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Devon Hartland Quay #4

Sunset over the Atlantic ocean at Hartland Quay, Devon, England

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Coastal scenery doesn't come any more dramatic than this!

During our two week holiday spent exploring Devon and Cornwall my wife Liz and I made several trips to Hartland Quay on the Atlantic coast of North Devon, absolutely captivated by the huge cliffs, dramatic rocks, surging seas and superb light on offer.

A large car park, restaurant and toilets also added to our appreciation of this wonderful location!

On this particular visit we arrived at Hartland Quay at high tide just before sunset, with a stiff onshore breeze stirring up huge rollers which smashed into the cliffs and rocks with stupendous force, throwing huge plumes of spray high into the air.

My attempts to shoot a time lapse video of this spectacle were soon thwarted, as that blowing spume coated my camera's optic with an ever thicknening layer of salt. (Plus my tripod nearly blowing over!)

This image is just one of the first few that I managed to take before salting up, and shows those huge seas crashing into the shoreline rocks just as the sun found a gap in the clouds and painted the rocks and waves with a touch of glowing warm light.

After cleaning the filter on the front of my camera I also managed to shoot a few seconds of real time video of this scene, which you can watch at my Hartland Quay #3 web page.

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Image data

Filename - devon hartland quay 04

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure - 1/160 sec @ f4, ISO100

Filters - 2/3 stop neutral density reverse graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky along the horizon.

Location - Hartland Quay, Devon, England

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - This image is one of hundreds taken to make a time lapse video.