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The pergola, a spectacular feature of West Dean Gardens, Chichester, whatever the season.

It's the 1911 masterwork of garden designer Harold Peto, is 300ft long and uses 62 classical columns as the central theme, with an unusual handsome gazebo at one end, and a reflecting pool in the middle.

It's a massive stone and timber-covered walkway, and was both restored and replanted after the 1987 storm when a new border was added as part of a plan to “root the structure into the surrounding garden” and is host to many varieties of magnolia, clematis, rose and honeysuckle, like a perfumed promenade.

2 versions, different formats.

Pamela.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Powershot SX30 IS
Lens:4.3 - 150.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24.1 - 844.4 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:7mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:100
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Daylight
Title:Edwardian Pergola
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:2 Jan 2014 - 2:25 PM
Tags:Architecture, Garden, Pond, South downs, Walkway, Waterlilies, West sussex
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Votes:66
Voters:213hardy · CarolG · RonnieAG · ali63 · MalcolmM · mrswoolybill · Tish1 · Badgerfred · User_Removed · woolybill1 · cabbie · alligatorpants · Mollycat · Bzox · TrevBatWCC · Paree · psu68 · gss · rsjkinson · LynneJoyce · GeorgePlatis · NDODS · gary_d · Herge88 · saltireblue · RobertTurley · taggart · EileenH · zapar40 · Philip_H · mikbee · tomcat · marshfam19 · Maiwand · gwynn56 · netta1234 · danbrann · carper123 · bricurtis · Lillian · phillG · Alan_Baseley · crookymonsta · CaroleS · fentiger · PaulLiley · Scottishlandscapes · AnnChown · BIGRY1 · ChiliMan · Mike_Smith · ChristineD · Skeet1Away · Glostopcat · Mike_Young · jaktis · sueriley · Rende · capto · Brian65 · Chinga · xwang · pks · evelen · Armakk · Daphnelectra ·
Views:193
Unique Views:102
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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 2:29 PM

Well captured, Pamela, I have visited West Dean Gardens, close to my old stomping ground. Carol

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 2:43 PM

This is a new spot for me to see, and so well captured in these images: I do like your carefully chosen viewpoint, achieving precise symmetry, and of the two versions, perhaps V 2 appeals that little bit more, although I found it difficult to verbalise why........perhaps it emphasise the verticality a little more than than the landscape format.
R.

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ali63
ali63 Plus Member 3662 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 2:49 PM

A beautifully presented image,

Ali

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8707 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1218 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 2:54 PM

Stone, foliage and water, it's a lovely combination.
In both versions you have given greater importance to the water and lily pads, I think that's the right way round. I go for V1, for the diagonals hitting the bottom corners so neatly. I like the sense of depth and distance in V2 but the cut-off at the sides is less satisfying.
Moira

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Mollycat
Mollycat Plus Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 3:43 PM

Superb composition of this lovely Pergola. They grow great Chillies in West Dean. GrinGrin Peter

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 4:00 PM

How very lovely Smile Two fine captures here, Pamela, and after much toggling, can't decide on which of the two I prefer, so it's half a vote for each! Wink
A very Happy New Year to you Smile
Trev Smile

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psu68
psu68  2 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 4:24 PM

Two beautiful images - can't choose a favorite -

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 4:36 PM

V2 for me too, a lovely image of a lovely place with the extra bonus of reflections!

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis Plus Member 2GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 4:38 PM

Beautiful captures of this wonderful place!
Regards,
George

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NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 44168 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom114 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 4:46 PM

Landscape or Portrait they both look incredible beautiful, although ones natural instincts is drawn towards the portrait variant, beautifully composed and photographed with a wonderful feeling of calm and serenity...

Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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gary_d
gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 4:46 PM

The composition in V1 is much more pleasing to my eye and there is so much depth to the image.

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year. - gary

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taggart
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2 Jan 2014 - 6:06 PM

Such beautiful images, What a lovely place!

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EileenH
EileenH  2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 - 6:13 PM

Lovely image Smile

Eileen

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zapar40
zapar40  566 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 6:14 PM

my first instinct was for v2 but after looking more to see why, i think v1 would be my preferred version if it had just another inch to the top of the picture, lovely shots all the same.
regards,
Anthony.

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Philip_H
Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 - 6:30 PM

Two wonderful captures.

P 3Grin

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mikbee
mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 6:47 PM

Good depth on the images Pamela,
with the lead in from the water and up the path.
Good shots.
Mick.

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netta1234
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2 Jan 2014 - 8:22 PM

Two beautiful imagesSmile
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carper123
carper123 Plus Member 3330 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 8:40 PM

Two excellent images, Pamela, luv the exposure and reflections, spot on, however its the distant window and little hut that gives the image that little extra, well spotted, v1 without doubt.
Happy New year, Pamela, and thank you for your support and encouragement.
Your friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile xxx

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bricurtis
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2 Jan 2014 - 8:52 PM

Has to be V2 for me - the extra depth in that portrait format looks superb.
Brian.

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Lillian
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2 Jan 2014 - 9:29 PM

Pamela these are both brilliant but have to say V2 format is my winner
Simply beautiful
Lillian

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CaroleS
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3 Jan 2014 - 8:35 AM

V2 for me too, it really draws me into the scene.
Carole

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  6 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2014 - 9:02 AM

Happy New Year Pamela. V1 for me cos of the edges of the pond start in the corners of the frame and provide strong lead in lines. . Looks like a fascinating place to wander leisurely. . paul

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3 Jan 2014 - 10:11 AM

Beautiful composition catching the feel of the gardens as a whole.

Dougie

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AnnChown
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3 Jan 2014 - 12:23 PM

So lovely but I prefer v2 by a whisker. Smile

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 9903 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1720 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2014 - 10:32 PM

Thankyou for your comments and observations.
Now you know how hard it was for me to choose which one to lead with.

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ChiliMan
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4 Jan 2014 - 3:58 PM

Both very well shot, Pamela, and what a place!

V2 for me here...but what I'd really like is the width of V1 with the height of V2 Wink

Andrew

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4 Jan 2014 - 5:49 PM

Two cracking shots Pamela, happy new year

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ChristineD
4 Jan 2014 - 6:03 PM

Superb compositions

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4 Jan 2014 - 10:39 PM

It's v2 for me Pamela, the portrait format works so much better in my opinion. Love the composition in that one

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AnnJ
AnnJ  3 Scotland
5 Jan 2014 - 12:20 PM

V1 for me. Such an interesting photo ....the more you look at it the more you see. I love the reflections and one's eye is drawn down the path to the little window at the end....and on the way there are those luscious grees of the foliage on either side. Such a perfect composition.
Thanks for all your recent help with my mono downloads...so very much appreciated.
Ann.

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10 Jan 2014 - 9:27 PM

A fine image. So eye pleasing...
Well done you... IB

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xwang
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26 Jan 2014 - 10:35 AM

I prefer V1, gives a kind "all round" view.

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