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Orford Ness Lighthouse

Orford, Suffolk, UK

I took, shall we say, a troubled photo. Underexposed, grainy, full of chroma noise. Yet I kind of liked it and always wished I had done a better job of it.

In the intervening years since the original JPEG capture (D'Oh!) #Photoshop , #Lightroom and various plugins have added marvelous capacity for rescuing what would otherwise be binned photos. I don't know about you, but I depend on that added capacity quite a bit.

This picture was run through Lightroom 5, then passed over to Photoshop CC as a smart object before applying #TopazDenoise , #TopazDetail5 and #TopazSimplify , in that order.

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Orford Castle

Kings and knights trod these passages!

Constructed between 1165 and 1173 by Henry II, this castle has performed its role of a defense against invasion even in the 20th century. During WW2 there was a big gun aimed out over the English Channel in case of Nazi assault by sea. Fortunately for us, it is available to spend a couple of hours touring and absorbing history.

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Orford Castle – April 2006

Viewed from the River Alde.

Transport to and from the Orford Ness radio transmitting station is by WW2 landing craft. This is the view that presents itself as you approach the town of Orford by water on the return trip.

The castle was built between 1165 and 1173 by Henry II in an effort to consolidate royal power in the Suffolk region. During WW2 a big gun was mounted on the roof of the castle to guard against invasion from the English Channel. Some of the hardware is still there.

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Return From The Cold War

A view of Orford, Suffolk from a WW2 landing craft.

In April 2006 a friend and I were given a private tour of radio broadcast facilities on Orford Ness, a slender peninsula that is cut off from the rest of Great Britain at high tides. The site was used by by Anglo/American forces from WW2 until the 1980s, and was the location of the once-secret Project Cobra Mist over-the-horizon radar undertaking in the 1960s and 1970s. There are a lot of interesting artifacts from Cold War operations, but it is slowly reverting back to its natural wetland state, and is a protected wildlife sanctuary. We were shuttled over and back on a WW2 landing craft from which this photo was was taken on the return trip. The town of Orford is also the location of Orford Castle, built in the year 1100, and open for tourists daily.

The slightly illustrative look of this posting comes from playing around with a Photoshop color lookup adjustment layer set to "blacklight poster" and set to darken blend mode, with transparency adjusted to 33%.

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