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Luminous castles and glowing grain.

A Bootiful morning appeared out of nowhere the t’other day, so I dug my head outta the books and did a runner up the coast with Mr Nikon. I had an idea of gettin my self over to that there Orford Castle and flingin meself about, was thunkin panoramic. Now one of the things I like about old Orford castle is that its built from a light coloured stone that catches the Sun/Moonlight and really glows. Sunsets and sunrises make it almost luminous, its a sight to behold . . . . and its quite near a pub. What with the creaky bones and the unique “fall over a lot” aspect of my photographic style a medicinal pint of ale comes in handy every now and then.

So I get myself out there and its a truly glorious morning. I start off stumbling about and gettin in some handheld shots and only fell over twice. At this point I realise I’m a shooting with the ISO settings still at 1000 from the previous night. Doh! AnyHoo long story short once processed the images shot at high ISO’s were really interesting, lots of filmy type grain and all blowy and spooky. So I played around with the brightness bringing it right down in the shadows and midtones, which turned the sky almost black and made the castle really glow against it. Really pleased with the results. Tried one of the images with a subtle blue tone which adds to eerie effect. We like eerie


Orford Castle ©LeeThornberry 2012

Orford Castle Blue Tone ©LeeThornberry 2012


32 responses

  1. Yet more wonderful monochrome images. It shows what you can acheive when you move the dials away from the ‘auto’ mode.

    16/11/2012 at 4:21 pm

    • Cheers! I always use manual except for the odd bout of aperture priority for social gatherings when Ive had too much ale to care 🙂

      17/11/2012 at 10:12 am

  2. Reblogged this on A Life in Brighton and commented:
    Beautiful work

    16/11/2012 at 5:29 pm

  3. Great spooky shots. Unfortunately we don’t have too many castles here in NZ!

    16/11/2012 at 6:57 pm

    • Thanks 🙂 NZ makes up for the lack of castles with stunning scenery though eh 🙂

      17/11/2012 at 10:14 am

  4. Obviously a happy accident (forgetting to reset the ISO). Great results. The Tower looks like it’s in bas-relief. Makes for a cool 3-D effect.

    16/11/2012 at 7:57 pm

    • Cheers! Most of my work is made up of happy accidents 😀

      17/11/2012 at 10:14 am

  5. Has a look like you were using night vision goggles. Cool shots!

    16/11/2012 at 10:31 pm

    • I normally wear beer goggles 😀 Cheers!

      17/11/2012 at 10:16 am

  6. Very interesting and effective treatment. Orford reminds me of many a boyhood visit.

    17/11/2012 at 9:50 am

    • Cheers thanks! Tis a beautiful area. Suffolk the Curious county 🙂

      17/11/2012 at 10:17 am

      • So they say! I’m more of an Essex/Norfolk man myself, but do like the county betwixt.

        17/11/2012 at 10:37 am

        • Indeed ! I twas up in North Norfolk up on the coast and down in Essex at St Peters on the wall but a few weeks back.

          17/11/2012 at 11:31 am

  7. Great polarizing of the sky without use of a red filter. I love it when that happens. It certainly has the most impact with the straight monochrome shot.

    Really nice work!

    17/11/2012 at 4:41 pm

    • Cheers 🙂 Yep twas a deep dark blue out of the camera, just played with shadow and midtone brightness for the nice darkness.

      19/11/2012 at 10:09 am

  8. Hi! Just letting you know that I have nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” – – congratulations! 😉

    18/11/2012 at 12:52 am

  9. Great shot – reminds me of infrared. The contrast is superb, really brings the image to life and I just love the curve of that foreground.

    18/11/2012 at 1:16 pm

    • Cheers! I like the light line effect that that the long grass gives. 🙂

      19/11/2012 at 10:11 am

  10. Well, if you’re going for eerie, seems to me you have to go with the blue, though both are super with a b! Superb!

    19/11/2012 at 3:11 am

    • Cheers! Yep the blue does add a certain eerie atmosphere 🙂

      19/11/2012 at 10:12 am

  11. Lovely shots!!! And I’m glad I’m not the only one that regularly trips or falls over 😉

    19/11/2012 at 11:37 pm

  12. Excellent photos, Lee – especially the bluish one! Adrian

    25/11/2012 at 8:44 am

  13. You’ve done it again. Superb!

    25/11/2012 at 10:22 am

  14. Beautiful photographs. Very atmospheric.

    05/12/2012 at 10:00 am

  15. thewitchspromise

    Hi there, I have nominated your blog for an award, check out my recent post on Knitter’s Notebook to find out all about it.

    07/01/2013 at 6:14 pm

  16. Hello- I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I nominated your work for the “Blog of the Year 2012 Award!” More info can be found here: Keep up the amazing work & enjoy the day over there! 🙂

    17/01/2013 at 3:51 am

  17. Great shots. And very imposing structure – something menacing about it.

    02/07/2013 at 4:34 pm

  18. Come back! We miss you!

    06/12/2013 at 2:02 am

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