The Victoria Tower on Castle Hill, Huddersfield.
Perched on a steep hill overlooking the northern industrial town of Huddersfield in the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire, the imposing structure of the Victoria Tower was built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign, and was completed in 1899.
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chalcone (761) 2003-08-24 4:55
As usual, great capture! The contrasts and the saturation of the major colors create a dreamy state - almost film-like.
luis_paulino (904) 2003-08-24 5:03
Nice picture. Can you tell me where are the picture taken?
TimWilson (236) 2003-08-24 5:33
The atmosphere you have created in this picture is excellent, good framing, colours.....i love it!
roconnell (327) 2003-08-24 6:14
Wow Wee! This is saturated with great color, lighting and a superb composition! What castle is this, that overlooks such beauty in Huddersfield?
Didi (60590) 2003-08-24 7:06
La lumière incidente et sélective donne du relief à ce décor de rêve ; j'aurais diminué légèrement dans le bas à cause du papier sur l'herbe et nous aurons bien apprecié un texte descriptif.
N'oubliez pas que le monde entier regarde votre image.
The incidental and selective light gives relief to this decoration of dream; I would have decreased slightly in bottom because the piece of paper on the grass and we will have liked a descriptive text from yourself. Do not forget that the whole world looks at your picture they nedds to know about this beautifull site. Please have a look to the Workshop.
flamingo (109) 2003-08-24 7:38
Amazing how the blue sky balances the weight of the castle. I also think the heavy saturation adds to the romance of the shot. Bill
Darren (6823) 2003-08-24 7:44
Just amazing lighting totally fantastic. Spot on composition as well, but it is the unbelievable lighting which makes this so tremendous. Just great.
gringofil (0) 2003-08-24 8:07
This is really an amazing shot. The light is just beautiful. I also like the little patch of blue sky...very magical. Well done!
zorro (530) 2003-08-24 20:58
wow! what a wonderful shot...well frame and nice exposure...it looks like a lord of the ring two towers.i like it!
ronners (10) 2003-08-24 23:20
Fantastic shot, with the kind of colour and light I can only hope to get one of these days...
That castle is incredibly sharp, but so much so that I keep wondering if you did a cut and paste job (or maybe selective sharpening). If you did do some post-processing I don't think that it needed it.
xhoss (88) 2003-08-25 0:03
:) liked it when i saw it on dpc...and i still like it here! great shot!
olli (2091) 2003-08-25 5:55
Light makes the shot – imagine this one taken in hard midday light without clouds... Perfect. Just perfect.
Rupes (913) 2003-08-25 16:02
Great colors and composition.I like very much.Great shot!
Skorj (581) 2003-08-26 8:19
This is a very nice effort. The colors are imposing, and they fit the subject well. I think perhaps the post camera work is a bit overboard - I would have been tempted to turn down the wick a little on the total effects, and used mainly contrast enhancements.
mrdelurk (385) 2003-08-27 6:19
This is what I call a "calendar quality" image. Great job, run the presses :-)
cosyCloud (158) 2003-08-28 0:11
OMG That's fantastic! I am just completely blown away by this image. I just want to leap into the picture! Wonderful. Fantastic. Beautiful!
shafeeq (54) 2003-08-28 1:28
Postcard perfect! The perspective enhancement by the small opening in the clouds tweaks the 3D effect.
femkevdh (2633) 2003-08-29 3:29
wow!! Indeed incredible picture with etraordinairy 3D effect becuase of the sharp foreground. Maybe almost too sharp, so i also wonder about the post-pricessing, but this is where the new Harry Potter can be filmed!! very magic.
ninadev (5377) 2003-08-29 15:55
Taht shot is incredible, almost unreal, right out of a fairy tale. Where does this light on the tower come from ? Looks like there was a spotlight at the feet of the tower since the sun is hidden behind a cloud and not on the same side !!! Your black and golden frame works well too.
light (865) 2003-09-26 21:06
Impresionant magic effect!
So beautiful shot!, so beautiful!
Incredible colors, contras, shadows, composition! Almost Unreal!
jrj (34843) 2003-09-28 16:44
Very nice and good composition, strong structure, heavy colors.
dopiro (842) 2003-10-11 23:26
emax (919) 2003-10-22 15:42
What a pic. I'm impressed. Amazing combination of light. Seems like from other planet.
Surfer31 (0) 2003-11-23 13:28
wonderful, magical photo. What a beautiful light. Great composition, contrast and colors. Looks like it was shot in Middle Earth from the Lord Of the Rings movie.
apivaz (1902) 2004-02-04 20:27
Simplesmente é das melhores fotos que já vi aqui..... está tudo dito. Parabéns
TheG1 (1509) 2004-03-02 1:46
Looks like a painting.
andybrook (136) 2004-03-22 18:47
One the best pictures on TE and my hometown too!I love the colour and the light that you have captured.Fab!!
lbothy (70) 2004-06-10 2:15
woaw... really fantastic. Seems like a castle somwhere in a fantasy land. Contrast is a bit too strong but it also give some dramatic aspects to the composition. Really amazing shot. Well done!
Hanssie (10886) 2004-06-12 16:04
Magnificent shot, Bob, what a great colours in this beautiful picture, very well done !
nfriedli (1060) 2004-06-19 3:57
Incredible light, incredible sky. The compostition and exposure are perfect! Cheer!
chagovets (194) 2004-07-09 8:29
Great picture, but it's a pity the tower is distorted a bit by the wide-angle lens. Otherwise beautiful nasty weather paysage.
alainh (33205) 2004-07-12 1:58
tout simplement superbe.
djnik2004 (1698) 2004-07-25 12:49
Coming from the Huddersfield area I look at this picture with disbelief! I could never have imagined the tower looking this good! Congratulations you have truly captured the mysterious energy of this site.
fantomas (373) 2004-07-27 14:47
WOW great photo !!! good work
kaychambers (1198) 2004-08-17 19:48
Outstanding image. Why they pulled down the top boozer next door to replace it with some other monstrocity completely beats me!
Good job Bob!
Vic, Singapore. 18th August 2004
Jeppe (18654) 2004-08-19 16:55
Oh this one old - before my time on TE ;-)
Great shot indeed - guess most been said - congratulation Bob.
yweinreich (165) 2004-08-24 23:29
a great shot .. with what loloks like a lot of post production.. really sharp hill and castle with brilliant tonal colours with clouds and sky almost in a different language.. you must have spent hours on this
rabani (9645) 2004-08-24 23:37
Simply reminding me of Lord Of The Ring sceneries. Your got your intention of getting this tower in a mystical way. And surreal too I might say. Great work here Bob.
avis2avis (4264) 2004-08-24 23:40
The light is just awesome here and that is what makes this beautiful scene even more splendid. This is picture perfect Bob!
maphoto (8082) 2004-08-24 23:47
Wonderful shot, every thing as been said, colors, contrast simply georgous, happy to have discover this picture, well seen and done.
Rhiannon (1728) 2004-09-01 4:11
Wow! This one is amazing! How did you do this? Is it very much post pro?
Anyhow the composition, colours and clarity is outstanding.
I love the mood and the threatening, dramatic sky. Looks like a scene from the Lord of the Rings movies. (I guess you've heard that one before)
Excellent, professional work, very impressive.
naxius (16685) 2004-09-23 7:56
Hi Bob, I prefer this shot as the 2 others because I think that the colors are more natural.
aznegrao (10316) 2004-12-12 12:26
O enquadramento classico me agrada muito, a imagem sempre fica mais forte. Bob você soube tirar o maximo proveito das condições climáticas do lugar, obtendo algo como que tirado do "Senhor dos aneis" ou coisa parecida. Excelente trabalho.
frdlenoir (0) 2004-12-12 13:11
good light and contrasts management, I like the golden reflections
vascao (192) 2004-12-20 18:30
Marvelous. Drop dead of envy, "Lord of the Rings"! ;o)
tityop (6225) 2005-01-29 18:43
Ce coin de ciel bleu semble relever du miracle !
La lumiere contraste avec ces nuages qui menacent.
tres belle compo
Bien amicalement Thierry
Lawman (372) 2005-04-03 10:48
ydarias (679) 2005-05-19 18:09
Hi Bob, I like very much your photo. The great composition and the intensity of the point of view is spectacular. I like the colors too, and I think the exposition is perfect. Very good job.
faubry (35447) 2005-05-20 4:37
very beautiful shot, fantastic sky and good contrast between ground and the sky
FoHGoR (23) 2005-07-21 17:21
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So Sharp! Such beautiful lighting!!! Amazing!!!!!!!!!!
krakowiak (4762) 2005-07-21 17:51
Absolutely Magic !!!
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-07-29 7:23
Wow Bob, this photo is stunning, magical, scary.... its right out of Lord of the rings,
Very well done.
azadys (717) 2005-07-29 7:24
it's great shot. i really like composition.
itamaratiya (539) 2005-07-29 7:57
Magnificent picture. Great composition, beautifull colors, very good sharpness.
Phoebe (133) 2005-07-29 8:02
The colours are impresionant and the sky are very amazing! Excellent work!
antho (412) 2005-08-11 12:18
Really amzing picture, congratulations!
I just can't imagine the sky can be so dark in the background and at the same time so blue in some places. Is it photoshoped?
That's just curiosity, well done for that great great pic!
DarkoG (8) 2005-09-02 2:33
Just one sentence:Really great shot.
dege_801s (25) 2005-09-02 2:38
dramatic photo that you have here the cloud and castle seems like it connected with era when this was build for the first time well done
Alexus (294) 2005-09-02 2:38
Perfect, excellent work!!!
gantzt (484) 2005-09-02 3:01
Wow. I love the colors and the composition. Great shot.
selman (371) 2005-09-30 14:12
Really effective! Fantastic!
What a beautiful photo!
Colors are great! Atmosphere is great!
I love this photo!
alita (477) 2005-10-27 3:33
fantastic sky! I like the composition, the sharpness and especially the lighting! congratulations!
rajhema (1873) 2005-11-09 11:53
Looks like a place from harry Potter. Very fantastic composure.
NikosZ (29) 2005-11-09 12:00
Albrecht (11281) 2005-11-22 1:51
A picture from a movie....Great shot, wonderful sky and great compo and colours.
Take care, Albrecht
marjan (7) 2005-11-25 4:50
Excelente shot, probably with filter. Soo mystical and nice.
mbasil (2129) 2005-12-20 20:01
Very nice. The only thing I would wish for is info on the PP work in the Photographer's Note.
cpolus (187) 2006-01-21 12:10
Bob, this picture is fantastic, spont on. As if taken from a huge fantasy epos. Gloomy around the tower, sunset and still there is a little blue sky. Great details aswekk with grass and tower stones. Thanks for this great pic.
Only downside is the minimalistic note. I like people telling about their motivation to take a picture, how they came across it, was this pic planned? Or did you just capture this great moment by chance?
Mistral (15402) 2006-02-05 11:16
Incredible lightning! Unbelieveble!
jluca (10377) 2006-02-16 11:43
An other compliment of this fantastic shot !
Just one critique : the cloud in the middle is a bit overexposed.
onmax (849) 2006-05-18 16:52
Hola bob que puedo decir que no hayan dicho los demas, parace parte de una produccion cinematografica, muy bien el trabajo de la luz.
un abrazo, max.
snowboarder (576) 2006-08-15 15:40
This is an amazing shot! What a combo
of great light and great subject!
captainsgirl (3448) 2006-08-15 15:50
wow...it looks like it comes from a fairy tale..almost expect to see a dragon or a prince on a white horse around the corner. What a beautiful Photo..Thank you for sharing!
celinaconroy (717) 2006-08-15 15:53
Just seen this iamge as a feature on TE. A simple but stunning landscape image ...you've done Huddersfield proud.
gramma (3519) 2006-08-15 16:05
Très belle composition et très belle luminosité.
rl245267 (845) 2006-08-15 16:08
Everything has already been said, but I have to say it again. WOW! What an outstanding picture!
lu_muratori (618) 2006-08-24 0:03
BobsterLobster, this is a good one!!!!
Superb image man,
Eridan (427) 2006-09-04 13:18
Great, great light. I know that in this conditions light changes often and very fast. But what puzzles me, is the edge of the wall on the right side. It looks like it has a tiny black line, and on the left side, at the bottom of the stairway, there is a green reflection, which leads me to conclusion that the photo was retouched in Photoshop.
oRs (80) 2006-10-15 3:41
This a beautiful picture. Thanks you.
peco85 (921) 2006-10-15 18:22
Amazing Bob! Straight to my favourites! I can't add mmuch more then that has allready been said here. So I congratulaate you on such an amazing photo:)
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-04-29 7:36
nice shot. Amazing contrast.
riodda (617) 2007-04-29 7:47
I loke so muche the dark horizon contrast with the deep blue ski.
thanks for sharing.
jpinkham (870) 2007-06-09 9:27
That is one amazing photo, Bob! The composition is perfect -- light, shadows, contrasts, lines, balance -- it's all there. But more important is the totality. It instantly transports us to that time and place...and feels as though, in that spot at least, nothing may have changed since the last brick was laid.
derek3755 (2341) 2007-07-02 4:42
Great Shot! Beautiful Composition! Wonderful Light!
ctay90 (0) 2007-08-24 19:13
beautiful shot!! It looks like a HDR (high dynamic range photography) photo. Excellent job.
pieczorin (154) 2008-01-29 0:03
Your capture is just stunning! Peter Jackson could as well use it in The Lord of the Rings:) I like the dark clouds above the tower - an ominous view! generally colors are very nice.
Felip (3907) 2008-02-28 4:25
Clouds are always like these in all your photos, Bob?. I have no words to define it, simply spectacular, light, definition, colors...Perfect!
Have a nice day.
abulafia (4900) 2008-02-28 4:43
I like the intense colors in your pictures, and this one is no exception!
The tower is well placed in the side of the frame, so that we can enjoy this dramatic sky and light.
GIL14 (136) 2008-03-20 0:19
Sujet intéressant, agréable à l'oeil. Bravo!
Beau travail de retouche.... mais peut-être à l'excès: on dirait plus une peinture qu'une photographie! Du fait peut-être de l'utilisation excessive de l'outil netteté optimisée et de teintes sursaturées.
Mon seul regret: l'absence de correction des déformations de l'objectif: une tour bien verticale aurait eu plus de gueule!
Et comme le souligne plus haut Didi, le papier qui traîne sur le gazon fait désordre. Et que dire des traces du jet dans le ciel, anachroniques avec l'esprit moyen-âgeux de la photographie?: c'est aux petits détails que l'on voit le maître!
Dragut (14) 2009-03-06 9:12
Very impressive view of this beautiful landscape. Tower is very well photographed. God job...
bloublou (144) 2010-03-26 1:49
looks like a nikon camera?
davide (1182) 2011-11-29 2:31
very beauty picture, fantastic work!
Noel_Byrne (33730) 2012-06-16 9:43
Incredibly moody and dramatic image with stunning POV, colours and sky. This is really fantastic, bravo.
quovadis (1867) 2012-08-09 23:19
Very intriguing shot must say. Kind of strange, dramatic colour blend, the open sky gives the only hope for a better tomorrow...
Just wonder if the queen or any member of her family ever climbed up the tower?
- Copyright: Bob Rose (BobsterLobster) (1417)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-06-23
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax Optio S
- Exposure: f/2.6, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Paysages, Dreaming Castles.., excellent England [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-08-24 4:48
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