Photographer's Note

Bamburgh Castle stands on an outcrop of rock right on the coast of north Northumberland, in the North East of England. The building that can be seen today is mostly of (relatively) modern construction, built within the last 200 years, but it stands on the site of a much older building. Bamburgh was home to the ancient Kings of Northumbria in the 7th Century BC.

The rock on which Bamburgh stands is part of the 'Whin Sill' - a volcanic outcrop of rock that stretches many miles across Northumberland - at its eastern end it forms the rock of Bamburgh and those of the Farne Islands, just out of shot to the left of this picture. Further West, Hadrian's Wall runs along the top of the Whin Sill escarpment.

This shot is scanned from Fuji Velvia 50 Slide film, taken on a late summer evening in September. A strong wind was blowing when I took the shot - I held my jacket out in my arms to try and shelter the tripod during a long exposure of around 10 or 15 seconds. A 0.9 (3 stop) ND graduated filter has helped to balance the exposure of sky and foreground.

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