Caerphilly Castle - the largest castle in Wales at night.
After looking around the castle during the day, I drove to back from Cardiff to Caerphilly in the evening (around 9PM). I expected to see the castle nicely lit at night, like most famous buildings in other places. But instead it was completely dark. I had to use longest possible exposure.
Camera settings: manual mode, ISO400, lens zoomed to 22 mm, mirror lockup and self timer. I would prefer lower ISO and longer exposure (maybe 60-90 seconds), but 30 sec is the longest exposure I can get without remote release device.
Converted from raw with color temperature set to 6350K.
Daytime view for almost the same point is available here
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dhurjati (2709) 2007-09-07 13:21
This one looks simple yet very much beautiful.Love the calm and relaxed atmosphere, very pleasing to see.The old architecture is a nice silhoutte and the reflection is captured well.Wonder about the pinkish tone in the colour though.
Greetings from India,
scroller (3445) 2007-09-07 13:27
Marvelous reflection, well captured.
Amazing that it could give such results with this long exposure,
Tayon (1995) 2007-09-07 13:42
the two photos are very good (WS), but I think this is the best cause the incredible light you got at this time of the day...
the result is mystical and beautiful...
oriolm (1142) 2007-09-07 14:14
ohe (2334) 2007-09-07 14:30
COlors are wonderfully rendered on your compo.
Sharpness is excellent. Reflection is really great !!
Thanks for sharing,
- Olivier -
lomumo22 (323) 2007-09-07 15:05
Very pretty picture, the reflected pink colors in the lake, give a romanticism air him. Congratulations.
deud (1920) 2007-09-08 0:23
wow! great shot. beautiful colors and reflections! very well done. tfs
tyro (25702) 2007-09-08 3:14
What a wonderful shot. I don't think it has suffered at all by being taken at ISO 400. The colours are superb and I love those beautiful reflections on the water.
Thank you also for giving us so much detail about how you took this picture - I find that sort of information very interesting and useful.
ydarias (679) 2007-09-09 0:52
Hola Linas. Una gran foto, me encanta la técnica que has utilizado, porque logra una imagen muy nítida y con unos colores geniales. El uso de los reflejos es genial, para lograr una composición genial como esta. Buen trabajo.
Un saludo, Yeray.
SGibson (259) 2007-09-09 1:45
Beautiful colours and reflections in this shot of a fascinating subject. Very still, calm, tranquil, excellent work, TFS
Moyano (163) 2007-09-09 6:24
Good sharpness on the castle! Stands out of the photo. You did well using that longer exposure, adds a nice effect to the colours!
stego (24132) 2007-09-09 17:46
It's hard to believe that it is night (well, at 9pm at that latitude and time of year, I guess you still have some light), but the long exposures have these things when they go well, as this is certainly the case.
It is a gorgeous view, very well composed and of course the colours make it even more appealing. Amazing sharpness also.
evanrizo (456) 2007-09-13 4:14
Woooh it looks great, it looks majestic, the reflections are superb, are very impressive, the lightness too.
I will be back...
delic (6735) 2007-09-19 4:45
You have displayed a meticulous effort to bring us this perfect image. Reflection and soft colors are a treat to the eye. Excellent sharpness and non-symmetrical composition. Really good work! Regards,
gibbsy (1376) 2007-10-08 11:39
Lovely detailed image with good reflections.
Adrique (609) 2008-01-19 7:22
I agree with you, longer exposure would be even better, but it is still a very good shot (and PP).
baladine (1201) 2008-03-16 3:14
Very beautiful photo. I really like the colours and the image of the castle on the water. Good shot !
raszid62 (18515) 2009-04-09 10:29
Beauty romantic castle. Very strong colours, good composition, contrast,good POV. Congratulations
moazzamtariq (19) 2011-03-02 5:20
Very nice composition lighting and camera setting. It is extremely useful that you have also stated camera setting. Thankyou for sharing this bueatiful picture and camera settings.
- Copyright: Linas Kardasevicius (linask) (2930)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-26
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 17-85 f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/7.1, 30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-09-07 13:19
- Favorites: 2 [view]