The Stephan Langton
The Stephan Langton is a lovely old pub just down the road from me by Abinger Common. It's set on a small local lake, and it's a great place if you have kids because they can just run around the pub's cul-de-sac safely whilst the adults eat and drink. Named after Stephen Langton (died 1228), who served as England's Archbishop of Canterbury, the highest ecclesiastical office in this land. A local lad, he played an important role in events surrounding the Magna Carta, signed by the English king in 1215. Though the document specified certain rights to England's landed aristocracy, it is also heralded as the first formal declaration of human rights in history. The road it is on is the charmingly named "Friday Street", which also has the best toboggan run in Winter because it's 3/4 of a mile, and ALL downhill =).
Technically, it's unfortunately just a composite, I need to get a whole bunch of Lee filters but I gather the factory still has a backlog because of the broken part so I havn't been able to get hold of them yet grrrr. I took the +1EV exposure for the foliage and the -2 exposure for the sky, which I blended in using 'darken' on CS3. It looks a bit like a HDR and I suppose it is, but heyho the best I could make of it.
Photographically the challenge here was actually getting both the building and the plant in the foreground in focus. So obviously I went for the hyperfocal distance and focused in the middle of the water, and shot 3*5 (bracketed) sets, one at f11, one at f16 and one at f22. I've been reading some stuff recently about how modern sensors outresolve lenses but in this case it was bunkum, the f22 easily won the day. Or maybe those 40 year old manual focus Pentax-A 28mm lenses have some really amazing resolving power. Who knows =)