I also split the shot into two separate ones, so I could fully establish the character of each building:
Martine suggested I forget my usual technique of zooming in on distant features, and try for the perfect shot of something close at hand:
I think these two came out almost as well, though:
Then I explored the Forecourt of the Little Castle and took two series concentrating on specific sections of wall.
First, these two stylised arrow slits, one (mostly) original and one restored:
Next, the two mini-turrets at the entrance to the Forecourt:
By the time I'd finished exploring the area around the Little Castle, everyone was rather cold, and we retreated inside for a lecture and slide show on camera and composition techniques. We were also shown some photographs of Sutton Scarsdale Hall, which would have been part of the course on a fine day, take on-site and from Bolsover Castle as well as pictures of Bolsover Castle taken from Sutton Scarsdale Hall.
In my final post, I will have photos that were taken inside the Little Castle, not that it was noticably warmer in there than outside.