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The all-to-familiar sight of Dunstanburgh Castle, though presented avoiding the typical black-bouldered foreground just ten minutes walk further down the coast (I did go there after and get some long exposures however...)

It was clear that the sunrise was never going to be an absolute blinder, so staying further away and allowing the horizon band of clear sky to silhouette the castle ruins seemed a better idea. I came across this series of partly submerged boulders and it was simply a case of selecting the most well-fitting one, through sand-texture, position and size.

Let me know what you think, it's had very little done to it beyond some selective brightness and contrast control.

Cheers,

J

Camera:Canon EOS 5Dmkii
Lens:Canon EOS 17-40L f/4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Dunstanburgh Blues
Username:JamesAppleton JamesAppleton
Uploaded:17 Feb 2010 - 6:28 PM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel, Night / low light
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TelStar
TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Feb 2010 - 6:32 PM

Beautiful light and a great fg contrast to the castle silhouette.

Tel*

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2010 - 6:36 PM

i really like the graphic quality to this one James, ive added it to my favourites. by the way, your uploads are too infrequent lately Wink
Phil

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joolsb
joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2010 - 6:42 PM

You can't beat a nice bit of beach and a sunken boulder. Wink

This is one of those cases where ignoring the rule of thirds would lead to a better picture, imo. The sky is interesting - a little too interesting, in fact, and takes my attention away from the subject. The large area of black-cloud is a real eye-magnet, I find.

Scrolling the image of the top of the browser shows that cropping the sky to around 1/5th of the image height restores the balance to being in favour of the foreground whilst still leaving the famous silhouette on the horizon. Just a thought. Wink

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Imagephotographics

Great image James, nicely composed with lovely tones !

Chris

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trn
trn  4
17 Feb 2010 - 7:12 PM

Outstanding image with super lighting and colours.
tarun

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IanBurton
IanBurton  464 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2010 - 7:14 PM

Well done James, nice to see a different take of Dunstanburgh. Love the cooling colours of the fg against the warm tones over the castle.

Ian.

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Glenn_Ford
17 Feb 2010 - 7:23 PM

Nice shot, well anticipated. Have to agree with Joolsb's thought on the composition though. Still well worthy of a vote though.

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2010 - 7:51 PM

Lovely foreground detail.

Andy

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2010 - 8:09 PM

Beautiful image superb rich colours a great comp
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digital_boi
17 Feb 2010 - 8:15 PM

great composition a lot of thought went into it and worthwhile

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JamesAppleton
17 Feb 2010 - 10:02 PM

Cheers guys, some good stuff here.

Jools / Glenn - I can see your point here, but I think you'd perhaps shave off a little too much with a 1/5th - just down to the top of the middle fingers of the E shape that the dark clouds make would be enough I think - allows the darker mass to create a top left frame situation, and does balance the rock to the lower right and allow the stronger foreground feel. I do like the beginning of the fade back into the blues in this top section though, it's a logical inclusion to explain the blue of the sand and water, so maybe there is no perfect solution here, only individual choice of whether to go for six of one or half a dozen of another....

Phil - I'll try and get some more coming through, though I'm going to start adding some alternative shots too, got to show my wedding side too...

J

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bromley-smith
17 Feb 2010 - 11:01 PM

Fabulous image.
Tony

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Steve-T
Steve-T  751 forum posts England66 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2010 - 11:42 PM

Works really well - superb f/g
Steve

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chazcherry
18 Feb 2010 - 4:50 AM

Top shot, works for me. Chaz.

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Dennis_Bromage
18 Feb 2010 - 9:04 AM

Personally I wouldn't crop this at all. I like the fact that your eye immediately goes to the rock but is then drawn to the distant cloud and finally the castle. The rock and pool at exquisite. Shame the cloud wouldn't shift right to fill the entire sky because then I think you really would have had a winner Smile
Den

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jeronius
jeronius  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 3:54 PM

Superb capture.
Jerry

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