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The Library

By Sezz    
Cardiff Castle passed through the hands of many noble families until in 1766, it passed by marriage to the Bute family. The 2nd Marquess of Bute was responsible for turning Cardiff into the world's greatest coal exporting port. The Castle and Bute fortune passed to his son John, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, who by the 1860s was reputed to be the richest man in the world.

From 1866 the 3rd Marquess employed the genius architect William Burges to transform the Castle lodgings. Within gothic towers he created lavish and opulent interiors, rich with murals, stained glass, marble, gilding and elaborate wood carvings. Each breathtaking room has its own special theme, including Mediterranean gardens and Italian and Arabian decoration. The 3rd Marquess died when he was only 53 in 1900. He had transformed the Castle into a Welsh Victorian Camelot - now regarded as being of international significance.

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

Tags: Books Wales Architecture Cardiff Steps Library Cardiff castle Marquess of bute William burges

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7 Jun 2010 12:33PM
great shot excellent light and has a nice warm fell to it click

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am52 9
7 Jun 2010 12:35PM
great composition original subject and very well presented.
very nicely done.
7 Jun 2010 12:40PM
Lovely Sarah
Dave x
7 Jun 2010 12:41PM
Fabulous image Sarah

Richsr 13 91 223 England
7 Jun 2010 12:54PM
Like the light and details in this one Sarah - well captured and processed.
Regards Richard
7 Jun 2010 12:57PM
Love the light lovely shot
Tanya x
LesF 13 182 9
7 Jun 2010 1:12PM
Wonderful rich colours, well captured Sarah

Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
7 Jun 2010 1:15PM
Lovely light and beautiful colour and detail.......Sandy
KingBee Plus
13 534 2 Scotland
7 Jun 2010 1:42PM
What a corker. Love the colour, detail, light and shadows. Great shot. Bob
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
7 Jun 2010 1:54PM
cracking comp and rich tones.lesley
Cor 11 Belgium
7 Jun 2010 2:07PM
A beauty*****
DeSilver Plus
12 14 12 England
7 Jun 2010 2:29PM
A real quality image as always, perfect composition/stunning light put them together with a skilled photographer and this is what you end up with. Smile

ashminder 11 13
7 Jun 2010 2:49PM
great lighting and colour, well shot.
7 Jun 2010 3:30PM
Good warm tones, nice shapes and textures. Altogther a very pleasant image.
SurreyHillsMan 12 27 2 England
7 Jun 2010 3:37PM
Love this Sarah... fab colours and great detail

mark1309 13 13 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2010 4:00PM
Magnificent colours and tones, lovely image,
John_Horner 14 12 2 England
7 Jun 2010 4:15PM
Ave u read em all?

Nice capture and a good study Sarah. Love the natural dappled light. Grteat capture.

Stace 11 2 2 England
7 Jun 2010 4:17PM
Wonderful light Sarah

rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
7 Jun 2010 4:19PM
Full of information, pictorial and written Sarah. Ron.
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 14 England
7 Jun 2010 4:26PM
The lighting on this really makes it wonderful, Sarah, picking out the form and shapes of the books...and just love that ornate wooden stepladder. All this combined with your excellent processing makes this a real cracking capture. Very interesting, too, reading your write-up.
TrevB Smile
mcgovernjon 11 138 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2010 5:02PM
7 Jun 2010 7:08PM
Now that's what I call books Sarah. Nice processing on this one, and just the right amount. I like the comp' too.

John Smile
Suehh 13 39 6 England
7 Jun 2010 7:57PM
Wonderful light, colour and comp. A really beautiful capture.

SugarDJ 11 1 England
7 Jun 2010 8:29PM
You have an amazing gift Sarah of turning simple scenes in to such beautiful images! The light in this is terrific and, as always, you've processed it so beautifully!

colmar 12 42 35 Scotland
7 Jun 2010 9:32PM
Such wonderful composition and processing first rate superb light !

Sezz 15 619 15 England
7 Jun 2010 10:01PM
Thank you very much everyone, always appreciated Smile

Sarah x
oll1e 12 57 2 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2010 10:11PM
A fine image Sarah, of light and some great rich tones.
ps thankyou for your well wishes xSmile
andy210966 12 4 119 Wales
7 Jun 2010 10:12PM
Super warm tones here Sarah! Cracking detail and colour too!

Suehh 13 39 6 England
7 Jun 2010 11:54PM
Just noticed this is the featured image - Sue
Toonman 13 1.4k 2 England
8 Jun 2010 6:38AM
Cracking shot as are the rest of your portfilio.

dmhuynh72 12 44 3 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2010 6:57AM
Interesting write up complimented by a lovely photo Sarah
Sezz 15 619 15 England
8 Jun 2010 3:08PM
Thank you Smile

Sarah x
twelvemegs 10 6 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2010 6:33PM
Just love the light, colours and textures.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2010 10:57PM
You composed this so well and the colours are very fitting for the age, but I particularly love that old library chair.

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