Stirling Shadows

Sun coming through a lone tree at Stirling Castle in Scotland. I thought the light and the shadows cast by the tree were brilliant - perhaps my favorite shot of the trip.


Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding what was, until the 1930s, the farthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, has made it an important fortification from the earliest times. Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defences fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1543.


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  • Filippo Bianchi PRO 5y

    Wonderful HDR shot, nice work!
    have a nice sunday!
  • James Robilotta 5y

    awesome shot bro, you are really getting awesome with HDR!!!! If you straighten the horizon up a little do you loose the powerfulness of the photo? Can't wait to see more shots from the other side of the pond!
  • Syed Mehdi 5y

    really amazing shot and place.
  • MarkVeePhotography 5y

    Wow, lovely shot!!! :)
  • Brian Furbush 5y

    James Robilotta Thanks bro, appreciate it - the horizon is a bit whack, but it starts to look worse when st straightened out completely unfortunately. I replaced the photo with one that's a touch better, still trying to preserve the shadow, etc. The clouds also make it look a bit off kilter, as they cover up part of the horizon.
  • Catalin 5y

    This is a very good example of high processing skills. Fantastic!
  • Heath O'Fee 5y

    Very nice...absolutely love the light in this shot!
  • Jesse Pafundi 5y

    Just a beautiful shot man. Agree with Heath, the light is stunning. Love the shadows as well.
  • Brian Furbush 5y

    Thanks fellas...we were literally being escorted out of the castle as it was closing...glanced to my right and saw this beauty. Took a second to compose (quite literally a second), fired off 4 shots, this was the winner for the single shot HDR treatment award. Sometimes better to be lucky than good I suppose.
  • Tobias 5y

    This shot is excellent. Well done Brian!
  • Just Joe ( I'm back...sort of ) PRO 5y

    Very nice Brian.
  • Ambrosiana Pictures 5y
    From Milan, Italy

    Nice shot. Greetings, dear friend.
    Bello scatto. Un saluto e Buone Feste.
    Ciao, Bye…

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  • Fahad Almazyad 5y

    Simply stunning work ... Beautiful composition and colors ... Well done keep it up :) .
  • Todd Walker PRO 5y

    The shadows cast by the tree are just magical. What a shot.
  • Fingerprints.of.God 4y

    Wow this is breathtaking. Wonderful colors and perspective. Stirling Castle is quite beautiful, and this garden was one of my favorite places there :)! Very nice!
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Taken on October 17, 2010
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