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Toothpicks on Parade - Castle Drogo by Neal Petts

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Castle Drogo is a country house near Drewsteignton, Devon, England. It was built in the 1910s and 1920s for Julius Drewe (businessman and founder of the Home and Colonial Stores) to designs by architect Edwin Lutyens, and is a Grade I listed building. Castle Drogo was the last castle to be built in England, and probably the last private house in the country to be built entirely of granite.


Named “Toothpicks on Parade” because that is the title of the sheet music open on the piano at the time.

3 shot HDR (-.7, 0, +.7), tonemapped in Photomatix 4.1 and converted into B&W in Photoshop

Sony a580
Tamron 10 – 24mm Ultrawide @ 18mm
ISO 800
1/13 sec (midshot) at f/7.1


  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 2 years ago

    Stunning work Neal. Great processing also. Was thinking of going there someday. Went to Lydford Gorge the other day. Hope you are well.

  • Hi Richard, all fine here thanks how are you both doing? Thank you for the compliment and keep meaning to re-do Lydford as it’s only a couple of mile away (Devil’s Cauldron makes a great shot if you can catch it in full flow).

    Not been on the “Bubble” for a few months (family problems) so thought it was about time to re-start

    – Neal Petts

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    Hi dear Neal,what a wonderful capture and i love what you have done with it.I hope you are both well.x

  • Hi Catherine, all fine here thamk you. Hope you and Richard are keeping well and thank you for the compliment xx

    – Neal Petts

  • Jay Lethbridge
    Jay Lethbridgeover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture and edit Neal. Outstanding result ;)

  • Thanks so much Jay for the great compliments

    – Neal Petts

  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...over 2 years ago

    Very captivating image. Wonderful treatment. Outstanding.

  • Thank you so much for the kind compliment Hany

    – Neal Petts

  • Leigh Monk
    Leigh Monkover 2 years ago

    a nice feel to this shot…nice work

  • Thank you so much Leigh

    – Neal Petts

  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...over 2 years ago

    We loved your unique vision, creativity & the end result so much we featured your image!

  • Thank you so much for the feature Nicolette :-)

    – Neal Petts

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...over 2 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thank you so much for the compliment Colin :-)

    – Neal Petts

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacover 2 years ago

    Congratulations you have been featured in Creative, Talented & Unknown 2 WORKS PER 24 HOURS

    wonderful image :)

  • Thank you so much for the feature jainiemac :-)

    – Neal Petts

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