Taken this afternoon on a gloriously bright and sunny but very cold day from the ramparts of the ruin of Tantallon Castle, near North Berwick, East Lothian.
In the left of the picture is the ruined remains of the upper part of the northwest (or Douglas) tower of the castle and to the right, in the outer reaches of the Firth of Forth, lies the Bass Rock, its small lighthouse (built in 1902 by David Stevenson, cousin of the author Robert Louis Stevenson) being just visible.
Although the Bass Rock has had some turbulent past history, it is now no longer inhabited by people but it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, having a colony of an estimated 150,000 gannets, making it the largest single rock gannetry in the World.
I shall try to show some other pictures of Tantallon Castle later but, in the meantime, anyone interested could do no better than look on the wonderful "Undiscovered Scotland" website here.
Shot in RAW and converted and edited in PSE9.
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francio64 (39888) 2012-01-16 14:55
una luce morbida sembra accarezzare queste belle rovine, creando un bel contrasto cromatico con il blu del cielo e del mare.
Immagine che si arricchisce nella composizione, con l'inserimento dell'isolotto in BG.
npecanhuk (75592) 2012-01-16 16:22
It seems to be a magnificent place by the sea!
It gives me the impression of somewhere somewhat either mysterious or magical!
The picture is certainly beautiful and attractive!
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition, colors and exposure!
TFS - congrats,
bayno (18344) 2012-01-16 16:54
Hi John, you have chosen a great POV and a perfect framing, the golden light of sunset is beautiful, shame about the castle, of which very little is left, I saw from the website you link the other POV of the castle and the date it was built...in 1350, I repeat is a pity that in these conditions, very nice also the sea and the golden island in the BG, have a nice day, Valter
brianmcc (6219) 2012-01-16 17:59
wow, what a fantastic day you got for this one. the light is just hittong the old rampart perfectly creating a beautiful warm glow and appealing colour, in contrast to the lower parts of the castle which are in shade.
bass rock sits out perfectly in this picture surrounded by a wonderfully coloured sea and sky. there is a very nice pinky glow on the horizon just seperating the sea and sky. perfect detail, depth of field and sharpness. a great way to spend a monday.
emka (99901) 2012-01-16 23:18
hi John, Nice Sunday excursion to the sea. You had gorgeous weather here, the air is so clear and crisp. Beautiful evening light. The view of this remnants in warm eveninhg light is spectacular. nice rocky island far away.
Finally we have some snow but my camera is lazy now.
cavli (1876) 2012-01-16 23:45
very good light conditions. very good light and dof. very nice colors on the horizon.
romanaa (7984) 2012-01-17 0:07
oh WOW, this is a kind of the picture I just love. The sea which I can see so rarely, the ruins that add a mysterious atmosphere, golden light, colours perfectly contrasting and the real like depth.
MJR (3360) 2012-01-17 2:18
A rare visit from me, and what a gem.
The contents themselves, ( at first sight ) take it or leave it, but your construction, sense of proportion, perspective, colour - its all there. A delightful thing to look at, and then, you begin to see the details, the lighthouse, the doorways in the shadows, the buildings on thr headland to the left, the ripples on the water. All in all, a joy of a picture.
This one would, despite my earlier remark, easily make it past the, 'Would I put this on my wall ?', test.
jemaflor (98771) 2012-01-17 3:02
Nice pov and well balanced composition with the rock in the sea on the right side, great light on the fg with a so pleasant warm tone, tfs.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-01-17 4:52
love this! So perfectly composed and controlled. The light is superb it brings out all the textures and detailing so distinctly. Love the light and shade elements and their placement is what gives the image impact and magic. Wonderful!
Regards - Brian.
Royaldevon (39660) 2012-01-17 6:38
You have created a wonderful sense of space by your well judged pov, with the tower soaring above the horizon. The wall walk is very well positioned, leading from the bottom corner to this heavenly bound tower - 'heavenly bound' also because of the golden light!
All the elements are well postioned, a feast of composition.
My warm regards,
gildasjan (43650) 2012-01-17 9:51
La lumière est superbe pour éclairer ce beau paysage marin.Tous les éléments de cette composition sont bien placés dans le cadre.
lousat (92808) 2012-01-17 10:55
Hi John,the perfect choice of the moment.This magic and warm light make the difference!A beautiful pic from a magic and historic place whit the best quality and sharpness,i can hear the bagpipes..ehehe...Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.
williewhistler (16398) 2012-01-17 14:15
Hello John,what a lovely light,it bathes the FG and the distant island in a super glow.
The path is a very nice lead in,and as usual it`s a very well composed and presented shot.
Best regards Les.
Silvio1953 (145533) 2012-01-18 9:29
Ciao John, magnifica luce sulle affascinati vecchie rovine, magnifico il mare, splendid colori, bravo, ciao Silvio
macjake (69105) 2012-01-20 1:32
from your Castle photos, i prefer this one the most.
having that large natural structure in the ocean really makes the photo that much better - giving depth and also helps to orientate the viewer better.
a clear fg/bg seperation is now clearly defined because of it. if you hold your hand up and block that island, the entire outlook of the scene is changed dramatically.
love the blues!
delpeoples (58572) 2012-01-21 16:19
This is one of my favourites in your Gallery. The subject is just amazing and so quintessentially Scottish. But it's also composed in such a way as to capture the magnificent sea and the island behind it and also to capture that sweet golden light that can only be caught on a sunny wintry day in the British Isles. The pastel tones on the horizon are every photographers' dream (never sure where to put that apostrophe).
I have only one small gripe. After reading my discussion with Martin about Malaysia, one could rightly accuse me of being a whinging hormonal beatch this morning, so please take this with a grain of salt. The gripe is the cropping. The image seems to have been cropped too close at the top, not leaving enough room for the top of the ruin, this throwing the rest of the frame out of balance - to my eye. When I've recovered from my hormonal imbalance and get near my puter with the software, I'll do a Workshop. You can "grow" more sky at the top in Photoshop.
Anyway, that's it from me, have a pleasant evening
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (25702)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-16
- Categories: 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, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-16 14:45