Castles In Wales – Chepstow Castle

Chepstow Castle

Chepstow Castle is one of my favourite castles, positioned on top of cliffs overlooking the River Wye in Monmouthshire, South Wales.  Being located on the edge of the river, means that the castle has a very unusual shape, being more long and thin than castles located in basins such as Caerphilly.  The castle dates back to 1067,  when William the Conqueror understood the strategic importance of Chepstow with road links to Monmouth and Hereford, and was expanded and modified through to at least 1300.  The castle was still being used in a military capacity in the English Civil War (1642-1651) and maintained as an artillery fort and barracks until 1685.  Since 1984, the castle has been in the care of Cadw.  It has also been used in a number of major films and television series including the Doctor Who 50th anniversary broadcast.

When you enter Chepstow Castle you end up walking uphill as the castle is built on a slope along the cliff top.  The views from the castle across the River Wye are stunning and we watched as dark clouds gathered in the sky and rushed towards us.  Inside, the castle boasts the oldest castle doors in Europe (approximately 800 years old), which are quite amazing.

I was looking to try to photograph the textures, colours and shapes of the castle like inside the Great Hall where they are still the remnants of ornate arches.  We were able to walk along some of the ramparts, looking across in the nearby Chepstow town.  Marten’s Tower is particularly impressive, but for me looking out over the walls next to the River Wye was the highlight.  Building Chepstow Castle on the cliffs was a fantastic feat of engineering and the buildings twist and turn along the cliff top.

Just before leaving Chepstow, cross the river and gaze at the castle from across the other side of the water.  For any enemy, this must have been a very imposing and frightening sight.

Photographs of Chepstow Castle can be seen on my website.  Also, photographs of castles are available as downloaded images or framed photographs.  For further details please contact me on paul@paulfearsphoto.co.uk.

 

 

5 45am at Caerphilly Castle

5:45am at Caerphilly Castle

It was April and despite the onset of Spring, the early morning was bitterly cold.  Tom and I had got up early to shoot some material for a promotional video for my business, Paul Fears Photography.  We wanted to video the sun rising behind the dramatic Caerphilly Castle, which is the largest of many fantastic fortresses in South Wales.  He was using my Canon 5D and so I was slumming it with my Canon 1000D.  As he filmed, I setup up the camera on a tripod and captured the unfolding dawn and rising of the sun from behind Caerphilly Castle.  The clouds played a big part in the composition, especially with the reflections of the sun.  The starburst was an added bonus.

This image and more photographs of Caerphilly Castle can be seen on http://paulfearsphoto.co.uk/index.php?cat=photographs&id=16&album=Castles&sub_album=Caerphilly Castle

Daffodils at Caerphilly Castle

Happy St David’s Day! For today’s celebratory blog I have a photo of two iconic images of Wales – the daffodil with Caerphilly Castle in the background. For those who don’t know, St David is the patron Saint of Wales and on 1st March we celebrate his life. When I was in school, my mum would send me to school wearing a daffodil or even a leek, which would often be munched or used as a sword.

More photos of Caerphilly Castle can be found on my website – http://paulfearsphoto.co.uk/index.php?cat=photographs&id=16&album=CastlesDaffodils at Caerphilly Castle IMG_0292SM

Caerphilly Castle in the winter dawn sun

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For the first time in what seemed to be weeks, the skies were clear as the sun rose and it was the perfect chance to get out and take some photographs. I headed towards Caerphilly Castle in South Wales, UK at just after 7am and set up my Canon 5D to capture some images of the 3rd biggest castle in Europe as it was lit up by the dawn sun. It was beautiful. More photographs can be seen on my website – http://www.paulfearsphoto.co.uk/index.php?cat=photographs&id=16&album=Castles&sub_album=Caerphilly Castle