Sunny Viewpoint

Here is another photograph of the view beyond the walls of Old Wardour Castle towards bright and sunny trees. I wondered whether to include the iron railings – which keep one from falling down many floors – but I decided to keep them in as I feel they add something to the image.

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39 thoughts on “Sunny Viewpoint

    • Thank you Helen! Yes – me too. Actually, I was surprised that visitors were allowed to climb up the many stairs in order to explore these wonderful ruins (elfin safety and all that πŸ™‚ ). It’s a lovely place and well worth the couple of quid to get in.

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  1. Unlucky ( I think), unless you could get a little more height I suspect it would be quite difficult to exclude the rail. You have reminded me of a picture I have which is taken from almost exactly the same position, it was taken several years ago now – but I’m struggling to recall a rail in the way. Perhaps it’s a recent safety feature. I’ll have to look mine up if I can remember under what file naming I put it.
    While I do appreciate these building are never upright, it seems to me that your composition could do with the slightest of clockwise rotations.

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    • Thanks for your comments Stephen. I was able to take a couple of shots which excluded the safety rail to a certain extent – and then with further cropping would have enabled me to exclude it completely, but I like it. I think it somehow adds to the image – reinforcing the barriers between the viewer and the vegetation which contrasts a bit with the viewer being led outside because of the very bright view. There’s a kind of tension between being pulled outside and being kept inside!

      Yes – I agree that the image looks a little lop-sided but it will have to stay that way this time as I lost sharpness when I attempted to rotate it – even just a smidge!

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      • I get the drift. I’ve managed to find my version – it looks as if I took a completely different approach to the same basic subject elements – I took my original picture some 7 years ago by the look of it and I’ve found a small jpg version (the original will be on a cd somewhere (big mistake to transfer your images to cd/dvd for backup – I use an external HD now). My approach was much more pictorial in approach, lacking many of the lower level context/emotions yours contains. By the look of it, I simple stood closer to the window so get all the tree in and used the window frame as the frame for it.
        Interestingly, mine show some growth of weeds and a couple of blades of grass creeping up from the bottom of the picture – it looks as if a lot more care and attention is being taken now. Inspired bit of planting of the tree.

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        • I don’t think we were so dissimilar in our approach. In looking at the shots I took, I stood closer too – thereby eliminating the railings – but the tree wasn’t framed correctly – there was an ugly concrete building in the foreground which took a lot away from the lovely tree! I remember bobbing up and down to try and get the tree only into the frame but it was impossible. I’m pleased I stood back and photographed the railings too as they do seem to add an extra something!

          Are you going to post your image?

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  2. The rain may never fall till after sundown.
    By eight, the morning fog must disappear.
    In short, there’s simply not
    A more congenial spot …….
    It came to mind as soon as I saw the composition. Well done. Love the sense of contrasting elements of Spring blossoms & ancient stone work. πŸ™‚

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  3. The walls and the view out to the sunshine and that beautiful tree – that’s great. But I would like to see one of your photos without the iron railings, I think they disturb the image to much for me……

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  4. I love this one! Whenever I try photos like this, I either capture the window, or a silhouette of the window framing the view but I never manage both. You have captured both beautifully! I’m impressed!!

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    • Thank you Barbara. It was good that so much light flooded through the window – which helped a lot! Sometimes these types of shot don’t work as well. The Castle is a dream to photograph as the light comes in and bounces around all over the place.

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