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Deal Castle is a low, stone artillery fortress, founded by King Henry VIII, in 1539. Built as the central fort of a closely placed series of three, they guard the sheltered anchorage, of the Downs. The largest of coastal forts, the circular, central keep, is encased by six bastions, which rise to first floor height. A series of six outer bastions, one serving as the gatehouse, form the curtain wall and at basement level, a gallery with gun loops provides defence, of the deep, wide moat. Fortified during the Napoleonic Wars, many alterations were made during the 18th and 19th century. Perfectly symmetrical and designed to resemble a Tudor rose, it was the official residence of the Captain of the Cinque Ports, until 1951. Canon 20D Sigma 17-70mm@17 1/250s f8 ISO100. Processed in Dynamic-Photo HDR and Photoshop CS3.

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I started my working life in a press agency called Central Press Photos. After learning my trade in Fleet Street, I moved into more commercial and architectual work. I have also spent many a saturday chasing from one wedding to another. These days I photograph anything that takes my eye.

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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    lovely work here Geoff, It’s really hard to get a decent shot of this castle and you have caught it really well.x

  • Thanks Catherine. You are right, it is difficult to make much of this castle; you need to be in the air to see the true beauty :-)x

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    A wonderful capture Geoff, I’ve not been down to Deal yet, one day soon perhaps:-) Don.

  • Thanks Don. I have only been the once; but I am sure that I will be going back!

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Polly x

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Lovely work Geoff – what a sky!

  • Cheers Bob. I was very lucky with the weather!

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Teacup
    Teacupover 4 years ago

    amazing sky Geoff… beautiful capture… x

  • Many thanks Teacup :-)x

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured

  • Many thanks for the much appreciated feature Dave.

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Tambala
    Tambalaover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Tina :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • kimangeline
    kimangelineover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for the much appreciated feature and the banner kimangeline :-)

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • Joseph Valcourt/Modernus Art Studio
    Joseph Valcour...over 4 years ago


  • Many thanks Joseph.

    – Geoff Carpenter

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for the banner!

    – Geoff Carpenter

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