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Sunrise on Burton Cliffs, Dorset

By chrismonks
Taken at Sunrise in October on the beach at Burton Bradstock in Dorset. This is part of Chesil Beach and is owned by the National Trust. In the background you can see Golden Cap, also owned by the Trust, which is the highest point on the South Coast

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ade_mcfade 15 15.2k 216 England
24 Apr 2011 11:31AM
I like the shadows on teh cliff = picking out all the detail on the rocks.

it doesn't look that sharp - maybe look at doing a bit of a sharpen in Photoshop, or look at your shooting technique - use a tripod for ultimate sharpness.

to add more interest to these seaside shots, you can get the camera nice and low which allows you to get some pebbles or waves in the foreground - just gives you a lot more depth and a stronger shot.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
24 Apr 2011 3:22PM
Agree with Ade on the sharpness. Theres two possible reasons, - one is you didnt sharpen the re sized image enough before uploading, - the other is that your shutter speed was not quite fast enough for a 70mm focal length, or a combination of the two.

Theres also haze over the water, - using a circular polarizer would have provided the ability the cut through the have and increase contrast.

Ive loaded a mod with sharpening applied overall; used the highlight tool in CS4 to reduce the haze and improve contrast.

Hope this is helpful,


pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2011 7:48PM
Hello, Chris. I think it has all been said, so I just wanted to comment that I know this place well, and have rarely seen such fascinating wear on the rocks, some of which can be seen bottom right in your picture. I have several closeups of it. What I did find was that there were some extremely large and attractive rocks just under the shoreline water, and the water splashed over them as it ebbed and flowed, but capturing that did result in wellies full of water! Perhaps you could use one of them as foreground interest, and I would suggest going in barefoot. Of course, the tide would have to be just right, and I would also try for some detail in the sky, for added interest in that area. And don't get stuck around that corner when the tide is coming in. If this was a holiday shot, you might not get another chance. But this is a good image, the rock detail is fine, showing those wonderful layers, and the sunrise has given some pink to the sky too.
25 Apr 2011 11:19AM
Thanks for all your comments and input. The shot was taken on a tripod with a remote shutter release so image blur is not a problem here - as Willie suggested it's due to the haze over the water. It eventually burnt off and the weather was unbelievable for October. However at 0715 it was -4 degrees so there was no chance of me risking a boot full of water but if I ever go back in the summer I'd like to try Pamela's suggestion. As for foreground interest I think I actually took out a couple of the larger pebbles (D'oh! )along with a rather tatty fence top right. However I tend to rely on the Auto button for sharpening (most things actually) as I'm no expert on Photoshop. I think I'd be better off investing in some lessons here.

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