Jurassic Gargoyle, Dorset

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a wide-angle lenz.


For the moment 24mm on a 1.6 body is as low as I can go with any quality (24-105mm L - my only "real" lens); not enough to get as much sea as I wanted, really. That said, I really like the lines in this portrait version - I got lucky with a sweep of cloud to keep some lead and balance through the top of the picture.


This probably qualifies as my most dangerous picture - a clamber round the cliffs to get enough westward angle for the light placing me on a cracked ledge with enough room for either legs or tripod, but not both. I choose tripod.


Fired the flash to help get as much detail as possible into the cliffs; don't think it was as futile a gesture as I feared it would be at the time. Details: 24 seconds ¦ f/22 ¦ ISO 100.


Update: Explored #23. Many thanks to everyone who has commented, fav'ed and viewed. I massively appreciate the attention and insights offered. Thanks to all!

  • Vivie327864 5y

    Ooooooooo...I like the turquoise! Glad you left it. Some people have a happy place. Well, that is my happy color!
  • gionni br@vo 5y

    Nice colors and tones !!!
  • James Rhymes 5y

    Awesome !
  • Steve Rosset 5y

    Such amazing colors - a dreamy and highly intriguing landscape. Wonderful work.
  • Pickweb. 5y

  • maria luisa alonso y prieto 5y

    so nice!!!!
  • PrayerSpaces 5y

    Gargoyle...either that or the top portion of the head profile from the Lion King... ;-) Fabulous perspective you risked life and limb for here...just gorgeous tones of sunset to behold in this. Do we get a re-take when that prayed-for lens arrives? What's that old saying that floats around flickr - "the best camera is the one you have with you." - could be rewritten - "the best lens is the one you have with you"!! It certainly is true in this case. Fabulous work.
  • Caroline 5y

    My friends all drive horses, I must make amends...
  • Irene Cebolla Photography. 5y

    Los tonos de esta foto son muy muuuy especiales. Me encantan las fotos con colores morados y más aún si están hechas en el mar, preciosa... Me la llevo de favs.
  • Sue Bristo 5y

    This is gorgeous ... love the colours in the sky and soft light.
  • gabhappy 5y

    Outstanding composition and dramatic sky. Even without a wide-angle lens, you've captured the beauty of this location.
  • carol_malky 5y

    fantastic capture, beautiful tones. belated congrats on explore.
  • hflowers 5y

    Simply stunning; a great exposure! I'm really enjoying your photostream.
  • Rutuparna Rayate 5y

    Superb capture! Sorry you did not have a wide-angle lens...
    Beautiful shot though :)
  • Mahbub Shaheed 4y

    Awesome landscape and so beautifully captured.. loved the color and tone.. very well done.. and thanks for commenting on my photo.. greetings from Dhaka Bangladesh
  • domi walts 3y

  • Vijay Kant Diksit 3y

    Thanks for sharing
  • N.M.G. 2y

    Thanks personally for adding your nice photo to our group

  • Russell Morley 2y

    Try as I may I could never hope to equal the quality of light and composition. Beautiful. thank you Russ.
  • Russell Morley 2y

    Try as I may I could never hope to equal this picture,Beautiful. Thank you Russ
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Taken on October 15, 2010
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