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What I did today - 16th July 2014

What I did today - 16th July 2014
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Waddedson Manor Workshop

Waddesdon Manor is a country house in the village of Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire, England. The house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild.

The 1 day workshop there yesterday meant being bathed in bright sunshine and blistering heat.  However, despite the high contrast lighting we were still able to get a range of different shots on the day.

 waddesdon spiral

waddesdon spiral

 waddesdon windows

waddesdon windows

 topiary geometry

topiary geometry

The afternoon was spent around the grounds and rose garden.

 Acer

Acer

 yellow rose

yellow rose

We spent some time discussing and experimenting with framing and focal lengths to create different ways of photographing the yellow roses

 Pink rose

Pink rose

 Dickens girl

Dickens girl

 waddesdon reflections

waddesdon reflections

 Waddesdon Facia

Waddesdon Facia

The first part of the day we focused on the range of architectural shots.  The house seems, to me, to have a peculiar mixture of architectural designs with some very round and curvy designs to very square and rectangular - all somehow mashing together.

The formal gardens all provide some great architectural shapes and designs - though we avoided taking any shots the ghastly bright yellow & orange marigold borders.

 

 waddesdon topiary

waddesdon topiary

 rose candy

rose candy

 yellow

yellow

We met this charming girl in the rose garden, bare footed and looking like something out of a Dickens novel, minus the soot!  She seemed very relaxed and in awe of the flowers around her and was keen to show me a water droplet on a leaf that she thought would make a great photograph.  I think my shot probably disappointed her but I did at least try and encourage her interest in photography.

 water droplet

water droplet

A big thank you to Tricia for a great day out and enjoyable conversation throughout the day.