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A 2 image small pano of Scotney Castle, Kent, England, a National Trust Property.


2 images shot in RAW, +2,0,-2 EV’s, ISO 100, f22, tonemapped in Photomatix 3.2.6, stitched in Autopano Pro and post editing, including adding textures in CS4.

Canon 400D, CanonEF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens at 30mm.

891 viewings and 48 favouritings at 10th January 2011

The earliest record from 1137 gives the owner of the estate as Lambert de Scoteni. Roger Ashburnham is credited with building the castle c.1378-80.

Construction of the castle began as a roughly rectangular fortified house with towers in each corner. The original plan may never have been finished, and by 1558 it is likely only the southern tower remained. In 1580 the south wing was rebuilt in Elizabethan architecture style, and around 1630 the eastern range was rebuilt in three story Inigo Jones style. The Elizabethan wing remained a bailiff’s residence until 1905, but the eastern range was partly dismantled on the completion of the new house in 1843, leaving the ruin as a garden feature.

Catholic Recusant owner Thomas Darrell hid Jesuit Father Richard Blount, S.J. in the castle while he administered to Roman Catholics from 1591 to 1598. Catholicism was then illegal in England, and during the second raid by authorities to arrest the Father he fled over a wall into the moat and escaped.

The Darrell family owned the estate for some 350 years. In 1778 Edward Hussey bought the estate and his grandson, also Edward, built the ‘new’ Castle to the designs of Anthony Salvin, from sandstone quarried from the slope below. The hollow created was developed into a Quarry Garden and contains a 100 million year old impression of a dinosaur’s footprint.

On Christopher Hussey’s death in 1970 the estate was left to the National Trust.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Featured in ’ The Photographers Vault’ Group 9th December 2009

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*_Featured in the ‘Layered with Texture’ Group 10th January 2011’




  • Steve Silverman
    Steve Silvermanabout 5 years ago

    Wow, great image, Bob, the lighting is beautiful and the textures work really well.

  • Thank you so much Steve I appreciate your comments very much

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...about 5 years ago

    Stunning work Bob.
    The textures really work with this.

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...about 5 years ago

    nice texturing work Bob, looks very good

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 5 years ago

    Wow this is just gorgeous work Bob , I love it , great lighting too and a fav x

  • Irene, I truly appreciate that comment from you, thank you so much and for favouriting too! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • driftindreamin
    driftindreaminabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful work on this Bob .It has a real 3-d effect


  • Thank you so much Michael for your generous comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueabout 5 years ago

    Lovely shot and treatment Bob. A fave for me too.

  • Thank you so much Elaine for your wonderful comment and for favouriting too.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • toby snelgrove  IPA
    toby snelgrove...about 5 years ago

    over the top … how many pan images … and, I don’t do this yet – how do you choose your texture … I must lear this … fabulous work

  • Thanks for your comment Toby, 2 images and choosing the texture is the tricky thing. I have bubbemailed you separately.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • sfoxphotography
    sfoxphotographyabout 5 years ago

    …Bob this is absolutely wonderful…beautiful editing…i love it…
    kind regards

  • Thank you Shirley, I appreciate that so much. xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Edengirl
    Edengirlabout 5 years ago

    fabulous treatment

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesabout 5 years ago

    Well worth viewing larger to see the detail in the texture, a great piece Bob, wonderful treatment, a fav for sure!

  • Thank you so much Kelvin for your fabulous comment, I am thrilled by it. Thanks also for favouriting.

    – Bob Culshaw

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