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That Castle Again

An early start today before going to work and I have a complaint, the lights weren't on; can you do anything about it Duncan?

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Re: That Castle Again

Great shot Iain.
A wee bitty light would have been good, but nae too much yer ken.
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Re: That Castle Again

So much for the sunrise plan. Maybe someone forgot to feed the meter before they went to bed.
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Re: That Castle Again

I think it's a lovely shot. Although the fact that there isn't a little bit of a gap between the top of the castle and the light horizon of the lake does jar a bit. I don't know why but it just jumped out at me, perhaps I'm a bit odd.
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Re: That Castle Again

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I think it's a lovely shot. Although the fact that there isn't a little bit of a gap between the top of the castle and the light horizon of the lake does jar a bit. I don't know why but it just jumped out at me, perhaps I'm a bit odd.
Thanks Phil, there was a spot a little higher up but annoyingly lots of trees have been planted so all I could get was this narrower shot through the trees:

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Re: That Castle Again

Aye, have you been standing next to that sign that says 'Don't stand on th e wall?'
A fine picture but I would agree that you needed a wee bit more height to separate the castle from the far shore. Check the ground on the other side of the road next time you go by. (in daylight). Get back a bit and use a longer focal length.
My colleague 'got the light' for the cover of the new guide from the west shoulder at 5am in high summer.

Floodlighting; Historic Scotland does not approve of floodlighting for a variety of reasons. e.g. damage to archaeology in installing cables. It does not own any floodlighting at any monument. They are all usually there at the behest of local councils who pay for it all including running costs although HS carries out the maintenance. Occasionally a system is installed as a gift by someone. HS has in recent years gone over where possible to energy saving systems. This includes looking at timings. There are not too many tourists beside Loch Ness at 3am in January! And its not there to impress the monster!
And that's why the lights are not on at that time of day.
A solution might be 1 hour earlier with just a hint of light in the sky and to use a large (5,000,000 candlepower) torch. Use a longish exposure and play the torch on the building. (drawing it down from the top so as not to light the grass)
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Great colours...the second version for me!
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Re: That Castle Again

Thanks Duncan, some good suggestions there - plenty to think about!

"5,000,000 candlepower torch" - that won't be the pocket variety then? :-)
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Re: That Castle Again

That's better. If anything I would take out/crop the lights of Dores as they are distracting.

The torches are available in Homebase for about 20.
I would think fun could be had with them in Affric shooting trees.
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Re: That Castle Again

Iain, the original viewpoint is fine, but take a step ladder next time!
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Re: That Castle Again

Yes that's what I should have said John. But I like the second one too.
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Re: That Castle Again

I think a little PS cheat to put a dully lighted window in the tower would just finish No1 ?
You can tell just where from your earlier post.
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