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Attack 'n' Protect

By Sezz    
Deal Castle yesterday lunch time.
Commissioned by Henry VIII in response to threatened invasions during the 16th century, Deal Castle was one of the last castles in England to be purpose-built as a military fort, able to afford both the power for attack and protection. At the same time, similar castles at Walmer and Sandown were constructed and these three together provided a formidable defence line along the coastal stretch of The Downs.

Based on a 'walls within walls' plan, Deal Castle is shaped liked a Tudor rose, perfectly symmetrical, with a low, circular Keep located at its centre. Around the circumference of the Keep stand six bastions, rising to the height of the first floor, with a further series of six bastions in the curtain wall, one of which serves as the gatehouse. All outer walls of the castle and sturdy bastions are rounded, which provided strength and, more importantly, deflected shot more efficiently than flat walls. The overall circular design of Deal Castle also enabled particularly good artillery coverage, with over 200 cannon and gun ports set within the walls. Moreover, the entire structure was completely surrounded by a very deep, wide moat.

Thanks as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Regards - Sarah x

Tags: Architecture

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5 May 2009 9:12AM

Like the view, very nice, however the image to me, seems a little too contrasty - was that the intention?

I love the way you know your stuff about your locations - very informative!
Is this part of your work or are you copying from a guide book . either way thanks for the history lesson, very interesting.


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Sezz 13 617 15 England
5 May 2009 9:16AM
Thanks Paul, no not my work but I love the history so I always do some research. Re the contrast - yes It was intentional, was a really flat dull sky, not much to speak of so I wanted to give it some punch and add some mood - perhaps too much though?

Sarah x
Richsr 10 91 223 England
5 May 2009 9:17AM
That red circle certainly draws the eye Sarah - good details as always with you work. Well captured and processed.
regards Richard.
C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
5 May 2009 9:17AM
Sounds formidable Sarah - not sure if I'd find a way in Smile
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
5 May 2009 9:18AM
Excellent processing Sarah.Lovely work and good information as usual.
5 May 2009 9:31AM
If you can alter the settings for this image i will upload a photoshop mod i have done.

Not an improvement - my interpretation
mark1309 11 13 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 9:43AM
Lovely shot Sarah, love the way you have composed this with the canon in the foreground,
BarryC123 9 43 25 Ireland
5 May 2009 10:00AM
A really nice shot - I love the textures of the ground, the wood of the cannon, the castle walls.
A very eye-catching composition too.
Maybe the cannon would look more menacing without the red 'plug', but then you'd lose the nice contrast of the red.
A very powerful composition to match the subject, I'm just waiting for the bang.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 10:05AM
Love the composition, and the angle of the foreground. I'm seeing this in b&w with just the red plug in colour.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 10:06AM
That red thing makes the cannon look a bit like one of those Dalek sink-plungers. Smile
shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 10:22AM
A super image wonderful processing very well done
Sezz 13 617 15 England
5 May 2009 10:37AM
Thanks everyone Smile
Barry, know what you mean but I did like the colour contrast, I toned it down aswell Wink
Moira - good idea, will try that.
David - Dalek sink-plunger - lol
Paul - thanks for the mod, think it looks great!

Sarah x
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
5 May 2009 11:52AM
Another stunning capture, Sarah, lovely detail, tones and reading your bits of history, too. Like also V2 with the rain & lightning...what we need is a Photoshop plug-in that will take out rain from images taken on days like yesterday!
TrevB Smile
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
5 May 2009 1:15PM
Excellent Sarah as informative as ever and a nice take on it from Paul but like most thing in life you cant beat the real thing

dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 2:02PM
Well composed shot sarah, love that red circle which really gets your attention! i think the contrast is great as it gives more drama in the sky. Nicely processed with a lot of detail. Love the thundering effects in v2.
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 2:34PM
Great pov, wonderful work you have put in here.
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
5 May 2009 2:44PM
Great processing work going on here. I love the drama created in V2. Two really punchy image.
User_Removed 11 11 11 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 3:25PM
Love the angle and composition Sarah, very well seen and captured!

Chris C
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
5 May 2009 3:40PM
Beautiful Sarah. I really enjoy your work. Always so detailed and full of drama. This is no exception....Sandy
wyatturp 12 2 England
5 May 2009 4:03PM
well done you works well-30---------------------Fire-----------------------------missed

DougSmile-V2 look super too
User_Removed 10 485 13 England
5 May 2009 4:20PM
thought i recognised the place, very nice shot indeed

Sezz 13 617 15 England
5 May 2009 4:27PM
Thanks everyone for stopping by Smile

Sarah x
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 4:33PM
excellent work again Sarah

Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
5 May 2009 4:47PM
love the composition, cracking shot Smile
5 May 2009 4:56PM
Such a strong and intriguing composition - great work, Sarah
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
5 May 2009 5:26PM
Distinctive image Sarah. Information up to scratch. Ron.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
5 May 2009 5:37PM
love v2.lesley
5 May 2009 6:07PM
VERY nice work Sezz, smashing!

John Smile
Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 6:11PM
Unusual image, beautifully processed, as always Smile

Stace Plus
9 2 2 England
5 May 2009 6:15PM
Excellent POV

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
5 May 2009 6:23PM
An excellent image and write up, it almost feels as though you are staring down the barrel of that cannon!
JouŠo 13 56 Finland
5 May 2009 6:29PM
brilliant shot, Sarah!
Lovely POV.......

MarkT 13 119 2 England
5 May 2009 6:31PM
Superb work Sarah.

Sezz 13 617 15 England
5 May 2009 6:59PM
Thank you so much for your time and kind comments!
Stace - your award is really appreciated, a lovely surprise, thank you Smile

Sarah x
RAUL 9 Italy
5 May 2009 8:13PM
Great work.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
5 May 2009 8:27PM
Excellent work again Sarah, I do appologise for the clicks, catching up is my situation just lately Wink
SueTurner 13 81 3 England
5 May 2009 9:46PM
very effective, the mod is good too

fatherpie 9 18 12 England
5 May 2009 10:24PM
Love the composition ... v2 is great fun but have to say I prefer v1
Sezz 13 617 15 England
5 May 2009 10:36PM
Raul, Geoff, Sue and Dave - thanks very much Smile

Sarah x
dathersmith 10 559 12 England
5 May 2009 11:47PM
Nice shot Sarah, I was expecting the red bung to pop out on V2 Wink

Iain_Proudfoot 11 40 2 Ireland
6 May 2009 9:07AM
A great photograph.

Warm regards, Iain.
striking composition and colour.

Sezz 13 617 15 England
6 May 2009 12:51PM
Thanks Darren, Iain and Michael and to those who voted also.
My thanks also to Yung for your user award, really appreciated Smile

Sarah x
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
6 May 2009 4:31PM
Really like the dramatic angle and the red really has impact.
oll1e Plus
10 57 2 United Kingdom
6 May 2009 6:45PM
carefull where you point that thing,could have someones eye out Smile
love the processing and angle
ollie x
Sezz 13 617 15 England
7 May 2009 11:07AM
Thank you Jon and Ollie Smile

Sarah x
Sezz 13 617 15 England
7 May 2009 3:58PM
Thank you very much Phil for your award, I'm really chuffed Smile

Sarah x
LesF 11 182 9
9 May 2009 5:54AM
Very bold this Sarah with the canon but looking a couple of times at it now, it works

21 May 2009 4:25AM
congrats on UAs,my friend
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
7 Jun 2009 3:07AM
You have a lovely technique,keep it up,,


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