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Dunstanburgh By Moonlight

Dunstanburgh By Moonlight

I call this image Dunstanburgh by Moonlight but to be totally truthful, that should have inverted commas round the moonlight. It is in fact sunlight. I can hear the sharp intakes of breath from people now but for me my landscape photography is not about a perfect truthful rendition (whatever that may mean). It is about communicating a feeling and an emotion. This is what this image does for me. I remember this castle on the Northumberland coast very well from my youth. We had friends with a weekend cottage along the coast in Craster and we would often join them there from Newcastle for a few days. My brother and I and our friends children would walk to the castle and play cricket on the beach near by. The caretaker here would tell us all ghost stories, so I wanted to bring out a spooky feeling to match that tone. I did this by using a Lee big stopper filter to create a long exposure and under exposing the image. To me it looks like moonlight. It may not be everybody’s truth but it is mine.