June 29, 2011

Northumberland Castles

Digital original, 7 frame exposure blend
Warkworth Castle is a ruined medieval building in the town of the same name in the English county of Northumberland. The town and castle occupy a loop of the River Coquet, less than a mile from England's north-east coast. I started this day in Warkworth Castle, thoroughly enjoying photographing the mostly intact castle (most English castles were slighted after the English Civil war, meaning their battlements and defensive potential was destroyed) - this view up the main stair case was a real pleasure to compose, bringing all the elements together into the final image.
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The outer view of the curtain wall, with the keep in the background. I found it interesting how large the arrow slits were in the walls; I'd never seen that before.
Digital infrared original, 6 image stitch
Dunstanburgh Castle is a 14th-century fortification on the coast of Northumberland in northern England, located between the villages of Craster and Embleton. The castle was built by Earl Thomas of Lancasterbetween 1313 and 1322, taking advantage of the site's natural defences and the existing earthworks of a former Iron Age fort.
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After such a long walk out to the castle, it was somewhat disappointing how little was left inside, beyond the main gate...and then the sky began to cloud up, and the drama (at least from an infrared perspective) began!

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