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Three Castles

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by theoldsmithy, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Took a small road trip yesterday while the sun was shining. The "three castles" were all built around 1200 by the Norman lord Hubert de Burgh. He certainly knew where to build a castle - the scenery in that part of north Monmouthshire is stunning.

    Grosmont:
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    Grosmont Castle mono by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

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    Grosmont Castle interior by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    Skenfrith:
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    Skenfrith Castle by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

    and the daddy of the three, White Castle:


    White Castle #1 by theoldsmithy, on Flickr

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    White Castle #2 by theoldsmithy, on Flickr


    White Castle #3 by theoldsmithy, on Flickr
     
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  2. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

    822
    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    All those 3 castles are under the care of Cadw, the Welsh heritage organisation. They are quite well looked after which is amazing considering that only White Castle has an entrance fee (£3).
     
  3. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

    978
    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Great trip, lovely images - thanks for sharing.
     
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  4. Neat, that inside shot really adds some perspective.
     
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  5. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I love walking through ruins such as this and trying to imagine what they were like in their prime. You images really seem to capture the scale of the place.
     
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  6. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Visualizing now - the plucky young warriors scaling those walls while valiant defenders employ cudgel and mace to fend them off. I would love to photograph the reenactments, if there are such things.
     
  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    That first image is an absolute classic. At first I was thinking I was just a sucker for B&W, but it's really more about the bridge leading the eye into the heart of the image, and the clouds accentuating the whole thing. Brilliant stuff...

    -Ray
     
  8. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Awesome series - especially how one can see the "individuality" in each design. :smile:
     
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  9. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Thanks Ray! I chose that particular angle partly for the geometry, and partly to avoid the large group of picnicking ramblers who were arrayed within the castle walls :smile:
    The B&W was done in Silver Efex Pro - IIRC it was the "wet rocks" preset plus a green filter.
     
  10. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    Love the third.