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A Day Out At Chatsworth House With The K-50

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Category: Landscape and Travel

Photographing Chatsworth House - This week, Emma has been out to Chatsworth with the K-50.

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I headed out to Chatsworth house with the K-50, on a family walk. 

It was an ideal opportunity to try my hand at shooting out in the open with a DSLR, around the grounds, and of course the house at Chatsworth provides some great scenic opportunities for photography. I didn't take my tripod out, and luckily the weather was sunny and crisp, so I was fine shooting hand-held. 

The first hurdle I hit was white balance. I hadn't thought to check my settings from when I had been shooting indoors, and so what I thought was a lovely bright image of the gardens and the estate turned out looking a little blue: 

Chatsworht grounds
Image © Emma Kay 

As you can see in the above image, the use of white balance set to fluorescent makes the sky look bright, but subdues the green tones of the grass and makes the trees look somewhat dull and almost purple. This was easily rectified by pressing the dedicated WB button in live view mode, and selecting the 'sunlight' option:

Chatsworth sunny
Image © Emma Kay 

The image above looks much more natural and lively, with the orange of the remaining leaves on the trees standing out more and the whole shot appearing more balanced. 

Unfortunately, the house itself had scaffolding along the left hand side on my visit so the challenge was to photograph it at a lucrative angle so that the scaffolding was hidden: 

Chatsworth House
Image © Emma Kay 

In the end, I settled for a view which captured the house from a wider viewpoint that captures the house in a landscape image rather than a close-up of the building itself. I like how the eye is lead through this shot by the river, pausing at the house before moving on to view the background. 

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