Another picture taken on a bright January afternoon from the ruined ramparts of Tantallon Castle in East Lothian, this time not looking north toward the Bass Rock but looking due west toward North Berwick Law, a small volcanic plug which rises to 613 feet (187 m) to the south of the town of North Berwick on the east coast of Scotland south of Edinburgh.
Here we are looking due west and the sun at around 3 p.m. was in the southwest. You can see North Berwick Law about 4 kilometres (2.6 miles) away through the haze. Below this outer "curtain" wall of the castle, left in this ruined state by Cromwell's forces in 1651 after a prolonged artillery attack, you can see the entrance to the main tower of the castle by way of a bridge over the outer ditch. You can also see, in the nearby field (which was the outer courtyard of the castle in times gone by), a dovecot which provided a source of fresh meat during winter months. The remnants of the most northerly tower (the Douglas Tower) of the castle is on the right.
If you are interested, you can read more about this splendid castle on the wonderful "Undiscovered Scotland" website here.
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bayno (18338) 2012-04-04 20:26
very nice golden side light, I like your framing and your POV toward the volcano, I think I see a little man in the fields with the legs apart and his long shadow, beautiful colors and the contrast between them, fine detail and texture of the wall of the castle in ruins...i like you research always for the best light...wonderful shot...
have a good day...
aliabazari (10282) 2012-04-04 20:52
Very beautiful view over the mountains and the landscape in front of the castle old.
RhodieIke (9247) 2012-04-04 21:23
Hi John, Wonder what this beautiful scene looks like now with a dusting of snow.Your Pov, on the top of this wall is splendid with that fantastic view, and back in them days a large vista to see the enemy.The sun catching the castle has brought out a super colour.Very interesting note, not much for dinner, a dove hey?
Hope it's not to bad for you up their, and you have power.Soon be back to 20c we can only wish.Cheers Iain.
sabermonajati (8317) 2012-04-04 22:10
you shot pleasant view from castle to green field.
jadesgran (3993) 2012-04-04 22:54
Marvellous light on these ruins, and a very informative note.Very sharp and lovely long shadows on the grass below.Beautiful tones.
Turkoglu (0) 2012-04-04 23:36
Fotoğraf, derinliği netliği ve kompozisyonuyla çok mukemmel olmuş.tebrikler
emka (64182) 2012-04-04 23:50
fantastic ruin, marvelous light and in sight only tiny figure with long shadow. Beautiful place, like you have a lot in Scotland. I see one can go even higher and enjoy the view over the valley. Flat area and only conical mountain, like volcano. Beautiful blue hour shot.
Royaldevon (21517) 2012-04-05 0:03
There are some inspiring photos on the web site but, I might add, none surpassing yours.
I think this pov really is inspiring. You furnish us with crisp, colourful details of the castle but the pov adds anthropomorphic qualities, as we see the tall ruined tower, stretch its neck, as if searching for incoming enemies.
The long shadowed figure supplies the sense of scale.
Have a lovely day,
carlo62 (19485) 2012-04-05 0:25
bella immagine, ben costruita con un'ottima profonditÓ di campo, bella la luce che si infrange sulle mura.
timecapturer (37152) 2012-04-05 2:45
a bit different to yesterday's post! Impressive light and composition. I love the fg detailing and textures that stand out so beautifully in this amazing light. A striking image of this magnificent structure captured and managed superbly. Wonderful!
Regards - Brian.
Hanssie (10067) 2012-04-05 8:09
A fantastic view !
A very clear photo, beautiful weather makes the fine colours and light, great photo ! !
saxo042 (33934) 2012-04-05 11:51
There is a very beautiful and pleasantly warm light over this old ruin. You have cropped tghe picture very good, with the wall anchored at the corner. A very fine background view and a very interesting note.
holmertz (31340) 2012-04-05 12:26
The light and colours play an essentioal part in making this a very strong composiition. The rough state of the ramparts make them look like a rather dangerousl place to walk but they provide an excellent foreground. The view across the fields is very beautiful, with some unusual features, and the light is marvellous.
chrisvek (6995) 2012-04-05 15:48
Very nice view.Great shoot with splendid colors and great details.Very good pov & dov.
altay1364 (0) 2012-04-05 16:29
Çok güzel derinliğe ve harika renklere sahip bir şahane görüntü.tebrik ederim
Silvio1953 (105599) 2012-04-06 10:21
Ciao John, fascinating composition with fantastic ruines, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Easter week end, ciao Silvio
brianmcc (5818) 2012-04-06 12:32
you have got a great view from the caslte walls while retaining the actual walls in the picture to show both inside the castle walls, and the landscape beyond, including north berwick law. excellent wide angle picture. the texture and structure of the walls is clearly displayed. the scale of the castle is shown perfectly with your inclusion of the figure on the ground.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (15721)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-16
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-04 17:31