Dunluce Castle in the early hours of the morning shows a ghostly apparition through the sea spray. Steeped in mystery and supernatural mythology the castle is said to have been enchanted by ghosts and giants, there have been several historical accounts of spooks and sightings on castle grounds.
The castle has now settled into a docile old age, past residents still make occasional forays from beyond the grave to remind us of its stormy and eventful past. Several people have reported feeling a cold chill on entering the South-East Tower, as if some unseen presence has pushed past them. Staff arriving at the castle’s shop in the morning, sometimes find that books have been lifted from the shelves and placed neatly on the floor overnight, or radios that were definitely switched off the previous day, have been mysteriously switched back on.
Whoever the spirits that now walk the ethereal plain of Dunluce Castle may have been in life, their activities are seldom malicious and rarely inspire fear. Indeed, those who encounter them are more than happy to let them continue about their ghostly business, just as they have done and, no doubt, will do for as long as these ancient walls shall stand.
Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/6
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 12/1 mm
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nbj (2095) 2006-11-10 6:04
great, intense atmosphere, good tones, good sky. well done!
pasternak (15181) 2006-11-10 6:07
Excellent dark BW, Stephen, I like most of all this "ghostly" splash of water, this is superb as opposed to the austere castle!
GG_Poland (722) 2006-11-10 6:55
great use of b&w. I like light and composition and the depth ultrawide angle gives. very well done
macondo (18623) 2006-11-10 7:40
All very spooky, to be sure! You did well to match the small aperture with the slow shutter and get this dramatic and interesting shot of a ghost cunningly disguised as a crashing wave, Stephen. Terrific light and contrast in a shot full of drama. Well done.
chc (1468) 2006-11-10 7:41
A formidable B&W. Th wild and odd aspects are perfectly underlined. Congratulation
nicoz (1979) 2006-11-10 7:46
WOooooo that's spooky! The castle is well hidden in the rocks. Your B&W is great and the timing with the wave is excellent. Without it, the photo would have been plain and empty.
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2006-11-10 8:14
absolutely stunning, I call this a "fantasy darkness"...excellent!
Take care, Ivana
piozac (2065) 2006-11-10 11:07
This is great Stephen! Outstanding moment you managed to catch. This wave is simply amazing, looks like a ghost raising from the sea. It is a superb and uncommon addition to a perfect landcape image. Well done!
Cormac (26563) 2006-11-10 22:30
This is a real stunner of a shot! I like the dark, brooding tone, enhanced by the black & white and the glowering sky. One very unusual aspect is the wave spashing in the air, not quite frozen and not blurred out either. With this exposure it seems like a ghost or apparation in the scene, which even adds to the mood. Excellent!
roamermark (1590) 2006-11-11 1:22
what's not to like here....you have matched your note and image nicely here setting us up for the dark contrasts and cold feeling of the shot that the other day had a cute seal in the bottom....a nicely put together package
miuky (3335) 2006-11-11 2:36
Interestimg picture, all midtoned exept the wave, great rocks, great POV...i like it:)
mrcrow (3993) 2006-11-11 9:38
powerful b>w work here with a stormy and aggressive sky..that spray is quite in order to enforce the attitude of the sea..
pov well worth the risk
mbasil (2129) 2006-11-11 16:07
Great subject and composition, Steve, but the exposure time really makes that wave remarkable and becomes a huge part of the shot. I imagine you have a series of shots from 1/250 to 1 second, and this one is the clear winner. I haven't seen them all but the exposure time on this one is perfect!
kittyhawk (1692) 2006-11-16 5:01
Hello again Stephen,
I like this B&W shot of the castle, I allso like the movement in the waves. The image looks like something from a dracula movie... Very nicely captured. TFS.
flosoup (563) 2006-11-21 15:22
Truly amazing shot, i would say tho from the look of that wave break that you got soaked. Very eerie image well captured and presented. Thanks
rtome (638) 2006-11-22 5:05
I like how the sea spray is captured in your shot make for a great composition with the castle on the far end. The choice of b&w goes well with the shot's subject.
Cpamoi (10391) 2006-12-13 13:10
excellent long exposure composition, good choice of B/W.
Good idea for rhe title
wesbez88 (8) 2010-02-11 6:59
Good use of the rule of thirds and the way you have expressed the movement of the wave, getting the shot at just the right moment. love the mood you have envoked into your photo. Just A lil burning into the water to bring back the detail on the crashing wave is the only thing i would change. We are blessed with outstanding natural beauty on the north coast. Good job.
- Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) (13048)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-10-06
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EFS 10-22mm, Cokin P121 Graduated Gray G2
- Exposure: f/22, 1/6 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Best shot from Northern Ireland. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-10 5:37
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