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.

39 thoughts on “Sunny Viewpoint

    1. 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 🙂 ). It’s a lovely place and well worth the couple of quid to get in.


  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.


    1. 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!


      1. 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.


        1. 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?


  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. 🙂


  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……


  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!!


    1. 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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