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Mussenden Temple Sunset Low



Trying something a little different by shooting on the ground. Shot taken at the wonderful location that is Mussenden Temple....
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Trying something a little different by shooting on the ground. Shot taken at the wonderful location that is Mussenden Temple.
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3 Comments | Report
Don Gato
 
Don Gato July 03, 2018
Beautiful composition, although I would prefer it without the person in it...
elmostafakaoukabi
 
elmostafakaoukabi July 03, 2018
Nice
labels_30 PRO
 
labels_30 July 04, 2018
I loved this place when I visited 3 years ago.

Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken at a location called Mussenden Temple which is a very famous old temple on the North Coast of Northern Ireland.The temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol (or the Earl Bishop). The temple was built as a summer library and its architecture was inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, near Rome. It is dedicated to the memory of Hervey's cousin Frideswide Mussenden. Both the Temple and the surrounding views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland. Over the years the Temple itself was under danger of being lost to the sea due to the erosion of the cliff which brought Mussenden Temple ever closer to the edge. In 1997 the National Trust then carried out cliff stabilisation work to prevent the loss of this lovely building.
Time
I spent quite a few hours at this location that day shooting from sunset pictured here right up to the stars appeared in the sky. It was a late May sunset which was quite hazy helping to create the pastel colours in the background.
Lighting
All the lighting in this shot was of course natural light. The sun at this time of the year sets off to the left of this location and in post I enhanced the light on the left of the temple to make this as obvious to the viewer as possible.
Equipment
This was shot using my Sony A7RII and Sony 24-70 Lens. The other piece of important kit was a stone I used to balance the front of the lens as this was taken with the camera on the ground. I would have had my tripod also but it was not used in this shot.
Inspiration
This is one of my favourite locations to shoot with the path normally being the perfect lead in line to the temple. On this occasion I was looking for something a little different when it came to composition. I decided to try shooting down low to make the temple look as big a possible in the frame. By zooming in I shorten the depth of field to help draw your eye to the temple. The location always has visitors so I waited until the gentleman in the photo was in the best spot for what I was trying achieve.
Editing
This would have been shot as a bracketed shot using at least 3 exposure and then blended in Photoshop, helping me to maximise the dynamic range in the shot. With a bright sky it is easy for the foreground to become very dark. The blended shot would then have been tweaked in Lightroom were I tried to keep the colours as subtle as possible. I enhanced the light and shadows as well as adding some more blur to the foreground to help draw the viewers eye to my subject./
In my camera bag
For over 5 years I have been shooting with the Sony A7RII and the camera has been brilliant. Over that time I have added a range of lenses. I have a Sony 24-70mm f4.0 which I rarely use now, I have a Zeiss Batis 18mm 2.8 which is by far my favourite lens and on my camera most these days. If I need zoom I also carry the Sony 70-200mm F4 and for macro or close up I have the amazing Sony 90mm f2.8. I use the Vanguard Alta Pro 2 Tripod with pistol head as well as a Polariser and Big stopper when needed.
Feedback
This shot is all about trying something else. We all go to locations that have been snapped so many time with the same composition, so don't be afraid to try something else. This shot was as simple as ignoring the composition everyone goes for and sitting the camera on the ground to create a new take on the shot. It's all about being creative and thinking outside the box.

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