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THREE years, averaging 80+ failed trips to get shots of Corfe Castle in Dorset with fog rolling around the hills.

It seems to be quite rare this scene crops up according to one of the locals which is no suprise. Every time we've had fog around, i've headed to this hill and NEVER had the right conditions. Until this morning.

This is the first shot from this morning that i've decided to submit. Its not the best shot from the collection (at least for me) but its the shot that i've always wanted to get.

Its a very cliched shot and its one thats been taken time and again, or at least to a similar extent but I don't care. This shot is one i've dreamed of taking ever since I started photography. I've tried to give it my own spin with a uncommon composition, using the castle on the right third and looking out towards Poole Harbour.

Enjoy.
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :wave:
Your beautiful art has been featured in my new journal [link]
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Mrodriqez Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
amazing!
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devil-named-adam Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant shot, my friend. I can testify to the ellusive nature of mist around Corfe Castle; many a morning it has failed to turn up. But you seem to have nailed it here!
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spicedwinefanfic Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Maybe it's cliched among photographers, but I am not one, and these kind of images never fail to awe me. The hill behind the castle, that really looks like smoke pouring over it. Wonderful.
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RitterRunkel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Photographer
So great and smooth color gradients!
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MarkusDS Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well worth the effort. That is a shot worth waiting for, and getting! Well done on that mate!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I just worked out that you did the equivalent of driving around the earth one and a half times using 4364 litres of petrol 5237 of petrol, not to mention the 38400 miles worth of depreciation to your car and spending 1 month and 10 days driving, now that's dedication!
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Corfe is 40 miles from my house so thats 80 miles both ways. X by around 80 trips is roughly 6400 miles. Would explain some of the 74000 miles I added to my leon in the 3 years I owned it. Used to do a lot of driving mate. Have stopped this year tho.

Not quite sure how you worked out those figures or maybe just sarcasm :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
ah, I obviously misunderstood some of your statements, although I did double check them. For example 80 average, means 80 per year, otherwise it wouldnt be an average
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
I could of sworn i'd written 80 trips over three years :S
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Ah we have had this convo earlier when I initially posted this as I cocked up and said 80 trips a year but corrected it. your right about average - replace that with approximately.
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
OMFG!!!! this is EPIC!
I've not seen anything even remotely as stunning from this location :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::w00t!::clap:
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
I spent a long 3 years waiting for these conditions. Living an hour away from corfe you never know if the fog you get at home is going to be around the castle and every trip i'd taken there when fog was around yielded bugger all in the last mile to the castle.
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
wow, that's quite some commitment. You deserve a lucky break after that! =)
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avalonmoon13 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Well done, always worth persevering to achieve your goal.
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psyfre Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Its amazing! Congratulations!!
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ArtFreek Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Perfect!
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oro-elui Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
mystical.
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Phragmites Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
it is quite a remarkable image. well composed, and very beautiful.
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Jack070 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Your awesome photograph was featured in my journal here [link]
Thank you!
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islandtime Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
I used to work at the castle and have seen loads of shots of it but this is an unusual angle. Excellent!
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vincentfavre Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
Superb !!!!!
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:iconjack070:
Jack070 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Really beautiful!
It's lovely to hear that you've made your dream come true, the shot itself is awesome as well!
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mjagiellicz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
featured in best of 2009 news [link]
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juhku Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
Featured [link] !
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Acuas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
I really like the ethereal quality of this photo :) I wonder how it will look if it was cropped into a panoramic by taking out the foreground so it is mostly misty ruins and sky, really making it almost more dream-like? Just a thought :D
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Under normal circumstances I would crop the foreground out but unfortunatly it will destroy the feeling of the image with this particular composition. You wouldn't be able to see the bast of the hill the castle sits on and the feeling of elevation would be lost.

thanks for the input though and glad you like the shot :)
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Acuas Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
No problem - yeh, I do like it :) I see your point, I guess in my mind's eye I was seeing almost a floating castle in the clouds if you see what I mean. I guess my mind was wandering away too much there !!! :D
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
yeah it would work if the fog was thick around the base :)
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FLixter Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
:wow: amazing, relaxing and beautiful, like scene from dream :aww:
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switch-sgfx Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009   Photographer
Also awesome. Favspam FTW!
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justeline Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
THREE years??? :faint: Definitely well worth the wait though, those pictures are really amazing and so otherworldly beautiful! :clap:
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
I'm sure you were jumping up and down on the top of that hill when you saw you had the conditions. Way to keep on! Great work...it is.

aF
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
I admire your dedication as all the others have said, it definitely paid off. :)
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Wivelrod Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Cliché or not, it's lovely mate. I particularly love that swirl of cloud arcing across the landscape!

Bravo for the patience in finally chasing down the light :)
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aaronmax Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
almost magical.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
yeah looking at it i'd agree a position further forward and lower down would have simplified the subject matter and given the effect of a landscape floating in the clouds....but i understand your description of what is runnig through your head during a moment like this...its heart in the mouth panick sometimes when you realise what your seeing is unique and could well be fleeting...
once again well done justin i admire your persistence...
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
cheers dude. Yeah the problem with west hill on this side is no matter where you go - its in the frame. Lower down - its still in the frame despite the fact it looks like a sudden drop off in this shot - its not. Its a long gradual slope and the gorse just ruins it for the most part. Next time i'll hunt around for a better spot. My only reservation in that is that theres a tree line right at the bottom of this hill that would wind up having the tree tops in the shot and I didn't think it would be as interesting as the foreground. Kicking myself now tho. Next time i'm not taking my 'student' with me. Too many questions when i'm trying to concentrate!
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
i understand that but your not telling me if you walked forward and used a focal length of say 50mm that you couldnt eliminate the slope? you might have to stitich a couple of shots.....
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
using a longer focal length would result in me losing the tree line at the base of the hill on which the castle stands which I wanted in the shot so I had to settle for the foreground unfortunatly.

Next time i'll go right down the bottom left hand side wheres its a lot steeper and that should solve it, but the scene won't be the same :(
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Wonderful conditions, so much about this is nigh on flawless. You've waited so long for these conditions, and you eventually get them THIS fantastic....but the foregound detracts from what would be, without it, one of the very best shots I've seen here.

Bah, I hate myself for seeing something this good, which you've obviously worked so hard to get, and then finding fault with it...but it's so close to being one of those once-in-a-lifetime shots.
Ignore me Justin, it's bloody great whatever. Well done for the effort and the shot. Outstanding.
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
No i know wha tyou mean mate and every time I look at it it just bugs me more and more. The hill there is just such a bitch to work with on this side of the castle. Wherever you frame to include the base of the hill the castle sits on, the hill your standing on gets in the bloody way. Also directly below the hill is a big line of trees as well that would interfere if I could get rid of the hill from the foreground. One of those awkward places to get what you want.

I'm really kicking myself because I had planned to go back to the bottom of the hill and take a similar shot from much lower down so that the castle stood on the horizon and towered over me but my mate showed up and I was just bombarded with him asking question after questions. My filters are dirty, is that going to ruin it? Why can't I get rid of this hill from the shot. What are you shooting? Should I be over there. What grads should I use. SHUT THE HELL UP I'M CONCENTRATING MAN! lol.

Maybe they'll be a next time. Its looking promising for fog tonight. Its bloody cold out and I just need to check the weather. Glad you like it anyway mate.
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BrianWolfe Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
This is the kind of shot I would dream of taking if I lived there. Nice work, and dedication to getting this shot.
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Wow Beautiful
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DobbsPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009   Photographer
Persistence pays off. Incredible shot.
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aliconjam Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
great work.
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aliconjam Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
fantastic shot, I have also dreamed of getting a shot
like this,I grew up in a village not to far from Corfe Castle called Lytchett Matravers, but now I
live in Australia,so it will be a while before I even get close to Corfe castle again, Dorsert is a beautiful part of England, keep up the great work.
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
I know lychett matravers :) And worth Matravers, and a few other matravers lol.
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juhku Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
These new two photos are just perfect!! Please submit more from your morning trip. I enjoy 110% watching these! :)
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ajhop Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot. It was worth your trips. :clap:
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