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Durdle Dawn



Having camped-out on the cliff top and survived an all night storm (my tent caved-in!), just before dawn, I made the considerable (300 feet) decent to the beach...
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Having camped-out on the cliff top and survived an all night storm (my tent caved-in!), just before dawn, I made the considerable (300 feet) decent to the beach and took this 179 second exposure, of the surreal Durdle Door.
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15 Comments | Report
seatonimages
 
seatonimages May 31, 2013
Very serene
HaliSowle
 
HaliSowle August 12, 2013
Beautiful colors. Very tranquil indeed.
rfilgas
 
rfilgas September 07, 2013
Feels warm and icy at the same time, great color.
martinscaife
 
martinscaife January 05, 2014
Loving this Mike.
iancolston
 
iancolston January 05, 2014
Well worth it I think. Beautiful image well done.
renesphotography
 
renesphotography January 23, 2014
nice one
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life March 10, 2014
Aaaaaamazing shot! (^_^) .absolutely loove it! Congrats :):)
marcbaechtold PRO+
 
marcbaechtold July 22, 2014
nicely taken!
cclaude PRO
 
cclaude January 05, 2015
Masterful long exposure, with an amazing color palette.
davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead January 09, 2015
Congratulations ! Superb image !
DaveHayward
 
DaveHayward March 18, 2015
Beautiful
Mirza_Cengic
 
Mirza_Cengic June 21, 2015
Beautiful colors and landscape.
jaybirmingham
 
jaybirmingham August 26, 2015
Gorgeous colours!
Dean-Photography
 
Dean-Photography August 26, 2015
Great Shot
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka December 03, 2015
Voted windows.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This is the surreal Durdle Door, in Dorset, UK.
Time
06:30 in April.
Lighting
The sun was rising behind Durdle Door, making the lighting challenging. A balance had to be found to avoid overexposing the sky and underexposing the land. Graduated filters were a must.
Equipment
Pentax K-5, Slik Pro tripod, Sigma 10-20mm, a circular Hoya 10-stop ND filter, various square Cokin ND grad filters.
Inspiration
Seeing many lovely images of this Jurassic Coast favourite, I was determined to try to do it justice myself! So, having camped-out on the cliff top and survived an all night storm (my tent caved-in!), before dawn, initially in pitch darkness, I made the considerable (300 feet) decent to the beach and took this 179 second exposure.
Editing
Lightroom 4 was used to restore contrast, recover some underexposed shadow areas, and adjust sharpening of the RAW image.
In my camera bag
These days, a Nikon D750 and Nikkor 70-200 f2.8.
Feedback
I advise to check tides when planning to photograph coastal features!

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