On the 17th September I had an early trip down to Corfe Castle with a friend to try and capture a dawn sunrise. We had to leave home at 5am to get down to Corfe in position to take the dawn. Hoping for a bit of mist as always, when we started out we realised it would not happen, it was quite cloudy and we weren’t sure we were even going to get a sunrise!

We got down there and the sky started to clear  and little colour came into the sky, we had to work quickly as dawn was soon upon us and I managed to get a few different images before the sun got too high.

Before Dawn Corfe Castle
Before Dawn, Corfe Castle – f13 1/2sec ISO200 17mm Olympus 12-100 F4 pro lens Tripod
Before Dawn, Corfe Castle
Before Dawn, Corfe Castle – f13 1/50sec ISO200 38mm Olympus 12-100 F4 pro lens
Dawn, Corfe Castle
Dawn, Corfe Castle – f11 1/30sec ISO200 23mm Olympus 12-100 F4 pro lens
Dawn, Corfe Castle
Dawn, Corfe Castle – f11 1/8sec ISO200 12mm Olympus 12-100 F4 pro lens

The sun soon got too bright to take images towards the castle where we were so we decided to go for a walk around the castle to try and get some interesting light on the castle. It gave me a chance yo use my new Laowa 7.5mm (15mm full frame equivalent) f2 rectilinear wide angle lens. It is fully manual so I had to set the f stop and the focus on infinity which would allow me to have a clear image from near the camera to into the distance.

Corfe Castle from footpath
Corfe Castle from footpath – f8 1/125sec ISO200 Laowa 7.5mm f2 wide angle lens

Getting closer! This lens allows me to get up really close to a foreground subject and have more of the background showing behind.

Corfe Castle from footpath
Corfe Castle from footpath – f8 1/125sec ISO200 Laowa 7.5mm f2 wide angle lens

Using the 7.5mm lens again to get a good composition the castle and the graveyard, making use of the old cross making the image a little more interesting.

Corfe Castle from the Graveyard
Corfe Castle from the village Graveyard – f8 1/320sec ISO200 Laowa 7.5mm f2 wide angle lens

Monochrome image from the graveyard using the 7.5mm wide angle lens, converted to mono using Silver Efex pro in Photoshop.

Corfe Castle from the village Graveyard
Corfe Castle from the village Graveyard – f8 1/320sec ISO200 Laowa 7.5mm f2 wide angle lens

We then made our way back towards the car through the village and as it was still very quiet managed to get some images without to many cars!

Quiet street in Corfe village -
Quiet street in Corfe village – f8 1/160sec ISO200 Laowa 7.5mm f2 wide angle lens
Quiet tree in Corfe village
Quiet tree in Corfe village – f8 1/250sec ISO200 Laowa 7.5mm f2 wide angle lens
Quiet tree in Corfe village
Quiet tree in Corfe village converted to monochrome
Centre of Corfe village
Centre of Corfe village – f8 1/320sec ISO200 Laowa 7.5mm f2 wide angle lens

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