Warwick Castle was the last on my list of things I wanted to try to photograph on my recent weekend in Warwickshire. Sadly I got there just after sunset on the Sunday evening and really needed to be there at dawn in order to have the sun behind me lighting up the Castle. Knowing this I took my tripod to attempt an hHDR. I often interest detail in the shadows and highlights of a photograph in Lightroom but this was an HDR put together with the help of Photoshop. I don’t like it but wanted to share because one day I will go back early in the morning and capture the photograph I have in my mind of this Castle.
Getting close up and walking around the walls of Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire I found a number of unusual angles for my photographs. The above image is using the iron gated entrance to frame part of the castle in the background. Although initially just a quick grab shot, I decided I wanted to try and record both the iron gate in the foreground and the castle in the background as sharp as possible. Fortunately it was a very bright day so the small aperture wasn’t a problem.
Kenilworth Castle was one of the most difficult castles I have photographed in a long time. I had perfect lighting but, being new to Warwickshire, it was my first time visiting the castle, so I didn’t really know where the best viewpoint was. I spent a couple of hours walking around the castle, viewing it from close up and from a distance across the fields. The above view is one of the first images I captured that day showing the main path from the tourist car park towards the castle gates.
As I was passing York and hadn’t properly visited the city with my camera before, I chose to set off on my journey very early and get the first park and ride bus into the city centre. Getting off the bus with no research into what or where I wanted to photograph was a refreshing change. York Castle was the first thing I came across, it was closed of course but I still walked up to the door to see if I could get a view of anything from the doorway (I couldn’t because it was looking away from the city centre).