"A Constable View of Alnwick Castle" by Bradley Shawn  Rabon

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It was the end of our holiday in Northumberland, England, and we were on our way home. I decided to pull off the A1 at the exit for Alnwick. I wanted to see if I was able to get a decent shot of Alnwick Castle from an obscure position I noticed when driving to visit friends at the castle gardens earlier in the week. I stopped in a lay-by just over the main bridge into Alnwick village, and I walked back over the bridge to an open field with this view of the magnificent castle. It reminded me very much of a John Constable painting with the very rich colours of the evening sunset across the english countryside. That was my inspiration for this shot. The two sheep in the near the river Aln (running through Alnwick below the castle) on this side really set the scene.
Alnwick Castle has a wonderful history. It’s the second largest inhabited castle in England, and has been the home of the Percys, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. This year has seen their 700 year anniversary. “The earliest mention of Alnwick Castle in the history books appears soon after 1096 when Yves de Vescy became baron of Alnwick and erected the earliest parts of the castle. Alnwick Castle was one of the first homes in the North East to have electricity. Run by a recently restored hydro electric system installed in 1889, there was enough power produced to run 100 electric lamps.”

This is a HDR image combining 7 bracketed shots using Photomatix Pro for Macs. Adjustments in lighting and contrast were made using the enhanced details tool.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
1/2, 1/5, 1/8, 1/13, 1/20, 1/30, 1/50
ISO 125


building, alnwick, constable, grass, hdr, history, northumberland, romantic, sheep

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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  • Appel
    Appelover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Ann. I think so too. It is a beautiful castle, with a magnificent history, and this is a view that not many see. I really appreciate it my friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • SelinaJ
    SelinaJover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful Shawnand I agree it is very “Constable”. You have a wonderful eye and I love the tones with the HDR, not too overdone. Love it.

  • Thank you Selina. What a lovely compliment my friend. I am pleased you like it so much. It is a beautiful view from there.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Andrew Jones
    Andrew Jonesover 4 years ago

    interesting treatment, adds to the mystical nature of the subject, its a stunning castle.

  • Thank you my friend. It really is. I appreciate the compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • watsonm
    watsonmover 4 years ago

    Super image Bradley. Nice HDR as well.

  • Thank you greatly Mike. That is a wonderful compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Dean Mullin
    Dean Mullinover 4 years ago

    what an awesome sight to behold and a great location to find and perspective on the shot – now you know me and I’m a crap HDR person so won’t offer any advice on that side – I would have tried to ‘lighten’ the top of the castle to match the bottom without changing the sky at all- sometimes it’s achievable – other times not – my photoshp skills aren’t that great.

    The colours are great, treatment great, nice shading from foreground to background and eeiry sky :o)

  • Thanks for the suggestion. I will try it again, but the last time I did, it made the castle look fake. I appreciate the support and advice, as well as the great compliment. I am glad you like it. Happy New year my friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 4 years ago

    as a fan of Constable, I think I can safely say you got the inspiration from the right bloke, and you got it right mate

    really well done

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • That is probably one of the best compliments I have ever had. Thank you so wonderfully much my good friend. Have a brilliant New Year.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Gordon Pressley
    Gordon Pressleyover 4 years ago
    A beautiful image Shawn… :)
  • Thank you Gordon my friend. I so very much appreciate your kind words.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • Thank you greatly Francis.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 4 years ago

    Oh – before I read your description I was wondering how you had the foresight to travel around with two sheep!! They just make this pic PERFECT!! Without them – I think this would be just a beautiful photograph. But with them in …. it takes it to a whole new level my friend.
    I like how the HDR work has made this almost dreamy …

  • Thank you enormously my dear friend. You know how it is… you just never know when you might need a couple of blow-up sheep. LOL! What a lovely compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Excellent work Shawn. Definitely looks like a Constable.

  • Thank you Don. I am so pleased it worked out the way planned. I was just lucky with the sky. Have a wonderful celebration my friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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