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Whilst on holiday with my family in Northumberland, we spent an afternoon in the village of Bamburgh. We started by having a picnic on the beach by the castle, and then spent time going into shops and enjoying the quiet atmosphere of this lovely village. As I stood on the corner near a green grocers, just across from the church, I looked back towards the castle. I noticed this scene. I was taken with the contrast of the small cottage and barn immediately ahead of me, and the strong, tall castle behind it. What history both have experienced. I was told that now, part of the castle has been developed into apartments, and for those who have the money enough to afford a home there, they are well cared for. I love the subtle contrast of this scene, and the ivy which seems to have reclaimed a portion of the cottage. The stone work is stunning with all its colour and character.

This is a HDR image combining 6 bracketed shots using Photomatix Pro for Macs. Slight adjustments in lighting and contrast were made using the enhanced details tool.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
1/6, 1/10, 1/15, 1/25, 1/40, 1/60
ISO 125

Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • Rowan  Lewgalon
    Rowan Lewgalonabout 5 years ago

    Love it!
    And I hardly even notice it’s HDR (I usually don’t like HDR at all).
    What a view. You can sense the history here.
    (And I remember the gorgeous cake and tea I had in the local tearoom at Bamburgh…)

  • I know exactly where you mean. Thank you greatly for the compliment. I am glad you like it. I do try to make my HDR images a bit conservatively. I appreciate the visit. Have a merry christmas!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 5 years ago

    Another excellent HDR Bradley

  • Thank you greatly Bob. The comparison of the two just struck me. I wasn’t even sure how this might turn out, but it was such a lovely composition. I really appreciate the encouragement. Have a special Christmas.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 5 years ago

    Stunning skyline of the Castle Shawn.

  • Thank you Don, so very much. I wish there has been some clouds to give the sky a bit more definition, but i think it still turned out alright. Unfortunately we can’t pre-order skies. Have a wonderful day. Hope you are ready for Friday!!!!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you greatly my friend. it is more than a privilege to be a member of this wonderful group!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • laurawhitaker
    laurawhitakerabout 5 years ago

    Lovely take on this! Ive never seen the castle from that angle! Well captured!

  • Thank you so much Laura. I thought it might be a unique view which is what enticed me to take it. I really appreciate it. Merry Christmas.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720about 5 years ago

    Just Beautiful.. Great eye.. Wonderful Capture :))

  • Thank you greatly my friend. You are a wonderful encouragement to me. I appreciate it so much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 5 years ago

    Very interesting village! You’ve captured the character so well…

  • Thank you so very much George. It really is a lovely village. This is a view i had never noticed before, so I am glad it saw it this time and just happened to have my camera ;-)

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosalmost 5 years ago

    My dear friend don’t ask me how it happend but the banners got mixed up today so here is the right banner for today 06/01/2010 ! Please delete the incorrect one

  • Thank you my wonderful friend. It is a true honour. No worries about the banners. I have had many of those moments just of late. Have lovely day Sandra!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • clizzio
    clizzioalmost 5 years ago

    This is wonderful. Good angle for this very old European scene.

  • I appreciate the compliment my friend. It is a beautiful view of the castle and part of the village. It is one I had never noticed before. It is hard to find a new view of the castle (that hasn’t been taken 4 million times by loads of tourists) but i think I may have managed it.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallacealmost 5 years ago

    This is just fabulous. Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thank you so very much indeed. I appreciate it. I am pleased I spotted it when walking through the village.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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