Fingal Rocks

One of many shots of these rocks I took this morning. It was truly awe inspiring watching the waves rush into the gap and spray over the lower rocks on the left.

An experience no photograph can do complete justice to, but hopefully this goes some of the way.

See where this picture was taken.

#45 in Explore - July 26th 2008.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 27th July 2008, This photo: 6:18am

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  • Xenedis said:
    This came out very nicely.
  • David de Groot said:
    Not too shabby :)
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    Not too shabby at all. I think we all had a good morning.
  • teejaybee said:
  • David de Groot said:
    I reckon so, even if the afternoon is now somewhat of an hazy blur ;-)
    Thanks - it was even more so standing there so close to it.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    All these are so good this is worth a re-shoot some time!
  • RobertsonPhotography said:
    great shot! i'm loving your colours and composition.
    it was indeed a good morning out.
    quite tired now though.
    but totally worth it!
  • David de Groot said:
    'twould be good to spend a week or so in the area and try this again and a couple of other locations about there too.
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh yeah, running purely on sugar at the moment :)
    Definitely a very good morning.
  • C.Murray said:
    awesomeness, damn i was in tweed heads a week ago!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks. :)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    very nice :)
  • David de Groot said:
    These rocks are very neat - old basalt columns that have been exposed by erosion as the softer material has washed away.
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Stunning well composed shot David!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Cecily :) 'tis a great location.
  • Jack High said:
    That's a lovely, dynamic shot. Much justice has been done. Great work.
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Garry' said:
    This goes a long way David, you definitely captured the magic of this place. I find Fingal best to shoot with a NW breeze and we were very lucky to have that breeze this morning...good planning mate.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jack :)
    We were, as you said, quite lucky all round. The clouds stayed off until after we were done and the breeze was the right direction. It really is a most fascinating and interesting place.
    I'm keen to see what you came away with today.
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Very nice indeed, best shot I've seen today
  • -Gadabout- said:
    :) you got any more shots you're going to share with us?
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    I bet the front filter was on for these shots. ;-) Interesting that Australia has basalt columns - have you heard of the famous Giant's Causeway in Ireland, or Fingal's Cave in Scotland? (the same Fingal hero that this Head was named after?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    I have another I've got ready to go, but you know, you can't rush these things ;-)
    Definitely! Although due to the favourable NW breezes we actually stayed very dry where we were.
    Yes, I've heard of the Giant's Causeway and Fingal's Cave (although the G.C. comes to mind more readily) and I'd love to go there at some stage to shoot them too. It's highly likely that this formation was once a sea cave just like Fingal's Cave but the land mass above has all eroded off.
    Given that Fingal's Cave was discovered by Sir Joseph Banks, who sailed with Cook to Australia, and the island further out is Cook Is. I would not doubt for an instant that Fingal Heads is named after the very same Fingal.
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    Interesting stuff, thanks. I suppose when they were having to name so many new places and species it was hard to come up with new names. Fingal, or Fionnghall, means "white stranger" BTW.
    Here you can listen to Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture (aka Fingal's Cave) that he was inspired to write after visiting the cave. You can really hear the way he interprets the waves and echoes in the cave.
  • lakhesis said:
    This is great - very atmospheric.
  • David de Groot said:
    Interesting indeed. Alas, without a account you only get thirty seconds of audio which doesn't really get far into the piece, however, I'll hunt around and have a listen.
    Thanks :) I have another of similar framing taken earlier that I'll post soonish as it has a different feel to it entirely.
  • looby88 said:
    amazing ! does remind me a lot of photos I have seen of the GC, which they are trying to ruin with various buildings instead of leaving it wild. Its become way too popular as well apparently
    looks like the plans are scrapped for now at least ! yeah !
  • David de Groot said:
    'tis a pretty neat place to shoot.
    I'd heard about that with the GC, good to hear that at least it's all on hold for now.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Can't leave it in the dev too long!!! :P
  • David de Groot said:
    True - but I don't want to saturate the stream with too many similar photos at once either.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Fair enough....
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    David, I don't have a account and could listen to the full 10m 55s - however, I just refreshed the page and now the 30 sec preview has cut in. Strange that and sorry for sending you there!
    There are some wonderful versions on YouTube with very enthusiastic conductors. The more I hear this piece the more I like it.
  • David de Groot said:
    No probs Tim. :) Just listening to it now, quite moving isn't it?
  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    This is my favourite of the series. Nice work mate.
  • David de Groot said:
    It's definitely the most dramatic of them, that's for sure. Thanks.
  • Barrie Anne Photography said:
  • RobertsonPhotography said:
    that is magical, a perfect exposure! beautiful colours!!!
    i dare say that a second trip is warranted for me!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Aye, I think another trip, in Spring, might be the go (sun will rise further to the south).
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  • David de Groot said:
    It is that :)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    David - absolutely fantastic - simply a great landscape shot.
    Thanks for letting us see it large too - only way to really appreciate it!
  • David de Groot said:
    You're most welcome David :) Helps to have had a great morning and fantastic location to shoot at. Next time you're over the channel you should pop up to Fingal's Cave or over to Ireland and shoot the Giant's Causeway at dawn.