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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fonthill Museum

These shots are from the exterior of the Fonthill Museum, the home of Henry Chapman Mercer.  Fonthill shares the same property as the Moravian Tile Works.  Both of these building are constructed of reinforced concrete.  It seems that everything is concrete and tiles, which makes for excellent subjects.  The best part is this is about 15 minutes from my home.

Interior photography is strictly prohibited in Fonthill :-(

I have a second batch coming very soon.  These will contain more close-up shots showing some of the spectacular tile work. 

I know the wide angle distorts the building, but I happen to like the effect. 

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.4-3.5 USM lens
10mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/250 sec @ f10
ISO 200
Curves adjusted

This is a closeup of the doorway from the prior shot.  Check out the tile work below the steps.  A google search reveals it's probably Psalm 127:1 "Except the Lord build the house they labor"

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.4-3.5 USM lens
12mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/125 sec @ f7.1
ISO 200
Curves adjusted



A shot of the side of the house.  That's my youngest son, Alex, under the stairs. 


Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.4-3.5 USM lens
16mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/250 sec @ f11
ISO 200
Curves adjusted
























Alex found a little compartment inside the compartment under the stairs.  



Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.4-3.5 USM lens
10mm Focal Length
Exposure 1/320 sec @ f11
ISO 200
Curves adjusted
























A shot around back.  Evidently, this entrance was recently remodeled judging by the newness of the concrete.


Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM lens
Exposure 1/250 sec @ f3.5
ISO 200
Curves adjusted for contrast
























A shot of Lucy.  Evidently, Lucy was Henry's horse who hauled all the hand mixed concrete for the house. 


Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM lens
Exposure 1/250 sec @ f3.5
ISO 200
Curves adjusted for contrast

7 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a wonderful building! i love the windows!

Woody said...

Crafty Green poet, I agree. In the first picture, I counted more than 10 different styles of windows.

James said...

That sure is an unusual building. The weather looks great while you were there unlike my visit. I've never been inside so it's a bummer that you couldn't take pictures.

Renee said...

These are FANTASTICAL! I'm always pleasantly surprised to see stuff like this in the U.S.

As for pictures being disallowed, why? Is it flash related?

cieldequimper said...

The place is fantastic but your photos... magnificent! Love them!

Rebecca said...

Great shots. Love Alex's spot and the steps.

Marilla said...

What a majestic place! Beautiful details. I could easily live in this kind of building. =D