This image is from the Fonthill Morning Room adjacent to the Saloon. Most of the standard day tours do not cover this room. I could not get an acceptable HDR or blended image so I used flash for this image. I set my camera exposure for exterior through the window. The flash provide the light for the tree.
This image is taken in the Fonthill Saloon. Getting a good image is always a difficult task in this room with the huge windows and deep shadows. This image is a combination of a 4 image HDR blended with several single images to balance out the exterior light and maintain some of the interior shadows. Lights on the tree created the golden color cast.
The next several posts will be of the Fonthill Castle Christmas displays. During the Christmas Season, the Fonthill staff decorates several rooms in Holiday splendor. Tours are conducted on a daily basis in addition to special evening tours. If you are in the Doylestown, PA area, it is a must see.
This image is of the Library. The huge two story room dwarfs the tree.
I need a change from the “winter white” landscape here in Bucks Co. So here is a bright sunny day image from St. Augustine. The color of this old building with the wood shutters caught my eye. The tree on the left helps frame the window and lessen the distraction of the corner.
Canon 7D, EF10-22mm @ 10mm, f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO 1600
I could not help posting another image of this wonderful architectural work. This image is a wide angle view of the photo posted yesterday. Being brought up in the home-building trade and having a love of fine woodworking, places like this intrigue me. At times I feel like I was born a couple of generations too late.
I remember taking this image a year ago. I was pushing my hand holding capacity to the limit. I also remember counting the lights and balancing the tile work in the corners to get a balanced, symmetric composition. It turned out pretty good for a hand held image.
Canon 7D, EFS10-22mm @ 22mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO 1600
Pretty fancy for a college reception foyer … impressive for a resort hotel. This image was taken inside Flagler College’s Ponce de Leon Hall (ex. Hotel Ponce de Leon). Late 19th century architecture and craftsmanship is hard to match. Some day I hope to return with my tripod and a low noise camera to get a better portrayal of such a piece of history.
Ponce de Leon Hall, Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL
Canon 7D, EFS10-22mm @ 10mm, f/6.3, 1/8000 sec, ISO 1600
Enough for the snow and winter cold. My memory goes back to last year when we were in St. Augustine, FL on this beautiful clear winter day with temperatures in the high 60’s. This image of Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College warms by bones.
A little history:
In 1885 multi-millionaire industrialist Henry Morrison Flagler (1830-1913) initiated a grand scheme to turn Florida’s east coast into the “American Riviera” and the city of St. Augustine into the “Winter Newport.” The Hotel Ponce de Leon, which was constructed in 1885-1887, was intended as the flagship of Flagler’s resort empire. This palatial Spanish Renaissance Revival hotel, with Italian, French and Moorish influences, was the first major commission for the Carrère & Hastings architecture firm.
The Hotel Ponce de Leon opened in 1888 and was operated by Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Hotel Company. Nationally significant for both its architecture and engineering, the building is the first large cast-in-place concrete building in the U.S. The hotel was constructed using poured concrete mixed with local coquina. The design reflected the wealth and extravagance of the upper-class during the Gilded Age. Members of the design team included Louis Comfort Tiffany, Thomas Edison, Bernard Maybeck, George Willoughby Maynard, and Pottier & Stymus. The firm of McGuire & McDonald was hired to supervise construction of the Hotel.
The Hotel was operation for almost 80 years. During World War II the building was used as a Coast Guard Training Center. Hotel operations ceased in 1967, and in 1968 the hotel became part of the campus for the newly established Flagler College as Ponce de Leon Hall. The building was added to the National Register in 1975 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
Lessons Learned: Notice the camera settings of this image. They are not even close to being optimized for a good image. I had just walked outside from taking interior images in dark rooms. I did not adjust the camera for the outdoor light. I just composed and took a snapshot. I really need and take my time to focus on making the best out of each image I capture.
I appreciate this signage much better than bright neon lights. This sign has caught my eyes over the years. This day I took the time to capture a composition along with the traditional holiday wreath. The day was comfortable but dreary. I processed this image in Black and White, then decreased the opacity to about 50% to depict the dreary feeling.
Today’s post includes a few examples of Holiday wreaths that adorn the homes and buildings in Colonial Williamsburg. I just captured a few as my party was walking down the Duke of Glouster Street to our next stop.
A couple of lessons learned here. I shot these images at a high ISO 1600. I was going in and out of shade. Some of the images could have been shot at a much lower ISO for less noise, some couldn’t. Lesson learned: Take my time on each image to get the best shooting parameters … Get out of the mode of shooting a “snap shot”! I did take a little time in processing to POP out the wreath details and colors. It made a difference.
On the brighter side of things, Colonial Williamsburg is decorated with elaborate wreaths during the Christmas Holidays. There were many much more elaborate than this simple wreath. The repetition of the wreath on the railing and the door caught my eye in this image.