A 12 frame panorama involving 36 separate bracketed RAW images, +2,0-2 EV’s. Tonemapped in Photomatix 3.2.6 to create HDR. Stitched in Autopano Pro 2.0.5 and finished in CS4.

Dimensions: 12083 × 4835 pixels at 220ppi

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1080 viewings and 40 favourites at 2nd November 2011

Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens at 72mm. ISO 100, f22. Tripod used with Nodal Ninja NN3 MK II Panoramic VR Tripod Head Kit

Leeds Castle, four miles (6.5 km) southeast of Maidstone, Kent, England, dates back to 1119, though a manor house stood on the same site from the ninth century. The castle and grounds lie to the east of the village of Leeds, Kent, which should not be confused with the far bigger and far well-known city of Leeds in West Yorkshire.

History
Built in 1119 by Robert De Crevecoeur to replace the earlier Saxon manor of Esledes, the castle became a royal palace for King Edward I of England and his queen, Eleanor of Castile in 1278. Major improvements were made during his time, including the barbican, made up of three parts, each with its own entrance, drawbridge, gateway, and portcullis.

Richard II’s first wife,Anne of Bohemia, spent the winter of 1381 at the Castle on her way to be married to the King. In 1395, King Richard II received the French chronicler Jean Froissart there, as Froissart described in his Chronicles.

Henry VIII transformed the castle for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and a painting commemorating his meeting with Francis I of France still hangs there. His daughter, Queen Elizabeth I was imprisoned in the castle for a time before her coronation.

The castle escaped destruction during the English Civil War because its owners, the Culpeper family, sided with the Parliamentarians. The last private owner of the castle was the Hon. Olive, Lady Baillie, a daughter of Almeric Paget, 1st Baron Queenborough, and his first wife, Pauline Payne Whitney, an American heiress. Lady Baillie bought the castle in 1926. She redecorated the interior, first working with the French architect and designer Armand-Albert Rateau (who also oversaw exterior alterations as well as adding interior features such as a 16th-century-style carved-oak staircase) and then, later, with the Paris decorator Stéphane Boudin. Baillie established the Leeds Castle Foundation. The castle was opened to the public in 1976.

On 17 July 1978, the castle was the site of a meeting between the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan in preparation for the Camp David Accords.

In September 1999, Sir Elton John played two sold-out solo concerts in the grounds of Leeds Castle.

Source: www.wikipedia.com

Featured in ‘HDR Photography’ Group 31st December 2009

Featured in ‘Around The World’ 31st December 2009

Featured in ‘a Europa!’ 1st January 2010

Featured in ‘Your Country’s Best’ Group 11th February 2010

Featured in ‘Historic Places’ Group 7th March 2010

Challenge Winner – “Castles with Full, or major, Reflections” in the ‘Castle Magic’ Group March 2010

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Challenge Winner – ‘Royal Palaces and Mansions Challenge’ in the ‘Unique Buildings of the World’ Group March 2010

Featured in ‘Favourite Places that you Make, Take or Paint’ Group 2nd April 2010

Featured in ‘Your Country’s Best’ Group 8th April 2010

Featured in ‘Photomatix – HDR’ Group 20th April 2010

_ Awarded a 5C Award for Quality Art and Photography November 2011_

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Comments

  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 4 years ago

    what a wonderful image Bob probably the best I have seen on RB today (31.12.09)

  • Wow Steve I am flattered! Thank you so much and best of everything for the New Year to you and Lesley.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 4 years ago

    I will go further and say its the best ive seen for ages.
    Superb work Bob.

  • Wow Richard I am even more flattered!! Thank you so much and I hope that the New Year brings the best of everything to you and Catherine.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • PDPhoto
    PDPhotoover 4 years ago

    A fantastic image Bob, I love every aspect of this, colours, reflections, DoF, etc, etc. Also a well written and informative historical description. Well done.

  • Thank you so much Paul for your fantastic comment, I truly appreciate it. All the very best for 2010!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    It is the best I have seen – ever!! Wonderful and inspirational photography, dear Bob, and worth every minute of the time it took to process all those shots. Stunning!

  • Thank you so much sweetheart for your great comment. Best wishes for another great year on RB! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 4 years ago

    nice pano Bob, works well

  • Thank you so much Ryan, I truly appreciate that. Best wishes for 2010.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Bob….. Happy New Year!!!!
    Brenda

  • Thank you so much Brenda for your lovely comment. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful New Year also.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    Now… can I have a pano head for my birthday????

  • Of course you can if ……..? If I said yes now you wouldn’t have a surprise would you?! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • lucyarohanui
    lucyarohanuiover 4 years ago

    This is so very exquisite the reflection is superb …..
    Th larger view is awesome BOB!!!
    Concrats & a happy new year … I am elegantly plastered ….
    Patricia xooxoxo

  • Thank you so much Patricia for your fabulous comment! So sorry I am late in wishing you a Happy New Year – but you get there before us! Nevertheless, I hope that you and your family (and the little girl who features in your photos so often) have a great New Year and indeed new Decade! I hope you don’t have too much trouble reading this in the morning!!lol xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    only if Bob gets the MAC Anna.lol. Great shot Bob and a fave for me.x

  • Thank you so much dear friend for your lovely comment and for favouriting too! I have my MAC!!!!!!!!! Guess it will now be a pano head for Anna! Perhaps for March! Have a wonderful New Year the two of you and looking forward to getting together in March! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 4 years ago

    WOW – great hdr Bob – well worth all the work you put into it – a fav for me :o)

  • Thank you so much Kira for your lovely comment and for favouriting too! All the very best for the New Year to you and yours.

    – Bob Culshaw

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