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Continuing from my previous post of the East Tower of Helmsley Castle, this photo shows what remains of the Tudor manor house, which was converted from the West Tower and the Hall of the castle in the 1560s by the Manners family.

As I told you previously, the fortifications were destroyed by Parliamentarian Sir Thomas Fairfax in 1644 during the English Civil War, after a 3 month siege had starved out the Royalist Manners family. Fairfax saved the mansion for his daughter and her husband.

On the left is what was previously the West Tower. Part of the mansion has been restored and now houses an exhibition of artifacts from the period, as well as Civil War paraphernalia.

The mansion faces the East Tower, so obviously the good light was in the other direction. Although it was now cloudy I had to shoot into the brightest part of the sky. I took 3 shots with different exposures with the intention of combining them with the HDR method. However it didn’t work so I had to do it manually, using the darkest version for the sky (1/60sec) and the brightest version (1/6sec) for the building.

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