Land­scape ex­pert Lee Frost

Digital SLR Photography - - Expert Critique -

“Bam­burgh is a very fa­mil­iar lo­ca­tion, and one of my favourites in the UK. The cas­tle is so im­pos­ing, even when it's rel­a­tively small in the frame, and the beach of­fers loads of fore­ground po­ten­tial. The el­e­ment of Deb­o­rah's im­age that stands out is the beau­ti­ful sky – I love the cloud for­ma­tions and their re­flec­tions in the wet sand. Other than that, un­for­tu­nately, the com­po­si­tion doesn't re­ally grab me. I would have prob­a­bly made more of a fea­ture of the sky, as the fore­ground isn't par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing, and placed the cas­tle on the bot­tom right third for com­po­si­tional bal­ance. The light is also flat. Bam­burgh Cas­tle is lit by the evening sun, although on this oc­ca­sion it must have been hid­den in cloud, or had dropped too low. When it does ap­pear, the dif­fer­ence it makes is amaz­ing. Apolo­gies if this seems harsh, but when deal­ing with an iconic lo­ca­tion that has been pho­tographed so many times, it's very dif­fi­cult to com­pete with what's al­ready out there.”

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