Fonthill Castle & Mercer Museum

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Fonthill Castle ©2010 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

Not sure if the upcoming Halloween Day was the inspiration behind wanting to visit the Fonthill Castle & Mercer Museum in Doysletown, PA. But we made arrangements to visit on the Saturday before the scary, but fun holiday  for children and grownups alike.

Henry Chapman Mercer a Doylestown native was a historian, archaeologist, collector, and ceramist who left behind him a legacy of his deep passion for history and art. The Fonthill Castle is a very interesting place to visit and photograph. It was built by  Mercer who began construction  in 1908 at the age of 52.  Mercer completed the reinforced concrete building in 1912, and used it as his residence. The castle consists of forty-four rooms : 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms, 18 fireplaces, an Otis elevator and 21 chimneys and air vents. Mercer’s collections were varied and seemingly endless, including more than 50,000 objects that are displayed at the Mercer Museum.

I was with my hubby Anthony, Roman KurywsackDr. Nick Palmieri.  It’s always fun photographing with this group. It almost always seems like a new idea comes up and we sort of deviate a bit from our original plan and end up having a great time at it.

I would of loved to have also done some Star Trails that evening since we had Roman with us and pretty much clear skies. But he was flying out west very early the next morning to run a Photo Tour and offered us a rain check. I understand Roman is almost done with his e-book on Night Photography that should be released soon.

Most of my images here are HDR photographs. I tone mapped them using either Photomatix or Nik HDR software. I used a variety of filters in PS CS5 to give them a different look and feel. The filters I used were, Tiffen, Topaz & Nik.

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Fonthill Castle ©2010 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

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Library at the Mercer Museum ©2010 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

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Fonthill Castle ©2010 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

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Fonthill Castle ©2010 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

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Fonthill Castle ©2010 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

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Fonthill Castle ©2010 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

Antique Car HDR

Fonthill Castle ©2010 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

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Fonthill Castle ©2010 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

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Library ceiling at the Mercer Museum ©2010 Susan Candelario SDC Photography

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  • Roman Kurywczak - I wonder how much trouble we’ll get into for doing star trails there! That day was a blast and your images make the place shine! Great job on the conversions and comps!!!

  • Nick Palmieri - Really like what you did here. Great HDR work. I tanked when they allowed us to photograph that one room, your picture # 5 of that room is great. I guess you were listening when the guide was speaking because all I heard was gonorrhea!

  • Bob Saygh - What a great place. Your description makes me want to see it myself. The photos are gorgeous, especially the black and white with the red door. It is stunning.
    I just got Nik Efex HDR and I’m playing around with it, trying to emulate your style. It’s a high bar you set for all of us.
    In “As Good as it Gets” Jack Nicholson says to Helen Hunt, ” You make me want to be a better man.”
    Let me paraphrase that, ” You make me want to be a better photographer.”
    Bob

  • David Mills - Strong compositions along with the various effects make these colorful and most importantly compelling images.
    Good eye and very enjoyable viewing….

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