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Woodland castle retreat       ©2016 A.N.Other
Panasonic DMC-TZ30       3rd place, 147 points
1/250s, f4, ISO 100, 24mm, Normal Program, Center Weighted Average, no flash
Post-Processing: As the brightness range of the scene exceeded the exposure latitude of my camera I combined 3 different exposures using Photomatix. All other PP work was done with Photoshop Elements 9.
Cropped slightly.
Slight saturation changes.
Auto levels.
Dodge and burn.
      Extra Info: This castle now looks out over the valley below from high on a hill surrounded by dense forest. The first castle on the site was built in 1081 to protect the newly conquered town below where I now live. Abandoned shortly afterwards, the castle's earth motte was reused as the basis for a new stone fortification, which was built between 1267 and 1277 to control freshly annexed lands. This castle was likely destroyed in the native rebellion of 1314. In 1760, the castle ruins were acquired by an Earl as part of a marriage settlement that brought the family vast estates.

The Marquess of Bute, inherited the castle in 1848 who was then one of our countries richest men (in today's money he was worth over 4.6 billion) and made his money through mining huge coal seams throughout the land. With interests in architecture and antiquarian studies, he employed the architect William Burges to reconstruct the castle, "as a country residence for occasional occupation in the summer", using the medieval remains as a basis for the design. He worked on the outside of the castle between 1875 and 1879, before turning to the interior; he died in 1881 and the work was finished by Burges's remaining team in 1891.

This was just one of the Marquess's 60 building and restoration projects that he undertook during his life.
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Nov 15, 2016

Anthony Comyn
Nov 15, 2016
    Congratulations on 3rd, the low angle here makes this photo great!

Nov 15, 2016
    The angle you chose really made this shot - Congratulations on 3rd place

Nov 14, 2016
    Congrats Neil. Excellent work as usual.

Nov 14, 2016
    Hey Neil, great find! Who knew there was a castle in Wales? Congrats on your 3rd place finish.

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Nov 14, 2016
    I could imagine Rapunzel letting her hair down from the top window. Beautiful shot of an intriguing, historic building. Thanks for the comprehensive notes. High in my favourites.

Nov 14, 2016
    Great history and looks a perfect place to visit

Nov 14, 2016
    I'm really pleased you all like my entry. Thank you :-) . I hope the castle will live on in some form or other for another 900 years.
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Nov 14, 2016
    What a shame that he didn't get to use it after all that effort! This is a beautiful photo of a very photogenic subject and thank you for the interesting history.

Nov 13, 2016
    Lovely light, color, and detail. Very pleasing image.

Nov 13, 2016
    Super entry along with interesting info. Kudos.

Nov 13, 2016
    Thank you so much all :-) .

lo - I tried shots from all sorts of angles and locations till I decided on this one. It is knows and 'the fairy castle' locally. Just type into google 'Fairy castle Wales' and it will come up :-) .
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Nov 13, 2016
    Such an incredible history to this fairy-tale castle. The angle you have chosen is brilliant, and the detail and colour place it high in my faves.

Old Finn
Nov 13, 2016
    Interesting history and nice colors in the picture. In my favorites.

Nov 12, 2016
    well framed and like the drawbridge / bridge leading the eye to the entrance

Nov 12, 2016
    Thank you both very much for the great comments :-) .

We don't get many blue skies at this time of year so I wanted to make the most of it ;-) .
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Nov 11, 2016
    Good choice of historic subject, nicely composed and shot.

Anthony Comyn
Nov 11, 2016
    I love this angle, and time of day was good. Framing good too. Maybe the blue is a little too blue, but it could work like it does.

Nov 11, 2016
    Thank you very much ysal :-) . Like many of the marquesses' projects, it is now a local tourist attraction.

Have a look at :-

Edited on Nov 14, 2016

Nov 11, 2016
    VERY interesting history. A beautiful little castle, beautifully photographed. What is it used for now?
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