Shadows and Strongholds
I stole that title from an Elizabeth Chadwick novel, but it fits just too well.
I sometimes get a bit experimental with my photography. Besides a number of delete-worthy shots, some usually turn out interesting. Here's what you can get when taking a photo against the setting sun.
I wonder if William Marshal ever walked around his castle on an sunny evening, simply enjoying the place and not thinking about adding more defenses.
Photos like this show less detail than the human eye can still distinguish, but the stark black lines against the sky and glimmering water make for a stunning effect.
This one is along the same lines, only a bit softer in its shades.The part Welsh, part Norman Criccieth Castle
The following picture shows some of the details the eye can see since the backlit was a slightly overcast sky, but still the strong contrast lends a menacing air to the walls and towers.Conwy Castle
Those little dots are not dirt on the lens, but sea gulls.
Softer and more romantic is this shot against a sea and sky of muted blue. The sun was still too high to give those dramatic contrasts.A half tumbled tower of Aberystwyth Castle
This one is very experimental. I held the camera angled against the sky to get the strongest possible black and blue-grey contrast. I'm actually quite pleased with the result, it gives the photo a Fantasy-ish air. Dolwyddelan Castle
The arch in the foreground is the gate of the new tower built by Edward I after he conquered the castle, the building behind it is Llywelyn's Keep.