Dunstanburgh Castle at dawn

Dunstanburgh Castle occupies a lonely crag overlooking a spectacular beach of wave-rounded basalt boulders. In winter, the sun rises behind the castle as seen from this viewpoint, giving the possibility of a colourful sky. Basalt is dark and needs to be wet in order to bring it to life. This visit to Northumberland was scheduled for a day on which high tide fell about two hours before sunrise, so the falling tide would leave wet rocks surrounded by softly flowing water towards the top of the beach.

F/16, 2.5 seconds, ISO 200
Accepted: Cheltenham 2020

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Dunstanburgh Castle at dawn

Dunstanburgh Castle occupies a lonely crag overlooking a spectacular beach of wave-rounded basalt boulders. In winter, the sun rises behind the castle as seen from this viewpoint, giving the possibility of a colourful sky. Basalt is dark and needs to be wet in order to bring it to life. This visit to Northumberland was scheduled for a day on which high tide fell about two hours before sunrise, so the falling tide would leave wet rocks surrounded by softly flowing water towards the top of the beach.

F/16, 2.5 seconds, ISO 200
Accepted: Cheltenham 2020

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Item added to cart