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Gateless Gate

I've titled this the Gateless Gate because it IS a gateway but the entrance is below the pic, out of sight.  UGH.  My bad!  It's actually the Norman Gate at Windsor Castle.

However, I was interested in the details ABOVE the gate, obviously.  There is a small tower on the left but the tower on the right is the big Round Tower from which the flag is up or down, depending on if the Queen is present (as seen in my first pic of this series).  This gate bridges the two.

The Norman Gate is on the back side of the castle and takes you to the State Apartments, the Gallery, and Queen Mary's Dolls' House.



Gateless Gate

I've titled this the Gateless Gate because it IS a gateway but the entrance is below the pic, out of sight.  UGH.  My bad!  It's actually the Norman Gate at Windsor Castle.

However, I was interested in the details ABOVE the gate, obviously.  There is a small tower on the left but the tower on the right is the big Round Tower from which the flag is up or down, depending on if the Queen is present (as seen in my first pic of this series).  This gate bridges the two.

The Norman Gate is on the back side of the castle and takes you to the State Apartments, the Gallery, and Queen Mary's Dolls' House.



comments (24)

Lovely texture. I remember when I cycled here from Central London...what a ride.
Ginnie Hart: WOW! That would be one mean ride, Jide! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm so honored. smile
Sepia is really working on shots of buildings and structures Ginnie. It does improve the details and adds to the historical aspect of the composition smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm really starting to favor conversions from color to B&W or sepia. It's been fun to do. Thanks, Thomas, for your vote of confidence.
  • Robs
  • 23 Mar 2007, 03:44
You will have to tell me how you do this because it is really really nice! smile I love the title as well!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're a sweetheart, Rob. Remind me and I'll write you an e-mail.
Ginnie,
Your framing says it all. You zero in on the minutest detail that makes the most out of a photo.
Ginnie Hart: Well, Kay, I almost framed or cropped too close, after cutting out the gate of this Norman Gate! But I appreciate your kind words for the other details I was concentrating on.
Nice picture. Doesn't it baffle you when you examine all the intricate details on these buildings , it is truly quite amazing...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it does baffle me, Shakara. I think I must have been an architect in a past life! smile
great title Ginnie and very interesting picture, nice tone and lot of details ! have a good week end
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Frederic. You have a great weekend as well.
  • Louis
  • s
  • 23 Mar 2007, 09:34
Royal family busts atop the gate? smile Sorry if you read this Ellie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! If Ellie can't take a joke....
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 23 Mar 2007, 10:14
It must have been a blast to tromp around this whole huge place. Once again you caught the details with lovely balance and homage to the age of the place in your color treatment. Imagine a whole book just of Windsor Castle photos!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Ruth. This was such a great pleasure. I feel so lucky to have tromped around there. I'm guessing there are magnificent coffee-table books out there for this castle alone!
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 23 Mar 2007, 10:27
Hi Gramma Ginn. This is a lovely photograph, excellently focused and exposed with a wonderful colour treatment. I am a fan of tight crops, but I think that on this one, you may have just gone a little too tight at the top, or did you have a blown sky you needed out of the pic? I obviously bow my head in shame and offer my abject apologies if the crop was used for that!! smile This has been a very nice series Ginn, with some wonderful commentary from you, are we looking at a World famous travel photographer in the making???!!!! Kindest regards and warmest wishes to you and Donica. Neil.-x-
Ginnie Hart: I guess I had to cut off at some point, Neil, because I really was zooming in. I don't recall any blown-out sky but I just wanted a hint of the top of the bridge/gate. I know, decisions, decisions. As always, thanks for your kind comments.
  • Abi
  • 23 Mar 2007, 10:40
nice choice of angle
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Abi.
An original point of view Ginnie and a really nice architecture. Well done for this nice sepia tone. Have a nice week-end ! smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Florence. Thanks. You have a great weekend, too.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 23 Mar 2007, 13:28
This is rather wonderful Ginnie. You've shown the symmetry and detail of the carved corbels superbly, as well as excruciatingly clear stonework.

I like the sepia, and the way you've used it for these pictures of Windsor has been very successful. smile
Ginnie Hart: You're so kind, Ellie. You know that I treasure your comments.
Really like the stone bricks in this picture
It´s great to lift your head a bit when taking pictures(or not taking pictures), to see new things. smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Magnus. We have to keep looking up. smile Thanks for the reminder.
A good choice to take a picture. I like the bricks too. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Julia. smile
For color and clarity this series has taught me an awful lot Ginnie thank you for that. Warmest regards J.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Johnny. I like it that we all learn from each other!
nice detail...and as always the tone rocks...
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Sam. Thanks. smile
Impressive details Ginnie. Nice work !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland!
Love the treatment Ginnie, super tones and texture and pin sharp!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Jose.
  • mal
  • 23 Mar 2007, 18:51
In the UK recently we had a tv series called restoration (I think that is what it was called), where the public voted on which historical buildings that had fallen into disrepair were saved and had a load of cash thrown at the projects. One of the buildings (a church) featured quite a number of gargoyles! The presenter pointed out that that the stone masons would often let their imaginations run wild and play tricks on their paymasters by carving rude bodily parts into the features of their creations. I wonder if Queenie has some.
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's a great story, Mal. I'm guessing there's a lot of levity to be released by workers who serve the Queen but find ways to have a nice laugh. smile
c'est impressionnant l'atmosphère que tu as su mettre dans cette photo
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, O-P!
this tone in your pics is great Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Nicola. Thanks.
Charles, Camilla & ? Nicely processed Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Or maybe Charles, William and Harry, guarding the throne. smile
I like the processing. Care to share what you did?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Martin. I almost always add some shadow and contrast and sharpening before the conversion to B&W. I use the Channel Mixer in PS to do the conversion and then I use Color Balance to add a bit of red and yellow to make the sepia. I probably do it the long way around but that's the only way I know how to do it right now!
Norman gate !
A good architectural point of view and it's not so easy to fight against lines and perspective smile
Ginnie Hart: You've got that right, Zeb. Thanks for your vote of confidence!

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