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I burst into song after writing the title

"High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo".

The snow then turned to rain and began hammering off the window. I've shut up now as I have taken that as a sign.

I went out at the weekend for the day with the gang to try and get a few shots. It was an early start, 3.30am to be exact, yes that time of day does exist, I can now vouch for it. The early start was important because we wanted to catch the sunrise from Holy Island or Lindisfarne to give it the correct name, although even google maps calls it Holy Island now. I know this because I searched for it to just check the route as it's been a while since I was last there and when I used the correct name google maps came up with nothing. I was beginning to think it had sunk and been consumed by the sea or possibly the locals had cut the coarseway with an extra large pair of scissors and simply floated off to warmer climbs.
Anyway I checked the coarseway times and found we were safe to cross from 5.15 and had to return before 11.35. If you do visit the island please check the tide times and safe crossing times, they are on a board before you venture onto the coarseway. So many people each year have to be rescued, it's ridiculous when the times are there in black and white for all to see.
The sunrise on Saturday was around 7.30ish, we arrived at the island just after 6am and headed straight for the beach, it was immensely cold and I was glad to be wearing double layers of clothes. We were not to be disappointed, the sunrise was lovely, good colour, cloud cover and reflections. The results will be posted at a later date.
We eventually finished on the island and left with plenty of time to spare before the tide was due. Next stop was Bamburgh and the castle from the beach.
I found the light quite difficult as the sun was actually behind the castle. The use of a filter was a waste of time, so I waited for the right moment when the clound was bulky enough and shot a 7 bracket HDR. This is the result.
The trip continued down the coast to Seahouses, more shots for the future were captured here as well.
Fish and Chips were devoured at this point. You can't beat a lovely plate of fresh out the fryer Fish and Chips, mouth watering, stomach grumbling, thinking of tea now, mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Ahem, sorry about that, we got back in the cars and headed for Craster next. By that place has changed from what I remember of it, there was nothing there. A manky old pile of lobster pots that was it, we had already shot some of those in Seahouses. Back to the cars and then we headed for the beach by Dunstanburgh castle and more importantly the black boulders. Once again a few shots were taken for later uploads.
Finally we headed home, got completely lost trying a short cut that one of the gang knew, or didn't know as it turned out. Instead of heading for the A1 we found ourselves stuck behind the slowest driver ever on the coastal route, not what you want at 4.30 in the afternoon, especially when you have been up since 3.30am and your flask has been dry of tea since around 1pm.
It was a great day, plenty of shots taken and fun had. Looking forward to the next trip out.

Thanks for looking and for any comments.

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Feb 2013 - 10:13 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Shutter Speed:2.5sec
Title:High on a Hill
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:13 Feb 2013 - 5:24 PM
Tags:Architecture, Bamburgh castle, Beach, Defense, Sand, Sea
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Bravdo Plus Member 7Bravdo vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 5:33 PM

Been there a few times and always cold on the beach. You have captured this well. A visit well worth taking.


CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 5:45 PM

A wonderful composition, Andy, well worth the early morning start, and looking forward to seeing your images from Lindisfarne, too Smile Carol

woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 5:45 PM

Remarkably calm and peaceful-looking for Bamburgh. It even looks as if the stone has been cleaned up for the occasion!

Meheecho  2275 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 - 5:46 PM

A well composed image ,good light and tones

mossy  246 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 5:51 PM

Thomas Malory considered Bamburgh to be Lancelot's castle Joyous Gard. And the legend of Arthur to be set in the North, looks like you had a good day out, i enjoyed reading your trip report.

PS its not cold, to us Northumbrians. Grin

pluckyfilly Plus Member 9343 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 5:53 PM

Well composed picture with a good sky and focal point

pdove  6 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 - 5:58 PM

Sky is superb considering you couldn't filter. Sounds like a good day in my favourite part of the world.

WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51390 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 6:20 PM

Sounds like a productive day, and a good opener, Andy.


EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 7:00 PM

A great sky as well as a well composed and captured image of this castle. Enjoyed your intro too! Nothing I can think of would induce me to get out taking photos at that hour of the morning!!


Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 7:02 PM

Great shot Andy
with the huge sky then the foot prints below the castle..brilliant

mrswoolybill Critique Team 8775 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1266 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 7:16 PM

I was singing it already, as soon as I saw the title. Which is not good news for Bill...
Yes, the tracks on the beach make this special.

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 13 Feb 2013 - 7:17 PM
nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 7:57 PM

A beautiful capture.

13 Feb 2013 - 8:22 PM

It truly is a peaceful scene Andy - well shot. It's those tracks that let us know there actually are people in the area? Were those tracks from the lot of you Wink

Once again, spent an enjoyable few minutes reading your commentary - it's always relaxing and sometimes worth a laugh or two through the reading. I hope you've done something to get yourself published - short stories are in vogue.


Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2013 - 2:42 PM

Elegant, unfussy composition and a wonderful sky Andy.

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