Canon EOS 70D

Godinton House and Gardens

Godinton House and Gardens

Finding somewhere to go in the winter come early spring is thwart with difficulty at times.  Most places are shut until the start of Easter especially if you love visiting stately homes with gardens.  So you are limited, of course we could go back to the old places we have visited, which we did the other day by revisiting Scotney Castle, but sometimes you long for a new venture.

Somewhere different, some place you have never been to before, and another place to photograph.

So as time was limited on Saturday afternoon, it had to be somewhere local.. Ashford isn’t too far away, just down the M20 so, we decided to go to Godinton House and Gardens.

Again there wasn’t many people there and we had some wonderful photo opportunities, photographing the exterior of the house and surrounding countryside.  Photographs which I am at the moment processing.  But here is a few photographs of the spring flowers, that was on show at Godinton… and Godinton will definitely be on our list to revisit this summer.  We could only imagine how beautiful the gardens will look in summer, so it is a must for us to return.

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Panorama – Scotney Main House

Panorama – Scotney Main House

When we visited Scotney the other half of this photography duo decided to take a panoramic shot of the main house at Scotney Castle, in Kent.

This was a 5-shot set of photos stitched together using photoshop merge to panorama via Lightroom application.

Colour

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Black and white

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

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Scotney Castle revisited

Scotney Castle revisited

Yesterday was hubby’s birthday and our anniversary… 21 years we have been married and so we decided to go out for the day… The only thing about this time of the year is …. most places are shut until Easter and so we were limited to where we could go…

Even though the sun was shining, it was bitterly cold out there yesterday and so we wrapped up and went back to Scotney Castle, which is one of the places my hubby loves to go.

And of course he had to try out his new birthday, stroke anniversary present.. the Canon EOS 70D.  Come to think of it I think if the heavens were opening wide with rain, we would have still had to go out. 😀 😀

There are so many dials, buttons and features on this camera, I think most of the day he didn’t have a clue what he was doing.. but he did manager to take a three shot multiple exposure set of pictures of the old castle for me to create an HDR version in Photomatix Pro 5.

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

The sharpness and quality of the 70D is brilliant, but it is a heavy camera… compared to the Canon EOS 1100D which I am used to.  Anyway I was handed down the Canon EOS 600D and that is slightly heavier than the EOS 1100D.  His verdict of the Canon EOS 70D is simply… he loves it.

Here are a couple of pictures taken with the Canon EOS 600D. The first one is the rear of the visitors centre/shop and the second one is of the view looking down towards the old castle.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

And one thing about it being cold and it being a Tuesday, there was hardly anybody there… which was brilliant because you didn’t have to wait for forever and day to get a shot where it didn’t have people in it.

We strolled around the lake and went into the house, where they were having a War exhibition, which was interesting, but the highlight of the day for us, had to be the fact that we could capture photographs without having people in them… it was like it was our own private photography shoot and Scotney Castle was just open for us.

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