DOF works. The downside is that the new image looks a lot flatter and less interesting! Mmm what to do next?


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