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Old Jun 7, 2012, 4:39 PM   #1
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Default Castell Coch

No, the title is neither a typo or something trying to sound rude, it's actually the name of a very small castle in south Wales, in English it means "Red Castle" but nobody calls it that, it's either "Castell Coch" or "The Fairytale Castle" as it juts out of the side of a forest, overlooking the valleys underneath like something from a children's book.

If anyone is interested in castles, here's some history and probably better photo's than I managed:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castell_Coch

Really hard taking photo's here without a flash as they try to keep the lighting as authentic as possible (without it being a hazard) so had to use the Tamron Adaptall 28mm f/2.4 wide open for most of the shots.

Two posts in a row without any insects? I think this might be a record...




This is actually a bedroom ceiling...




As you can see, the kitchen fireplace is equally understated,




The three fates... in your study... deep man!

Actually the last 2 images nearly line up and are of the same room, so you can imagine the grandeur of the place.

I seriously need a wider prime lens, I took so many photo's, they just weren't wide enough, and the kit lens wasn't fast enough.

Thanks for looking, next time... photo's of sports events... maybe... not... yeah might just go back to shooting bugs once the rain stops...

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Oh and if anyone is interested in the pronunciation, it's not "kok" or "kotch" but "kor-kh"
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Very interesting. That's some place, can't imagine living there. Love your castles!
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Thanks Harriet!
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I like the shots, I can see why they call it the Red Castle looks like something out of Robin Hood. I had a chance to visit the UK in 2004. We went to Leeds Castle and understand the lighting issues. To bad I only had a 4mp P&S at the time.

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Very cool and interesting place. Was the lighting yellow ? If not (talking of AWB - in another thread) then the white balance may be off ? I'm sure there are dramatic light changes from room to room.

There is so much detail there that I've scrolled up and down a dozen times ! And I'm sure plenty of insects there too - just you shot them from a different perspective this time

Look like the perfect place for a 10-20 (my go-to lens for house interiors)
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Fascinating tour - thanks so much for the lovely overview and well-captured details!
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Thanks all!

Frog: I have been away all weekend so will check the shots again tonight, I think the lighting was yellow-ish, but I will have a look at the exif as the lighting was mixed due to the large windows, normal incandescent bulbs and a few halogen spotlights.
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Thanks for bringing me to this amazing castle. Nice shots under difficult lighting conditions.

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