shaun_denholm
shaun_denholm

Castle hill



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7 Comments | Report
fernridge
 
fernridge July 14, 2016
awesome shot - well done! never seen the place look so good!
shaun_denholm
shaun_denholm July 15, 2016
I'd photographed castle hill a lot but always come out with similar shots. This time I thought I would explore further away from the rock formations.
brianvmilner
 
brianvmilner July 14, 2016
A different viewpoint of a familiar place Nice Job!
shaun_denholm
shaun_denholm July 15, 2016
Thank you. I love this place, one of my favourite in the country.
CoreyGreepPhotography
 
CoreyGreepPhotography August 13, 2016
Awesome shot! I visited Castle Hill a few months ago and wasn't very pleased with my shots but this looks great, good work!
shaun_denholm
shaun_denholm August 13, 2016
Thank you. I have had many times where I haven't been pleased with my shots there. Tried something new this time.
brandonbowman
 
brandonbowman August 14, 2016
Crisp, clean, and neat. Gorgeous shot - well done!
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catherinethompson November 01, 2016
Brilliant. Well done.
shaun_denholm
shaun_denholm November 01, 2016
Thank you. Love this spot.
YORGOS
 
YORGOS December 27, 2016
I can smell The Lord of the rings.
Brilliant shot
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe October 16, 2017
Great shot!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was captured at Castle Hill. Castle Hill is situated about a one hour drive from Christchurch city on New Zealand's South Island.
Time
This photo was taken early morning in the middle of May. I had spent most of the night at the reserve practising my astro-photography, and decided to stick around a few extra hours to catch the sunrise. Sunrise didn't give me anything to work with; however, being a beautiful morning, I decided to explore a little bit further afield while the sun was still pretty low in the sky and I had the place to myself.
Lighting
The photo was captured around an hour after sunrise. I had spent much of the morning exploring the rocks looking for a unique photo; however, I didn't have much luck and the dynamic range between the shadowy foreground and the bright sky made it hard to find anything too inspiring. I decided to wait a little bit while exploring further afield so the light could hit the foreground more and add a little bit more blue to the sky.
Equipment
Canon 6D with a 17-40 f4 USM lens. Mefoto A1350 tripod. Polariser filter.
Inspiration
I have spent many hours exploring the inner rock formations or castle hill... along with 100's of other photographers and tourists. I was finding lots of photos online that I liked and would find myself trying to replicate them. This time around however, after doing my usual exploring and hoping to find a picture within the rocks, I decided to head out the back of the reserve and shoot from a totally different angle. I liked how the snow and shadows looked on the hills behind and the leading lines of the fence and track in the foreground.
Editing
I often will do some post processing on my landscape photos. Some need more work than others, depending on the light and dynamic range. I try to keep the photo, or photos looking as close to the original view I was trying to capture. I never remove anything from the scene, apart from all the dust spots. This time around I had to blend six portrait oriented photos together to create a panorama. I then reduced the highlights a bit and lightened the shadows a little due to the brightness in the sky and darkness in the foreground and around the rocks. Finally I did a little bit of sharpening.
In my camera bag
Canon 6D 17-40mm f4 USM lens 24mm - 105mm IS STM 3.5 - 5.6 lens 20mm f1.4 Samyang lens Breakthrough photography 6 stop ND filter Polariser filter Shutter release etc
Feedback
If you visit a place a lot, try to find unique angles. I used to try to replicate photos I thought were awesome until one of my friends questioned this approach. They asked me what the point of capturing exactly the same photo of everyone else is. You don't really stretch your creative mind until you start looking for those unique angles and compositions. Since that day, I will always try to find at least one unique composition that I haven't seen before.

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