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iammilitia's photo of Bantham

This place is worth the paddle. And its a lot bigger than it looks!

Average rating of 3.83 from 12 votes

Bantham

Spot Location: UK + Ireland > England > Bantham

Date Taken: 6th January 2010. 4047 page views since 10th February 2010.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
1.2ft 10s 234.79° 3.5ft 4s   19
mph
Light Snow 35°f
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Surfing is my drug Feb 18, 2010 Rating: 0

ha ha,,......surfed this spot in novermber. its a fucking effort an a half to get out there! but it's intence. although when this is working there are better and easier waves to surf than this....whatever it is heh. ;-)

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Matz Ginman-Trout Feb 14, 2010 Rating: 0

... we surfed it 4 years ago and its broke several times since but it needs to be just right... we've paddled to it twice and got waves and went by boat and got nothing... las sat just wasn't consistant enough and the wind was a lil too strong... next time...!

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Surfing is my drug Feb 18, 2010 Rating: 1

i agree...stop giving hints to where it is....alothugh if one of you lot did happen to find it you'd probably give it a miss.

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Matz Ginman-Trout Feb 14, 2010 Rating: 0

... and stop naming it!

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Get Joggly Feb 14, 2010 Rating: 0

Correct me if i'm wrong (VP) , but it's always the "point & shoot" that capture the most magic ! +5

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Get Joggly Feb 15, 2010 Rating: 1

I stand corrected !

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Sneakybadger Feb 15, 2010 Rating: 2

Well, I need photos, my memory is shot!

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soutie Feb 15, 2010 Rating: 0

nonsense, add my pics to your cart.

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the vanity project Feb 14, 2010 Rating: 3

A viewer who would claim to be an expert isn’t viewing at all. There is no such thing as professional “seeing”. I read somewhere that the virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking….. So that would make the camera a tool, not a magic wand….kit (in my opinion) is therefore largely irrelevant if you are more interested in the process rather than the end result. So if the “medium is the message”, surely the message is the process. If it is simplicity you are after, I recommend you put the camera down. Nothing compares to viewing something magical with your own eyes rather than behind a viewfinder or worse still, mediated through abhorrent little pixels on a screen. Think about the first time that beautiful girl smiled at you, fixed in your mind forever isn’t it? No photo necessary…..Favourite memories don’t need an “add to cart”…and real photography isn’t taken with a camera.

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Get Joggly Feb 14, 2010 Rating: 1

Without any technological knowledge the simplicity of fixed lens camera appeals to me but a viewer with expertise will demand and appreciate the enhanced characteristics of professional equipment ?

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Get Joggly Feb 14, 2010 Rating: 0

Im going to have to google that too !

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the vanity project Feb 14, 2010 Rating: 2

“The medium is the message”

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Get Joggly Feb 14, 2010 Rating: 0

Yeah this was shot on a canon 7d with a 200mm L series lens, I sometimes use a 1.4x extender though I prefer shots without it. Watershots I use the 17-40mmm L. By “Rebel T1Si” I presume you mean the Rebel T1i (named EOS 500 in England), you will get plenty of pixels from the 15mp sensor and HD video as well, but in order to reap the benefits of this added resolution a decent piece of glass on the front will make all the difference. The larger burst buffer for continuous shooting might also help, all though you won’t notice if you only shoot jpeg as opposed to RAW. If you use post-shoot processing programs to tweak RAW files and then put them in photoshop you can claw back some quality and get the best out of the image (of course you then get the distinct pleasure of reading “photoshopped” on comment threads!) You will get some bundled software with the camera to do this and they are generally fine if a bit limited, but worth learning if you want the most from your kit. I’m a Canon man myself so here are the options at your price point: All pretty similar in terms of frames per second, but the T1i has the newer Digic 4 processor and so can create larger 15mp files for the same burst rate. Not strictly necessary though as a 10 megapixel camera will be fine for 10x8 prints and it is worth saving your money for better lenses. Canon EOS 1000 / rebel xs (£330) 10mp, 3 fps, Digic 3 processor, 2.5” screen, Canon EOS 450 / rebel xsi (£450) 12mp, 3.5 fps, Digic 3 processor, 3” screen, Canon EOS 500 / rebel T1i (£510) 15mp, 3.5 fps, Digic 4 processor, 3” screen, I reckon your best bet is to go for the EOS 450 / Rebel xsi, prices should be falling all the time as its getting on a bit in age but it still represents a sensible choice in terms of per pixel sharpness and output quality. The new 18-50 efs kit lens is also better than the older versions and a good starting point for beginning with. Most cameras now are reaching levels where the limiting factor for quality is the lens and not the sensor, this is true of the rebel xsi and its bundled kit lens too, so if you can buy a better lens to add to this later you will see the difference, but as a starting kit its fine. As for the Quantray lenses, I haven’t heard great things about them, you get what you pay for, it may be worth waiting for a nice 2nd hand lens on ebay. 3rd party manufacturers like Sigma and Tamron are ok. And you will generally get better results from prime lenses (no zoom eg a 200mm or a 300mm lens) but the added flexibility of a zoom range holds real appeal, especially on a budget. I am afraid photography is all about trade-offs with price, quality and versatility, no way around it. An 18-200 may suit you as its an all in one lens, again it’s a trade off as you are asking a piece of glass in a tube to be good at all different zoom ranges and it is very hard to do that on the cheap, but at least you wont have to keep changing lenses over and get dust on the sensor. My final bit of advice is know the limitations of the kit you use and don’t try to get around this as the laws of light properties and physics don’t feel sympathy for you and you will end up disappointed with the results. Play to your camera/lens set-ups strengths. If you can only afford a mid range zoom, get good at taking line up shots and forget trying to zoom in to distant specks that appear to be surfers.

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the vanity project Feb 14, 2010 Rating: 0

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the vanity project Feb 14, 2010 Rating: 0

http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPhoto.php?photoId=144915

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Tom Martin Feb 13, 2010 Rating: 0

if this is where i think it is "it's bigger than it looks" is a massive understatement lol. watching this wave is so impressive!

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offbeat1 Feb 13, 2010 Rating: 0

jimathy is right u would end up on spotlight!but u would get found in france coz ur about half way there when get 2 the wave!!!lol

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Get Joggly Feb 13, 2010 Rating: 0

Correct me if i'm wrong (VP) , but it's always the "point & shoots" that capture the most magic ! +5

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Get Joggly Feb 13, 2010 Rating: 0

Correct me if i'm wrong (VP) , but its always the " point & shoots" that capture the most magic ! +5

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Get Joggly Feb 13, 2010 Rating: 0

Correct me if i'm wrong ( VP ) , but its always the " point & shoots" that capture the most magic ! +5

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Mealy Feb 13, 2010 Rating: 0

Thats the Steps right? Looks fuckin huge!

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iammilitia Feb 13, 2010 Rating: 2

Nope - isnt steps or 'ends' To be honest, it is a boat job, but you can climb down the cliff OK from the where this pic was taken and do the paddle. 'Secrets' only works on the rare occasion all the elements are right. Any south in the swell and it wont hit right. Any wind and it's like cobble. Swell needs to me a 12 sec +, but imagine how hard it hits that slab - nothing to slow it down. And yes - it is round the corner from Bantham.

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Get Joggly Feb 13, 2010 Rating: 0

ZOOMER !

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iammilitia Feb 13, 2010 Rating: 0

Yeah - you keep telling everyone its a myth!!

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Jimathy Feb 12, 2010 Rating: 2

Ha ha. Yeah right add in the 10knot + tide that's out there and you'll end up being featured on Spotlight in the evening. Either because they haven't found you and the search was called off for the night or because they've found your body washed up somewhere near Falmouth! I know someone that was out there paddling for over 9 hours, and he's a fit fucker. Forget it it's a myth.

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Merici Sports CIC Feb 12, 2010 Rating: 0

7 miles from my house, not including the paddle out :-)

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Matz Ginman-Trout Feb 12, 2010 Rating: 1

keep ssshhh about this place please...

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JP1 Feb 12, 2010 Rating: 0

Love to know where that spot is...

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