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The Ruins at Wothorpe

By charisma515    
The Ruins at Wothorpe. The lands around the town on Stamford were and still are owned by the Lord of Burghley. the Wothorpe Lodge house was used each year to be the home of the Lord and his family while the main house, Burghley House was swept and cleaned. The dust created and the general mess made living in the main house impossible during the clean up.

Photographers note: if the verticals are a bit out it is because they are out on the ruins!

Tags: Old Architecture Buildings Ruins

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
13 Jul 2013 9:22PM
It does look wonky, and Ive restrained from straightening it. I did measure verticals, and it appears the old "cottage" is not faring well.

Its a shot that could look nicer with a blue sky, but you had to work with what was there. The exposure is ok, though the building itself seems to lack contrast, and is a little flat (no pun). I like the distant church included.

At 1/10 second, if this is hand-held, its a near miracle theres not movement blur.

My only suggestion is some contrast work, and Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean.



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paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2013 9:10AM
A decent record. Conditions against you giving a slightly flat image but that is what contrast adjustment is about. Boost the contrast a touch. Unfortunately that will make the sky even lighter. Sharp enough, so you must have used some support at such a low shutter speed?

Don't use a white border in such cases. A thin black border would look much better, holding that sky in.

Willie thank you, I had tried to photograph this building before so I knew I would need a tripod which for this shot I had about my person! I agree more contrast would have helped to make a better shot. I suppose if the verticals had been true the building would not have fallen down any way! Fred
Paul thanks for tip over the black preferred border and the comments about contrast with which I agree. Thakns for the time you have spent with your helpful comments.

14 Jul 2013 10:28AM
I wouldn't change a thing personally, it's a great pic. I keep meaning to have a walk up there myself but I still haven't done so
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2013 12:08PM
Apart from the doubt over the verticals, it's a neat, factual image. It records the appearance of the building.
You know how to get a sharp, well exposed file; next step - look for pictures. On your next visit, try standing a little further away, placing the building off centre. Look for a fence or wall to lead into the frame diagonally, look to balance the building with maybe some trees on one side - all the clichés that actually make an interesting image, one that draws the eye in and invites it to explore.
14 Jul 2013 12:51PM
Moira I would have liked more flexibility over the position but its private land and you have to stick to the path which is planted with high hedges on each side with only the occasional gaps. As always thanks Fred

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