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the pavements of malham

By paulrankin
if you have the time please view large

this shot was taken an early morning a couple of Sundays ago, i spent two hours what felt like tight rope walking across the limestone clints trying to find a composition i was happy with, i find this shot pleasing for a couple of reasons first it is a subject i've been trying to capture for around 6 months i did n't want to do the normal b/w version i wanted colour, iv'e tried all weather conditions but these seem the best overcast with partial diffused morning sunlight to impart a lovely blue cast to the limestone and regulate the contrast in the grykes. Secondly i've been learning the zone system recently and find this shot genuinely the first, that ive managed to capture, what i saw instead of what was in front of me.

tech stuff - the backlit sky required 5 stops of Lee ND grad to bring it down and stop the gaps in the clouds burning out - f22 1/4sec
the top 1/3 of sky needed slight colour correction in ps it had gone slightly warmer than i liked.

thanks for viewing and your patience with my long winded description
anyone got any more tips for limestone pavements id really like hear them (ive already learnt the one about watching your step the hard way)

Tags: Landscape Yorkshire Malham Limestone Limestone pavement Clints Grykes Landscape and travel

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Comments


Geoffphoto 16 13.5k United Kingdom
3 May 2006 2:44AM
Works for me Paul, another stunning landscape. The large version is awesome.
Geoff
StuartAt 17 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 2:46AM
Lovely shot. I like the tree in the distance, gives a good sense of scale.

Stuart
keithh 18 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
3 May 2006 2:51AM
A most excellent piece of work
AlanBW 16 20 England
3 May 2006 2:53AM
Superb viewpoint, a very striking image
andytvcams 19 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 3:01AM
Just says quality.

Andy...
martinl 18 272 2 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 3:12AM
Super shot Paul.

I have a bit of a fondness for limestone pavements myself (sounds a bit sad but there you go!), so your description and technique was most enlightening.

Martin
3 May 2006 3:13AM
Incredible image. The description of what you went to adds to the atmosphere.
3 May 2006 3:42AM
Wonderful image with many great details.
Well done,
Sarah
Chant57 16 395 3 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 3:52AM
Excellent work Paul.
C
ericfaragh Plus
18 149 6 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 3:59AM
Great texture and tones, lovely depth.
joolsb 17 27.1k 38 Switzerland
3 May 2006 4:29AM
Great work and an interesting description. I've also found cloudy conditions best for rock as it's often more refelctive than you'd think.

Fine work as usual, Paul!
GillyB 17 317 8 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 4:56AM
Excellent photography!
gill
John_Horner 16 12 2 England
3 May 2006 5:17AM
Super foreground detail in the rocks and a great tree as backgroung detail, all layered into the three seperate entities almost. A good dramtic sky to finish it all off with. Good capture.
3 May 2006 5:23AM
I really like the grey blue in the rock and sky
Gareth
buchananbchb 17 374 1 England
3 May 2006 6:06AM
I like this, the colour that comes through in this is great the sky really compliments the rocks in the foregound.
Brad.
BURNBLUE Plus
16 13 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 6:40AM
what a moody, atmostpheric, and to cut to the chase, just excellant shot.
EmmaStu 16 1
3 May 2006 6:44AM
You have captured the beauty of Malham excellently, it is a lovely place. Emma
kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
3 May 2006 8:16AM
now this is very good with fine natural colours
oppo 16 6 2 Scotland
3 May 2006 9:05AM
Well worth the effort Paul.Beautiful subtle colours. I like the colour of the slabs. The solitary tree adds an extra touch. Good work..Phil
Dotrob 16 Wales
3 May 2006 10:09AM
Well done Great shot.
Dot
Superbly detailed work the composition contains nice resting points for the eye. The tree the little green path and of course the sky. The paving is afine base for a very good image.

All the very best
Dougie
gwyn h 18 432
4 May 2006 6:54AM
Quality work Paul, very well done.

Gwyn
paulrankin 16 4 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 11:12AM
thank you all for your support and inspiration it really does spur me on to get out there and just enjoy this beautiful land of ours
martin.w Plus
20 616 29 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 1:26PM
Missed this one, but glad I found it. Beautifully captured, good work.
VintageRed 16 15 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2006 5:43AM
The large image repaid the effort of opening it! The contrast and light in the image together with the low perspective present the moddier side of this popular location. Nice work. Nick.
GDobson 16 62
5 May 2006 8:14AM
Stunning. Love the tones. It's a place I know very well and you've captured it perfectly.
ianrkin 16
5 May 2006 9:52AM
time and effort well worth the stunning result paul good work as always. norma/ian
redstag 16 100 15 United Kingdom
6 May 2006 10:38AM
Gorgeous yet bleak shot. Great texture.
PeteBailey 19 14 United Kingdom
7 May 2006 2:22PM
A magnificent picture, and I am glad to learn that others are using film, and medium format, as a means of improving their technique.
PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
8 May 2006 6:14AM
I like the juxtaposition of the different contrasting forms here. Good light and the big version is a must.
Patrick
CathyT 16 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
9 May 2006 1:26AM
Lots of complimenting colours , fantastic shot.

cathy
paulcr 17 1.5k 9 Ireland
9 May 2006 3:20AM
Ecxcellent textures in those rocks, lovely perspective. PAul
John_Duckett 17 386 2 Norfolk Island
10 May 2006 3:00AM
Another cracking shot

John

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