Bannerman Castle Ruins by Chris Lord

Took the train up to Poughkeepsie NEW YORK STATE recently to ogle the last of the Autumn foliage. On the way home we passed the ruins of Bannerman Castle sitting on it’s little island in the Hudson River. As we neared the castle’s location I pointed my Canon 5D MKII camera through the window with my wife holding up a large scarf over the camera and my head in an attempt to eliminate the bright light reflections in the window. With the ISO set at 4000 and the cameras set to continuous I pressed the button and fired away like mad as we sped passed. To my surprise I got at least one blurry image out of the batch that I thought was interesting so had to get it into Photoshop and create this.

This is the remnant of a Scotsman’s fortress called Bannerman Castle — built not as a home, but as an arsenal for his immense collection of weapons. Public access to this island has had a small window of opportunity, curtained by Native American and Dutch settler’s fear of resident spirits and goblins, and then restricted since 1900 for more contemporary safety reasons.

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  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 1 year ago

    Totally awesome my friend!!

  • Thanks very much for the great support JR, Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, cheers

    – Chris Lord

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago

    This is great Chris…well done to you.

  • I’m thrilled Derek, thank you very much indeed. Whizzing by on a speeding train the base image for this was not easy to catch so it’s nice to see it recognized and very much appreciated, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Ted Byrne
    Ted Byrneover 1 year ago

    As always, I cannot fathom where reality ends and your imagination begins… But the way that you’ve allowed those windows to light in ways that must evoke the castle’s finest days is wonder-filled.

  • This abandoned island fascinates me and I really want to find a way to visit it next year and do some closer work there. It does get the imagination running overtime and it was easy to know what I wanted in the final version. I had passed it a few weeks earlier on another journey and it had inspired me then but I didn’t have a camera at the ready that time. This time I was as ready as I could be. Thanks for another great comment Ted, always appreciated, cheers

    – Chris Lord

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 1 year ago

    Lovely piece of work Chris

  • Very much appreciated Barry, thank you kindly, cheers

    – Chris Lord

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago

    Back again :-)

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 1 year ago

    Love images like this that you have to work for, brilliant photography!!!

  • Oh yes, work indeed! But that is the fun of the game right? Glad you enjoyed it Nigel, thanks very much, cheers

    – Chris Lord

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 1 year ago

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