Shot of the Day
After an ice-cold day on the Northumberland coast, Chris and Oliver headed to the warmth of a local inn to review the day’s results. Out of all the Hot Shots, this sunrise view of Dunstanburgh was our pro’s favourite…
Our dawn location gave the type of seascape that I’d dreamed of being capable of shooting. I love the weather-beaten rocks in the foreground, caught in the golden glow of the sun, which we intensified with the help of a polarising filter. The shoreline leads the eye naturally to the serene-looking ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance. But we also looked at ways in which the breaking waves would create another leading line through the scene.
Oliver managed to collect a wide and varied selection of pictures during the few hours of usable daylight that the wintry weather allowed. As such, it was hard to choose the best! However, this shot is my pick of the day, simply because it’s such a classic image of the Northumberland coast. The slow shutter speed of 1/6 sec has created a blurred effect on the breaking waves, which I love. With dawn failing to materialise in the way we’d hoped, we waited on the rocks for well over an hour in freezing conditions to get this shot – but it was well worth braving the weather!
PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: Castle photography tips for during the shoot
PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear for pictures of castles
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