Whorl Hill from Whorlton Castle

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Comments (13)

lignjar on February 2, 2010

I like it. Pictures taken through the holes are very interesting to me. Regards, Đani.

reza pourhaji on February 3, 2010

nice view. you know photography.


Greetings Reza from Iran

Graham Hobbs on February 24, 2010

great argument for HDR - contrast all in warmth & coolness of tone, not in burning out versus blocking up :)


Gintarele on February 26, 2010

Beautiful landscape with a great perspective! I like it! Best regards! G.

Nick Weall on March 7, 2010

Eureka ~ A great example ~ love it ~ a Golden Star ~ very nice ~ ciao nick

Poljes on March 8, 2010

Really nicely framed shot ans love the way the inside and out are fully clear. Great use of HDR and still very natural. Paul.

Brumm2009 on March 19, 2010


I see you have make an interesting
shot. Your view is very good and
the colours are nice.

Best greetings from Germany
from Brumm2009
user-no. 2620013

William Stephens on March 21, 2010

How come I've been so bad at thanking everybody for their comments on this shot. Đani, Reza - I appreciate the BO, Graham, G, Nick thanks for the YS, Paul and last but by no means least Brumm2009. All in all this shot was one where you suddenly turn round and say "WOW, I've got to take a picture through that old window!". I was glad that it worked out the way it did. Cheers to you all William

Sue Allen on April 20, 2010

Makes me think of a delicately painted miniature, housed in a locket, but in this case, the locket is time-worn stone, all etched by the elements and softened with smooth shadows. The way you have the line of the fence and accompanying roll of the shadows across the undulating landscape is just amazing. HOw on earth you managed to do all that and have it all in focus as well, I do not know, and no matter how much you explain it technically to me, I should still be flabbergasted. You're one clever bloke, William, no doubt about that!

Y*, best of and anything else i can think of heaping in the way of praise upon this masterpiece.

Cheers, Sue

Herb Riddle on May 16, 2010

Perfectly framed and brought out as only HDR can do. Great stuff! Well done, Herb

William Stephens on May 18, 2010

HEy Sue and Herb - thanks for the visit and the kind comments as ever. THis shot seems a lifetime away when the snow was hard on the cold ground and the sun shone fitfully through the northerly breeze! Ciao William

John Adamson on May 23, 2010

Hello William, this is a superb frame for this lovely scene. If it is HDR it is the best example I have seen. Almost all of the HDR shots I see in photo magazines look unreal to me. I usually try to include a frame or foreground interest in my photos but seldom have I achieved one as good as this. Well done!!

Greetings from Indonesia, John

William Stephens on May 26, 2010

Hi John, thank you - I too love a good framing shot but this one just seemed to work - maybe the warmth of the stone contrasting with the cold snow outside. I took a couple with less of the castle and more of the snow but I think the feeling that the outside is somehow unattainable past the thick deensive walls made me go for more wall and less snow.

I took this shot exactly three years ago when I was just starting out on HDR and I keep thinking I should go back to reprocess it to see how it would turn out now.

Cheers, William

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 31, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by William Stephens
    • Camera: NIKON D700
    • Taken on 2010/01/30 11:04:07
    • Focal Length: 14.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400