Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, England by Bob Culshaw

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A 3 frame HDR image of Freshwater Bay depicting the Chalk Cliff formations and the start of Tennyson Downs. 3 RAW images bracketed -2,0,+2 EV’s, tonemapped (Detail enhancer) in Photomatix Pro 3.2.6 and finished in CS4.

Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens at 20mm, ISO 100 at f22.

203 views at 22nd April 2010

I had to stand perilously close to the edge of the cliffs to obtain this shot. What pleased me apart from the view was the clarity of the water (English Channel) which enables a view of the submerged chalk strata.

The view shows:- the rock in the left foreground is known as Mermaid Rock and was formed after a cliff fall in 1968. To the rear right of this rock is the remains of the Arch Rock which was destroyed in a storm in 1992. The rock in the centre of the image is Stag Rock – so named because reputedly a Stag lept from the cliff onto the rock when being hunted!

The small town of Freshwater is famous for being the home of Alfred Lord Tennyson the great poet. He died here in is home ‘Farringford’ in 1892. He wrote of Farringford:-

_ “Where, far from noise and smoke of town
I watch the twilight falling brown,
All round a careless-ordered garden,
Close to the ridge of a noble down.”_

The Downs rising from the coast in the background are named after Tennyson and just around the distant headland of white cliffs are the famous ‘Needles’ with it’s lighthouse.

Freshwater was also home to the great Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron whose home, Dimbola Lodge’ is now a museum dedicated to her work.

Info extracted from Wikipedia.

Featured in ‘Smugglers Haven’ Group 2nd February 2010

Featured in the ‘Beautiful’ Group 24th February 2010

Featured in ‘A View Somewhere…..’ Group 27th February 2010

Featured in ‘Islands of Great Britain and Ireland’ Group 6th March 2010

Top ten Challenge finish in ‘Best foot forward’ Challenge in ’Britain’s Coastline Group’ 13th November 2009

Featured in ‘Photomatix – HDR’ Group 20th April 2010


  • brimellor1
    brimellor1over 5 years ago

    Stunning image….lovely colour and light!!

  • Thank you Brian I very much appreciate your comments.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    outstanding work

  • Thank you kathy for your lovely comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 5 years ago

    This is just lovely. I cannot believe that the water was so clear. Great composition too.

  • Thank you Anna, you know I always appreciate your comments.xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopenerover 5 years ago

    Excellent work Bob:o)

  • Thank you for your lovely comment it is very much appreciated.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 5 years ago

    very nice

  • Thank you so much Ryan.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 5 years ago

    brilliant bob

  • Thanks Steve I appreciate that. Bob

    – Bob Culshaw

  • NickMilton
    NickMiltonover 5 years ago

    wow, miss that scenery,

  • Hi Nick thanks for the comment and greetings from ‘the old enemy’ England v Australia today! (again)

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 5 years ago

    The clarity in that stretch of water is priceless Bob – really catches the eye and the lighting’s top notch too.

  • Thank you Stuart. Yes the water clarity did surprise me, it was a bit of a shock with it being the English Channel. It was a brilliant day – wall to wall sunshine and no wind! Cheers. Bob

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Geoff Carpenter
    Geoff Carpenterover 5 years ago

    Beautiful image Bob. Stunning clarity.

  • Thank you Geoff. I was lucky with the weather – that gives a good start!! Best regards. Bob

    – Bob Culshaw

  • NickMilton
    NickMiltonover 5 years ago

    haha, im a pohm(prisoner of her majesty)(by birth and at heart, but been here 20 years, returning for my son(an ausie by birth,poor thing) to play the football greats youth sides in december(man utd,liverpool,and 3 others) our goalie is from IOW and is staying there for a week prior to tour.

  • Great Nick hope you have a terrific tour-with the English teams winning of course – we have to beat the Aussies at something! lol

    – Bob Culshaw

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