A Day at Warwick Castle

We all had the day off on Monday, 18-Jan, as a day to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If we were in the US, we’d probably be at a Memorial Service. However, I told Deborah we’d take the girls on a trip to Warwick Castle instead of lounging around the house. This would allow us to learn more about the country’s history and for me to capture more photos. We invited some additional friends to attend the outing.  The highlights included a tour of the castle interior that was used to host house parties in the late 19th century, the gruesome history of how they defended the castle from enemies during the middle ages and the “birds of prey” exhibition.

I had a challenging time photographing the castle. There was minimal light inside which challenged the camera’s low-light ability. The castle grounds contain a Rose Garden and other beautiful trees. However, the roses, flowers and other natural beauties were absent due to the winter season. With that said, I managed to make the most of what was available. I hope you enjoy the images.

Castle Fusion IMG_037733

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PhotoChallenge 365 Part II

When I began jogging last year, I did it for several reasons. I wanted to improve my health. I wanted to increase my endurance and I wanted to participate in a 5K marathon. There were many instances when I didn’t want to run. Jogging wasn’t my passion, but I persevered because I had a purpose.

I’m in the 12th day, 2nd week, and 1st month of a 365 day, 52 week, and 12 month challenge. Now, I’m fighting the PhotoChallenge fatigue.  Unlike jogging, photography is my passion and this challenge provides a daily purpose. However, the challenge is not so much taking the photo, but finding something creative or inspiring around me.  This week I traveled and I looked around my every day surroundings to find something memorable.

I went to Peterborough last week to photograph the Peterborough Cathedral interior. I used the HDR method to combine the various exposures. This church has been a goal of mine for several months and I’m pleased with the results.

Cathedral Wide Angle View Angle Seating

I also included some shots taken throughout the week. I took the tree photo using the “Tungsten” setting. This setting is normally for indoor use. It compensates for the yellowish indoor light by adding a blue tint. Without the yellow light to cancel the blue, the camera produces the following result.  The second image was taken using the “Auto White Balance” setting.  This setting adjusts for the ambient light.  UPDATE:  I wanted to add the still life image with the bowl of fruit.

Solo tree (Tungsten) Solo tree (AWB) IMG_037540 HDR

I’m enjoying the daily challenge and I hope you enjoy the results. If you want to see more photos, please visit the Flickr site.

P.S. I didn’t participate in the 5K marathon due to scheduling conflicts. However, I will participate in one this year!