Sunday, March 11, 2012

Downton Abbey Part 2

The concluding part to my Downton Abbey weekend, I took this picture the same day as yesterday's one (July 30th 2011). The event I took it at was the Battle Proms event that is held every year at Highclere Castle. Last year was the first time I had attended and it was a spectacular patriotic event, complete with orchestra, fireworks, proms music and my highlight of the event, the flying of the Spitfire. It circled round the castle and graced the sky for a good 10 minutes, something completely awe-inspiring and led me to take this picture (click link). I took today's picture a short while after yesterday's picture, when the sun had appeared. If you are wondering where the fence posts have gone from yesterday's picture, I zapped them out with Photoshop. It's much easier to do things like that when it is a single exposure image like this one, as opposed to yesterday's HDR.

As I said yesterday, this weekend's pictures are really for fans of Downton Abbey and do feel free to use this on blogs and websites. All I ask is that you please link back to this site. I hope you have enjoyed these pictures, this one is a particular favourite of mine and today is the first time I have posted it on any website.

DID YOU KNOW: Highclere Castle is the home of the Earls of Carnarvon. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon, George Herbert, was the financial backer of the expedition to discover Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922. He was there when it was discovered with Howard Carter. The Earl never returned from Egypt, dying there in 1923.


  1. Love the gradient on this Pete. Very atmospheric and I'm sure the Downton fans will love it.

  2. I like your processing on this image, very retro feel, which suits the subject well.
    Am thinking of getting the Lightroom 4 upgrade. From your post a few days ago it sounds like you're finding it useful?

  3. Thanks for the comments as always gentlemen. Marc, yes Lightroom 4 is a worthwhile investment and I am finding it very useful. Everything that has changed has been an improvement without a single exception, though as I say in a previous blog, do watch a few tutorials, they are massive help.

  4. A Downton Abbey fan raising her hand! :-)
    Lovely pics, especially this one has a warm feeling.
    In the show there are lot of shoots of the Castle that look like this one!
    Hope you'll find time to see what the fuss of Downton Abbey is all about! :-)
    As a photographer you might like the cinematography.


    1. Thanks very much for your comment Anna! Delighted you like it and as I said, it is for the Downton fans. I should check the programme out I know. £22.99 on blu ray for both seasons at the moment, not bad.