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"The Garden Cottage" by Bradley Shawn  Rabon

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This beautiful cottage is known locally as the Lovedays Garden Cottage, connected to the Royal Oak hotel and pub, in more ways than one. It was told me that this cottage front and garden was put onto the side of the Royal Oak pub by the Lovedays, who owned the Royal Oak at the time. They were a very wealthy business family, owning clothing mills and numerous properties around the area. They had the cottage front put on to give the appearance of a home, but inside was all the pub. It wasn’t until much later that it was sectioned off to make it a proper cottage for one of the Loveday family member. I am still in the midst of trying to find out more about this lovely cottage as there isn’t too much known.

This is a HDR image combining 7 bracketed shots using Photomatix Pro for Macs. Slight adjustments in lighting and tone were done using the enhanced details tool.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
1/800, 1/500, 1/320, 1/200, 1/125, 1/80, 1/50
ISO 400

Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • micheleirene
    micheleireneabout 5 years ago

    Fab image Shawn! Nicely composed, great processing and that blue door just balances everything out so perfectly… it :)

  • Thank you my wonderful friend. You are so very encouraging. I have missed hearing from you. Have you seen any of my others lately? How are you? We will need to catch up sometime. I appreciate the compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinabout 5 years ago

    So if I knock – will Ms Havisham open the door?
    Looks like Pip’s view to Satis House as I’d imagine him walking in!!
    LOVE that blue focal point!!

  • I think you have hit it spot on. That is exactly what I feel like just standing there taking the photo. When I went to knock on the door to get more info about the place, I totally expected a period person to open the door. LOL! I really appreciate the compliment my dear friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputabout 5 years ago

    Wow, that blue door just pops!! Awesome shot Shawn!

  • Thank you so very much my wonderful friend. This is early for you? I absolutely love the blue door as well.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosabout 5 years ago

    Outstanding capture, Great creativity and fantastic details !!

  • Thank you greatly my good friend. That is a fabulous compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...about 5 years ago

  • Thank you so wonderfully much. What a privilege this is.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • PapasGirl
    PapasGirlabout 5 years ago

    I love gardens…this is especially good..

  • It is a wonderful cottage. It is even more beautiful during the spring time, but unfortunately I don’t have any photos. There is something magical about victorian gardens. Thank you so very much for the compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    wonderful work

  • Thank you for the wonderful encouragement. I appreciate it my great friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720about 5 years ago

    This is so inviting.. makes you want to go in and sit a while.. Just beautiful.. GREAT CAPTURE :))

  • I know. I did. The lady was very nice indeed. It is a fantastic garden indeed. I really appreciate the compliment my friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosabout 5 years ago

  • So lovely! Two features from you…. a lovely place isn’t it? I so very much appreciate the honour.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 5 years ago

    I love the way you delve into the history of these places. It’s always a fascinating read. I love the way the door frame “leads” you to the inner door. Very clever :-)

  • I have been called many things in my life, but clever….? Thank you my wonderful friend. You know I am a historian at heart and love exploring the history of what I shoot. I appreciate your compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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