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Many thanks for your comments on 'Medieval Chambers' and thank you to John/Lifesnapper for his UA
Here's another from the Great Tower at Dover Castle.

When Henry II built his Great Tower keep at Dover Castle in the 12th century, he was as mindful of its position as a symbol of power as its function as a strategic defence against enemies and invaders. With his eyes focussed uneasily on the steady stream of Medieval tourists on their way to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket, he created a splendid Royal Court within the castle walls, representing an unequivocal and majestic emblem of his authority and wealth.

Now the huge interior of the keep at Dover Castle has undergone a major transformation by English Heritage, restoring the splendour of Henry's court for a new generation of tourists, albeit ones with less pious ambitions. The developments have been informed by new research by Professor John Gillingham, who believes that the spectre of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered in 1170 by four of the King's knights, was the main reason for the King building this impressive icon at Dover.

Thank you for your time and as always, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Regards - Sarah J x

PS here's a link to the Time Team Special on the Restoration of the Great Tower at Dover Time Team Special

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
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Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The Great Tower
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:29 Nov 2012 - 3:30 PM
Tags:Architecture, Dover, Dover castle, Kent, King Henry II, Medieval, South east
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paddyman
paddyman  566 forum posts United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 - 3:38 PM

Super colour and light on this one Sarah..

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
29 Nov 2012 - 4:08 PM

An excellent photo rich in colour, light and history Smile Well taken !! Grin

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johnjo58
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29 Nov 2012 - 4:27 PM

I love the colours and processing on this one Sarah
David

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andy p  10
29 Nov 2012 - 4:59 PM

I am presuming that this was done in HDR, and well done at that. Nice capture.Grin

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 5:05 PM

There's a lovely warm feel to this medieval hall and I do like the multi-coloured furniture, no doubt reproductions exactly as the originals would have been, English Heritage having been involved in the research.
Ronnie.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 5:18 PM

Royal banquet with colour Sarah !
Ron.

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paulb20
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29 Nov 2012 - 5:19 PM

Very colourful, Sarah.
Paul

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7459 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1037 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 5:22 PM

I didn't comment on yesterday's, I was in a hurry, but I fins the use of bright colours fascinating. I know it's reckoned that our tasteful stone cathedral interiors were originally brightly painted. I could live with this....
Moira

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 6:43 PM

Ideal point of view Sarah, and just LOVE those colours.

John Smile

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 6:44 PM

Like the colours and warm light in this Sarah, good work
Regards Richard

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 7:03 PM

How very beautiful and colourful - especially that furniture, love it! A super capture, Sarah, and interesting write-up, too Smile Think I might just have to part with my UA here....Wink
Trev Smile

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95940 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 7:08 PM

Awesome colours Sarah

Adrian

PS Thanks for the GT supportWink

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 44055 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 7:34 PM

Not sure why, but I can imagine this being from a scene from ALice in Wonderland. Can see the characters sititng there...

Malc

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 6185 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 8:12 PM

This has a really warm feel Sarah. The bright coloured furniture contrasts well against the predominant brown tones.
Derek

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 11:41 AM

Many thanks for your time & kind comments, always appreciated!
Trev, thank you so much for your UA, a lovely surprise Smile

Sarah x

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Joline
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30 Nov 2012 - 12:35 PM

A wonderful image....I can't get over the rich colors of the furnishing.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 1:52 PM

Thanks all - If anyone's interested, I have added a link in my description to the Time Team Special on the restoration of the Great Tower at Dover Castle. I have just spent the most enjoyable hour watching it!

S x

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JohnChambersPhotography

Lovely colours rich and bold, good processing Sarah, you really have brought out the stunning colours very well indeed.

John

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 6:15 PM

Cracking shot Sarah and top class processing as always,
Geoff.

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 7:05 PM

the award is for the set i have just looked through,particularly like the Leeds castle shot but a great set.

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RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 8RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2012 - 10:03 PM

Lovely colours. The table and chairs look as if they're built from children's bricks!

David

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2012 - 11:44 PM

Gentlemen, thank you very much, appreciated Smile
Neil, thank you for your UA and for looking through my work, means a lot to me!

Sarah x

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maggietear
4 Dec 2012 - 11:37 AM

Another image of the same quality, it all looks very dynamic!
Maggie

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