Good Morning Everyone,
Here, you see the formal garden of Seaton Delaval Hall, which is a country house in Northumberland, England. It is situated near the coast, just north of Newcastle upon Tyne, between Seaton Sluice and Seaton Delaval, and was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1718 for Admiral George Delaval.
The house stands in a 400 acre estate and in front of the house there is a statue of David, with empty sling, lightly poised above the crouching form of Goliath, who has his thumbs doubled inside his palms. This was a Northumbrian precaution against witchcraft.
Sadly, this beautiful house was never seen completed by the owner, nor the designer. They both died before its completion!
It has had a very chequered history and has only been lived in intermittently. It now belongs to the National Trust, which has spent time and money renovating it so that it can be viewed regularly by the public.
For a more complete history of the house please click this link .
Although this looked like a good opportunity for a symmetrical shot, I found that the fountain was lost against the b/g of the house and decided upon this off-set composition.
I wish you a happy day, Bev :-)
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snunney (90688) 2014-07-22 2:30
Seaton Delaval, a name to be conjured with and a fine looking property. I like your chosen point of view, which gives due prominence to both the fountain and the house. Very good control over depth of field with all areas in sharp focus. Pleasantly illuminated with agreeable natural tones. I wish a pleasant day to you.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-07-22 3:59
A well composed photo and interesting note. Lovely natural colours and good depth of field.
I apologise for not responding with a message on your critique of my Kittiwake image 'mums and bubs' because I have been travelling. I will respond here because it is not likely that you will find a message if I post it with the original image. I value your frank critique because it represents your considered analysis. I did not have a long lens and was not able to get a close-up portrait of an individual mum and bub. I didn't think the quality of the image would handle a significant crop but was satisfied with being able to indicate the extent and close proximity of the birds with their chicks.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-22 4:20
places like this are a must see during the warmer months, and this one looks magnificent. Right choice of composition with the diagonals and lawn stripes leading us naturally into the gardens. Looks like you chose a less busy day, which would have pleased me, as NT places get so crowded. A fascinating looking building and thanks for the notes.
asajernigan (21427) 2014-07-22 4:40
This is a nicely composed shot taken from a good POV. The placement of the fountain and building work well creating both balance and direction. The pathways and bushes provide nice lines through the shot. The lighting and colors are fine as is the photo's sharpness.
jester5 (2024) 2014-07-22 5:09
Great composition Bev. Like the way the hedge leads the eye past the main focus of the fountain and onto the house itself. Very nice, pleasing, soft colour too.
Sergiom (68602) 2014-07-22 5:21
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue avec la superbe fontaine à l'avant plan qui pousse le regard au loin vers le château. L'ensemble est d'une grande netteté et jouit d'une belle lumière qui fait bien ressortir tous les détails.
Nicou (131358) 2014-07-22 7:05
Superbe vue de cette fontaine quel belle pierre avec ce parc le gazon et la belle végétation ces arbustes fleuris et l'édifice en fond superbe.
Bravo et amitié
berek (44363) 2014-07-22 7:48
a wonderful place. garden architecture is very well made. architecture in the background looks amazing. a successful picture. Thanks for explanatory notes.
mesutilgim (89726) 2014-07-22 12:47
Nice capture of this gardens in Seaton Dalaval taken with correct pov. Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
Gigidusud (18243) 2014-07-22 13:28
A beautiful presentation of this garden with the fountain in the foreground. Excellent framing and beautiful HDR effect. A true painting!
emka (87444) 2014-07-23 0:01
hello Bev, Beautiful example of these English manors and gardens. Nice presentation, very pleasant composition along the diagonal, fine property.
WArm regrads MAlgo
ChrisJ (105455) 2014-07-24 4:26
Nice reflections in the stone fountain with plenty of breathing space right around in this well composed shot. Excellent sharpness and perspective has been well managed. Good dynamism also with the dual sides of the walking path and the hedges at left. Tfs!
wolf38 (31284) 2014-07-26 0:58
Today I shall be very brief, as my move is imminent.
The photo is the way I visualize. Everyone has their way of seeing and each photo shows the personal signature of the photographer.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
mirosu (15350) 2014-07-27 23:47
Superb photo. The water fountain is an excellent focal point of this photo. There is a great use of depth of field to hold the viewer in the foreground fountain, the nice green park with beautiful trees as well as the buildings in BG, and the excellent lighting conditions have allowed for very good color saturation. The overall impact is very strong.
Very well done.
P.s. Sorry for my slow response, but my access to internet is not very regular during my travelling.
Tigerlily (3301) 2014-07-29 13:49
Wonderfully captured image.Nice POV and light control. Pity that there was no water coming out, otherwise, it would be really beautiful, they would be all dropping into the 'flowers'....but you we get a better view of the background...
cornejo (36353) 2014-07-30 10:50
Hi Bev, very good picture of this interesting composition with the nice and large masion the background, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, depth, good light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
ikeharel (63833) 2014-07-31 0:35
Good morning Beverly,
Definitely good choice not taking a symmetrical POV, that way managed to show the garden to its meticulousely cared fence and the trees along the path, and the mansion on other part of pic. space - you would had lost the fountain against the edifice, as written.
Charming location, photography-intriguing.
npecanhuk (70782) 2014-09-12 19:44
Those are lovely, charming and beautiful details (both natural and man-made ones)!
A very attractive and pleasant-looking picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov, dof and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (33787)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-12
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-22 1:38