“There are no words to express the feelings that induce a sailor to offer fervent prayers when he sees this mark of sympathy expressed by his fellow men. Suddenly he sees that he is no longer alone in the midst of the ocean waves: he sees that people are caring for him with paternal solicitude”

Lt. Lavrentiy Alekseyevich Zagoskin 1839

Returning afternoon sunlight at Start Point (Devon) – as squalls beneath huge Cumulo Nimbus clouds retreat to the east.

Start Point is a promontory in the South Hams district in Devon, England, grid reference SX832370. Close to the most southerly point in the county, it marks the southern limit of Start Bay, which extends northwards to the estuary of the River Dart.

The rocks of the point are greenschist and mica-schist, formed by metamorphism of Devonian sediments during a period of mountain building towards the end of the Carboniferous period.

The name “Start” derives from an Anglo-Saxon word steort, meaning a tail.

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  • Technical Info:

Panoramic stitch of 2 High Dynamic Range images

Pentax K-X
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens

Manfrotto 190XProB tripod
Manfrotto 498RC2 panoramic ball-head

Hoya circular polarizer

Aperture = f/16
Exposure durations = 1/15, 1/60 and 1/180 second
Focal length = 18mm
ISO = 200
Manual mode
Spot-metering pattern
Manual focus

Each HDR image was created from 3 RAW files (manual bracketing) – using Photomatix Pro 3.27

Panorama created in Microsoft Research’s ICE (Image Composite Editor)

Finished in Lightroom 3.6 and Photoshop 6.0


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An emerging landscape photographer based in Totnes, South Devon, UK – Phil Hemsley (a.k.a. ‘Morpheus71’ – from his graffiti days) is incredibly lucky to live between stunning beaches and fantastic moorland – he loves walking in the moors, climbing the cliffs and catching waves.

He is passionate about using visual imagery to capture the emotions, atmosphere and action of his subjects. His highly detailed work reflects his passion for rich light, colour and contrasting textures.

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  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithover 1 year ago

    What a remote location this looks. A beautiful shot.

  • Thank you very much Christine :) It is a glorious bit of coastline and very rugged indeed, I shall doubtless be back exploring more of it again soon :)

    – phil hemsley

  • yolanda
    yolandaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful :-)

  • Thanks very much Yolanda :)

    – phil hemsley

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 1 year ago

    Lovely capture! x

  • Thank you very much Naturelover :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Wow! Thanks very much for the feature Marie :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 1 year ago

    lovely capture

  • Thanks ever so much Lissywitch :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 1 year ago

    Brilliant Work !

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanover 1 year ago

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueover 1 year ago

    Awesome shot and instant fave. Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thank you very much for your generous comments Elaine :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Evita
    Evitaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work !!!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    Nature And Man ~ FEATURES ~ April 2nd, 2013

  • Wow! Thanks very much for featuring this one Evita :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    beautiful shot ;)

  • Wow! Thanks ever so much for the feature Manon :)

    – phil hemsley

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