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Cornwall - at its best

Cornwall - at its best
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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3028 W: 438 N: 9280] (38525)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-16
Categories: Nature, Architecture, Mood
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-P150
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-10-24 1:15
Viewed: 2037
Points: 31
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear TL-members,

Today, I have posted a picture of Crown's Shaft engine houses at Botallack whih are considered as one of the most famous assets of Cornwall, especially when it comes to the mining history of this county.

Enjoy your weekend!

with best regards,


Anyone who's ever seen any books on Cornish mining, or even postcards from Cornwall will recognise this view - the most famous Cornish mining scene, of the Crown's Shaft engine houses of Botallack mine.

Mining at Botallack is very ancient. Noone really knows exactly how far it dates back, but best estimates are that mining goes back to at least 330BC (with stream working for alluvial tin and possibly underground workings). And mining continued in the region until the 1980s when the nearby did exploratory work to determine the fesability of re-opening the Botallack mine as an extension of their workings. The modern head-frame seen below at Allen's Shaft was built during this period. Unfortunately the crash in the price of tin in 1985 killed off this idea, and in 1990 the Geevor Mine itself finally closed.

Source of above information: http://www.mindat.org/

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Hi Paras - great POV, well composed! Great to use the nearby rocks as a frame..

The main thing I'd change here is the 'washed out' sea - it looks way too bright.. I'll post a WS shortly.


WS - Burn sea, dodge buildings and crop to more pano. It's fairly clumsy but I just wanted to give some idea of what I was thinking

Hello Paras,

An unusual shot from your gallery.
Please forgive my shortcut but I echo David's critique.

Have a good w/e,
Bev :-)

Bonjour Paras.
Magnifique présentation qui montre un bord de mer spectaculaire.
Les couleurs et contrastes sont aussi très bons.
Bravo pour cette splendide prise de vue.
Bon week-end.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-10-24 2:59]

Hi Paras,
Today must be a bad day for both of us!
I like the POV for this capture with very sharp architecture and fabulous green tones, but, I'm afraid you forgot the washed-out sea. I think David has presented a good alternative!
I don't agree with the massive blurred rock in the FG, it spoils the beauty of the panorama.
This is my humble critique, my friend, I look forward to see more artistic work from you.
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-10-24 4:05]

Hi Paras

Yes, technically I'd agree with the other critiques, that brightness & contrast could be tweaked, to give better color saturation. Having said that, it's been gloomy & overcast here today, & the emotive impact of the bright sunlit sea, over rules the slight technical imperfections, imho. I like the shallow dof & high pov. Tfs!

Hello Paras,
I enjoy viewing and visiting this type of scenes. The high pov is effective in showing the expanse and blues from the ocean. I wonder how this would look with a higher f/ setting and directing the focus on the ruins as a fg. A sumptuous posting. Regards

HI Paras
beautiful view beautiful sharp colors combination
and many details nice composition TFS
well done

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-10-24 5:05]

Hi Paras,

Your POV is excellent, as well as sharpness, but I must also agree with the others that more pp work is needed to bring out the colors in the sea. I might also suggest to crop or clone out the small rock in the left of the photo.

Have a good weekend my friend.


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-10-24 5:55]


très belle iamge de ces vielle ruises, ce maiosns-châteaux en bord de mer, ave cle beauv ert, superbe image, le rendu sur la pierre est mangigiqwue.

bravoe t maitié


Hi Paras
Wonderful capture and perspective
POV, colors and details are great
Have a nice weekend

What a great place!
Wonderful ruins, great details and colors.

Bonjour Paras,
Elle est merveilleuse la couleur cristal de la mer, qui ce fracasse contre les rochers.
Le bleu et le vert tendre donne encore plus de hauteur aux majestueuses ruines.
Belle image mon ami.
Bonne fin d'après midi.

Hello Paras,
Nice POV and depthness of field. I liked diagonal main line
Selahattin E

Hi MF Paras,

Fine sceneshot of this beautiful historical built from fine POV with nice composition.
TFS and have a nice sunday MF!


dear Paras,
it looks rather hard condition to take photo there...
but the feeling of old stone castle, and its severe location are well captured.
(the sea looks relatively white, I'll try WS)
as you wrote it, this scene shows us a historical situation there, it is very interesting to watch now.
thank you for your nice shot,

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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2009-10-25 4:10]

Hi Paras,
A lovely scene, looking
downward towards the sea.
Sharp image. Blurred FB
gives good effect.

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2009-10-25 9:57]

clear picture dead and leaves cornwell!

Olá Paras

Lindíssima foto deste belo cenário...
Muito interessante este lugar, gosto
da composição e as cores são muito

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