Don't jump!

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Comments (10)

Bakos ART on March 16, 2009

Amazing wall! beautiful photo!

William Stephens on March 16, 2009

Hi hardertom, it is a great cliff and a long way down. I just missed this person leaning right over the edge!

Sue Allen on March 16, 2009

Definition of the word 'sheer', William. How could that person stand there????? I feel ill imagining myself in their know that awful lemming like shadow in the back of your mind telling you that it's physically possible to jump and knowing that the moment you have done so you'll be plummeting through the air, wheeling in a few seconds of agonizing horror and then CRUMP!

Anyway, those strange thoughts aside, what a fantastic photo which epitomizes the white cliffs of Dover, even though this isn't Dover and not even Kent, but this is exactly how they should look-- that immaculate slice of white chalk crisp against the hazy blue of an English sky. Perfect!

Nick Weall on March 18, 2009

A wonderful composition William with the strong vertical against the softer curves. As for those two people ~ well! I think that Sue has summed that up pretty well in the comment above.

Well caught. Ciao nick

Herb Riddle on March 26, 2009

A big lens required for this big shot William. A cracking shot again and I had better watch my step when I go wandering around here this Summer. Knowing my luck it will be drizzly every day!

I wonder if Sue realised that this is one of the most leaped-off headlands in Britain! (I believe that members of certain organisations and the clergy still patrol these cliffs.) Regards, Herbert

Sue Allen on March 26, 2009

I just wrote a whole essay on that subject, when I read your comment, Herb, but then scrubbed it. I wish that those desperate souls who ever contemplate those cliffs can feel the beauty of the place and find the strength to carry on living...

My very best wishes to you, Herb, and you, William. We are so lucky that we find such joy in our surroundings, which can make up for any number of problems. The best things in life really are free! (Well, almost free, when I start thinking about how expensive kids are, and cameras, but hey, the smiles and the photos are free!!)


William Stephens on March 26, 2009

Hi Nick, Herb and Sue Yes, there are poignant reminders all over the place - tattered and faded bouquets of flowers tied to the token fence. I resisted the temptation to include some in photos - too ghoulish. There is certainly a very strong edge pull - I suppose I was as close as those people when i was taking pictures the other way and saw other people taking pictures of me. They must have been thinking that they were either going to get a picture to sell to the papers or else a good sense of scale...

vld9 on April 28, 2009

All photos are very pretty different from other beautiful, talented Greetings from Ukraine, vld9

William Stephens on April 29, 2009

Hi vld9, thanks for visiting my site from the Ukraine! Thank you for your kind comments, William

vld9 on April 30, 2009


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 15, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by William Stephens
    • Camera: NIKON D300
    • Taken on 2009/03/15 04:45:42
    • Focal Length: 85.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200