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Abbey Garden Railings

By pamelajean
These are the magnificent iron railings outside the Abbey Gardens in Winchester.
In 1890 they replaced the brick wall that surrounded the elegant 18th century Abbey House and Gardens.
The grounds were bought by Winchester City Council in 1890 and converted to a Public Pleasure Ground.
Abbey House is now the official residence of the Mayor.

The gates and railings were recently re-painted, so I知 glad I was able to record its former grottiness. I do, however, like the new gold paint that has been applied to the pointy bits.

2 versions, I wonder which one you prefer.


Tags: Iron Fence Architecture Winchester Railings Hampshire Abbey gardens

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1500 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 3:21PM
Interesting. A private, peaceful place in there, not a soul in sight, waiting for us to explore. Relaxed mounds of colour behind neat symmetry. Normally I would view the wrought iron fence as a barrier, 'Keep out!', but the curves are so beguiling. I favour V2 for its simplicity (colour-wise as well as composition). I'd love to see the tops of those two 'fronds', if the curves existed as clean curves, but they don't so the cut-off is the best option. You could even go in closer on V2, crop off the lighter metal above the dark column, then crop to square, giving prominence to the heart-shape.

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22 Dec 2013 3:23PM
Merry Christmas
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
22 Dec 2013 3:25PM
Go for the tighter crop on V2 Pamela.
Suitable grotty railings.
Good shots.
Diggeo 3 13 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 3:32PM
Very beautiful shots. V1 for me!
CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
22 Dec 2013 3:51PM
Beautiful railings, Pamela, two excellent images, with a slight preference for the crop in V.2. Carol
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
22 Dec 2013 3:54PM
Both are interesting and excellent Pamela.

22 Dec 2013 4:17PM
Like them both, but V2 has the edge for me.

6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 4:18PM
A so very well observed, composed, exposed and captured image crammed with wonderful ornate detail, colour and interest Pam

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
22 Dec 2013 4:24PM
V 2 seems to be the favoured version, but my preference os with V 1, and I am amazed at the DOF achieved with such a wide aperture, so much being in focus.
The algae on the paintwork is so in keeping with the greenery beyond.
psu68 3 1 2 United States
22 Dec 2013 4:27PM
Slight edge to V2 - maybe to my eye emphasis is more on the fence and it's details vs. the garden. Both are excellent.
My preference is for V1, Pamela. I like seeing the form, with just enough detail in the growths on and colors of the iron, of the fence as a counterpoint to the landscape in the background, on the other side of the bars. In a way, due to the short focal length and deep focus, what you have here is two photos simultaneously, that relate to each other as place but not form or separate composition. The composition that does work is the meta-image, the whole. With V2, I miss that. It becomes a photo of the fence. And it is a very nice photo as well, and if you had uploaded only that, it would have been a strong entry......It is a narrow call.

Have a good holiday season, Pamela.

22 Dec 2013 4:42PM
V2 for me, great detail from front to back invites you in.
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 5:05PM
v2 for me Pamela - it adds a bit of mystery and I just prefer the composition.
Gerryrys 4 1 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 5:51PM
V1 for me today Pamela. Well seen

tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 6:50PM
Merry Christmas PJSmile

4 3 7 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 7:01PM
I am also for the more simple composition which is V2Wink
Have a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014Grin
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
22 Dec 2013 8:11PM
Very attractive natural framing Pamela. I prefer V1 because the foreground and the background are sharp. V2 would work better i.m.o. if the background were more out of focus, but that is almost impossible with a compact Smile
Merry Christmas!
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
22 Dec 2013 8:44PM
V1 or me - I like the pointy bits.Smile
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
22 Dec 2013 9:36PM
Like them both but it's v1 for meSmile
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
23 Dec 2013 5:09PM
Perfect placement.
BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
24 Dec 2013 2:31PM
Beautiful both,
I have a preference for V1 though, I think it's the symmetry of
the bench.

Merry Christmas to you Pamela.

B. Smile
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
24 Dec 2013 10:15PM
V1 for us Pamela ,more to see, all our very best wishes for Christmas and the coming year.Smile
25 Dec 2013 3:56AM
Every detail are in sharp focus,as our eyes see.
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2013 8:08AM
Beautiful... Love the green BG...
Very well composed.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 11:08PM
First version is so beautifully composed and with the garden in there...perfect Pamela
I'd like half hour there ...any seat will do..
just to unwind from Christmas
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
29 Dec 2013 12:16PM
Very ornate railings! Two fine presentations, Pamela, with V1 showing the gardens well in the background, with the closer view and shallower depth of field in V2 concentrating the eye more on the railings Smile
Trev Smile
xwang 7 55 8
29 Dec 2013 12:20PM
I prefer V1, but personally I would give a further crop on the top, and darken the light colour on the right corner. V2 doesn't work for me, because it lost the top, I feel it's not complete..
BTW, thank you for your MOD and comment on 'Boxing day..'.
A very Happy New Year to you, Pamela. And thank you for your kind help all year round, take care, have a good year in 2014.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
31 Dec 2013 3:18PM
V1 for me definitely those gardens looks so inviting. It looks like a secret garden which we can't visit
carper123 Plus
4 927 8 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2014 4:05PM
Two wonderful images, Pamela, clever use of an interesting subject matter, V1 for me.
Happy New Year.
Darryl.SmileSmileSmile xxx
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2014 9:00AM
V1 for me -it shows more of the railings which form an interesting pattern of a 'grill' through which you are invited to peer into the scene beyond. paul

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