Good Morning Everyone,
I have never taken a photograph with such stealth as when I took this one.
I was exploring the gatehouse of Tynemouth Castle with an intention of photographing the ruined priory from above. Imagine my surprise when I was able to get a real bird's eye view!
I tried to steady the camera, arms tucked in tight, without making a noise and voila ... a true bird's eye view!
This bird has quite an ancient home! The gatehouse was constructed in 1390 and is a powerful gatehouse keep with a barbican in front.
It consists of an oblong tower with a projecting barbican like Alnwick and Prudhoe. The entrance through
the barbican was by a vaulted passage protected by a portcullis and gate flanked by towers whose basements were used as guard rooms.
The open court further on was originally a drawbridge pit separating the barbican from the Gatehouse. A second vaulted passage with guardrooms at the side passes under the Gatehouse,
On the first floor of the Gatehouse is the magnificent Great Hall, with a wide fireplace, lighted on all sides by windows since modernised.
Adjoining is the kitchen with its wide fireplace and huge oven. Above the Great Hall is the Great Chamber.
A place well worth a visit from historians and photographers.
Thank you for your interest. Have a great day, Bev :-)
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acevherli (360) 2014-08-15 1:05
Wonderful photo and good shot.
kasianowak (7721) 2014-08-15 1:16
Bird's eye view it is!
You created a unique image of this fascinating place and conveyed a sense of mystery pertinent to the ruins.
Have a nice weekend
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-15 2:47
a shot that is literally true to its title. It works perfectly and I admire your stealth and originality here. A fascinating study which is wonderfully controlled and presented.
Have a great weekend - B.
snunney (92400) 2014-08-15 3:51
The pigeon is the cherry on the cake, very kind of him to stay still for you:-) A perfectly framed composition with agreeable light and colours. Just a slight pity about the window bar.
Tue (30932) 2014-08-15 4:47
This is a great photo of the priory with a wonderful inclusion of the pigeon, that also allowed you to use this nice title. :-) I find the light very pleasant.
Sergiom (70454) 2014-08-15 5:05
Ce pigeon a vraiment la plus belle vue en ville pour observer cette belle ruine, en plus de roucouler pour les touristes. Il ne semble pas trop nerveux malgré ta présence toute proche.
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-15 6:12
This a fantastic photo!
Lovely idea and title!
Nicou (133256) 2014-08-15 6:59
Et bien il aune sacrée vue ce pigeon sueprbe sur les ruines en fond avec le rendu sue la pierre en prmier plan quel ensemble et cpatage superbe.
bravo et amitié
holmertz (47002) 2014-08-15 7:43
You have chosen an amusing title, and a correct one :-). The pigeon is very nicely placed in the foreground, appearing to be admiring the interesting ruins (maybe it is actually rather thinking of food). I like the colours and the very well captured texture of the stones in the foreground.
cornejo (37599) 2014-08-15 11:07
Hi Bev, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting composition with the dove, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, beautiful light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
photoray (13725) 2014-08-15 20:34
Excellent resolution for the window pigeon overlooking the Tynemouth Castle ruins. Even in its diminished shape, a photogenic classical history place.
Thanks for sharing,
carlo62 (41145) 2014-08-16 0:46
inquadratura originale, ma di grande effetto.
Ottima la composizione, se non ci fosse stata la sbarra, sarebbe stato perfetto, ma in questi casi non si può certo scegliere.
Mi piace la tua idea e mi piace il risultato che hai ottenuto.
jcpix (13846) 2014-08-16 4:22
Sneaky, sneaky you are. :) A very clever idea, and stealth approach to grab this shot. The solitary bird sure does have quite the view perched on this ledge, I wouldn't immediately want to fly away either if it were me.
What's really impressive is the fact that while you were concentrating on remaining undetected, you still managed to consciously put together a lovely view over the grounds. Sure, the bar may be a bit obtrusive, but it's the smartly executed concept that's the big winner here. Very well done, on the sly. :) Have a great weekend. Take it easy.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2014-08-16 4:58
Old ruins are always fascinating. The bird adds a lot to the composition and creates an excellent perspective and depth. Excellent thought.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-08-16 6:09
The view of the pigeon provides a really interesting perspective on this shot. Depth of field is excellent and no detail is lost in shade. A fabulous shot.
Cricri (113509) 2014-08-16 7:05
Le pigeon ajoute un plus plutôt charmant vers la vue des ruines, bon cadrage, couleurs, très belle réalisation prise a un très beau moment
saxo042 (37730) 2014-08-16 9:23
A very good picture of this dove. You also managed to include a very interesting background this old castle with all the details and colours. The vertical bar across the picture is well placed and looks good in the picture.
lousat (85018) 2014-08-16 15:55
Hi Bev,very funny title for this capture where the pigeon inside makes the difference! Truly nice and made with the usual excellent quality,a very good composition from this castle truly new for me.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Didi (59628) 2014-08-18 9:44
Nice view on the ruins very good dominant point of view
But pidgeons are soiling my windows and balcony We have too much in my place
adores (42197) 2014-08-21 12:41
You really got a good shot with the presence of the pigeon. Looks as if he's enjoying the nice view from the top. I like the composition with the ruins in background and you got good detail in foreground. Good light and colours.
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (34619)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-14
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-15 0:59