This is a closer view of the fabulous Leeds Castle. Originally shot in RAW, 3 vertical frames bracketed -2,0,+2 EV’s, tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.6 for an HDR image, stitched in Autopano Pro and converted to B&W in CS4.
It was taken on an extremely cold day in December 2009 and the ice on the moat has had an adverse effect on the reflection.
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Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM Lens at 47mm, ISO 100, f22. Tripod used with Nodal Ninja NN3 MK II Panoramic VR Tripod Head Kit.
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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.