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Fort On The Edge Of England
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This was actually the very first composition I grabbed on our recent exploration of the magical Northumberland coast. We wanted to get to Lindisfarne Castle in time for sunrise; the problem with that plan was that it was only safe to cross the Causeway at 7:15am when the tide was low. Sunrise was at 7:05am. So while we missed the gentle pre-sunrise pinks in the sky, we did get to shoot around the castle as the sun was peeking up from the horizon. I scouted around the coast near the castle excitedly, like a kid at Christmas, eagle–eyed for interesting and unique compositions of the castle and the sun. Thankfully, with this one, I also managed to capture Bamburgh Castle on the far right in the distance. =)
TECH SPECS: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11–16mm f/2.8 ultra-wide angle lens, ISO100, 11mm, two lots of nine brackets (first lot at f/16 with my thumb blocking the sun, the second lot at f/22 to get the sunstar). Processing these kind of shots is always tricky but I am getting better at it. Slowly. As usual, I took my first bracket of nine exposures while blocking the sun; this significantly reduces lens flares and the scene was causing crazy flares with my lens. As the rocks and boulders were super–close to me as well, a smaller aperture was needed to get everything in focus. I then shot a second batch of nine exposures at f/22 shooting directly into the sun, to get that wonderful, sharp sunstar. In post, I equalised the two sets of nine–exposure brackets so that they matched each other, before pushing them each through Luminance HDR to produce two HDR “base” images: one for the foreground and one for the sky. I then took them into GIMP to blend together and get the best of both worlds: a perfect sunstar with little lens flares. There were still a few annoying flares though, so it was easy to take care of them using GIMP’s Healing Brush as well the Resynthesizer plugin. Of course, shooting into the sun at f/22 shows up exactly how dirty your sensor is too, so I had to forcibly evict all those nasty dust spots in the sky. After the cleanup, it was just a question of correcting colour cast, midtone work, colour balancing between warm and cold colours and then recreating the ethereal glow of that wonderful sunrise. =)