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Ten Spooky Locations To Take Photos

Ten Spooky Locations To Take Photos - We pick out 10 great locations to shoot spooky photos for Halloween.

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  David Burleson took this shot in Disneyland and then edited it in Photoshop to create the Scooby Doo like haunted mansion effect. Try darkening your shots and adding a digital storm.
As Halloween approaches you may be slipping into a spooky frame of mind, so why not combine a thrilling adventure with some photography and go and shoot one of the county's many haunted buildings? Here are 10 spooky locations worth a visit.

Old Wardour Castle Wiltshire

Old Wardour Castle near Tisbury, Wiltshire was built in the 14th Century and is now in ruins, but has been used in the film set for Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. It's owned by English Heritage so there's an entrance fee, but it can be a spectacular spot for scary photos. They even have Spooky evening tours. The ghost of Lady Blanche Arundell haunts the ruins.
Old Wardour Castle

St Botolph's Church Skidbrooke, Lincolnshire

According to experts ,St Botolph's Church in Skidbrooke, is one of the most haunted spots in Linconshire. The church is still in good shape on the outside but the inside is empty. It provides a shell for atmospheric shots - HDR is essential to get the entire range of tones from the light spilling through the windows to the interior dark areas.
St Botolph's Church Skidbrooke

Moreton Corbet Castle, Shropshire

Another English Heritage property, but this one’s free to enter. It's a medieval castle, north east of Shrewsbury with good walls for backlighting to create haunting looking silhouettes.There are some interesting windows that could be used in composites too. The grounds are haunted by the ghost of Paul Holmyard.
Moreton Corbet Castle

Whitby Abbey, Whitby North Yorkshire

Whitby abbey sits on top of the southern headland of Whitby. It's the site famous for Vampire legends and the spooky looking shell of the Abbey looks great as a silhouette. When captured with reflection in the pond on the land behind it can look very mystical. Go on one of the Goth weekends and you can add your touch of haunting without needing to get spooked out by the ghost of lady Hild, who's often seen through the north side of the abbey's highest window.
Whitby Abbey

Muncaster Castle, Cumbria

This haunted castle is just 10 miles away from Wastwater in the Lake District. The ghost of court jester, Tom Skelton, haunts the grounds along with the White Lady and woman dressed in black. The castle is open to the public for visits or full experience stay overs. Some of the fully furnished interiors will look great as composites, with your own ghosts if you don't see the real thing. 
Muncaster Castle

Burton Agnes Hall Driffield East Yorkshire

The ghost of Katherine Griffith is reputed to haunt the Queen's state bedroom of Burton Agnes Hall - an Elizabethan stately home near Driffield. Photographed form the grounds, the house will make a great backdrop for ghostly portraits or haunted house manipulations. There's a charge to enter the hall and/or gardens.  
Burton Agnes Hall

Ecclesgreig House St Cyrus

This place was made famous, photographically, speaking by Sir Simon Marsden who many will know as the photographer who, for decades, recorded haunted buildings around the world using infrared film. Sir Simon suggested that Dracula's author Bram Stoker used this house as influence for Count Dracula's castle. It makes a great subject for photographers, especially if you shoot infrared in the style of Sir Simon.

Highgate Cemetery, London

You can't get much closer to ghosts and spectres than a cemetery and this North London one is particularly spooky with its Victorian Gothic tombs and buildings. It has plenty of ivy and interesting details along with a history of occult and sightings of the Highgate Vampire.

There is a charge for entry and some areas are shut off from public access. There are many other Victorian graveyards around the country that will offer similar ghostly thrills. 
Highgate Cemetery

Point of Ayr Lighthouse, Flintshire Wales

A subject photographed by many ePHOTOzine members over the years. This lighthouse was built in 1776 and has the ghost of a keeper wearing a coat and cap appearing standing in front of the glass dome, even in broad daylight. It's best photographed as the sun sets and hopefully you will see the keeper to add that extra thrill.
Point of Ayr Lighthouse

Pluckley Village Ashford Kent

Described as the most haunted village in Britain it's worth taking time to wander around for photo opportunities while chancing bumping into the Highwayman, a horse drawn coach, Gypsy Woman, miller or schoolmaster. There's a church that has two ghosts and varies other old buildings that attract 12 ghosts that have been sighted in the last 80 years.
St Nicholas Church Pluckley

For those interested in landscapes, Steve Gosling will be holding a landscape workshop on 3 May 2013 in The Lake District (Keswick/Derwent Water).

The workshop is priced at £50 and more information can be found on Damian McGillicuddy's website.

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