Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland.
The day was pretty gloomy generally, with a blank grey sky. Not conducive to landscape photography. But for an hour or so when we were at Bamburgh, the blanket partially cleared, and I was able to knock off a few snaps. Actually I rather like the effect of the overcast gloom. Those are the Farne Islands in the distance.
The Normans built the castle on the site of a previous Anglo-Saxon fort, destroyed by the Vikings. What you see here has the Norman castle as its core. William II unsuccessfully besieged it in 1095 during a revolt supported by its owner, Robert de Mowbray, Earl of Northumbria. After Robert was captured, his wife continued the defence until coerced to surrender by the king's threat to blind her husband.
Bamburgh then became the property of the reigning English monarch. Henry II probably built the keep. As an important English outpost, the castle was the target of occasional raids from Scotland. In 1464 during the Wars of the Roses, it became the first castle in England to be defeated by artillery, at the end of a nine-month siege by Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick.
The Forster family of Northumberland provided the Crown with twelve successive governors of the castle for some 400 years until the Crown granted ownership to Sir John Forster. The family retained ownership until Sir William Forster (d. 1700) was posthumously declared bankrupt, and his estates, including the castle, were sold to Lord Crew, Bishop of Durham, under an Act of Parliament to settle the debts.
The castle deteriorated but was restored by various owners during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was finally bought by the Victorian industrialist William Armstrong, who completed the restoration. The castle still belongs to the Armstrong family, and is opened to the public. It also hosts weddings and corporate events. It has been used as a film location since the 1920s, featuring in films such as Ivanhoe (1952), El Cid (1961), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), and Elizabeth (1998).
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COSTANTINO (51918) 2014-09-04 11:13
Hello dear friend
excellent minimalistic shot in sepia presenting
a grey sky and a castle hidden in the background
your notes about this castle are very interesting
and useful for those who love the history
williewhistler (12733) 2014-09-04 12:56
an interesting and informative note to accompany a classical,well balanced composition.
I rather enjoy the PP work, particularly on the reeds and sky.Nik Efex?
Best regards Les.
dale54 (6407) 2014-09-04 13:23
very pleasing b&w you give us... will hello,lovely shot,natural frame with this wild sea grass..love it! dale
macjake (52920) 2014-09-04 13:34
looking at this one, i for some reason start to feel nastalgic and thinking about decades gone by.
you say its been restored which is great, but i also wonder how it looked brand new back in 1400's!
Could you imagine!
looking at the landscape surrounding it, i think it looked the same! not much has changed around here i don't think.
the gloomy day worked in your favor I think.
excellent shot for its subject and overall atmosphere.
GyurMaster (565) 2014-09-04 13:45
I like the composition and the precise tone controll. You made the most from the lucky one hour.
lousat (72855) 2014-09-04 14:31
Hi Will,perfect choice of black and white for this magic scenery,a great capture,you play very well with the castel silhouette and i like your choice of big space dedicate to the grass in the wind,magnificent!! Have a nice weekend and thanks,LUCIANO
emka (73761) 2014-09-04 22:13
Hello Will, How nice picture you created just from the grasses. Superb shot.
Warm regards from Perm
CLODO (29316) 2014-09-05 1:38
A place I know, and also the Farne islands, a sea birds paradise when they nest and when young ones hatch at the end of May.
I think the B&W was the only solution, and I like te effect of the weeds in the FG, giving a sense of depth to the picture. The dark grey cloud at the top closes well the landscape.
kasianowak (5220) 2014-09-05 4:19
This must be one of the most photographed castles in England and yet I've never seen it from this angle. There is always sea and/or beach in the foreground and, although they are nice photos, I'm surprised photographers don't make use of these so photogenic tufts of grass more often.
And wow, what a story!
Have a nice weekend
Noel_Byrne (21434) 2014-09-05 8:45
This place sure has an interesting history, and this view of it is perfect to summon up feelings of ancient battles and medieval feasts. It's a very lonely view out over these wild grasses and that is perfectly suited, as I always feel a castle should loom, and this looms well. Lovely choice in black and white, the silver tint to the grass is fantastic.
annjackman (18153) 2014-09-05 9:32
This is a wonderful subject for b/w and I like the viewpoint with the grasses in the FG. A very atmospheric and timeless image very well proportioned. Excellent.
Kind Regards, Ann
wolf38 (30532) 2014-09-06 10:16
Hi Will. Black and white, I like it. Also, this photo shows a dramatic and mystical atmosphere. Best composition as always. A photo made for an exhibition.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
mesutilgim (80576) 2014-09-07 11:18
For a great friend of b&w photography like me this one is really mastery.
Very good light management and perfect sharpness.
TFS and best regards
Giustiniani (2960) 2014-09-09 14:23
un superbe paysage bien composé et un usage judicieux du noir et blanc. L'image est nette, bien contrastée, c'est une photo réussie.
jemaflor (81352) 2014-09-10 23:11
Well taken and presentd in b&w, interesting effect with the grass in the Fg, good contrast, interesting focal point with the castle on the top of the hill on the BG.
Silvio1953 (116861) 2014-09-11 6:00
Ciao Will, fascinating B&W woith fantastic castle, superb sky and magic light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (6220)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-04-28
- Categories: Castles, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Will's monochromes [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-09-04 11:04