Eastnor Castle is unusual in that the original family who built it still own it AND live there. They also allow visitors to bring their dogs in, which is rare indeed.
But much like other stately homes and such like, they do not allow flash photography inside the building. You can click away all day, but without a flash.
The staff member who told me about that eyed my camera with a wry smile. I guess he's used to people using their mobile phones and thought I would be stymied.
Well, I wasn't, although it wasn't the easiest shoot I've done.
It's rather dark inside Eastnor Castle, much of it lit with very low powered lighting, so I knew I had my work cut out. The day was miserable, so what light did get in through the windows was murky and unhelpful.
And of course I was just there as a tourist, so I had to keep out of everyone else's way, shooting during the gaps in groups of other tourists. With the weather being as it was, there were more of them inside the Castle than is usual (or so I was told). No coach parties though, which was a bonus.
I learned as I went round, adjusting exposure and ISO to get the best results.
|The Library. This is a two-shot panorama. The ceiling looks a bit bowed but I was pleased with the overall result.|
f/2.8 --- 1/80 sec --- ISO 800 --- 24mm
|This room is magnificent and goes right up through two floors with light coming in from above.|
Another panorama. Three shots this time. There's a little distortion, but it's not too bad.
f/2.8 --- 1/80 sec --- ISO 800 --- 35mm
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