"Collection Room" by Bradley Shawn  Rabon

During the summertime, my wife and I spent an afternoon at Calke Abbey in the heart of the Derbyshire country side. This beautiful house "is a Grade I listed country house near Ticknall, Derbyshire, England, in the care of the charitable National Trust organisation. Calke Abbey is a 300-year-old house built on the site of a former priory and completed in 1704 for Sir John Harpur. The family lived at Calke for almost 400 years, the name changing to Crewe and then to Harpur Crewe. Throughout the generations the family displayed a range of eccentric characteristics from being strangely reclusive to having an absorbing fascination with natural history. The National Trust is letting visitors see Calke as it was found in 1984, in a state of decline, to show what happened to many great country houses in the 20th century. The rooms in this beautiful house have been kept in the state that they were found to be in, cluttered with all manner of collectables and furniture. It was really amazing to walk through, imagining the stories behind the rooms and it’s contents.

“This room, with its Victorian wallpaper, remains much as it was after Sir Vauncey abandoned it for another room on his marriage in 1876. It shows his early interest in natural history, and the Harpur Crewe habit of filling a room with clutter and then moving to another. Sir Vauncey was a frail boy, so was not sent away to school. He nevertheless thrived in this chilly room and lived to the age of seventy-eight. Animal heads hang above the bed and fireplace. These were hunting trophies collected by Sir Vauncey in his boyhood days.”
What a fascinating room indeed.

This is a HDR image from a single RAW photo and processed in Photomatix Pro 4, for Mac, and tweaked using Photoshop CS 5.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
Canon 18-35mm Wide angle zoom (@18mm)
1/8 sec
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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  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 2 years ago

    Must have been so amazing to see. Lovely shot and such an interesting description.

  • Thank you Sandra. It was brilliant. It was like time stood still, like something out of “Great Expectations.” I really appreciate the compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosabout 2 years ago

    Click banner to view features *-)!

  • Wow! That is so great of you. What an honour indeed. Thank you so much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you greatly my friend. What a wonderful honour. This is a really beautiful place to visit.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • seeingred13
    seeingred13about 2 years ago

    In the thumbnail and even in the blown up shot, I thought for sure this was a painting! The thought of painting it blew my mind to try to paint each detail! Fabulous capture, mind aerobics. Loved your “description” as well. Congrats! I envy your opportunity to live in England. Enjoy the marvelous world it is!

  • Just walking through the place feels like you are travelling through a painting… It is so marvellous. Thank you dearly for the wonderful compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 2 years ago

    March 22, 2013

    Beautiful work!!

  • Absolutely terrific. What a fantastic honour it is. Thank you deeply.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 2 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! Well deserved!!

  • That is so kind of you Sandra. I really appreciate it. This place was a joy to photograph.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 2 years ago

    So much detail!!! The HDR has done its job well here. Very nice!

  • Thank you my dear friend. I so wanted to keep the dramatic lighting with the HDR… so pleased it worked. You are always a great encouragement.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 2 years ago

    Outstanding capture.

  • This room was so intriguing to look in. Thank you very much indeed my friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 2 years ago

    What a wonderful room full of memories and treasures ~ great capture :)

  • The house is such an amazing lace to visit. Thank you dearly Susie, for the wonderful compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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