The Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This is taken from the harbour looking towards the Castle on its crag, during a small window of sun we were granted. Mind you, the gloomy, misty, rainy conditions during most of our stay certainly made for more atmospheric shots; but I know TE's preferences by now!
Lindisfarne Castle is a 16th-century castle, much altered by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901 when it became the property of Edward Hudson, a publishing magnate and the owner of Country Life magazine. He had it refurbished in the Arts and Crafts style by the foremost architect of his day.
From Wikipedia: "The castle is located in what was once the very volatile border area between England and Scotland. Not only did the English and Scots fight, but the area was frequently attacked by Vikings. The castle was built in 1550, around the time that Lindisfarne Priory went out of use, and stones from the priory were used as building material. It is very small by the usual standards, and was more of a fort. The castle sits on the highest point of the island, a whinstone hill called Beblowe.
Lindisfarne's position in the North Sea made it vulnerable to attack from Scots and Norsemen, and by Tudor times it was clear there was a need for a stronger fortification, although obviously, by this time, the Norsemen were no longer a danger. This resulted in the creation of the fort on Beblowe Crag between 1570 and 1572 which forms the basis of the present castle.
After Henry VIII suppressed the priory, his troops used the remains as a naval store. In 1542 Henry VIII ordered the Earl of Rutland to fortify the site against possible Scottish invasion. By December 1547, Ralph Cleisbye, Captain of the fort, had guns including; a wheel mounted demi-culverin; 2 brass sakers; a falcon; and another fixed demi-culverin. However, Beblowe Crag itself was not fortified until 1549 and Sir Richard Lee saw only a decayed platform and turf rampart there in 1565. Elizabeth I then had work carried out on the fort, strengthening it and providing gun platforms for the new developments in artillery technology. These works in 1570 and 1571 cost £1191. When James I came to power in England, he combined the Scottish and English thrones, and the need for the castle declined. At this time the castle was still garrisoned from Berwick and protected the small Lindisfarne Harbour.
In the eighteenth century the castle was occupied briefly by Jacobite rebels, but was quickly recaptured by soldiers from Berwick who imprisoned the rebels; they dug their way out and hid for nine days close to nearby Bamburgh Castle before making good their escape.
In later years the castle was used as a coastguard look-out and became something of a tourist attraction. Charles Rennie Mackintosh made a sketch of the old fort in 1901."
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lousat (89930) 2014-05-29 1:51
HI Will,a very original way to take a castle pic.The choice of point of view makes the difference,i like this natural and colorful frame below made by boats and nets,and i like the top quality of detail everywhere despite ths diffent levels of perspective,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,luciano
Royaldevon (37999) 2014-05-29 1:58
This is such a popular scene for photographers but you have managed to give it a whole new twist by your clever choice of viewpoint. The conglomeration of lobster pots and similarly higgledy piggledy boats make a captivating f/g and, they create a natural funnel to lead to the iconic castle.
A fine shot.
Have a great day,
snunney (97639) 2014-05-29 2:17
I very much like this perspective on this much photographed castle. You have taken a totally different approach and created a successful and very appealing composition. Light, colours and clarity are all first rate. Thanks for sharing.
stevesaba (8163) 2014-05-29 2:34
Hi Will! An interesting and unique pov with all the traps (crab traps?) and the boats in the foreground, putting us in 2 or more centuries at once! Well done with excellent results! Cheers, Steve
Gigidusud (20825) 2014-05-29 2:42
A beautiful presentation of the castle with the decor of fishing in the foreground. I like it!
Have a nice day.
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-05-29 2:57
Hi Will, Beautifully taken image. I like the POV. All the information is given here. I always like these crab traps piled up on the ground, colourful, look like little houses... I don't know the correct name, but I've never taken a good photo of them..It's nice to use them as a foreground, leaving a 'path', leading to the castle. Wonderful composition.
I have never been there...slightly worried that I couldn't come back to the main land..(half joking!:-D)
Looking forward to seeing you!
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-05-29 3:24
A very attractive composition with the very colourful cray pots and fishing boats introducing us to the rest of the scene including Lindisfarne Castle. It is a pity I missed out on reaching here in my 2013 travels.
Antipodean (1658) 2014-05-29 3:40
Kia ora Will,
a wonderfully composed colourful shot that really tells its own story. Cheers, Neil
Glint (6171) 2014-05-29 3:42
you have a creative pov with lots of fg interest. The colours and sharp detail are attractive. I've only visited Lindisfarne once and should go again.
jhm (151570) 2014-05-29 3:56
Your foreground makes the picture very interesting with all that fisher material.
Also the castle between the two boats makes these picture attractive
You play excellent with light and shadows.
You show us a wonderful picture with excellent colours and sharpness.
Very well composition, TFS.
Have a nice day,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-05-29 4:14
Hello Will - Now I have the 'Fog on the Tyne' on my mind ... Lindisfarne... a place I would love to visit. In fact I have never set foot in Northumberland and passing through by train doesn't really count.
A nicely considered composition where the castle takes second stage to the fisherman's paraphernalia and boats.
dta (77185) 2014-05-29 4:55
hello Will ,
A beautiful capture of the Island of lindisfarne in the far , with a so interesting and colorful FG .
Very well done .
cargus (10105) 2014-05-29 9:28
Beautiful composition, beautiful colors, well framed and rendered, image well done.!
PaulVDV (28299) 2014-05-29 9:57
The location of the castle on top of the steep cliff, is awesome!
I was wondering how one climbs up but then I discovered that road at the right that runs around the rock to the top.
You provided this view with an interesting and colourful foreground. A bit odd, this seems like a hastily abandoned fishing place.
Best regards, Paul
Noel_Byrne (30546) 2014-05-29 10:23
For some reason I am very surprised to hear this was apace that Lutyens lived, those works of his I know are very different from this medieval edifice. It looks very impressive towering in the distance, and in a perfect place in your shot too, poking its head up between these boats.
Great idea to compose the scene like this too, the lobster pots and hosts add a lot of life and color to the scene. Ere I hear, I would likely have just focused on the castle, I learn from your shot on a great composition.
Thanks as always
PiotrF (16860) 2014-05-29 10:39
Hello Will ,
I like the idea and attractive result. The castle in the background makes these picture attractive. Colours and presentation be superb. Nice shot.
brianmcc (6219) 2014-05-29 11:35
hi will, the colours of the lobster pots immediately catch the eye as they are bright and appealing and so close to the front of the image. the baost add another layer of interest, and then in the background you have positioned the castle perfectly to create another layer of interest. I love your inclusion of the little jetty on the right of the image as well. there is so much to look at in this picture and all the elements are perfectly placed to maximum effect.
cornejo (41441) 2014-05-29 11:35
Hi Will, very good picture of this beautiful composition with the castle in the background, very well composed and captured in this interesting and beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, pretty light, color and quality. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Best regards from southern Spain.
kasianowak (8745) 2014-05-30 4:47
I really like the low viewpoint emphasizing the multi-coloured lobster pots.
Lovely shot but... you really made me want to see those gloomy and misty images you mention in the note! :-)
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-05-30 12:25
Impressive view of the boats and the fishing nets.Great presentation.TFS.
jemaflor (96143) 2014-05-30 23:21
Well composed with all these details, intersting with the castele and the baot, good Fg too, excellent light and colors.
emka (95399) 2014-06-01 23:46
Hello Will, Impressive castle on the hill. But we are interested more in the fishing boats and these colourful baskets. Are they for crabs or oysters? I saw similar in Whitby.
WArm regrads MAlgo
wolf38 (31296) 2014-06-06 22:31
Hi Will. This is truly a photo with many details. Very successful composition. The colors play a special role. The informative text is excellent.
GyurMaster (3217) 2014-06-14 13:48
Unusual composition! I like it though! :)
tatadalou (7459) 2014-06-19 12:22
That's a picturesque shot, with all the coloured fishing material in the foreground. Great POV and DOF, as the light management.
Hanssie (10790) 2016-03-05 3:22
Here I would do this composition exactly the same:-))
Love harbours and their details !
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (10421)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-27
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/20.0, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-29 1:25