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Dunstanburgh Castle

By Pete      
A 30sec exposure on the coast at Dunstanburgh Castle towards sunset. I used the Lee Filters Big Stopper. Stood on some high pebbles to avoid getting wet and let the incoming tide lap around me.

Tags: Northumberland Castle Dunstanburgh Architecture Big stopper Pebbles Landscape and travel

Voters: wasper, Tonyd3, SugarDJ and 116 more

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Tonyd3 12 1.0k 15 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2010 10:49PM
This is superb Pete have an EC on me.

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paulcr 11 1.5k 9 Ireland
7 Sep 2010 10:51PM
Been playing around with my new big stopper recently too. Haven't shot anthing loke ths yet though. Excellent work Pete. Paul
Sean_Dillon 7 2 2 England
7 Sep 2010 10:52PM
Really classy shot, very nice.
woodrow 9 153 Scotland
7 Sep 2010 11:02PM
very impressive Pete, nice to see

soulofharmony 6 22 1 Norfolk Island
7 Sep 2010 11:11PM
love the light and quality of the sea !

Beautiful scene !

Nicola !
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
7 Sep 2010 11:13PM
This is very impressive. - gary
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
7 Sep 2010 11:15PM
Excellent work with the ten stopper Pete, really like the exposure for the water, creates quite a mood to the scene!

Sarah *
pulsar69 12 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2010 11:19PM
fairly middle of the road shot of a photographic mecca pete , sorry but got to be honest , seems a lot of people would rather lick your boots though ?
paulcr 11 1.5k 9 Ireland
7 Sep 2010 11:24PM

Quote:Fairly middle of the road shot of a photographic mecca pete , sorry but got to be honest , seems a lot of people would rather lick your boots though ?

Actually I take that an an nsult to my opinion!

Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
7 Sep 2010 11:25PM
Thanks all.

Quote:Fairly middle of the road shot of a photographic mecca pete , sorry but got to be honest ,

No need to be sorry it's your opinion

Quote:seems a lot of people would rather lick your boots though ?

That's an unnecessary addition. I don't see any boots being licked, just different views to yours, there's no need to take it to a personal level.
LensYews 7 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2010 11:26PM
Looks like you were being attached by hungry mussels!! Smile
paulcr 11 1.5k 9 Ireland
7 Sep 2010 11:28PM

Quote:there's no need to take it to a personal level.

JPatrickM 9 2 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2010 12:05AM
These 10-stoppers seem to be catching on. Yours seems to be paying off rather well. Great shot, and a fresh treatment of the subject
debu 6 India
8 Sep 2010 12:49AM
Lovely image.
8 Sep 2010 1:18AM
great capture.
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
8 Sep 2010 1:32AM
strong and beautifull image well done,
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
8 Sep 2010 1:43AM
Superb image, that is some f/g rock and water. Beautiful.........Sandy
I like the effect achieved here - gonna have to get myself one of these and have a go - well done !

AlleyCatz 10 274 6 England
8 Sep 2010 7:20AM
Lol @ Tony Wink

There is everything to like about this composition
Good light,colours,use of a Big Stopper and pov.
Just because it is a place photographed many times before does not mean it cannot be done again....every one has their own version.

Both boots licked! Tongue

pulsar69 12 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2010 7:31AM
Pete , apologies for taking it to a personal level !

My reasoning for my comment - It seems a disjointed shot , would love to see some of that golden sun coming across the pebbles and at least a hint of colour in the water , and although there is a nice lead in both the cliff on the left and the tower are fighting for my attention as i draw into the shot.

I know how tricky this is too having taken shots from here after clambering out over those dangerous slippy slugs , I have also climbed a certain tower in the distance for a shot once or twice too Smile

Nice to see you posting on here tho pete and at least you know im being honest when i leave a comment Wink
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
8 Sep 2010 8:47AM

Quote:at least you know im being honest when i leave a comment

Absolutely...good to see Smile

What would have been perfect is to see this comment and reasoning why you didn't like the photo in the beginning which is commendable and far more useful and community spirit driven than a dig at those who do like it. Hopefully others will see this example and maybe adapt the approach and go against the flow when they see an image they think could be improved.

The key is for the commenter to post something like the critique directly above and the members around not to retaliate and have a go. That way the quality of commenting should be enhanced.
Angi_Wallace 8 172 10 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2010 9:15AM
I absolutely love the effect of the water around the pebbles, certainly not middle of the road in my opinion, and I am not sucking up either as I rarely comment or vote on Pete's pics Wink
GOOD SHOT. Gets my vote all day long. Great light, great FG. Well exposed, nice composition. Just to be able to stand up on those rocks is a vote from me...Lol. To achieve a Image like this on dry land is hard enough. Top Marks.
Regards Steve.
Steve-T 9 56 66 England
8 Sep 2010 10:45AM
Looks pretty precarious on those rocks! If middle of the road means it lacks brightness - I agree. A shift in levels/curves/exposure works wonders for the finish of this shot IMO. Once corrected the full benefit of the long exposure comes through, the noise in the sky is mostly removed and the sunlight looks naturally bright giving more of the effect described above. Steve.
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
8 Sep 2010 5:48PM
Excellent Pete, individual view. Precarious to say the least ! Ron.
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
9 Sep 2010 6:46PM
Just arrived from the forum topic relatting to this. The reasoned critique has a lot of merits. One of the reasons this vista often looks better in black and White is the lack of colour definition in the FG boulders. When you get the light on the castle, it gives rise to saturated elements, which the eye is drawn to. It is more pleaseing on the eye (generally) if the fg has more saturation ( obviously not talking about the sky) the recessing to less saturated elements - it gives depth to an image.

The composition, technique here are all superb btw keeping the tripod stable there isn't always easy.
LesF 10 182 9
9 Sep 2010 6:49PM
Simple - cracking shot Pete

KathyW 13 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
9 Sep 2010 6:53PM
I like the shot because to me the rocks look like some kind of marine animals, flocking to the castle for whatever reason.
Warriorpoet 7 213 3 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2010 6:59PM
I very much like the foreground rocks. So much in fact I would have been half tempted to crop out the castle altogether. You also did well to keep yourself and the tripod balanced. Nowt like planting yourself big stopper first in the drink or on the rocks as I almost did at Saltwick Bay.
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
9 Sep 2010 7:03PM
like the way the boulders lead towards the castle with the sheen and misty water. nice light on the castle. its always hard shooting iconic locations.lesley
Chris_H 12 1.5k 1
10 Sep 2010 1:27AM
I must admit this is one of those images I donít not like, but I am also surprised how many people do like the image and how little constructive criticism there is.
I personally love the composition, the blurred water and foreground are excellent, however for me the sky is a bit dark compared to the foreground. Lots of people have also mentioned how good the light is, I would have to disagree and say the light is quite poor. Sure there is light on the scene but because of the clear sky itís not great quality light and I would ideally like to use the light coming from the other direction.
I think if this was shot at sunrise, the low warm light would then not only illuminate the foreground rocks with warm light but it would also cast some lovely light on the cliffs and other areas that are currently in shadow and hopefully with a better sky the image would look fantastic.
StrayCat Plus
12 17.7k 3 Canada
10 Sep 2010 5:01AM
Yes Pete, you should have stayed there till morning.Wink
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
10 Sep 2010 7:44AM
found this only because of the forum thread..I can't vote this down ....but it wouldn't attract me from just the thumbnail and even when opened it doesn't have that `grab me'....not sure what is being it the foreground or the castle or the sunset Smile
phil99 9 45 6 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2010 10:25AM
You did extremely well to balance on the terribly slippery rocks. So top marks for that .Water movement round the boulders is excellent . The light on the castle is quite good and in fact at this time of year there would be very little light at sunrise on the castle and cliffs if any until the sun was well up in the sky. It is the sky which if anything lets the picture down . It looks a little too dark and not in balnce with that on the boulders . Still definitely one of the better shots from here and shows that although photographed many times people have so many completely different opinions about what they like and there can never be the definitive image from iconic places like Dunstanburgh ....Phil
jools59 7 4 1 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2010 1:59PM
Fabulous exposure Pete....and really great capture of the sunset in the bg........very nice....Jools
polly470 7 25 8 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2010 8:19AM
I like the split image - I find the rocks drew me in, then led me to the almost surreal view of the golden castle...whether or not this image is correct in the lighting and positioning, I enjoy looking at it, which surely is an important factor in anything.
knackeredoldman 7 120 7 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2010 10:52PM
Hi Pete,

Lots to like in this shot mate. 2 things that would improve it for me and of course this is all personal.

1) I don't get a great feeling of composition and journey from the FG rocks, they seem a little jumbled (which of course they are :o) ) but I think you could have created more harmony from them... if that makes sense. This could be by getting close and getting detail on the rocks or just finding 'the rocks' to make the journey through the shot for you.

2) The sky, it was of course the lanscapers nightmare, plain blue or plain cloud, not much you can do. I think the vignette helps but a little more cropped might remove some more of the attention from it IMHO.

... as for the light, I like the direction it works for me (and it worked on my shot that gave POTW about a year ago too ;o) )


andmolliethedog 10 120 11 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2010 9:25AM
The stones take on a life..they look like strange seals/turtles backs all going inland..its a strange gathering effect that really appeals to me .
andmolliethedog 10 120 11 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2010 9:44AM
I had five on my award list[a rare event]this week..but this is like one of the first photos I saw when I started on that I can still see in my head now...funny how some just feeling is this is going to join the elite...

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