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Erosion made a "cave of hope"

Erosion made a
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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: 2008-09-13
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Artwork, Mood
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-P150
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2012/09/21 "Erosion" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-09-21 4:34
Viewed: 1654
Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everybody,

This is my contribution to Friday's theme - "Erosion".
I thank Steve (TL ID: suzley) for proposing this interesting theme!

This is the shot I took several years back on my visit to Cornwall and till that time I am in love with this county. Great landscapes and beautiful views to vast seas left many wonderful memories in my mind, and if got opportunity I would definitely visit this amazing county again in my life.

In this picture, i was in a cave-like natural structure on the beach side, made by sea waves due to heavy erosion. The water was seeping from the top, and you can clearly see dropping water in the right half of the picture.

Unfortunately, I could not control the exposure that well, especially when it comes to the foam formed due to sea-waves but overall, I like the strong mood in this scene - as it brings you from darkness of various blues of Nature!

For me, it wasn't less than a "cave of hope".

I hope you like it.

Best regards,



ISO=100, Focal length=15 mm, minor contrast adjustments, cropped and finally resized it for TL.

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Hi Paras,

Using the entrance of the cave to frame the scene is a good idea. The distance between the beach and the horizon is giving depth to the composition. You have captured well the water dripping from the top of the cave. a good contribution to the friday's theme, have a nice day.


Love the framing.....makes me want to head straight for the beach!!

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-09-21 8:47]

Hi Paras.

St Agnes is a beautiful place, so too is many of the locations along the Cornish coastline. Mother nature hits this part of the Southwest of England quite hard resulting in much erosion and many places such as the one you have found as a place dear to many hearts.

I like the view back out of this cave to the movement of the surf, I can here the sounds from this image. The silhouetted sides help give the moodiness and the feel of being somewhere special, great addition to theme friday Paras.tfs

stv ;o))

Bonjour Paras
your Cave of hope is like that of Capri maybe.I like it for the shape of the rocks and the tones of sky sand and sea.It is sometimes difficult to adjust light for a balance between the different grounds.You did it perfectly.
I join for you a shot in ws which has some similarities with yours.We like the same landscapes I think
Have a good week-end , Paras

Beautiful contribution to Friday's theme and very creative thinking using the opening as natural border. Nice catch of the water droplets. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Hi Paras
good POV looking out the natural window onto wonderful seascape. fine picture. nice softness of tones. good contrast and sharpness. right handling of light and splendid exposure shooting from darkness to brightness.

Nice shot Paras, I like the way you are viewing the sea through the doorway of the cave. The shadowed foreground clearly outlines the eroded structure and the addition of the flowing water from above works well. Good addition to the theme.


Hello Paras, I am so pleased that you enjoyed Cornwall; it is a very special place.
You found a good place from which to take this shot, the cave making the ideal frame for this picture of the beach and sea.
The droplets of water complete the shot for me.
It can't have been easy getting the exposure right, but for me, you did a good job.
Tfs, regards Jean.

I was stood under this very "cave" less than two weeks ago Paras.
In fact, the image I added to this weeks theme of erosion, is from the very same beach at Bedruthen.

I empathise and sympathise with you. I tried every aperture/shutter/ISO combination and I too failed to get a decent shot of the cave and beach in a balanced exposure.
An impossible shot to get without a tripod. I have to admire your tenacity in not only keeping the image for four years, but uploading it too.

Having seen the formation first hand, I can envisage what it really looks like with the naked eye, and as soon as I saw the thumbnail, I recognised it immediately.

Won't go into the photographic technique/flaws etc as they're all plain to see, but I will pat you on the back for your drive and determination in trying to make a good shot out of the impossible.



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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-09-21 15:47]

different time of shooting perhaps will gives you different result as far as to get some more detail on the stone frame. Though the situation is not an easy one to handle.

Relating to Martin's critique i also get the feeling of a place with extremes Paras , no doubt seeing the hole opening to the bright scene beyond i can understand the metering going crazy therefore opting to expose for the brightest part is the only way to go meaning silhouetting the sides of the cave in the process ( great frame to the crashing waves btw ) unless you can illuminate the interior of the cave with some flash/light ,under the circumstances you did quite well although imo the waves are a bit on the bright side , a good post for the theme i reckon , thanks for sharing and participating ,
Greetings ,

The rock forms a perfect border around the sand and sea which are both quite lovely in their colouring. They look very inviting. Good entry.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-09-21 22:26]


Fantastique décou'page et iamge quel ouverture dans cette roche quelle forme avec ces vagues en fond la vue sueèprbe compo pour le thème.
bravo et amitié


Hi Paras, I like the outlook to the water - a wonder done by Nature'sforces - I love your POV - it has an aratistic feeling.
Thanks for sharing - have a nice weekend - herzliche Gruesse Monika

Rejoice seeing the successes photos of a friend is a must.
The light is operated so exceptional, with anti cave that presents degrees of sand and waste water

Olá Paras
Very good window to a sea world. Good sharpness, colors,...
Very well seen
um abraço

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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2012-09-24 19:31]

Very nicely done Paras, a difficult shot to get right, without huge OE of the scene, or complete blackout of the cave.
You have managed both very well.
Very appropriate for the theme.

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