Gillette Castle – An HDR Paradise

Gillette Castle Living Room Area. I used Nik HDR Efex Pro for this 5 exposure HDR image,

Gillette Castle is a photographers true HDR heaven indoors and out. The 24 room medieval style mansion built in 1919 by William Gillette, has over 47 wooden fortress like doors within the structure and no two are alike. The woodwork within the castle is hand-hewn southern white oak. The intricately carved door latches and light switches are amazing and a incredible display of some spectacular craftsmanship. Walls are covered with hand-woven squares of Prairie and Japanese grasses and their are many colorful light fixtures made of crushed and stained glass.

Outside on the grounds, Gillette’s influence is no less in evidence. The 184 acre grounds of the castle are gorgeous and the view of the Connecticut River Valley below is spectacular. The trails often follow over trestle and through tunnel and the actor’s three mile long narrow gauge railroad. Gillette’s own walking paths were constructed with near-vertical steps, stone-arch bridges, and wooded trestles spanning up to forty feet. Other outdoor attractions include a vegetable cellar, the railroad station (Grand Central), and Gillette’s goldfish pond.

He is most famous for his portrayal during his acting career of “Sherlock Holmes”. Join us at the castle for this exclusive, private tour from 3:30pm – 7:30pm on either July 9th or September 17th.  The cost for either date is $100 and includes the private entry fee. A tripod is required.  The workshop is open to 12 participants. 

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Gillette Castle HDR – View to part of the Living Room Area

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William Gillette’s niece’s bedroom – one of the 24 bedrooms in the castle

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William Gillette’s nieces bedroom – Used Phtomatix 4.0 to process this HDR image and to give it the soft sepia tone, I used Nik Silver Efex Pro


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Gillette Castle HDR – One of the many colorful lamp fixtures inside the castle

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William Gillette’s office 

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One of the 40 plus doors inside the castle – no two are alike – Notice the fixture with knobs under the light… those are the light switches for part of the castle’s lights

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A view to Grand Central Station on the grounds of the Gillette Castle. Gillette had this built in order to take guests in his train around the 184 acre propety

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your comments. Hope you can join us on  this awesome HDR photography workshop. If you should have any questions please feel free to contact either Roman or myself.




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  • Jerry Fornarotto - very creative approach to each image. your pictures are NEVER boring or dull.

  • Susan Candelario - Thanks, Nick & Roman! Nick can’t wait to see low on the floor. ;o=) Roman, it’s going to be an awesome w/s.

  • Roman Kurywczak - They look great Susan! I like the different styles youused to process these. Really a nice variety. I’m still stuck on the bold and in your face look!

  • Nick Palmieri - You already know I love the last one! You are inspiring. Great HDR work, they all have a SDC feel to them. Can’t wait to go.

  • Susan Candelario - ~Thanks for the visit comments & e-mails. They are very much appreciated.

    ~Some of you have mail.

    ~Joe, to sign up just visit either Roman’s or my website & follow the pay-pal link. You will receive instant confirmation.
    Here are the links:
    Looking forward to having you join us.

  • Bob Sayegh - The last photograph Grand Central Station is so compelling. It’s the image that everyone with a camera is hoping to find, sort of like the search for the Holy Kodak Grail.

  • Joseph Torres - I can’t believe how wonderful this place is. I am very interested in the workshop. How can I sign up?
    Love your pictures.

  • ajc - Great place to visit. Your pictures are fantastic, can’t wait to go.

  • Tom BaBICH - What an amazing place it is! And the effect with HDR makes it truly extraordinary! Great job!

  • Mike - Me & my wife are in. Sending e-mail now.

  • Joan C - Hi Susan and Roman,
    Great photos of the castle!! I am interested in going on either one of those workshops, but don’t have my calendar with me right at the moment. I’ll get back to you!! Looks like a fun place to shoot!

  • CATHY MILLER - Susan,
    You are truly a magnificent photographer!!

  • CATHY MILLER - Susan,
    You are truly a magnificent photographer, the colors are so beautiful!!

  • David Mills - Beautiful and creative!! Another great HDR location. Would love to have these images in my files…

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