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Warkworth Castle

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 10 February 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Warkworth Castle, Northumberland, home of the Percys, a notorious clan who fought for the Crown in early English history.

I had trouble finding the right spot to photograph this on the day I was there, the weather was constantly changing, it was wet, dry, sunny, windy, all in a few minutes. This was taken from a side road and my back was pushed up against someone's garden wall, I really need a shorter lens!

Anyway, single RAW tone mapped in Photomatix for the HDR, then a run through Nik Colour Efex in Photoshop. I'm pretty happy with how I worked it.

PENTAX K100D 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 400 55 mm

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Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great composition which illustrates quite an imposing presence that the castle has on the site. The grassy hillside provides a nice contrast here.

10 Feb 2010 5:11am

Karthik from Chennai, India

Fantastic! Lovely composition and the colors make the capture come alive

10 Feb 2010 5:17am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

beautiful HDR, i really like the sky and the detail in the castle!

10 Feb 2010 5:17am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

I also like the warmness.

10 Feb 2010 5:17am

Julie from Easton, United States

What a beautiful castle! And the colors are fantastic!

10 Feb 2010 5:18am

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

Great processing. I love the colors and the composition. Great work.

10 Feb 2010 5:50am

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

wonderful shot! i really like the processing. just lovely :)

10 Feb 2010 6:07am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful treatment!

10 Feb 2010 6:38am

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

fairy tale shot...beautiful!!!

10 Feb 2010 6:49am

Gabriel Clemente from Albufeira, Portugal


10 Feb 2010 7:06am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Un très joli château bien saisi

Bonne journée

10 Feb 2010 7:16am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

is it the castle of robin in wood?

10 Feb 2010 7:38am

ajo from madrid, Spain

I love it.

10 Feb 2010 7:39am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Interesting to see and fine processing!

10 Feb 2010 7:51am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Beautiful colors and the processing

10 Feb 2010 8:42am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Amazing HDR.. very nicely processed..

10 Feb 2010 9:10am

Charles B. from Mably, France

A good illustration for "The Old Castle" from "Pictures at an Exhibition" of Mussorgski...

10 Feb 2010 9:24am

keith from killarney, Ireland

A lot of work has gone into the shot, but the composition of the overall image is vital, love it

10 Feb 2010 10:26am

Magrat from Germany

Stunning shot and worth while work! There I wanna be - let's say - a vampire... sort of... ;-)

10 Feb 2010 10:49am

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

What a wonderful landscape and castle capture !
Love the strange atmosphere and I imagine what was the ambiance in the past !
Great composition, compliments ! 5*

10 Feb 2010 11:00am

madagasca from singapore, Singapore

absolutely stunning. Such beautiful landscape.

10 Feb 2010 11:05am

mirela from brighton, United States

very nice processing; it wouldn't surprise me to see Count Dracula at one of the castle's windows :)

10 Feb 2010 12:18pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Nicely done Curly! Your treatment gives it an air of withstanding the ages..... ;-)

10 Feb 2010 12:36pm

Ghassan from Baghdad, Iraq

What a nice castle !!good edit.

10 Feb 2010 1:05pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Amazing. Beautiful image, evocative, great colors.

10 Feb 2010 1:48pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Wow!!! This is wonderful processing! Love the moody sky and vibrant green grass!

10 Feb 2010 2:44pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great shot :)

10 Feb 2010 2:53pm

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Great job, well done!

10 Feb 2010 3:47pm

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Wonderful castel ! and nice processing , Phil.

10 Feb 2010 4:03pm

Louloupix from NEW YORK, United States

Very nice picture Curly.
It's always nice to get how you took the picture too as you always make it look so easy ;)
Really well done.

10 Feb 2010 4:46pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wonderful POV. Fine HDR.

10 Feb 2010 4:53pm

alex centrella from California, United States

love the HDR effect !

10 Feb 2010 4:55pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great photo! I love the clouds!

10 Feb 2010 4:56pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Outstanding. Mystical and dramatic and great light.

10 Feb 2010 4:58pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I think you picked the perfect angle...high above our heads and shows the details of the structure. I had similar trouble in Ireland trying to get a good angle to encompass entire castles and also include some land...it can be tough.

10 Feb 2010 5:01pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Wonderful shot Curly, the processing has really bought out the texture of the grass & stonework

10 Feb 2010 5:07pm

Nilla from Östergötland, Sweden

You should be pretty happy with this artistic work!

10 Feb 2010 6:48pm

Pied Crow from Nairobi, Kenya

You can really feel the unsettled state of the weather you describe. Lovely colors.

10 Feb 2010 7:09pm

Nyx Robey from Berkeley, United States

wow. Great post-processing

10 Feb 2010 7:27pm

STEED from Gueret, France

Amazing.......You've found your difference.......Style,Colours.......A ,new kind of pictures............And my" crazy Iso" are the result of a treatment with Gimp......Have a good night...

10 Feb 2010 8:20pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow fantastic capture for this castle

10 Feb 2010 9:04pm

Bonvilston from Cardiff, United Kingdom

Nice sky treatment, not so sure about the oversaturated grass. Overall effect really suits the subject though

10 Feb 2010 9:13pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

You should be mega happy with this Curly!

10 Feb 2010 9:47pm

philippe from dijon, France

Quelle clarté dans cette image, magnifique, bravo et bonne soirée Curly

10 Feb 2010 10:24pm

manos from Athens, Greece

Curly, do you like playing "stratego" game sometime ? That was my first thought looking at this photo. Nice detail .

10 Feb 2010 10:53pm

Frederike from Rostock, Germany

oh how nice! the contrast between the colours is awesome!

10 Feb 2010 11:55pm

Raul from Elmhurst, United States

Excellent HDR image... I like the contrast between the foreground and the background... great work!!

11 Feb 2010 12:32am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

just beautiful.....wish i had castles !!!

11 Feb 2010 12:43am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent capture, nice processing.

11 Feb 2010 2:37am

Teri from North Fork, United States

What stunning objects you have to photograph! I envy you! Lovely shot.

11 Feb 2010 5:05am

shoti from somewhere in, China

the composition is superb, that castle look menacing with the dark clouds hovering above it. not sure about the warm toning though :)

11 Feb 2010 8:18am

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Great work!!

11 Feb 2010 9:39am

Anne from Singapore, Singapore

Nice to see the green, colour contrast very well. Great!

11 Feb 2010 10:41am

Alan from Manila, Philippines

This looks like fantasy land. Nice.

11 Feb 2010 3:59pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

I like the sky and castle,the grass is a bit OTT for my taste !!

11 Feb 2010 4:51pm

Marilla from Finland

This is breathtaking! Wonderful processing.

11 Feb 2010 6:50pm

Genevieve from Oakland, United States

i like how you spend time on your description. It shows dedication. This shot is great.

12 Feb 2010 6:06pm

Adam from Adelaide, Australia

Amazing colours Curly - you really do know how to bring a shot to life. :)

13 Feb 2010 12:58pm

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

I love the details in this photo. The castle's bricks show this very much! Nice capture Curly!

14 Feb 2010 1:23am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow I love this one Curly !!! It comes right out a fairy tale book :))) Mysterious...

14 Feb 2010 9:39am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

A blaster!
That green blows me away and the castle is so majestic, well done!

14 Feb 2010 11:23am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Wow -- Just love castles . If I was there I would be running around looking for the coat of arms, the heraldic crests, I love that even more than castles. Love your pics as always, this is a nice departure. I love pictures of people and I love the plastic skin I do. The real sometimes can be boring so I like the way you see things. Phil.

15 Feb 2010 10:15pm

Chocomatic from bruwerpen, Belgium


20 Feb 2010 7:31pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

That,s an awesome capture and lovely castle...beautiful details and colors...

22 Feb 2010 7:20pm

Vinman from Essex, United Kingdom

I used to look at the Cokin filter catalogues and wonder when you'd use a tobacco filter. It's the first time I've seen a similar effect for a few years but it works well here, the green of the grass is a little psychadelic though :-)

22 Feb 2010 10:17pm

gezz from Leeds, United Kingdom

love it curly nice colours it is a lovely part of the country..

9 Aug 2011 4:40am

1/125 second
ISO 400
55 mm