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The Chapel Royal, Falkland Palace by Christine Smith

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TOP TEN FINALIST in the Quality Layered Work + HDR – Cathedrals, Churches, Temples All Houses Of Worship Challenge 05-04-2011
TOP TEN FINALIST in the English Heritage and National Trust – Your Favourite EHNT Shot Challenge 11-05-2012
TOP TEN FINALIST in the Architecture – The British Isles – Down the Aisle Challenge 23-06-2012

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO: 800, Aperture: f4, Shutter: 1/30

The Chapel Royal is in the South Range (or wing) of Falkland Palace in Falkland, Scotland, and is still in use today. It is the only Catholic Chapel owned by the monarchy in Britain. It is also the most significant surviving original interior of the palace and dates from the reign of James V. It was redocorated for the visit of Charles I in 1633. Falkland is the only Royal Palace under the care of the National Trust for Scotland. The Scottish Crown acquired Falkland Castle from MacDuff of Fife in the 14th century. In 1402 Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany imprisoned his nephew David Stewart, Duke of Rothesay, the eldest son of King Robert III of Scotland, at Falkland. The incarcerated Duke eventually died there from neglect and starvation. Between 1501 and 1541 Kings James IV and James V of Scotland transformed the old castle into a beautiful royal palace: one of the finest Renaissance palaces in Scotland. James V, already ill, died at Falkland in December 1542 after hearing that his wife had given birth to a daughter—Mary, Queen of Scots. Falkland became a popular retreat with all the Stewart monarchs. They practised falconry there and used the vast surrounding forests for hawking and for hunting deer and wild boar. Nearby Myres Castle is the hereditary home of the Royal Macers and Sergeants at Arms who served Falkland Castle since at least the sixteenth century. John Scrimgeour of Myres supervised building at the Palace from 1532 – 1563. After the Union of the Crowns, James VI and I, Charles I, and Charles II all visited Falkland. Cromwell’s invading army set the palace on fire and it quickly fell into ruin. In 1887 John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute started the restoration of the palace. The Crichton-Stuarts, the Keepers of Falkland Palace, at the time headed by the 5th Marquess of Bute made a decision in the early 1950s, he appointed the National Trust for Scotland in 1952 to take care of the Palace. Falkland Palace has been in the keepership of the Crichton Stuart family since its acquisition by the 3rd Marquess of Bute in 1887. In 1952 the National Trust for Scotland was appointed Deputy Keeper of the Palace, and they now care for and maintain the Palace and its extensive gardens.

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 4 years ago

    Fantastic work Christine!

  • Thanks Barbara. Much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 4 years ago

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

  • Lynden
    Lyndenover 4 years ago

    Great photo!

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 4 years ago

    superb work! :)

  • Thanks for the nice comment.

    – Christine Smith

  • Ted Byrne
    Ted Byrneover 4 years ago

    If we played that game where a therapist throws out a word and we’re asked to reply with the first thought it triggers…

    And if the word was, “Evocative.”

    I’d answer with this image.

    Wonderful feeling Christine.

  • Thank you so much for the lovely comment Ted. I felt it was a room steeped in history and atmosphere.

    – Christine Smith

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture of the chapel of this National Trust maintained property Christine. Welcome to the National Trust Group. – Ted

  • Thank you Ted. Looking forward to being in and watching the National Trust Group.

    – Christine Smith

    MIGHTY TEMPLE ...over 4 years ago

    nicely done !

  • Emma  Smith
    Emma Smithover 4 years ago

    Great HDR! Well done!

  • Thanks Emm.

    – Christine Smith

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 4 years ago

    Features 24 Aug 2010

    This is tone mapping genius Christine! Very impressive (bordering on me being envious…lol). Absolutely stunning work :)

  • Thank you so much for the feature and for the really lovely comment. You have made my day!!!

    – Christine Smith

  • Karl Williams
    Karl Williamsover 4 years ago

    This is good, Chris .. I like this one a lot

  • Thanks so much Karl. It was one of my first HDRs – I’m now hooked on the process.

    – Christine Smith

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