Corfe Castle - it's quicker by rail... by phil hemsley

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An ode to the classic railway posters of the last century.

The Southern Railways Bulleid Pacific 34070 ‘Manston’ leaving Norden Station with the last train of the day and heading towards Corfe Castle and Swanage.

Corfe Castle is one of Britain’s most majestic ruins and once a controlling gateway through the Purbeck Hills. The demolition of the castle in 1646 by the Parliamentarians marked the end of a rich history as both fortress and royal residence.

Pentax K-X
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/DAL lens at 23mm
Hoya Circular Polarizer


1/180 s


Pseudo HDR created from split-RAW procecessing (at -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2ev) in Photomatix Pro 3.26

Finished in Adobe Photoshop 6.0


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An emerging landscape photographer based in Totnes, South Devon, UK – Phil Hemsley (a.k.a. ‘Morpheus71’ – from his graffiti days) is incredibly lucky to live between stunning beaches and fantastic moorland – he loves walking in the moors, climbing the cliffs and catching waves.

He is passionate about using visual imagery to capture the emotions, atmosphere and action of his subjects. His highly detailed work reflects his passion for rich light, colour and contrasting textures.

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  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 3 years ago
    • Nicely done.
  • Thanks very much for the encouraging comment Bradley:)

    – phil hemsley

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 3 years ago


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  • Blimey! Thanks a million for the feature:)

    – phil hemsley

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture . . . congrats on the feature.

  • Thank you ever so much for your encouraging comment and for adding it to your favourites:)

    – phil hemsley

  • phil hemsley
    phil hemsleyover 3 years ago

    This is a rework of my HDR image – having been asked by South Devon Railway to create a series of 1920’ to 1950’s style Great Western Railway and Southern Railway style of railway travel posters. They have asked me to do a limited edition run of 500 of each and have already ordered a fair few :)

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