June 29, 2012

Warwick (pronounced warr-ick) Castle


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On my UK trip, I really wanted to shoot a medieval castle. So when I read about Warwick Castle online and saw photos, I put it on my list of potential targets.

It happened that Warwick was convenient to Coventry, where we were staying, so it was a no-brainer to go. The grounds are photography (and tripod) friendly. The only places photography is not allowed are in the shows they put on in the dungeon and dragon tower. But trust me, there is nothing to shoot there.

This castle was built in the 11th century (YEARS before I was even born!). It originally served as a fort and symbol of power of the Earl of Warwick. In the 15th century the castle was used to imprison the English king, Edward IV. It eventually became more of a manor house than fortification. In 1978 it became a tourist attraction. And it is well worth a visit. It is the most visited castle in England and a lot of fun.

This was the last shot I took before exiting the castle grounds. I liked the bushes in the foreground, so I set up my tripod and framed the image. I was close enough where my 14mm lens made the most sense (and was already on the camera).

I cropped the image and applied some perspective correction in Photoshop then brought it into onOne Phototools where I did some basic adjustments and applied a couple of textures. Because I liked it.

You’ll see more of the texture thing in these UK images going forward.

Go to Wikipedia if you want to read more about Warwick Castle.

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