Ian Chantler  

Ashley Hall by Ian Chantler

September 2020 - Ashley Hall

About the Image(s)

Bank holiday saw us visit Ashley Hall in Cheshire a friend had a stall at a small craft fair in the grounds the Hall itself was cordoned off but I was granted permission to photograph it,its a grade 2 listed building on the Tatton Estate but not on the main park area originally built in the 16th century and added to in the 17th,18th and 19th century the Hall is now unoccupied but is regularly used for for filming for period dramas.

How I did it

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mk III lens Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM settings ISO 100 f7.1 at 1/250 focal length 28mm RAW file adjusted in photoshop cropped up from the top and bottom sharpened using a high pass filter and converted to black and white using a gradient map on an adjustment layer and some dodging and burning on seperate layers.

7 comments posted

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
HI Ian - I love these old buildings and wish they could talk and tell us of their history. Nice composition and processing. If this were my image, I would remove the antennas from the chimney and darken the windows on both the second floor right hand side and above the entrance way.   Posted: 09/07/2020 09:15:49
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Ella
It was an amazing building and I was so lucky to be allowed through the cordon due to current circumstances I left alone the removal of the aerial as I might use the colour version in a photo travel comp and doing so would make it inelligible.   Posted: 09/07/2020 14:58:20

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Very well done Ian. I like the framing of the building between the trees with the leading line of the pathway to the building entrance. I agree with you on leaving the aerial as it is a record of how the building appears now.   Posted: 09/08/2020 11:28:42

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Hi Ian, as mentioned above, a very nicely composed, and processed image. I believe image would be improved by adjusting for the lens distortion. The chimney on the right and the right side of the building have a definite slope to the right.   Posted: 09/08/2020 21:56:27

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Ian, as Paul has mentioned, the image would benefit from straightening.

I like the way the path forms a leading line and the framing from the trees.

(This is somewhere I have actually been but that was back in 1983.
I was working at Barclays Bank near Knutsford at the time)   Posted: 09/09/2020 04:15:30

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Ian - a sound architectural image, nicely composed, in which the textures in the sky are a bonus. I agree with Paul's comments re. correcting the distortions and Ella's re eliminating the antennas.   Posted: 09/09/2020 06:08:07

Ed Ries
Ian a am very fond of old buildings. You have treated this one with great respect. The path way is a nice leading line to the front door. Makes me wonder what's inside. Nice work on the sky. As some of the others mentioned I am troubled a bit by the tilted sides. that is the only suggestion I would
offer. Nice image.   Posted: 09/11/2020 13:39:48


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