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Sycamore Gap

Sycamore Gap
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Copyright: brian avery (bri) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2012-07-03
Categories: Nature, Architecture, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 28-80mm Zoom
Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-08 15:22
Viewed: 1528
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is Sycamore Gap,on the Roman Wall, also known as Robin Hood's Tree, was featured in the 1991 film version of Robin Hood, 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves'.

To the left of the gap is 'Castle Nick' Milecastle 39 it is known as Castle Nick as it sits in a nick in the hillside with good views of both sides. It was partly excavated by archaeologists in the 19th century, and more fully in the 1980's by conservation workers. The milecastle measures 19m long by 15.5m across with stone walls standing 1.75m high. The excavations in the mid-1980's revealed that barrack blocks that were initially built inside the milecastle had later been replaced by small individual buildings. The milecastle was occupied continuously until the fourth century AD which is most unusual, perhaps suggesting there was also a signal tower here. A milecastle was a small fort (fortlet), a rectangular fortification built during the period of the Roman Empire. They were placed at intervals of approximately one Roman mile along several major frontiers. (Wickipedia and Northumberland website)

The Milecastle gives a scale to the size of Sycamore Gap, next toilet for dogs...two miles....

PP Work - Three shots 'fused' in Photomatics, converted to B&W and tone/contrast adjusted. Resized in CS5.

Hope you like it


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Hi Brian,
Excellent composition and very pleasant to view with an informative note. The slightly OOF foreground anhences the centre of interest but would also have worked well in sharp focus. I like the "aged" appearance of this very nice B&W image. Well done and best wishes.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-08-09 4:20]

Hi Brian.

I do like the tones used and the minimal feel, the lone tree i a valley. It gives off much moodiness and thought, love it. tfs

stv ;o))

The B&W goes well with the rich history of this site. Good composition with good dof and sharp details. Very well done, tfs.

I like teh landscape you have captured here and the B/W treatment to the picture really gives it a timeless look, Brian!

Great focus and perfect sharpness with amazing contrasts existing within the scene.
The light and exposure are well handled.
Good job!

Kind regards,

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