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I must go down to the seas again... by phil hemsley

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“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.”

from Sea Fever by John Masefield (1878-1967)

Post-sunset afterglow at Wembury Bay – looking towards the island known as the Mewstone – in the South Hams area of Devon, UK.

The foreshore shows sections of Lower Devonian rocks – mainly red mudstones, now metamorphosed to slate, siltstones and sandstones which experienced Variscan deformation during the Permo-Triassic age.

It is thought that they were originally laid down in mudflats and floodplains associated with lakes. Some fossil fish remains have been found here and there may have been an occasional connection between these lakes and the nearby sea.

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

HDR from 6 manually focused RAW exposures (manually bracketed at 10s, 6s, 3s, 1.5s, 0.7s, 0.25s) at f/ 8

HDR created in Photomatix Pro 3.26 and finished in Adobe Photoshop 6.0


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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  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 3 years ago

    such beautiful light and viewpoint .. lovely work


  • Thanks so much for the encouraging comments:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 3 years ago

    Beautifully photographed!!! :))))))))))))))))))))))

  • Thank you ever so much for your genrous comment Vicki :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Stephen Ruane
    Stephen Ruaneabout 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured! Wonderful warm tones, well done.

  • Thanks so much for the encouraging comments:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezabout 3 years ago


  • Very much appreciated:)

    – phil hemsley

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much for the encouraging comments Lorilee:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfabout 3 years ago

  • Wow Thanks so much for featuring this one Evelina ! Very much appreciated:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Chris Cardwell
    Chris Cardwellabout 3 years ago

    This is stunning. Such beautiful foreground interest and what amazing colours of the sun setting. Another fav!

  • Thanks so much for the encouraging and thoughtful comments Chris:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Aj Finan
    Aj Finanabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks ever so much for featuring my work AJ – big smiles:)

    – phil hemsley

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaabout 3 years ago

    Excellent Image! 01/24/2012
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  • Wow! Thank you ever so much for featuring my work Deborah :)

    – phil hemsley

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeealmost 3 years ago

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