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With the early morning mists clearing to fine weather we had been experiencing in Kent all week, I was fairly hopeful, driving down to East Sussex yesterday, that conditions would be right for a shot I had pre-visualized with the mist wafting around the castle and the first rays of sun hitting the left side of the battlements.
Things looked promising as I approached the village with lots of mist in evidence. I parked the truck and walked along the public footpath towards the Castle in gathering trepidation as it became increasingly obvious that although everywhere around me seemed shrouded in fog Bodiam bl**dy castle was devoid of the stuff. Still I unpacked my camera and tried a few test shots but they showed little to get excited about and I was feeling quite despondent to be honest.
After a while I started talking with another togger (Chris) who was already shooting when I arrived and with cameras ignored we indulged in some mutual expressions of gloom regarding the very un-atmospheric atmosphere we had both been hoping for. But like the wind. luck can change and the longer we spoke the more it became evident that a change was afoot. The wispy white stuff appeared to be approaching slowly from the fields to the east. 'it might be worth hanging around after all' I thought.
A third togger joined us in the form of Mark and together we merry band started to concentrate on photography as the mist got thicker. We settled down and started shooting.
The thing was that although the sun was getting higher there was still no direct light on the castle, so eventually the clicking stopped and we waited for 'something' to happen. And we waited and waited. Eventually to be rewarded when around 90 minutes later the sun broke through casting a beautiful diiffuse light through the mist and the castle walls started to glow. I new that now was the time and 20 shots later I was done and saying adios to my equally happy new chums.

Although Mark and Chris were not members of EPZ I did my bit and hopefully they may be reading this and looking around the site.

Derek

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:Canon ef 17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Bodiam Castle
Username:derekhansen derekhansen
Uploaded:2 Oct 2011 - 3:41 PM
Tags:Bodiam castle, East sussex, L andscape/ travel, Landscape / travel, Mist.
Votes:48

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 4:10 PM

A beautiful image - but a coincidence as I am planning to go there tomorrow. Maybe too late, though, but we'll see!
Ann

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 4:27 PM

like the atmosphere and comp, and hopefully 2 new epz members Smile lesley

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 532 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 4:33 PM

lovely shot

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jennialexander
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2 Oct 2011 - 4:41 PM

Well worth staying & chatting Derek
Jenni

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 4:50 PM

Looks so wonderful in the fog, a mysterious feeling. Lovely image Derek.........Sandy

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 5:19 PM

An image this good needs a one line description not a book Derek, but I;ll go back and read it all, enought o say theis is wonderful, natures soft fous lens till you look down in the fg and se the huge detail. I'd have been so excited seeing this my friend, well done you being there at just the right time.

Dougie

just read all of the caption and a fairytale come true Derek, what a morning to be there and see this happen. You'll have to wait 24 hours for my award, but it will come, hopefully many more too. Fantastic work.

Last Modified By Scottishlandscapes at 2 Oct 2011 - 5:22 PM

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 6:21 PM

Thanks everyone and sorry about the 'War and Peace' commentary Dougie.
Derek

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2 Oct 2011 - 6:25 PM

great atmosphere

di

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 438 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 7:19 PM

You made your own 'luck' with this one, derek. Superb image, m8.
Alun

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newfocus
newfocus  8644 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 8:37 PM

Looks like the plan paid off. Fantastic shot.

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SWMahy
SWMahy e2 Member 6SWMahy vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 8:51 PM

Oh yes! Steve :o)

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 9:51 PM

One of the best I've seen from this location. Have driven many a time to be disapointed ( 200 miles for fun Sad ) Superb Derek, it paid off !!!
Ron.

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corfs
corfs  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2011 - 10:03 PM

Ethereal - looks like an image from a fairytale!

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2011 - 12:48 PM

Thanks everyone and thanks to Pete for the HC.
I had a great time, which made up for the many previous fruitless trips down to Bodiam. I will upload a few more over the next few days.
Derek

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2011 - 2:19 PM

Well done Derek, so worth your early start and wait - looks magical, straight out of 'Avalon' - my congrat's Smile

Sarah *

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2011 - 8:02 AM

As promised Derek my award, a wee bit late but I just love this image.

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2011 - 8:54 AM

So atmospheric. Great lighting. Paul

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chris-p
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4 Oct 2011 - 12:29 PM

Very well done Derek...

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CathyI
CathyI e2 Member 9344 forum postsCathyI vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 11:52 AM

Lovely atmosphere! Prefer this version to the landscape format...

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Richsr
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12 Oct 2011 - 1:04 PM

Congrats on the HC for this fine capture Derek
Regards Richard

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