Tudor House

One of my favourite things when walking about the various tiny villages of England is spotting the houses that date from many centuries in the past. This particular house is one of these, dating from I guess around the 16th century. It looks as though the ground floor has been rebuilt fairly recently, and I’m sure plenty of the rest of it is also the result of more modern rebuilding. Nonetheless, these kinds of structures still remain as impressive in my eyes.

 

The one part of these old buildings that I always look to first is the roof.  The rises and bumps over the roofline speak of the many years that the house has stood for, rather than the perfectly straight and smooth roofs of modern houses. Unfortunately, this house has clearly been re-roofed rather recently, but it has been done sympathetically, so that I don’t really mind.

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A Country Manor

A morning in a typical English village. It’s surprising how many large, old country houses there are dotted around the small villages you find throughout the countryside. If you spend any time looking for them, you can generally find a few pretty quickly. Usually, they are in private ownership but are used as function rooms and the like rather than actual houses. They are also almost all within a very short distance of the local church. I suppose this was deliberate to show the power wielded by the family that built these houses.

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Union Place

A Georgian terrace of houses during the early morning. This was taken on a morning walkabout, where I had no real intention of getting any decent pictures. As such, I had no taken my tripod, and had to shoot hand-held. I always find this kind of Georgian architecture quite interesting to photograph. The old bricks and cobbled streets make it feel as though you’ve stepped back in time (apart from the modern car of course!).

A Georgian terrace of houses

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Oxborough II

Another view of Oxborough Hall in Norfolk, UK. Although bright, sunny days are generally considered bad for photography, it certainly is possible to pull something interesting out of the bag. The advantage of shooting HDRs like this is that you can make the sun a strong feature in the shot, whilst keeping detail in the rest of the sky and any other objects of focus. If you were to use filters instead, this kind of shot would not be easily possible.

I hand-held the three exposures for this again and let Photomatix match them up. It did an excellent job. Even looking at 100% it is impossible to tell that this wasn’t shot using a tripod.

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Oxborough Hall

The entrance to Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, UK. This is a moated medieval manor of some size, all made of this same kind of brick. This shot was taken on the bridge over the moat, at the only position you can cross to access the internal courtyard. It was a busy place and took some waiting before I could take this without getting any people in, but I think it was worth the wait.

This was something of an experiment for me, as I shot three exposures for HDR hand held. Usually, I would use a tripod for this, but after seeing other peoples’ hand held work on Flickr, I thought it was worth a go myself. It turns out that the alignment algorithm in Photomatix 4 is much better than the one I remember in version 3. Although there was noticeable movement between each of my three exposures, Photomatix easily dealt with it. From the final result, you would assume this was taken with a tripod. Knowing that I now don’t have to take one every time I go out will save me several kilos of equipment and will hopefully mean I can get even better pictures.

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Manor II

Another of the rather old, magnificient houses aroud where I live. In this case, it was clear from the facade that the house was fairly old, so I felt it needed processing to emphasise this. Quite simply, I just added one texture layer, then performed some curves/levels adjustments to the house and foreground, as well as adding the birds into the scene. As it wasn’t a particularly impressive day in terms of light, the ‘strength’ of this processing hasn’t negatively affected the image in the same way it might had I shot this at a more traditional time for photography – early morning or late evening.

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The Manor

A Georgian house shot towards sunset. The colours in the sky were helped along by a couple of textures, and the birds were added in to make it a bit more interesting. When you start playing around with textures, it soon becomes apparent why they are so popular. It is possible to transform an otherwise slightly boring shot into something much more interesting without too much effort! In this case, I also had to do some layer masking with the house to make sure it stood out from the scene.

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