Last weekend was probably the sunniest of all this year’s weekends in Ireland. It was a bit chilly but there were almost no clouds in the sky at all. It was a good opportunity to take my camera for a walk. I almost forgot how to use it...
Some things change in life other don’t.
I still like postcards as I did as a child.
My taste, however, did change. In the past I hated shadows. I liked everything equally well illuminated. Now I see the shadows as an opportunity to give a structure a more three dimensional and realistic touch.
Powerscourt is one of the most beautiful country estates in Ireland. Situated in the mountains of Wicklow, it was originally an important strategic site for the Anglo-Normans who came to Ireland in the 12th century. By the year 1300 a castle had been built here and was in the possession of the le Poer (Power) family from which it takes its name. The succeeding centuries saw the castle held for different periods by powerful families such as the O'Tooles and the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare.
In 1603 Powerscourt Castle and lands were granted to a new English arrival in the area: Richard Wingfield. Following a successful military career in Ireland, Flanders, France and Portugal, Wingfield was knighted and in 1600 was appointed as Marshal of Ireland. His descendants were to remain at Powerscourt for over 350 years.
Powerscourt was much altered in the 18th century when famous German-born architect, Richard Castle, remodelled the castles and grounds. The work was commissioned by Richard Wingfield (1697-1751) and involved the creation of a magnificent mansion around the shell of the earlier castle. The central courtyard was converted into an entrance hall beneath the remarkably beautiful ballroom. The north front was adapted to present a grand entrance in the Palladian manner, while the south and front faced the gardens and was initially only two storeys in height. An extra storey was added in 1787 and further major alterations were made in the late 19th century. The house contained some of the finest 18th century interiors in Ireland.
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TopGeo (38204) 2011-11-09 0:26
Hi dear Mariusz
Now this is a view of Powerscourt I've never seen,with excellent framing and notes . Great architecture and something really unique, thanks for sharing it.
JFS (32459) 2011-11-09 0:36
A luxurious postcard! Amazing scenery masterly captured. This place has to be visited! Thanks for sharing Mariusz!
mauro61 (52623) 2011-11-09 0:40
un buon gioco di luci e ombre ed una atmosfera autunnale nella presentazione di questo parco con l'edificio di fondo.
Ottima la resa cromatica.
Sonata11 (33283) 2011-11-09 4:50
piekna pocztowka z tego pieknego miejsca. Sliczne ujecie pokazujesz je w calej okazalosci z fantastyczne punktu widzenia. Sliczna architektura, kolory jesienne na tle tez pieknego nieba, doskonala ostrosc. Bardzo mi sie podoba. Wspaniale wykonane zdjecie jak zawsze. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
Sergiom (61242) 2011-11-09 5:20
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue sur ce très beau bâtiment. Le plan d'eau ajoute de la profondeur et guide le regard vers les marches qui donnent de la majesté à l'ensemble.
siudzi (33973) 2011-11-09 7:38
Piękna pocztówka! Zrobione po mistrzowsku z fantastyczną kompozycją doskonale pokazującą piękno tego miejsca. Zachwyca kolorami oraz różnorodnością detali:) Piękne!
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2011-11-09 7:45
good shot indeed... very nice view.....
excellent sharpness & colours...
beautiful ambiance with this calm lake....
great work... Tfs!
danos (87551) 2011-11-09 8:39
a really great postcard with the Powerscourt to cover the backdrop of the image.I like the great created perspective from the stairs as the lake that complete perfect the foreground.The colours and the light of the scene are superb with the clarity to make it so adorable.
Fis2 (86357) 2011-11-09 9:24
Kolejna ciekawa i ladna widokoweczka ;)
Ladny kadr i kolory.
Budowla w glebi robi wrazenie, byles w srodku?
chawax (19476) 2011-11-09 11:01
I enjoyed this place when I've been there. The gardens are very pleasant and the castle is very beautiful. The POV you chose is the best I could find in this estate. But you had a lot better conditions than me, I had only grey sky !
Have a nice day,
Budapestman (82620) 2011-11-09 11:14
a picturesque photo of this beautiful place, the composition is very nice, superb colours and lights, the POV is attractive, great atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
vasilpro (40933) 2011-11-09 14:12
Wonderful composition, excellent POV, beautiful view, peaceful place, interesting architecture, lovely light and colors, very good clarity, sharpnessa nd contrast, very nice framework, TFS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-11-10 2:45
The Irish autumn is magnificent. Trees are of the best effect in the composition. The discreet reflection is placed well in this foreground. Excellent light, colors, and neatness. A beautiful interesting image. Bravo.
Have a nice day
josepmarin (57829) 2011-11-10 3:53
a beautiful image of this Estate, which offers us a very elegant architecture in the middle of a really magnificent gardens.
The low light in foreground, and its strong contrast with the rest of the image, well illuminated by the Sun, they were a good challenge to control the exposure, and you have done an excellent work, with a great result in the quality of the image and of the colors.
A fantastic composition.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-11-10 6:36
POV and framing well selcetd for the presnettaion of this beautiful architectur. The large FG give depht and the scale learn the glance to the edifice which arise very well in the vegetation and under a beautiful blue sky.
jhm (140110) 2011-11-10 7:30
Again a nice image and postcard from Schotland.
Wonderful castle taken out of a very well angle.
Perspective and depth is very nice.
Composition and presentation be superb. TFS.
Have a nice day,
macjake (57074) 2011-11-10 11:25
another one of your famous postcards..you like them dont you :)
smart composition, to move in the best spot where the building is situated sqaurely inbetween the two trees and their branches.
the color arrangements are stunning, just look at the range...beautiful.
sharp as a tack all the way into the bg.
i look forward to your next.
siolaw (38284) 2011-11-10 22:06
I wonder why "postcards" are sometimes scorned upon... if a picture was not good, why would someone with common sense make a postcard out of it!!
Nice place here and good POV on it.
The light and colours are clean, and sharpness is impeccable.
delpeoples (53167) 2011-11-10 22:56
Woo hoo Mariusz!
Some blue skies for you. I bet you must have been scratching your head looking at Brian's sunny Northern Ireland shots, and wondering what was going on! I've never seen this place before. It's magnificent and I like how you've shot the castle across water. I know what you mean about shadows, but they actually add charm and a sense of mystery to the place. The light on the water is particularly beautiful.
Nice shot, thanks for sharing, I wish you a blue-skied weekend
Graal (97897) 2011-11-10 23:18
jesli to ma byc pocztowka to jest bardzo ladna. Fajne ujecie z kilkoma planami, dobry strzal z dobrego POV. Widac tu dbalosc o park i palac. Ladna architektura. Fontanna dodaje uroku.
emka (80034) 2011-11-10 23:18
Juz zaczynam pakowanie, kończę pracę, ale jako uzależniona jeszcze parę krytyk i wysle jedno zdjecie :). Fajna pocztówka, ciekwy biały pałac. podoba mi sie to jesienne drzewo z prawej strony, natomiast cień z lewej troche dla mnie za głęboki. Powodzenia!
Longroute (19396) 2011-11-11 10:35
Almost... but not really!
I didn't know that in Ireland there were such a beautiful castles! And also the park is really magnificent. you have captured it with your usual mastery and with a lovely afternoon light which makes the best out of it. The whole ensemble makes such a lovely scenery with the stairs creating a fine perspective and that trees with the died leaves which adds a touch of worm colour.
Excellent in my view!
adramad (38613) 2011-11-11 11:34
A postcard superb, this beautiful place, great POV you have chosen to capture the beauty of the place, I like the pond in the foreground, the perspective of the staircase was in the palace at the high ideals the effect of these two large trees on both sides of the picture, especially the right side, with that gold color.
Magnificent management of light and crisp.
Have a nice weekend.
marcan44 (6259) 2011-11-11 13:32
un POV molto intelligente e ben costruito con tutti gli elementi compositivi al posto giusto; lo sguardo sale dal laghetto lungo la scalinata e arriva al bianco castello.
Grande prospettiva e profondità e ottimo sharp.
npecanhuk (66382) 2011-11-11 13:35
Very attractive picture with excellent sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-11-11 14:29
I like this sharp image of the powerscourt in full view. Nice body of water in the foreground. Like the colors, depth and atmosphere.
brianmcc (6181) 2011-11-11 14:46
yes, last weekend's weather was a welcome change from what we have been used to lately. i think thhis weekend should be better with some clouds to accompany the sun.
i have never been here but i believe the gardens are superb. i am aware that some very important religious prophecy meetings were held at powerscourt in the 1830's, organised by lady powerscourt. some of the participants going on to be influencial in the beginnings of the brethren movement in ireland.
your picture is stunning in the detail and clarity it achieves, the castle is so sharp. the light is excellent creating a lovely autumnal atmosphere.
have a good, sunny weekend,
raszid62 (18583) 2011-11-12 0:30
Zrobi³em kiedy¶ ko³o wokó³ Zielonej Wyspy ale w tym zamku nie by³em, Przeje¿dza³em wysoko nad nim przez góry Winclow. Piêkny pa³ac i wspaniale sfotografowany w jesiennej scenerii. Cudna kolorystyka i doskonala jako¶c.
sacimar (25975) 2011-11-12 3:07
this is a nice postcard, the building is beautiful and I like the surroundings that you show to us, colors are vivid and light management is very good, well done,
Silvio1953 (123689) 2011-11-12 4:03
Ciao Mariusz, great POV on lovely garden with fantastic palace, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
paololg (31448) 2011-11-13 13:46
Ciao caro Mariusz,
it may seem easy to make postcards, but make beautiful and meaningful postcards is always difficult! :-)
Manage the shadows, as you have done so perfect in this picture, also means being good photographers, that thanks to their experience, have reached the photographic maturity. Image truly beautiful and perfect, with excellent management of light and clarity, accompanied by the pleasant autumn colors. Excellent shot, my friend, congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice week!
fabianoleite (9551) 2011-11-17 18:00
The wonderful Irish castles, well surrounded by lots of green and a peaceful lake. The environmnet is very rich with nice elements. Good work, congratulations!
nikkitta (14858) 2011-11-22 18:42
Finally a nice day and a great capture with an interesting note ( like the personal one)
Really a great postcard with the frozen ? water reflecting the blue sky and the beautiful house, palace at the BG
Anyway quite imposing
TFS and greetings
kordinator (18646) 2011-11-23 1:19
Impressive scene you captured in Ireland.
Fine play with light and shadows
Lovely architecture in fantastic nature.
s_lush (16134) 2011-11-28 23:00
This nice postcard is masterfully composed with all compositional elements being at right places and perfect balance between sunlit and shadowy patches of the scene. The quality of the image is so high that we can see every detail of estate's landscaping, architecture and sculptural decoration, as well as beautiful natural features. Excellent job!
Angshu (55942) 2011-12-01 2:56
Good postcard of this massive mansion. After reading your note wonder whether anyone stays there now (descendants of Richard Wingfield) or is it now converted into a museum
Well framed by the trees on either side. The lake in the FG with the shadows in the garden provides depth
Noel_Byrne (24856) 2012-10-04 3:16
Probably the place in Ireland I have visited more than any, its such a wonderful garden, and a great house too. This shows it off to perfection with the stairs leading to the house from the lake, and I really like how the Pegasus on the right stands out against the steps. THe colours of the trees are beautiful, as they are everywhere here, and that sky is a beauty. Excellent post card image.
All the best
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (30694)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-11-05
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya Pro PL
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-09 0:18