This is taken at Hampton court, there is a slight tilt on this one because I currently dont have Photo shop, but I hope one day. Sorry about that
Every time when I have visitors coming to England, I usually take them here to see where King Henry the 8th lived and to see the beautiful gardens and buildings.
Hampton Court palace began its illustrious heritage as a small manor house in the 1300's. It wasn't until 1514 that the then nearly-Archbishop of York, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, acquired Hampton Court as his country residence. Within a year, he became Henry VIII's Lord High Chancellor. Wolsey built many rooms in honor of his monarch and expanded the manor, including a system of pipes laid to supply pure spring water to the property from miles away. With a staff of 500 and 1,000 rooms, Hampton Court eventually exceeded the grandiosity of any of Henry VIII's palaces. The King's covetous eye, however, fell upon the property in 1526 and Wolsey was forced to "gift" Hampton Court to the king in an attempt to regain his rapidly diminishing royal favor.
Once Hampton Court became property of the king, it was necessary to extend the building to accommodate the Tudor court, numbering around 1000. It became the favored country palace of Henry VIII and five of his six wives lived there as well. Anne Boleyn's gateway between the Base and Clock Court recalls his second wife. It remained a royal residence (Oliver Cromwell even retained the property for his own use) until the 1760 death of King George II and underwent many structural changes during this time.
The most notable improvements to the palace began in 1689, shortly after the ascension to the throne of William III and Mary. With Louis XIV's Palace in Versailles as inspiration, architect Christopher Wren was instructed to begin work on the conversion of the Tudor Palace. Wren's severe Baroque design incorporated the use of red brick and white stone accents with exquisite masonry throughout. Brick was used, but richly embellished with Portland stone for the arcades, windows, friezes and parapets. The new structure was located to the south east of the original palace and was completed in 1700.
I hope you like it
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nwoehnl (122) 2006-09-18 4:24
Simple but pleasant shot, Dan, good inclusion of the reflection in the pond/fountain to have an additional half-a-palace in the frame. Nice vivid colors and good clarity; I think a slight clockwise rotation would be good as for such photos it is really good to be precise in order to play the graphical aspect to its fullest. Good notes, too.
ChrisJ (97920) 2006-09-18 4:31
Marvellous symmetry with the superb reflection. Perhaps a slight cw rotation? I agree with Norbert on that point. Good note & excellent colour. Tfs!
cessy (13647) 2006-09-18 4:46
very nice capture of the building, Dan
excellent sharpness and symmetry
the colors also very pleasant to see
coco (30439) 2006-09-18 5:39
Simple, yes, but good. But without the reflection would not be the same.
papagolf21 (86172) 2006-09-18 14:36
Inutile de vous dire que j'apprécie cette prise de vue. L'architecture me passionne, ici, je suis ravi !
Magnifique prise de vue, le cadrage est particulièrement bien choisi pour mettre en valeur cette ancienne résidence campagnarde !
Bravo pour cette réalisation.
Scharan (14144) 2006-09-20 19:58
Dan, que maravilha de foto!
Os reflexos no espelho d'água são uma maravilha. Linda arquitetura, rica em detalhes e cores fantásticas também.
O jardim é impecável. Parabéns.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-09-25 15:38
Beautifull and elegant composition. I like the symetry and the reflection in water. The colors are great.
rabdelnoor (3421) 2006-09-26 21:39
Very nice view of this castle. I liked the simetry on the frame and on the pond reflection. The colors and light are wonderful. Great work.
nels (2621) 2006-09-30 6:59
hi dan,, great pov and composition love the reflection in the pond ,, one place i must visit
- Copyright: Dan Leung (Kenny10pin) (19301)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-11
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony DSC R1, CF Hitatchi 6GB
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-09-18 4:17