Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Recently, my husband and I took a day trip to beautiful Winterthur, near Wilmington, Delaware.  It’s a glorious estate, once owned by the du Pont Family, filled with history and reminders of a gracious way of life gone by.

Unfortunately for me, it’s also currently being renovated, so the exterior is mostly covered in green plastic.

Winterthur All Wrapped Up © Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art

Bummer news for a photography-hound like myself, of course, but great news for the house!  This also meant any interior shots, which we are allowed to take, were pretty dark.  Yes, I should have switched out the 50mm lens to my beloved 18-200mm and topped the camera with the speedlight and pointed it up to bounce, but I didn’t want to hold up the group I was with.  Sometimes you regret playing the nice guy … but oh well.  Live and learn!

Lots of pictures to be included from this little trip as time goes by, but I wanted to add a couple here … the first is of a beautiful staircase in the gardens.  This is “The Stairway to Bountiful.”  Funny how image names come to me.  I was editing this one during the Emmys and someone on the tv mentioned the play “The Road To Bountiful.”  I couldn’t help thinking this might be a fun play on words and on themes.

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The Stairway To Bountiful © Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art

And there was a wonderful tower-like structure that I named “Rapunzel Rapunzel”

I enjoyed working on this one very much, trying out a new digital painting technique.  Previously, most of my photographic paintings have been done in Corel Painter, but this was done completely in Photoshop CS6 (not the Cloud).

I really love learning new editing tricks.

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