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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Exposure: 3 exposures (-2,0,+2 EV)
Aperture: f/18
Focal Length: 16mm
ISO Speed: 100
Accessories: Manfrotto 190XB Tripod, Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head, Canon RC1 Wireless Remote
Date and Time: 20 January 2010 8.58pm

Post Processing:
Imported into Lightroom
Exported 3 exposures to Photomatix
Tonemap generated HDR using detail enhancer option
Opened HDR in CS3
Contrast adjustment
Unsharp mask filter
Imported into Lightroom
Cropped in Lightroom
Added keyword metadata
Exported as JPEG

This rock stack is called “the Razorback”. The sharp edges and bumps along its back are caused by wind-blown spray, which hardens small areas of rock. The softer rocka round these erodes away, leaving an uneven surface.

Wave energy channelled along the side of the stack carves the deep smooth grooves just above sea level. With one wave every 14 seconds, there’s a lot of erosion over the years.

The Razorback once extended much further out to sea. The force of the waves gradually eroded and undercut the base of the stack. Vertical cracks in the rock were widened by rainwater forming a line of weakness. Huge blocks of rock then collapsed into the sea, leaving a rock shelf.


  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesalmost 5 years ago

    Oh William this is stunning!

  • Heather  Waller-Rivet  IPA
    Heather Walle...almost 5 years ago


  • yolanda
    yolandaalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image :-)

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    great image!

  • electron
    electronalmost 5 years ago

    as usual, brilliant work, William.

  • leealanjudy
    leealanjudyalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful water with amazing clouds! So gorgeous!

  • Tara Johnson
    Tara Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

    Oh wow! Gorgeous!!!

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

    now dont you wish that fence was closer to the edge,, good work William

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyalmost 5 years ago

    The colors in that rock are just fabulous, accentuated by the pink and gray clouds, and the sombre blue of the sea. Magic stuff.

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

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