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One of two spiral staircases at Delaval Hall, a National Trust property in the north east of England.

This was taken from the bottom of the staircase looking up.

Camera:Leica Digilux 2
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Spiral staircase
Username:landscapepics landscapepics
Uploaded:28 Jun 2010 - 10:45 PM
Tags:Architecture, Specialist / abstract, Spiral staircase stone
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nellabella
28 Jun 2010 - 10:51 PM

I love this composition. Very well seen. Interestings stairway

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Bufpuf2009
Bufpuf2009 e2 Member 4Bufpuf2009 vcard United Kingdom
28 Jun 2010 - 11:07 PM

This is an amzing shot, I can't see any way to improve it without destroying it's natural beauty.
Buffy

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landscapepics
28 Jun 2010 - 11:10 PM

Thanks to nellabella and Bufpuf2009. I was pleased with the shot in general but I was concerned about the blue door which is open (there isn't anyway I could shut it myself). It could be argued it detracts from the lines of the composition. Mainly I was concerned that I didn't notice it in the viewfinder !

Kevin

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Debs_Rocker
28 Jun 2010 - 11:14 PM

well I didn't even register the blue door until I read your comments above! It's a good composition, don't sweat it!

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Dizize
Dizize  4 United States
28 Jun 2010 - 11:32 PM

I had not noticed it either....I love the circles and angles...well done!
Di

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rpba18205
rpba18205 e2 Member 4rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2010 - 1:45 AM

Canít say that I was bothered by the blue door or even really noticed it. Iíve made a feeble attempt at removing it as youíve enabled mods. Hope that I havenít ruined your picture. Rob

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landscapepics
29 Jun 2010 - 5:09 AM

Thanks Rob - a well exectuted removal, not feeble at all

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franken
franken e2 Member 113027 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2010 - 8:01 AM

It works just as well with or without the blue door in my opinion. Excellent capture.

Ken

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2010 - 11:08 AM

A warm welcome to EPZ, landscapepics and thanks for the upload.

There are some pleasing colour harmonies here in the stairs and the walls, nicely offset by the white edges to the stairs. It works best for me if I look at it as a pattern picture rather than as a shot of a circular staircase. I think this is because you have not taken the shot centrally, looking straight up to the top, so I find it difficult to follow the stairs around.

I shouldn't worry too much about the blue door. It's not very intrusive and the blue blends well with the other colours.

It's good work, well exposed and sharp etc and gives us a fresh take on the usual straight up the middle staircase shots.

Hope you enjoy the site

Best wishes

Catherine

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JackAllTog e2 Member 53513 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2010 - 12:35 PM

I flipped the shot around to try and lead my eye into it a bit more, its often worth a flip and/or rotate for abstract shapes. Hope you like the idea.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2010 - 1:42 PM

Very well seen, but very un-nerving. To me, it is on it's side, and I have to turn my head to look at it 'properly'. Surely it needs a -90 degree flip as second mod. (90 degree anti clockwise)

Paul

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landscapepics
29 Jun 2010 - 2:09 PM

Cath, Stewart, and Paul - thanks for those thoughtful comments. I can certainly see the benefit of the flip - I find it difficult to accept a flip when I know the site, and how it actually was - but to someone not knowing the site, and examining the picture in the abstract, it certainly makes sense. I did deliberately take the picture off-centre, for two reasons (a) I wanted to reduce the amount of white ceiling visible at the top of the staircase, to even out the exposure (b) to make the shot a bit different to others I had seen.

Thanks again to everyone.

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jayhawk2000
29 Jun 2010 - 9:44 PM

It's a bit unnerving until I realised you're looking up, not down!

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