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Sunrise Staple Tor by Alex37 Sunrise Staple Tor by Alex37
This is probably a little different to some of my work, its a little less organised! I scouted this composition out last night when the light wasnt so good and dragged myself out of bed early this morning for the 50min trek in time for sunrise.

I had high hopes for the cirrus clouds overhead, but they came to nothing due to the cloud over eastern England. Once the sun had risen I had about 20 minutes of really wonderful light.

This is the first serious landscape I have taken with my new 5D. The camera is outstanding, I am really happy with it. At the moment the greatest challenge I am facing is imagining the shots before taking them. Full frame really is hugely wider than a crop camera but at the moment I am still imagining shots in the focal lengths I had available to me before. I actually had to retake this shot when I realised my tripod leg was in the frame, which has never happened before!
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:iconczwartek:
Czwartek Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Such amazing light!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
I'm going to have to disagree with Jake, I think the foreground interest is large but it's framed nicely and nothing is distracting and with such beautiful it's a wonderful shot :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks drew, I can see both sides of the arguement :)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful light and a good scene but way too much foreground imo.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Fair dos thanks Jake
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oO-Rein-Oo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   Photographer
Amazing shot
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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oO-Rein-Oo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009   Photographer
You're welcome!! :)
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:iconstumm47:
Stumm47 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh fabulous! How can you fail in such light though!
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
bad composition, that would be one way. Also any number of technical failures, which plague the majority of shots on this site
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Stumm47 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
no such worries here though!
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Bjay70 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
I find my 17-40 relatively soft compared to my 70-200 on the 5d camera. Still runs rings around the old 400d and kit lens though!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
conversely my 70-200 is soft, which is a great shame. The 17-40 is critically sharp in all but the corners when stopped down to f8 and below
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Bjay70 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
I agree the 17-40 is good when stopped down. My 70-200 is the f4 non IS version and is extremely sharp usually. Which one do you have?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
the f4 non IS. At f4 it is pretty soft but even stopped down it is still a little soft. I might send it into canon but it will be expensive I suspect
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Bjay70 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
That is a shame. By all accounts I have heard they should be good, I definately got lucky with mine.

I like this series of pics. The walk is worth it!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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eighty-three Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous light, i'm impressed you managed to get up so early and trek for 50 mins too! Well worth it to get a shot like this.
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thats nothing, I've done it three days running to the same place, still havent quite nailed this shot!
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EvaMcDermott Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Photographer
Splendid image Alex!
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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lakemans Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
nice dawn light. It seems you chose the perfect time to return home.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
The weahter has been good lately but we havent had a frost yet whilst the were supposedly quite a few in the last 3 weeks or so. I cant complain though
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lakemans Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
You not had frosts...? weve had an entire week of white mornings and crystals creeping across the ground.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

damn you all to hell!

Not a single frost here since I got home on Friday night, its a bit annoying but otherwise the photography has been good.
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bazoolium Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the sun shining on the rocks... wonderful photo! :sun:
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you
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:iconcharley05:
charley05 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
nice1
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks 4that
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hougaard Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
great shot. judging by that windy grass it looks damn cold! The 5D's dust is really getting to me
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
and it was cold though I genuinely forget about that when I am shooting. I sort of go into the zone if you know what I mean :D
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
ha tell me about it! I cleaned my sensor this afternoon, changed lenses 3 times and it is dusty again. I might try and get my hands on an arctic butterfly
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strangelight Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Even though it didn't turn out quite how you wanted, it's still very nice. The subject is unusual (do you know anything about the stones?) and the light is nice and warm. My only suggestion would be that - if it was windy that day - trying to get a bit of blur into the grasses would have been nice.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
these tors are all over Dartmoor. The are made from Granite. The granite formed under the surface and the earth was eroded away leaving these rock stacks.

It was moderately windy, but I fell like I have done that to death to be honest and I only really want to use that as a major creative aspect now. Thank you for the critique.

Alex
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strangelight Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
You're welcome, Alex. Thanks for the detailed reply.
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:iconjoinnovate:
JoInnovate Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
great colors and landscape
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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kimonokraken Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
It's really good actually! It's not disorganised in my view, although it's a jumble of rocks it's thematically coherent.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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kennedmh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great view!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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:iconnightshadowwhisper91:
i love the light from the sunrise, always adds a little gentle touch
:)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much
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:iconnightshadowwhisper91:
ur welcome
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Beautiful light...and welcome to the wide world of "careful with your tripod legs".
It's something I've done so much with portrait format shots...I still occasionally do it now 2 years almost 2 years after first shooting at this focal length. :-)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Andy.
Being able to shoot at a wideangle in a single frame looks like its going to be a revelation for me. In fact 1 5D frame is equivalent to 3 vertical 20D frames stiched horizontally in terms of its field of view.
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goingforth Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
captivating rock formations! thanks for having got up for the shot :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008   Photographer
good composition and stunning light!
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