Day 152 – Castle exploration, and a reason not to go wide!

I got to explore Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, I timed it wrong and ended up going on what must have been one of their busiest days ever, so I decide to think creatively and use my photos to capture the essence of the castle and memories that I myself would take away. I had my 17-250mm lens, no tripod – so I just had to work with the available light and the parts of the castle that interested me most.

Recently I have been looking at shooting with my zoom lens on its widest setting to include as much of the scene as possible .. today’s adventure was more about how isolate parts of an image and avoid the crowds… a reason to zoom in and to think narrower!

ISO200, F7.1, 1/500 sec - Castle courtyard view
ISO200, F7.1, 1/500 sec – Castle courtyard view
ISO100, F14, 1/60 sec - through the doorway at the top
ISO100, F14, 1/60 sec – through the doorway at the top
ISO200, 1/30 sec, F18 - Another doorway ... designed to make you want to go and explore...
ISO200, 1/30 sec, F18 – Another doorway … designed to make you want to go and explore…
ISO200, F5.6, 1/250 sec - Gateway to the garden
ISO200, F5.6, 1/250 sec – Gateway to the garden
ISO100, F13, 1/60 sec - through the door.
ISO100, F13, 1/60 sec – through the door.

It almost suggests that their is a theme going on… a collection of castle doorways – but they were limited spaces that I was able to capture without the flow of people… I like my castles to be peaceful quiet places where you can think about the past.

ISO200, F5.6, 1/400 sec - in the garden ... I just loved the colour!
ISO200, F5.6, 1/400 sec – in the garden … I just loved the colour!
ISO200, F5.6, 1/500 sec - How today's youth explore ... sat in the garden on their phone!
ISO200, F5.6, 1/500 sec – How today’s youth explore … sat in the garden on their phone!

Looking at details, light and shadows added variety to my images as well as the idea of filling the frame.

ISO200, F5.6, 1/1000 sec - one of the many windows
ISO200, F5.6, 1/1000 sec – one of the many windows
ISO200, F5.6, 1/250 sec - An old lamp
ISO200, F5.6, 1/250 sec – An old lamp
ISO 160, F13, 1/80 sec - a hole with a castle view
ISO 160, F13, 1/80 sec – a hole with a castle view
ISO100, F1, 1/500 sec - Enjoying the view ... with another phone!
ISO100, F1, 1/500 sec – Enjoying the view … with another phone!

This was definitely a challenge to capture the castle without all its visitors,,, the only visitors I have included are ones related to me…  as if I had gone wide I would have ended up with lots of photos that looked more like this…

Lots of people exploring!
Lots of people exploring!
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