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Sunset behind Medellin Castle | by Juan-Carlos Munoz-Mateos
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Sunset behind Medellin Castle

Sunset behind Medellín Castle, a beautiful X century fortress just a few km away from my hometown. It was partially destroyed and rebuilt several times over the years, reaching its current shape in the XV century. It’s one of the best best preserved castles in the region.


I planned this shot with Photopills. I wanted to frame the Sun between the towers, which are about 40-50 m apart. The Sun is half a degree wide, so to achieve this I had to go somewhere 4-5 km away from the castle. With Photopills it was a piece of cake to find the perfect location, with the Sun at the right elevation over the hill where the castle stands.


I ended up needing four trips to shoot this: one to scout the location in advance, two when clouds showed up, and the final successful attempt. But it was worth it: seeing the Sun sinking right between the towers, just as Photopills had predicted, was exhilarating.


Canon 6D + Tamron 100-400 mm at 400 mm, f/11, 1/4000, ISO100.

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Taken on December 29, 2018