Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Red House

Red House was a home of 19th century cloth merchants. It is situated in Gomersal, West Yorkshire. Today it is a delightful museum with period rooms boasting their original furniture and looking just like they did when the Taylor family lived there. The daughter of the family was a close friend of Charlotte Bronte who featured the house in her novel "Shirley". "There was no splendour but there was taste everywhere", wrote Charlotte and she was right - the interior looks most charming and cosy without the opulence of some grander houses.
The gardens are very beautiful and inviting. I particularly like their pretty ironwork. For my photo I chose a shady under the tree viewpoint which enabled me to frame the house with  foliage and thus accentuate its enchanting look. I loved the combination of rich red and green tones of the image and used a warm dark brown texture to bring them out in post processing,





Monday, 3 November 2014

The Beauty of Dahlias

I went to Golden Acre Park with intention to find some material for an autumn still life. When I got there I was amazed at how much colour there still was in the park despite it being the middle of October. I dare say the park was more colourful than it was back in August! Not only could you see most beautiful autumn shades but there was also plenty of all sorts of unusual flowers around. But the most unexpected thing was to come across this fabulous large display of dahlias by National Dahlia Society. I did not realize they flower this late in the year and even though I had seen them before in the park I was stunned by the size and beauty of this year's show.