Leeds Castle Pano 1 B&W by Bob Culshaw

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A 14 frame (42 exposure) panorama of Leeds Castle shot in RAW, bracketed +2,0,-2 EV’s, tonemapped in Photomatix 3.2.6, converted to B&W and edited in CS4. Stitched in Autopano Pro. Tripod used with Nodal Ninja NN3 MK II Panoramic VR Tripod Head Kit.


506 viewings at 3rd February 2012

Canon 400D, Canon FF-S 17-85mm IS USM Lens @ 47mm. ISO 100, f22.

Featured in Canon DSLR 11th January 2010

Featured in ‘Retired and Happy’ Group 15th January 2010

Featured in ‘England as Scene in B&W’ Group 18th April 2010

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.

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



  • Torfinn
    Torfinnabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful b/w shot Bob!

  • Thank you so much Torfinn – you were quick off the mark!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 5 years ago

    VERY beautiful!!!!! Amazing how much there is to be seen!

  • Thank you so much Desiree – yes that is why I love doing panoramas – so much more to appreciate the focalpoint and it’s surroundings! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyabout 5 years ago

    just beautiful Bob..quite a lot of work has gone into this shot well done.

  • Thank you so much Trevor – yes – but a labour of love! lol

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 5 years ago

    That is fabulous Bob. So dark and brooding – yet you have captured the full range of tones. I love the way you can see through the two little arches on the left hand side. So much work has gone into this (42 exposures) and I will remember for always how I stood there shivering whilst you took them all!!LOL


  • Thank you so much sweetheart – but I did fix us up with a cup of tea afterwards!! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanabout 5 years ago

    With all that work (as explained) you need a few hearty cheers. Good work Bob.

  • Thank you so much Richard – i truly appreciate that!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    great work bob

  • Thank you so much Steve – I appreciate that!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • PDPhoto
    PDPhotoabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic work Bob, I love the B&W treatment and those dark clouds.

  • Thank you so much Paul – glad you like the moodiness of it!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    what a beautiful B&W Pano Bob. Gorgeous.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine, I always appreciate your lovely comments! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

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

    excellent image Bob, works well in b&w and pano format

  • Thank you so much Ryan.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 5 years ago

    A wonderful capture Bob and looks great B/W xx

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

    – Bob Culshaw

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