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For this shot of nearby Bam­burgh Cas­tle, taken soon after sun­rise the fol­low­ing morn­ing, David sug­gested try­ing to make the most of the wave-washed sand in the fore­ground to cap­ture a re­flec­tion of the cas­tle. As there was no di­rect light on the cas­tle it­self, he also rec­om­mended un­der-ex­pos­ing slightly, to throw the cas­tle into sil­hou­ette, and to make more of the drama in the sky. Even then the bright­est parts of the sky were blown out, so David lent me a two-stop ND grad fil­ter, and a holder, which he showed me how to po­si­tion so that it dark­ened the sky and not the beach. To cap­ture the re­flec­tion of the cas­tle, I had to do what David called ‘the pho­tog­ra­pher’s dance’: bob­bing up and down un­til the cas­tle was in the right po­si­tion, and then set­ting up my cam­era at ex­actly that height!

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