Monday, July 18, 2016

Story of an Image

Yesterday a few of us from our Camera club (Boundary Camera Club) decided to use our club night for a field trip to Pangbourne. 

Wiki tells us that Pangbourne's name is recorded from 844 as Old English Pegingaburnan, which means "the stream of the people of [a man called] Pǣga". This name was shortened to make the name of the Pang.

In Norman times, the manor was given to Reading Abbey and the manor house – also called Bere Court – became the Abbot's summer residence. The last abbot, Hugh Cook Faringdon, was arrested there in 1539 and subsequently executed in Reading. The manor was later purchased by Sir John Davis, the Elizabethan mathematician and the Earl of Essex's fellow-conspirator. His monument is in the Church of England parish church of Saint James the Less. 

Other monuments and hatchments in the church are mostly to the Breedon family, John Breedon senior bought the manor in 1671. He was High Sheriff of Berkshire and brother of the Governor of Arcadia and Nova Scotia, whose son later succeeded him. The family produced a number of sheriffs and MPs for Berkshire, as well as doctors and rectors of the parish.

Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows, retired to Church Cottage in Pangbourne. He died there in 1932. E. H. Shepherd's famous illustrations of his book are said to have been inspired by the Thameside landscape there.

For the technically minded, the attached was shot using my 5D3 with a 24-105 F4/L at the 24mm end. I used ISO100 and an aperture of F/14. I focus and exposure bracketed at 3 focus points (to get the foreground and background in focus) and at 2 exposures: giving 6 images in the set.

I processed initially in Lightroom for the exposures, then did a round trip to Zerene Stacker, finally doing a round trip to Photoshop CC.

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