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The Power & the Mystery

By TheHucklebrookHound
A rather hazy sunset at the nation's favourite pile of old rubble - oops, English Heritage's flagship overpowered by highly zealous security : 'Stonehenge'.

Later on, late dusk, I felt as if I was trying to cross the Berlin Wall circa the 80's, with powerful torches sweeping the area, including right down the lens and into your eyes, making sure no hippies were infiltrating in their droves.

Just a little shadow extraction on the stones themselves and that was about it, no cropping, extra colour or contrast. 330mm on DX, eqv to 495mm in FX

Tags: Sunset Wiltshire Stonehenge Landscape and travel World heritage site

Voters: kojack, bluesandtwos, Rock and 15 more

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JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2017 8:40PM
A really lovely shot although I might be tempted to crop quite a bit off the top to avoid the glare of the sun,
Ju

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Merlin_k Plus
10 39 13 United States
27 Aug 2017 5:21AM
I've taken on the role of Guest Editor for the week and that means I get to give the Guest Editor award. There are no set rules, so I have made up my own. I will give 5 awards each day. Those with watermarks are excluded (I am sorry but I think that they detract from the image). I will look outside my normal genre and consider originality, composition, technical skill etc. That doesn't mean it needs to be perfect in every aspect, it just has to speak to me. I am looking at every image posted, not simply relying on the thumbnail, and I shortlist those possible for a final review at the end of the day. I will comment on all the shortlisted ones, not just those that I give an award to, which is hopefully seen as positively as intended.
This is a winner for me. If you have ver been here then this captures it well.
Ju - many thanks for your comment, which I read on my phone last night whilst out on another long walk back home in the dark.

I was a little surprised however, for a sunset to not include the sun itself!

We all know that Stonehenge is/was a sun temple of some description and so, thus, the sun is the 'Power' of the title, whilst the 'Mysterious' Stones lie underneath its connectivity and power source.

There was no other position I could have taken it from and the next shot I took, the sun had gone too far to the right and had sunk below that bank of cloud.

The whole shoot took eight miles of walking to and from Amesbury, with full size tripod and with 1.8kg 120-400mm lens, me getting home near midnight.

But thanks for the comment, I was just a little surprised, that's all.
Merlin - now, there's a surprise! Especially as the only other comment was not exactly a positive one - many thanks, you've definitely made my Sunday, especially after all the effort taken to get the shot.
DTM 2
5 Sep 2017 10:53PM
Great silhouettes of those iconic stones with wonderful colour in the sunset.
I love this image. It is what you called it "the power and the mystery"

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