Weobley Castle Photography Shoot

Although I’ve passed this castle many times, it was one which I had never stopped at or visited. So today, along with my photography group I visited Weobley Castle in the Gower, Swansea. Weather was perfect, I had some ideas and got a few results!

Weobly Castle is a 14th centaury fortified manor house, and was created between 1304 and 1327. It’s remains are very impressive, giving plenty of opportunities to photograph the castle and the Lougher estuary and marsh lands that are below it.

Today I wanted to try out a few things, and ended up with some selfies, some double exposures, some HDR and panoramas. As part of my philosophy of getting everything right in camera, all the below images are straight from camera, today unedited except resized to 1200×800 pixels. Images were taken using my Vintage Summer recipe and Leica M10 Mono X-Trans IV recipe. All images were taken with the Fujifilm X-T3 and 18-135mm lens.

These are the panorama images that I took at the site. For these I used the X-T3’s panorama mode, which makes taking panoramas fairly easy.

I took a number of double exposures, I’m still experimenting with these, here is my favourite double exposure image of the day.

Double exposure taken in-camera.

Finally I tried some HDR images, but overall I was not happy with the results overall, I was trying to push the camera too much compared to what I usually do with HDR. Here are the results, merged in Photoscape X Pro. Click on the images to see these full size.

Overall I am happy with the day and the images. Although my mission is to commit to my image in the camera and stop using raw altogether, I did actually shoot in raw as well as jpeg today (as always), although other than the HDR images, everything else is straight from camera as mentioned above.

I hope you enjoyed! And yes, I did shoot film too, those images are on my Facebook account should you wish to see them, although when I get a chance to scan my favourites, no doubt they will be on here soon.

Hope you enjoyed! If you like what you see, please like, comment and share!

Published by mgadams1970

Fujifilm Documentary Photographer & Blogger.

4 thoughts on “Weobley Castle Photography Shoot

  1. Hey Mark, As always I enjoyed the photos, I wish there were more – i love castles !
    Almost reacted to the photo with the sign “Perygl” because at first I thought it was a dangerous chemical substance,
    it was possible, simply because we have become used to that in Belgium, here they always find something that is dangerous – the last one is PFOS from the US company 3M.
    Luckily I wasn’t too quick, and had Google translate to the rescue – and it recognized Welsh too, as it should.
    “Danger” – I thought I noticed something military about the sign underneath, so it must have something to do with the holes or old explosives – 100% safe by Belgian standards – we probably wouldn’t even put a sign 🙂
    Sorry for the kidding, I think it has to do with the water here.
    Between the time I switched from analog to digital, I had a bridge camera, the Fuji Finepix S9500, although it could do Raw, I never did (the camera was stolen from my car and I switched to Pentax K10).
    Afterwards there were photos that I wanted to do HDR and other things with, but since I only had the jpegs, that was not so obvious.
    You can do a lot with the software these days – and Raw is really only useful in 10% of the cases – maybe and probably even less – so I completely understand you.
    For me, that’s why I kind of see Raw as the analog negative – do you need it after the photo is printed – or not?
    The eternal question I guess.
    Regards,
    Marc.

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    1. The ground was an old military firing range during World War II and there is still the that of unexploaded bombs etc. Quite scary if you wander too far off the track!

      Taking of raw files, I actually recently deleted all my raw files from 2014-2019 as I just never used them, and have the jpegs from those images. The they were just taking up 750gb of space!

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