Thursday, 2 May 2013

Dyrham (interior)

I still have to pinch myself when entering a National Trust property as a reminder that photography is not only allowed but actively encouraged nowadays.  Not that it's easy, of course, with bans on tripods and flash still in place, and lots of "do not touch" notices everywhere.  These pictures were taken using the same technique as Blickling Hall and Tyntesfield: hand-held 3-shot HDR sequences at ISO3200.  Some of the rooms in Dyrham were very dark, and these posed quite a challenge (as did the dozens of visitors who were taking advantage of the NT's Free Weekend policy).

The dog - plus the archway and corridor behind it - in the library picture are actually examples of trompe l'oeil in that they are painted onto the wall but made to look three-dimensional.