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Picture of the Day - October 20, 2009

Dunrobin Castle

A striking photograph of Scotland's Dunrobin Castle.
Photo courtesy of Duncan McLachlan.                   (Click on the photo for a larger view)

Castles and grand estates once dominated the European countryside, and over the centuries their stories, legends and written histories have blended together to create an enchanted world that lives on even today in our collective imagination. The world has changed dramatically since those stately old structures were first constructed, but a number of them still stand today as monuments to one of the world's most intriguing eras.

Today's picture features Dunrobin Castle, one of the most magnificent structures in the history of the western world. Here are a few words about the image from photographer Duncan McLachlan:
    "This photograph was taken during my first visit to Dunrobin Castle
    in Sutherland, Scotland. I've passed this location hundreds of times
    but never visited! The shot is a three part AEB (-2, 0, +2) with ND4
    and ND8 stacked filters to give a longer exposure. I wanted the pond
    fountain to smooth over and the sky was not that interesting, so I
    used a longer exposure to bring out some more detail. I just love the
    reflection of the castle in the pond."
        --Duncan McLachlan

Visitor Comments...
    Name: Beverly Shaw
    Town: Milwaukee, WI

    This is the stuff of legend and majesty. What an amazing picture!
    Name: Phyllis Helton
    Town: Bristol, VA

    Name: Kathy Beach
    Town: Maryville, TN

    Duncan McLachlan, this is such a captivating photograph. I have come back to this picture several times this morning and took a deep sigh each time I looked at it. Thank you for sharing your photograph with us. Mr. McLachlan, using a three part AEB shot, stacking your filters to achieve a longer exposure worked well, sir. I feel that you did the Castle justice and it will leave a lasting impression on any one that views this photograph. I believe you did what you set out to do.
    Name: Norm Edwards
    Town: Pittsburg, PA

    This is once of the most amazing photographs I have ever seen. Outstanding job on the exposure!
    Name: Todd Oakby
    Town: Hagerstown, MD

    Such a beautiful place, photographed to perfection.

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