"Northumberland's Passing Prestige" by Bradley Shawn  Rabon

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The well preserved Warkworth Castle, situated in Warkworth village, Northumberland, England is a ruin, but reasonably well kept example “of unparalleled quality and sophistication in Northumberland” as described by historian John Goodall. Built on a defensive mound in a loop of the River Coquet, it is a Grade I listed building, now looked after by the English Heritage.

Warkworth Castle was originally constructed as a wooden fortress, some time after the Norman Conquest. It was later ceded to the Percy family, who held it, and resided there on and off (dependent on the state of their often stormy relationship with the royalty of the time) until the 16th century. During this period the castle was rebuilt with sandstone curtain walls and greatly reinforced. The imposing keep, overlooking the village of Warkworth was added during the late 14th century. It was refurbished, with much refaced stonework, by the Dukes of Northumberland in the late 19th century.
The castle formed the backdrop for several scenes in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2.

There is a long a beautiful history to this lovely castle so please click onto the link and continue reading.

This is a HDR image made by combining three bracketed shots using Photomatix Pro for Mac.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
17-35mm Wide Angle zoom lens (@ 17mm)
1/125, 1/250, 1/500
ISO 200

Some minor post processing was done using Photoshop CS


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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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  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 3 years ago

    Love it Bradley…fabulous editing.

  • Thank you so much Lyn. That means a lot to me my friend. It is a very impressive castle. I didn’t get to spend much time in the grounds but look forward to our next visit here in April… I hope to get more shots then.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 3 years ago

    awesome work Shawn! :)

  • Thank you deeply my friend. What a great compliment from a photographer of your caliber.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work Shawn!! Love the richness of tones and colours. Great atmosphere!

  • You are so sweet my dear friend. Thank you greatly for your lovely compliment. As it was late in the day, that sun setting really brought the stone to life. It would be great if you came over to see it for yourself.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • CanyonWind
  • Marvelous indeed. Thank you so very much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 3 years ago

    Lovely work Shawn

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

  • Thank you Bob. That is very kind of you. I’m very pleased with the way it has turned out.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Jeanie
    Jeanieover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

  • It’s a privilege. Thank you very much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparover 3 years ago

    Nice work .!!

  • That means a lot. Thank you so very much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • That is fabulous. Thank you ever so much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Hey Shawn! Grand to see you & this marvelous shot of this marvelous pile!!

  • Thank you my fabulous friend. That is such a lovely compliment. It’s great to see you as well. Things have just been so busy lately. I have a few more to put up so watch this space. I need to check out your new stuff as well.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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