Archive for August, 2011

Fonthill Castle Update and New Date Announcement!

Posted in Instructional Photo Tours on August 3, 2011 by roamin with roman

I am thrilled to announce my return instructional HDR workshop to Fonthill Castle!  I was so excited about my first workshop there that I could not wait to get another date! The image above is just a sample as to some of the exciting opportunities in this exclusive castle.  In the image below of the library, once of my favorite rooms, you can see that the castle is also very well decorated.  It is closed to the public during our workshop!

As I had expected, there were no glitches and I’m even working on yet another date before the year is through!  The owner of the castle, Henry C. Mercer, was very eccentric. He embedded tiles even into the ceilings and everywhere you look; you find these brightly colored tiles!  The central staircase image below is a very good example of how he spared no expense to decorate even the hallways!!!

The date for this instructional workshop is October 16th and will run all day from 8am until noon, both inside and outside the castle.  We will take a short break for lunch, and resume the classroom style portion of the workshop at 1:30 pm and help you process the images you took in the morning using both Photomatix and Nik HDR software, until we finish at 4pm.  Susan Candelario, a Photoshop Certified Instructor, will be co-leading this with me and joining me for the entire day!  I am breaking this workshop up into 2 sections: the morning Capture session and the afternoon Classroom style instruction.  The cost for the morning session will be $225.  The afternoon classroom session (where I highly recommend you bring a laptop) will be $125.  I have structured it this way so that some of you who have already taken our processing class can just enjoy the shoot! 

In the image above of  the office, you can see a human skull in the corner of the fireplace.  This is just one example of just how eccentric Mercer really was!  The image below shows just one of the views from the outside of the castle, which we will also be able to photograph. 

 Many of you may not be aware but photography is not allowed in the castle to the general public, so this is a very exclusive opportunity to photograph a location that is off limits to most.  The castle images are so guarded, that the board of trustees that oversee the castle today, asks us to sign a release form, that we will not sell images of the castle, unless you personally receive permission from them!  Everyone will be required to sign this form in order to participate!  Space is limited to 9 participants, so don’t delay as I expect this one to sell out quickly!  If you have any additional questions feel free to e-mail me at: