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The Constables House

The Constables House
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (captive-light) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09
Categories: Nocturnal
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 10-20 mm., RAW
Exposure: f/5.0, 30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-11-14 4:56
Viewed: 1760
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Constable's House at Christchurch Castle in Dorset, apparently one of just 5 remaining Norman chimneys in the UK.

This was taken as part of a Night Photography workshop to illustrate the effects of longer exposures on an image. In this case the clouds were being blown towards the camera by a strong breeze, and lit from below by the lights of the town behind the ruins. During the 35 seconds that the shutter was open for the clouds have been motioned blurred by the wind, creating a dramatic effect around the floodlit ruins.

Canon 7D, Sigma 10 - 20 @ 12mm
ISO 100 for top quality and noise free image
Manual Focus on the wall
Manual Exposure 35 seconds @ F5
Tripod and Remote Shutter Release used to keep it all still and ensure sharpness.

Processed in Lightroom to rectify the white balance from the sodium lights and finished in PS3

chrisJ, Teresat, werdir, Tomek, jimmyjimmy, jean11-3, mark-alderson has marked this note useful
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Olá Miles
A good note with an attractive photo. Night appears with and interesting gold and blue and a fine sharpness
um abraço

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-11-14 5:17]

Hi Miles

A superb shot of the ruined Constable's House. Love the streaky blur in the sky. Good pp work to achieve this. Excellent colour, sharpness & framing, The whole is very intriguing & mysterious. Tfs!

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2011-11-14 5:29]

Hi Miles,

This is an awesome example of long exposure/nocturnal photography. I particularly like the effect it has on the clouds. Nice compo, leading us in from the left corner and sharpness is perfect IMHO. Thanks for your detailed note.


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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2011-11-14 5:29]

Very effective with this long time exposure, clouds made nice movement, great and catching eye photo.

Hello Miles

I like your planned composition here with the wind and light. The ruins on this old church or house as stated are magnificent. Your final result shows that you put some thought and planning into your image. gallery quality except for the modern house in the image. Nice work


Hello Miles,a good explanation of the process involved in bringing this shot to us.
The motion blur of the clouds really adds drama to the scene.
It would not have occurred to me, that the clouds might be lit from below, as you describe.
The strong lighting on some of the faces of the building also created dark shadows which has added extra depth.
Tfs, regards Jean.


A lovely shot here with a nice capture of the cloud movement. The blur of the clouds really draw you into the shot. Lighting is good (nice use of PP) and the whole image is balanced nicely with the positioning of the castle.



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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2011-11-14 12:18]

Hi Miles,
the sky looks great in the long exposure shot - a nice BG for the castle

Hi Miles, I like the effect the long exposure has given the night sky, looks a bit like a Northern lights thing happening. Fiona

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