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"Views over Gorey Bay, Jersey" by Bradley Shawn  Rabon

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Another of my favourite places to visit in Jersey, CI is Mont Orgueil castle (also known as Gorey Castle) in the village of Gorey in the parish St. Martin. It is a magnificent structure built as a strong hold. I took this when I met up with friend and fellow Redbubbler Karen Millard.
“The castle was the primary defence of the Island until the development of gunpowder which then rendered the castle ultimately indefensible from Mont Saint Nicholas, the adjacent hill which overlooks the castle, which is from where I took this shot. The construction of Elizabeth Castle off Saint Helier was commenced at the end of 16th century to replace Mont Orgueil. Walter Raleigh, Governor of Jersey in 1600, rejected a plan to demolish the old castle in order to recycle the stone for the new fortifications with the words: “’twere pity to cast it down”.
Mont Orgueil, which is French for “Mount Pride”, has guarded Jersey’s east coast since the 13th century. The old castle continued to be used as the Island’s only prison until the construction of a prison in St. Helier at the end of the 17th century. Individuals deemed troublesome agitators by the Crown such as William Prynne and John Lilburne were sent to Mont Orgueil, far from the realm of England.
A report for the States of Jersey in 1691 declared that the barracks accommodation was so dilapidated that it was impossible to quarter troops there. Two years later, the castle was stated to be in a ruinous condition and subsequently was abandoned as a prison. This was because Elizabeth Castle had been built and the castle was neglected and not needed anymore."

This is a HDR image combining 3 bracketed images using Photomatix Pro for Macs.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS Zoom lens (Focal length 40mm)
f/22
1/40, 1/100, 1/250
Eposure Bias -1.33, 0, 1.33
ISO 100

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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Comments

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Shawn, wonderful clarity and colour.

  • Thank you so much my friend. What a lovely compliment bud. It is very difficult to keep the focus when doing HDR. I love the effect it gives to the water.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 4 years ago

    and fresh seafood on the restaurants below the castle too

    fab shot Pinky !

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • Oh the food is lovely down there, but one of my fav restaurants was shut down. I really appreciate the kind compliment my pink friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Again, thank you my friend. It is always a pleasure.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL shades of blue (not to mention the fantastic vista).
    Also like the boats stranded in the low tide.

  • Thank you my friend. It really is a gorgeous view from up there. I should have put it in that I saw a photo from this vantage point some years ago, and I have wanted to find it for so long, but never had the time. Finally!!!!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • Absolutely wonderful. Thank you greatly.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalover 4 years ago

    Great shot of Mont Orgueil, must go back some day, a fave for me.

  • You really should. Go in the summer time next year and we can meet up…. LOL! Thank you for the lovely compliment. I appreciate it very much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot there, lovely work and great composition.

  • Thank you greatly my friend. it is a bit of a walk up to to the top to this gorgeous view but so worth it. I need to add to my info that I was out taking shots with my friend Karen. I have just realised that I left that out. Ooops. I really appreciate the compliment bud.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Gordon Pressley
    Gordon Pressleyover 4 years ago
    A wonderful vista Shawn..congrats on your feature… :)
  • Thank you so much Gordon. That is a lovely compliment. I have been looking for this shot for several years now and I was given directions up there (there are secret back ways…LOL!)

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago


    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

  • How fabulous indeed. Thank you my wonderful friend. I am pleased you like this. Such a marvelous place to visit.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 3 years ago

    Congratulations Shawn – excellent work!

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  • How marvelous are you my friend. Thank you so very much. This is one of the best shots I have ever taken of this castle and the village. It was quite a hike to the top of the hill though. I appreciate it so much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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