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#4 England / Andy Hughes

#4 England / Andy Hughes

England, UK / Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. The village lies in the gap below the castle. Both the current main A351 road Lytchett Minster to Swanage and the Swanage Railway thread their way through the gap and the village.

The area has some great locations within a stones throw of the castle itself. Durdle Door and the Jurassic Coast is a short 30 minute drive, and Swanage is even closer which is home to a fantastic old pier which is great for surreal long exposure shots and Old Harry Rocks for coastal photography.
Corfe Castle is also home to a small village which is a short walk from the castle itself, and amongst the plethora of pubs, has a great little bakery serving up some tasty treats, which is an excellent way to warm up after standing on top of the hills on a cool Spring morning.

Late one evening I decided to head out early the next day to shoot Durdle Door, a well known destination for photographers in the UK. It’s a natural limestone arch which is situated on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.
After an early morning wake up call at 4 am, I hit the road and as soon I started driving I was greeted with a glorious heavy morning mist and so quickly changed my plans and decided to go to Corfe Castle instead.
Corfe Castle is another well known location amongst landscape photographers and looks stunning in misty conditions like what I experienced that morning.

I arrived just before sunrise and ran ( I use that word liberally) up the opposite hillside and was met by a group of other photographers.
I took up position and waiting for the sun to make it’s slow ascent and as it did the morning mist lit up with the morning sun, giving me a perfect example of why they call it the ‘golden hour’.

I developed the RAW File with use Adobe Lightroom, adjusting contrast, vibrance, sharpening and shadows to create the look of the photograph.

Canon EOS 70D , Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 at 40.00mm

1/25 sec.; F18; ISO 100; Manuel

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT; Formatt Hitech 0.9 Graduated ND Filter


Andy Hughes, photographer from England



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