ENGLISH HERITAGE LAUNCH HUNT FOR PERFECT IMAGE OF CORNWALL

PUBLISHED: 13:42 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:14 30 August 2017

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English Heritage has launched a competition to find the very best images of their castles, abbeys and rambling ruins in the South West i

Whether it’s a glimpse of ruins through the morning mist, rich landscapes awash with fiery hues, or the sun low on golden stone – English Heritage is on the hunt for your photographs.

The organisation which looks after some of the country’s most iconic historical sites has launched a competition to find the very best images of their castles, abbeys and rambling ruins in the South West in all their autumnal glory. English Heritage properties have inspired artists for centuries – and with the changing colours of the season it’s a great time of year for budding photographers to discover a picture perfect place in the region.

The coastal fortresses of the region are given a new drama by the changing of the season – with misty seascapes adding to the striking sight of Pendennis, Portland and Dartmouth Castles rising up along the coast; and the legendary landscape of Tintagel Castle looks at its most ethereal in the autumn

Share your seasonal photos on a South West property Facebook page and you could win some fantastic prizes including a private tour for up to four people of a site in the South West of your choice, a family ticket for free entry throughout the Winter, English Heritage goodies and the chance to see your photo used to showcase autumn at English Heritage online. The winning photograph should be inspired by the splendour of the season, and can feature any English Heritage property in the region. The South West boasts some of the country’s most picturesque places for an autumnal adventure – so there’s much to catch the eye of a competition winning photographer…

Inspiration could come from the ruins of Old Wardour, Farleigh Hungerford or Berry Pomeroy Castles framed by beautiful autumn foliage; a low golden sun glinting through the iconic silhouette of Stonehenge; the burnt copper bracken of Chysauster Ancient Village; or perhaps the peaceful beauty of Cleeve and Muchelney Abbeys. The coastal fortresses of the region are given a new drama by the changing of the season – with misty seascapes adding to the striking sight of Pendennis, Portland and Dartmouth Castles rising up along the coast; and the legendary landscape of Tintagel Castle looks at its most ethereal in the autumn.

With such splendid subjects to shoot it could be hard to know where to start to perfectly capture the castle. To help you get the most out of your visit English Heritage photography expert, and competition judge, James Davies shares his top tips for taking an amazing autumn snap:


TIPS FOR CAPTURING THE PERFECT IMAGE

Watch the light carefully, think about shooting early in the morning or late afternoon. The light at these times is always more interesting than in the middle of the day.

Keep your composition simple, less is often more. Compose with your eyes first and let the camera follow suit.

Walk around your subject matter, consider all the vantage points.

Don't necessarily place the subject in the middle of the frame and don't shoot everything from eye level, consider height be it elevation or ground level.

Don't be afraid to photograph looking into the sun, backlit autumn leaves can look glorious with the light behind them.

Consider perspective and layering your pictures with foreground, middle ground and background.

Take control of your camera and if you have manual settings use them to your advantage. Endeavour to shoot RAW as opposed to jpeg, this will capture all the information the sensor is capable of and allows you to process the image rather than the camera.

Above all, take your time, be very patient, shoot less, consider more.

The competition is open until 24 October. To be in with a chance of winning just like one of the South West facebook pages and post your picture using the hashtag #autumnviews in the caption box. You can post your seasonal snap to the Pendennis, Tintagel, Dartmouth, Farleigh Hungerford, Old Sarum and Old Wardour Castles Facebook pages - but the actual photo can be of any English Heritage site in the region.

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