Taken on a sunny evening in May, this building forms the centrepiece of the present Chatelherault Country Park near Hamilton in central Scotland. The park is open to the public for recreation, the building houses a small museum and it is also often used as a venue for weddings. I rather suspect that a wedding had just taken place this day, judging by the people milling around and the smartly dressed little girl dancing on the grass - it was she who caught my attention.
The name is derived from the French town of Châtellerault, the title Duc de Châtellerault being held by the Duke of Hamilton.
This building (now often simply referred to as "Chatelherault") was the former hunting lodge of the now demolished Hamilton Palace. The lodge was designed by William Adam and completed in 1734. It comprises two pavilions linked by a gateway. The north facade (seen here) was visible from the palace and forms the front of the building. To the rear are formal parterre gardens. The buildings provided kennels, stables and accommodation for hunting parties returning from the woodlands to the south. Interestingly, William Adam often jokingly referred to his creation as "The Dog Kennel"!
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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macjake (69765) 2014-06-19 18:31
John John John!
Um, i know i probably havn't looked at EVERY photo in your gallery since day 1 - but this may just be your best photo you've ever posted!
And please don't take my words as being over the top. I mean it sincerely as a friend and fellow photographer.
this is super!
the girl in the blue dress, as small as she is, works so well as a focal point because of the unique color splash.
the green grass is so attractive, the side lighting on the orange/red/rust stone is so beautiful.
and I like that you added the side windows inside the frame on the left.
I'm almost lost for words. what else can I say...It's your best work yet!
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-19 22:53
La lumière sur ces bâtiments majestueux est superbe. Les trois petites filles dansant sur l'herbe verte apportent beaucoup à l'image. Une photo très réussie.
emka (100793) 2014-06-19 23:54
Beautiful building with the French name. Interesting facade from something like big bricks. Nice to see the girls in festive dresses dancing on the grass, something like swan lake ballet:). I like the picture very much. Charming shot.
Warm regrads Malgo
siudzi (34141) 2014-06-20 0:59
What a superb place you visited in May! The buildings look so interesting and beautifully due to the warm light tonality on which helped to build a special mood. Like it a lot! Very well done.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-20 2:49
a super image this. So clear and not degraded as my images seem to be on the non-Beta Site. Love the light and the innocence of the human interest here too! It is a wonderful old building and in this light it looks amazing. Superb execution and presentation.
Have a great weekend - B.
Is it my imagination or is the popularity of this site on the decline? I have to admit I am a bit disillusioned by the way my images sometimes appear here. The quality of the site is decidedly inferior to others at times, and I fear for the site's future if these issues are not addressed.
jhm (155249) 2014-06-20 4:13
Scotland one of the most beautiful countries for photographers, also the nature is wonderful.
But these architecture is pleasant to look at with nice architecture of the buildings.
The playing girls are really a nice addition, she have nice festivity clothing she is maybe a part of the wedding.
Excellent panoramic view about these area.
Very well composition, lovely presentation.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Didi (60588) 2014-06-20 4:21
Very nice lateral perspective
Very good lights ambiance
Well done for your frame quality of the view
dta (79525) 2014-06-20 4:51
Hello John ,
A french name for this superb castle , taken from an excellent angle of view . The latreal light provide a splendid effect . The presence of the dancing girl is a real bonus .
Nicou (145114) 2014-06-20 5:28
quelle douceur dans les tons et iamge sueprbe quelle perspective et vue sueprbe iamge et cette architecture le personnages sur le pré vert sublime.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (54947) 2014-06-20 6:14
This is a very attractive photo, for so many reasons. I love the details of the buildings, I like even more the warm light and the vivid colours, and most of all I like the elves dancing on the lawn in the afternoon sun. I don't even have to see the face of the little blue one to know that she is a beauty. By the way, I like the diagonal too.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-20 6:46
Hello John - The beauty of this shot, for me, lies not so much in the architecture but in the freedom and innocence of the little girl in blue. She makes a wonderful contrast with the formal lines of the buildings. A good composition and a shot taken under lovely, warm light. My small criticism is the white halo around areas of high contrast (the roof and sky) and the strange grey smudginess around three of the decorative urns (also against the sky).... too picky perhaps?
PS. I note your on-going discussion about the quality/loss of quality when an image is downsized on the 'normal' TE. I only look at the shots there if they are too big to view on the beta version so I cannot really comment.
cornejo (43859) 2014-06-20 10:29
Hi John, I like this good picture of this interesting building, beautifully captured in this nice picture with a good view, good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
All the best from southern Spain.
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-06-20 12:41
That's a really a wonderful image, John.
The beautiful light, the warm colour of the building, the clean blue sky.. and the people on the grass make it a wonderful picture. Very beautiful indeed. The girls bring the place to life especially the one with blue dress, make viewer wonder what she was doing...A delightful picture.
carlo62 (50778) 2014-06-20 13:19
a giudicare dalle leggiadre donzelle che circolano sui prati, il matrimonio sembra ancora in corso.
Di sicuro hanno completato molto bene il tuo scatto, la bella architettura e il suo prato, sono avvolti da una calda luce e queste figure creano un bel movimento alla foto.
Noel_Byrne (32090) 2014-06-21 8:13
Isn't it amazing to see a building like this, in itself a grand mansion and think that this was the hunting lodge for somewhere even more grand! Such a shame to read the palace is gone now, but such is the way with so many of England and Ireland's great historic houses. A beautifu shot of a beautiful building, and the young girl dancing really adds a touch of magic to your resulting shot. The light is spectacular. Thanks for a fine photo and note.
romanaa (7984) 2014-06-21 23:58
beautiful sunlit houses in the strong contrast with green grass. I love the little princesses in play, adding cheerful and careless atmosphere.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-07-02 6:47
You've outdone yourself with this, my friend! The light itself is exquisite, bringing out incredible tones in the red orange brick of this handsome building, but as so many others have mentioned, it is the girl with the shawl that draws attention away even from the magnificent architecture. You caught her at precisely the right moment - a shot like this makes me wish for a time machine, so you could go back and get a closeup of her at this moment as well. In context, however, such a small element adds such a huge amount to this shot. Really wonderful work and timing.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (25902)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-30
- Categories: Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-19 15:57