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    Posted: 04 January 2022 at 08:11
Hi everyone, its been a while since I last posted on dyxum but I'm back, spurred on by some time off over christmas and a couple of new to me lense aquisitions! Two lenses as old as me, a minolta mc rokkor-pg 50mm 1.4 and a minolta mc tele rokkor-pf 135mm 2.8 are now in my camera bag and I'm pleasantly surprised at how good they are.

Myself and a couple of photo buddies headed out to the north cornwall coast to a place called Millook Haven.

From Wiki- In 2014 the cliffs at Millook Haven were voted by the Geological Society of London as one of Britain's top 10 geological sites, leading the "folding and faulting" category. The cliffs display an impressive series of recumbent chevron folds, in Carboniferous age killas of inter-bedded sandstones and shales, originally deposited in deep water.

1 The beach from the cliffs-



2 Rock formations heading out to stormy sea-



3 The Chevron Folds-



4 Close up-



5 Best Beach Hut in Cornwall-



6 More Huts-



7 One more-



8 As the light faded-



1,2,3,5,6,7 minolta mc rokkor 50mm 1.4
4 minolta mc tele rokkor pf 135mm 2.8
8 voightlander 21mm 3.5

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Simon,
Good to see you're back and what a magnificent set to offer up for your reintroduction.
Spectacular coastal and geological images, beautifully captured and presented.
A real feast for the eyes, and wonderful that you take your viewers along for their virtual armchair ride.
There's not one of these images less appealing than the rest, as far as I'm concerned.
Lovely soft, even light and natural colours coupled with photogenic scenes of nature and man's tenuous place in it.
The geological forces that twisted the strata into sharp S shapes must have been cataclysmic.
If I had to pick a favourite, it would be #1, but really a very hard choice.
Thanks for posting.

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Good to see you back in action. These scenes suit the pastel shades of winter, I've never encountered chevron folds before. A strong set but #3 stands out for me, the two figures providing a sense of scale for the massive folds and set against the contrasting tones and gentle curves of the beach.
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Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

A strong set but #3 stands out for me, the two figures providing a sense of scale for the massive folds and set against the contrasting tones and gentle curves of the beach.
I had that exact same thought when I saw it too.

Amazing that such an unusual geological feature exists in my home country, and just as amazing that I have never heard of it before. So thank you and welcome back to your photos
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I love the story you have told in words and images. The last, for me, is really special in that the mood and gloom of the day is presented and the composition of layering from right lower corner upwards is great (i.e., dark stone, water, dark stone, light stone, cliff). #3 is a real close second - really shows off the layers and the clincher is the sense of scale provided by the two people. If the two people's heads were not somewhat lost in the background this would be an A+ image for me (elevating the camera some more might have solved the problem but maybe you already did that - use the ladder I'm sure you had with you!    ).
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I have to agree with others: beautiful set of pics, Simon. And is really hard to pick a favourite one. I like'em all. TFS.
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Hi Simon,

Another positive vote for the whole set from me as well - I think the evenness of the light has worked really well in this situation and brings a sense of drama and atmosphere to the location as well. I'd like, perhaps, to see the colours of the folds, but the addition of the figures in #3 more than makes up for that I feel.

This has a similar 'feel' to another beach, reasonably close by, with similar inter-bedded sandstones and shales, and that of course is Hartland Quay - a much more often photographed location but with a very similar geology to the cliffs here. What this location seems to have as you show, though, is the addition of the buildings and a less rugged series of rock formations as you show us in #2 - I actually like the look and form of those rocks in the foreground and would love to take some time clambering over those looking for shapes and lines....

Good to see you posting on here again and also pleased you have a Minolta MC 135/2.8 - I had mine 'chipped' for use as an A-mount lens and I too was surprised by the quality it gave.

Take care and thanks for posting these - and somewhere else to add for a foray back down to the South West in the future!

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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Simon,
Good to see you're back and what a magnificent set to offer up for your reintroduction.
Spectacular coastal and geological images, beautifully captured and presented.
A real feast for the eyes, and wonderful that you take your viewers along for their virtual armchair ride.
There's not one of these images less appealing than the rest, as far as I'm concerned.
Lovely soft, even light and natural colours coupled with photogenic scenes of nature and man's tenuous place in it.
The geological forces that twisted the strata into sharp S shapes must have been cataclysmic.
If I had to pick a favourite, it would be #1, but really a very hard choice.
Thanks for posting.



Thanks Joe, kind words indeed! Its a very dramatic and photogenic landscape, I'm lucky to live within an hours drive.


Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Good to see you back in action. These scenes suit the pastel shades of winter, I've never encountered chevron folds before. A strong set but #3 stands out for me, the two figures providing a sense of scale for the massive folds and set against the contrasting tones and gentle curves of the beach.


Thanks Alan, it was perfect conditions for winter photos, plenty of subtle colours looking good in the softer light.


Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

A strong set but #3 stands out for me, the two figures providing a sense of scale for the massive folds and set against the contrasting tones and gentle curves of the beach.
I had that exact same thought when I saw it too.

Amazing that such an unusual geological feature exists in my home country, and just as amazing that I have never heard of it before. So thank you and welcome back to your photos


Cheers Brian, me neither and I have lived in this part of the world all my life!

Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

I love the story you have told in words and images. The last, for me, is really special in that the mood and gloom of the day is presented and the composition of layering from right lower corner upwards is great (i.e., dark stone, water, dark stone, light stone, cliff). #3 is a real close second - really shows off the layers and the clincher is the sense of scale provided by the two people. If the two people's heads were not somewhat lost in the background this would be an A+ image for me (elevating the camera some more might have solved the problem but maybe you already did that - use the ladder I'm sure you had with you!    ).


Thanks Roger, the last photo nearly didn't happen, we were ready to leave but hung around just in case, but thats often the way with beaches. I know what you mean about #3 but I couldn't get high enough, I'll bring my ladder next time!

Originally posted by Jadom Jadom wrote:

I have to agree with others: beautiful set of pics, Simon. And is really hard to pick a favourite one. I like'em all. TFS.


Thanks Jack, much appreciated!

Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

Hi Simon,

Another positive vote for the whole set from me as well - I think the evenness of the light has worked really well in this situation and brings a sense of drama and atmosphere to the location as well. I'd like, perhaps, to see the colours of the folds, but the addition of the figures in #3 more than makes up for that I feel.

This has a similar 'feel' to another beach, reasonably close by, with similar inter-bedded sandstones and shales, and that of course is Hartland Quay - a much more often photographed location but with a very similar geology to the cliffs here. What this location seems to have as you show, though, is the addition of the buildings and a less rugged series of rock formations as you show us in #2 - I actually like the look and form of those rocks in the foreground and would love to take some time clambering over those looking for shapes and lines....

Good to see you posting on here again and also pleased you have a Minolta MC 135/2.8 - I had mine 'chipped' for use as an A-mount lens and I too was surprised by the quality it gave.

Take care and thanks for posting these - and somewhere else to add for a foray back down to the South West in the future!

Best regards, Neil.


Thanks Neil, Millook is definitley has a more gentle feel than Hartland which is certainly more hardcore! The coast from Hartland right down to Tintagel is probably my go to place if I can get away in the winter, it is a truely beautiful coast to photograph. If you do get down to Millook beware that there is no parking apart from laybys or "sticking it in a hedge" as we call it down here.

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Agree with all comments, I'm a fan of the perfect shutter speed for 8 As the light faded-.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2022 at 22:21
Thanks Paul, I'm a complete newbie with the rokkors, I'm impressed with their image quality apart from the flaring, but I guess you just get to learn to work with that, but the build quality- wow!
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good to 'see' you, Simon! glad you returned to the nest.
and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you & yours!
what a spectacular place, your set beyond stunning- this is true eye candy!
you are making the Rokkors -congrats! :) - shine, but what really stands out, as always/IMHO, are your compo skills, turning this into, as Joe said, a real feast for the eyes. and, as Roger said, a beautiful story! love the scale in #3 and above all the sense of mystery in #8.

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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

good to 'see' you, Simon! glad you returned to the nest.
and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you & yours!
what a spectacular place, your set beyond stunning- this is true eye candy!
you are making the Rokkors -congrats! :) - shine, but what really stands out, as always/IMHO, are your compo skills, turning this into, as Joe said, a real feast for the eyes. and, as Roger said, a beautiful story! love the scale in #3 and above all the sense of mystery in #8.



thanks Ine, a happy new year to you also and thanks for the kind words!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2022 at 20:19
Beautiful set (given the weather, but this is obviously an asset, not a liability)!

The scene immediately reminded me of Menabilly Beach (between Fowey and Par) - the scene of "Rebecca"! Then I found Millook Haven on the map - and it's at a completely different locale.

I like the low angles in #2 and #8. It's probably the single beach hut in #1 and #5 which triggered the memory of Menabilly.

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Great series Simon! These Rokkors rock .
I didn't guess them all right though.
#5 for example looks almost (tele) compressed.

Hard to pick favourites.
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