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Bodiam Castle

By derekhansen
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.


Tags: Mist East sussex Bodiam castle Landscape and travel L andscapeand travel

Voters: Emu72, kinfatric, AnnChown and 45 more

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AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2011 4:10PM
A beautiful image - but a coincidence as I am planning to go there tomorrow. Maybe too late, though, but we'll see!

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cassiecat 9 39 46 England
2 Oct 2011 4:27PM
like the atmosphere and comp, and hopefully 2 new epz members Smile lesley
fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2011 4:33PM
lovely shot
2 Oct 2011 4:41PM
Well worth staying & chatting Derek
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
2 Oct 2011 4:50PM
Looks so wonderful in the fog, a mysterious feeling. Lovely image Derek.........Sandy
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.


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.
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2011 6:21PM
Thanks everyone and sorry about the 'War and Peace' commentary Dougie.
User_Removed 14 16 1 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2011 6:25PM
great atmosphere

2 Oct 2011 7:19PM
You made your own 'luck' with this one, derek. Superb image, m8.
newfocus 11 647 2 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2011 8:37PM
Looks like the plan paid off. Fantastic shot.
SWMahy 9 21 2 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2011 8:51PM
Oh yes! Steve :o)
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
2 Oct 2011 9:51PM
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 !!!
corfs 11 11 2 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2011 10:03PM
Ethereal - looks like an image from a fairytale!
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2011 12:48PM
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.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
3 Oct 2011 2:19PM
Well done Derek, so worth your early start and wait - looks magical, straight out of 'Avalon' - my congrat's Smile

Sarah *
As promised Derek my award, a wee bit late but I just love this image.
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2011 8:54AM
So atmospheric. Great lighting. Paul
chris-p Plus
12 67 England
4 Oct 2011 12:29PM
Very well done Derek...
CathyI 13 344 3 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 11:52AM
Lovely atmosphere! Prefer this version to the landscape format...
Richsr 11 91 223 England
12 Oct 2011 1:04PM
Congrats on the HC for this fine capture Derek
Regards Richard

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