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These are the magnificent iron railings outside the Abbey Gardens in Winchester.
In 1890 they replaced the brick wall that surrounded the elegant 18th century Abbey House and Gardens.
The grounds were bought by Winchester City Council in 1890 and converted to a Public Pleasure Ground.
Abbey House is now the official residence of the Mayor.

The gates and railings were recently re-painted, so I知 glad I was able to record its former grottiness. I do, however, like the new gold paint that has been applied to the pointy bits.

2 versions, I wonder which one you prefer.

Pamela.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:8.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Cloudy
Title:Abbey Garden Railings
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:22 Dec 2013 - 3:07 PM
Tags:Abbey gardens, Architecture, Fence, Hampshire, Iron, Railings, Winchester
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7454 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 3:21 PM

Interesting. A private, peaceful place in there, not a soul in sight, waiting for us to explore. Relaxed mounds of colour behind neat symmetry. Normally I would view the wrought iron fence as a barrier, 'Keep out!', but the curves are so beguiling. I favour V2 for its simplicity (colour-wise as well as composition). I'd love to see the tops of those two 'fronds', if the curves existed as clean curves, but they don't so the cut-off is the best option. You could even go in closer on V2, crop off the lighter metal above the dark column, then crop to square, giving prominence to the heart-shape.
Moira

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headskiesfly
22 Dec 2013 - 3:23 PM

Merry Christmas
Rick

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 3:25 PM

Go for the tighter crop on V2 Pamela.
Suitable grotty railings.
Good shots.
Mick.

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Diggeo
Diggeo e2 Member 1Diggeo vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 3:32 PM

Very beautiful shots. V1 for me!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7136 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 3:51 PM

Beautiful railings, Pamela, two excellent images, with a slight preference for the crop in V.2. Carol

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franken
franken e2 Member 123175 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 3:54 PM

Both are interesting and excellent Pamela.

Ken

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 - 4:17 PM

Like them both, but V2 has the edge for me.

P.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43436 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 4:18 PM

A so very well observed, composed, exposed and captured image crammed with wonderful ornate detail, colour and interest Pam

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 4:24 PM

V 2 seems to be the favoured version, but my preference os with V 1, and I am amazed at the DOF achieved with such a wide aperture, so much being in focus.
The algae on the paintwork is so in keeping with the greenery beyond.
R.

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psu68
psu68  1 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 4:27 PM

Slight edge to V2 - maybe to my eye emphasis is more on the fence and it's details vs. the garden. Both are excellent.

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 4:41 PM

My preference is for V1, Pamela. I like seeing the form, with just enough detail in the growths on and colors of the iron, of the fence as a counterpoint to the landscape in the background, on the other side of the bars. In a way, due to the short focal length and deep focus, what you have here is two photos simultaneously, that relate to each other as place but not form or separate composition. The composition that does work is the meta-image, the whole. With V2, I miss that. It becomes a photo of the fence. And it is a very nice photo as well, and if you had uploaded only that, it would have been a strong entry......It is a narrow call.

Have a good holiday season, Pamela.

Peter

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crookymonsta
crookymonsta e2 Member 6704 forum postscrookymonsta vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 4:42 PM

V2 for me, great detail from front to back invites you in.

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 5:05 PM

v2 for me Pamela - it adds a bit of mystery and I just prefer the composition.

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 5:51 PM

V1 for me today Pamela. Well seen

Gerry

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95933 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 6:50 PM

Merry Christmas PJSmile

Adrian

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 7:01 PM

I am also for the more simple composition which is V2Wink
Have a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014Grin
Ryan

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 8:11 PM

Very attractive natural framing Pamela. I prefer V1 because the foreground and the background are sharp. V2 would work better i.m.o. if the background were more out of focus, but that is almost impossible with a compact Smile
Merry Christmas!
Rende

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91909 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 8:44 PM

V1 or me - I like the pointy bits.Smile
Brian.

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2199 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2013 - 9:36 PM

Like them both but it's v1 for meSmile
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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64538 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
23 Dec 2013 - 5:09 PM

Perfect placement.
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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2013 - 2:31 PM

Beautiful both,
I have a preference for V1 though, I think it's the symmetry of
the bench.

Merry Christmas to you Pamela.

B. Smile

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2013 - 10:15 PM

V1 for us Pamela ,more to see, all our very best wishes for Christmas and the coming year.Smile

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Dec 2013 - 3:56 AM

Every detail are in sharp focus,as our eyes see.

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Chinga
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26 Dec 2013 - 8:08 AM

Beautiful... Love the green BG...
Very well composed.
IB

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 11:08 PM

First version is so beautifully composed and with the garden in there...perfect Pamela
I'd like half hour there ...any seat will do..
just to unwind from Christmas
Lillian

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2013 - 12:16 PM

Very ornate railings! Two fine presentations, Pamela, with V1 showing the gardens well in the background, with the closer view and shallower depth of field in V2 concentrating the eye more on the railings Smile
Trev Smile

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2013 - 12:20 PM

I prefer V1, but personally I would give a further crop on the top, and darken the light colour on the right corner. V2 doesn't work for me, because it lost the top, I feel it's not complete..
BTW, thank you for your MOD and comment on 'Boxing day..'.
A very Happy New Year to you, Pamela. And thank you for your kind help all year round, take care, have a good year in 2014.

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2013 - 3:18 PM

V1 for me definitely those gardens looks so inviting. It looks like a secret garden which we can't visit

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 283 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 4:05 PM

Two wonderful images, Pamela, clever use of an interesting subject matter, V1 for me.
Happy New Year.
Darryl.SmileSmileSmile xxx

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2014 - 9:00 AM

V1 for me -it shows more of the railings which form an interesting pattern of a 'grill' through which you are invited to peer into the scene beyond. paul

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