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Castle de Haar





Castle de Haar (the hair) in Utrecht.

Blend between 2 shots. Long exposure of sky was a separate shot blended in later.
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Castle de Haar (the hair) in Utrecht.

Blend between 2 shots. Long exposure of sky was a separate shot blended in later.

This was actually meant as a test shot for the 'real' shoot I want to do in spring when all of the flowers are blooming. However I got so many positive responses from this shot that I decided to upload it on social media also :)

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5 Comments | Report
smshaffer PRO+
 
smshaffer March 25, 2015
Awesome
scottgranger PRO+
 
scottgranger January 09, 2016
Stunning
nandicmb PRO
 
nandicmb February 19, 2016
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in Classical Architecture Photo Contest!
stevenwatkins
 
stevenwatkins December 07, 2016
This is so cool I loveit. Well done.
Ibraheem_ALSinjlawi
 
Ibraheem_ALSinjlawi June 14, 2018
Nice one !

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at a castle near Utrecht, the Netherlands, named 'Kasteel de Haar', literally translated: Castle the Hair
Time
This was taken Mid-day
Lighting
It was a beautiful day with nice clouds and the direction of the wind was perfect to make that look that 'sucks you into the image' meaning long exposures would turn out great!
Equipment
Sony A7II, Samyang 14mm f2.8
Inspiration
The castle itself. I had seen this castle multiple times and had this particular shot in mind. The castle itself is a fairytale already :)
Editing
Yes this shot is actually quite technical. I was talking about a long exposure earlier but this isn't exactly a standard long exposure. Because this shot was taken with the 14mm 2.8, I didn't have the ability to use filters. I just took a lot of separate exposures after each other, and blended them together in photoshop to get the final look. This is basically the same as using a long exposure, but you have more control in the outcome.
In my camera bag
1 or 2 Sony bodies, Sony A7 series, 1 wide angle lens, usually the 16-35 Zeiss. At the time of shooting this image I didn't have that lens yet. Usually I also carry a tele zoom, like a 70-200 or a 135mm prime. I try to keep it light.
Feedback
If you're planning a shot like this, always check the weather and wind. You need clouds, but not too much. The wind direction needs to be perfect to get the look you want. It's not as simple as some people might think. Some shots require planning and this was one of them :)

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