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The Gatehouse
The Gatehouse
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Challenge: Rural Nightscapes (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Cheshire, UK
Date: Aug 28, 2011
Galleries: Architecture, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2011

This is the gatehouse of Peckforton Castle, which is actually a 19th century manor house built in the style of a castle and sited on top of a hill.
The image is an HDR from 3 bracketed exposures.
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Thanks to everyone for the comments and votes.
I'm very pleased to get 7+ score, very pleased to get a 4th place HM (which I haven't had before), and very pleased to see my average score nudge past 6 for the first time.

I do understand that some people thought this may not have been taken at night. Because there are no stars or obvious artificial light it's hard to tell. If you look you will see some weak light coming from the downstairs windows of the building. The picture was taken 1 hour after sunset, it was too dark to auto-focus and I had to use the illuminated display to alter the camera settings.
Of course, HDR brings out details that would not normally be seen at night.
Anyway here's an unedited original for comparison:
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_971286.jpg

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 30
Avg (all users): 7.0222
Avg (commenters): 7.6875
Avg (participants): 5.8000
Avg (non-participants): 7.1333
Views since voting: 1528
Views during voting: 465
Votes: 180
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)


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09/10/2011 08:46:30 AM
Congratulations, beautiful picture!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/02/2011 03:14:29 PM
Wow, fantastic mood to this.

Edit to add, if this doesn't blue I'll eat my hat.
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08/31/2011 10:20:39 PM
PLEASING to th eye...from shez xox
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08/31/2011 01:50:58 PM
I have my doubts this is at night, based facts that you have blown highlights in the sky and that down the road is so well lit without any lights.
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08/31/2011 05:10:35 AM
I like the "after the rain mood" in the picture. Could be a place in Scotland for me.
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08/30/2011 02:43:20 PM
Stunning. Such character! Well done!!
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08/30/2011 12:09:31 PM
Outstanding image, out clssing the rest, well done.
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08/30/2011 11:02:29 AM
very moody, I might have cloned out cable in the sky. Love the reflection in the puddle
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08/30/2011 08:43:24 AM
Like the building and nice composition here.
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08/29/2011 10:59:49 PM
Stunning! But daylight ...?
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08/29/2011 09:13:29 PM
EPIC shot. 10
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08/29/2011 08:54:42 PM
Nice image but there are no lights anywhere to indicate it is night time. But the movement of clouds indicates long exposure.
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08/29/2011 07:54:23 PM
Nicely done; love the reflection.
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08/29/2011 06:51:53 PM
I'm not sure which is more interesting - the old gatehouse, or the tree across the way - reminds me of my travels across Ireland.
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08/29/2011 05:21:21 PM
great shot
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08/29/2011 03:27:49 PM
Atmospheric, almost ghostly.
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08/29/2011 01:37:13 PM
scary and foreboding, even the puddle works well here. looks like a house that would containa satanic book collection.
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08/29/2011 01:22:57 PM
Really nice!! Great sky too.
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08/29/2011 08:37:32 AM
Oh my. What a stunning view. :) 8
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08/29/2011 05:44:49 AM
Nice photo. Not sure if it was taken long after the sun went down?
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08/29/2011 12:14:15 AM
Beautifully ominous. Fantastic.
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