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    Posted: 07 June 2017 at 22:26
I recently visited the coast at Botallack in Cornwall, I've been before but came back with nothing I liked, this time the conditions were better, warmer with promising light and a good chance of a colourful sunset.

The Botallack Mine is on the far western tip of Cornwall, a few miles north of lands end. Copper, tin and arsenic were mined here from the 1500s until its closure in 1895 due to falling prices. The engine houses were built to contain the huge steam powered pumps that enabled mines to go deeper than the water table allowed, Botallack is actually a submarine mine, the tunnels which run underneath the old engine houses travel out into the Atlantic for more than a mile, forming a vast industrial complex under the waves. I'm glad I was taking photos rather than working down it!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 June 2017 at 22:37
You did well taking photos there. Beautiful light.
From the first three I like the wide viee in #1 most.
From the last two #4 is my favourite, probably overall as well for the beautiful colours.
For me #5 is a bit flat colourwise, but that is just a matter of taste. It is a nice pic as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 June 2017 at 22:42
Wonderful series, marvelous light.

I have very fond memories of passing this place on my walking the coast path. It was quite amazing to learn that mining operations dated back far into the middle ages.

I love the light of the golden hour in the first four images - and #3 would be my favorite among them.
But I find #5 even more outstanding - I think the long exposure has been a very good choice making the location at the coast with the rocks and the sea spray even more fascinating.

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Love number 4. The light on the flowers on the cliff really help make the image I think. Great work.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote maewpa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2017 at 01:36
All look very good indeed but I also like 3 most for the interesting perspective combined with that super light. It's 1 and 4 that'd end up in s calendar though probably. Very worthwhile expedition,
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2017 at 20:31
Thanks for the comments Fred, Waldo, Mike and Paul! The photos are shown in the sequence I shot them in, the lights improves up until #3, I though I'd try back lighting in #4 and 5 was with a 10 stop after the sun had set.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alpha_in_exile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 June 2017 at 00:03
Very nice, atmospheric photos. I think I like #1 the best, for the sweeping, wide sky.

Brings to mind the Poldark series . (Poldark is kind of a soap opera as I see it and not one of my favorite shows, but it has some good bits).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ifreedman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 June 2017 at 03:46
Great shots. For me 4 and 5 are the winners. This looks like such an incredible place to visit. I just wish I could go!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 June 2017 at 21:08
Thanks Matt and Ian, the best thing about cornwall is the coast, its very varied and there is always something to photograph. Some of Poldark was actually filmed here, both the recent series and the original in the 70's.
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