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“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning.”

From Little Gidding, The Four Quartets, T.S.Elliot

A late autumn transient afternoon light on the granite rocks of Hound Tor, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, UK

Pentax K-X
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens (at 18mm)
Hoya Circular polarizer

1/10th second

manual focus

Pseudo-HDR from split-RAw processing to create three 16-bit TIFFs – processed in Photomatix Pro 3.26 and finished with minimal adjustments in Photoshop 6.0


hound tor, dartmoor, national park, devon, morpheus71, autumn, autumnal, granite

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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  • HG. QualityPhotography
    HG. QualityPho...almost 3 years ago

    Wow this is magic, Perfect Photography.
    Instant Fav.

  • Thanks so much for the encouragement Hans! . Hound Tor was where I took my first concerted effort at a landscape photo (rather than a snap shot) 3 winters ago with a borrowed SLR camera – I realised how much I had learnt about the subtleties in ‘timing, light and composition’ in those 3 years, which reminded me of TS Elliot quote. Still lots to learn about photography, but loving the journey of knowledge and practice as well as just spending time in the wild places:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful slight, shade and colour. A really lovely image!!!

  • I am very grateful for your encouraging comments Christine – thank you:)

    – phil hemsley

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    NatureGreeting...almost 3 years ago

    NOVEMBER 24, 2011

    Beautiful Scene, CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  • Wow! That’s so very kind of you – thank you Carolyn:)

    – phil hemsley

  • The Jonathan Sloat
    The Jonathan S...almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot and great color!

  • I really appreciate you encouraging comments Johnathan:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago

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  • Eden R. Knizacky
    Eden R. Knizackyover 2 years ago

    This is gorgeous!

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoover 2 years ago

    Very nice light and composition mate, and lovely treatment

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    Completely beautiful light,colour and composition.

  • Marco Borzacconi
    Marco Borzacconiover 2 years ago

    Really a beautiful work! Congratulations!

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