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Barns Tower, Peebles

Barns Tower, Peebles
Photo Information
Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1926 W: 427 N: 7229] (29024)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-05-22
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS M 5, Canon EF-M 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS STM, Hoya 52mm Pro1D Protector
Exposure: f/0.6, 1/21 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-06-03 4:45
Viewed: 541
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Please click here for a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE.

Very much a "nothing special" picture, this was taken two weeks ago during the course of an idyllic eight mile circular walk in the Scottish Borders from Peebles along the banks of the River Tweed to Lyne Station. It was a beautiful warm spring day, the birds were singing and wild flowers showing their pretty heads everywhere.

Here we were passing Barns Tower, a small but imposing stone built tower with thick walls and tiny windows built in the last quarter of the 16th century and having undergone some extensive restoration in the late 18th century.

If you're interested, the tower has recently been modernised internally and can be rented for self-catering holiday accommodation as you can read here.

ISO 400, 1/1000 sec at f/8, focal length 22mm.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11025 W: 57 N: 19040] (71280)
  • [2019-06-03 4:50]

Hello John,
The photo offers a lovely view of the tower emerging so nicely from the trees that surround it. The sunlight was so nice and gentle and touched the warm pastel tones of the walls so well. The two men were well included in the foreground, adding life to the photo.

Hello John,
Looks a delightful spot for some R&R. Well photographed from this angle, nicely framed by the trees and with your two fellow walkers giving the composition depth and perspective. Agreeable lights and pleasant natural colours. Very good sharpness. Thanks for sharing.

Ciao caro John, great view of fantastic tower, lovely composition with walking couple, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour John,

On dirait l'arrivée après un long périple pour arriver à cet endroit qui se découvre au détour des arbres qui le bordent.Magnifique maison à étages dans les teintes de rose.



Hello John,
Yes, a nothing special, and you should be proud of that; the finest category of photography. Seriously, it's a very well composed photo of the quite beautiful building whose pink walls match the green surroundings perfectly. You placed your friends in very good positions in the foreground and exposed the photo very well. I love how nicely you captured the rough texture of the walls. This could certainly be a nice place to rent, but how on earth is one bottle of wine expected to last two persons for a week - or more?
Kind regards,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15451 W: 0 N: 16877] (187758)
  • [2019-06-03 6:36]


avec ces deux randonneurs quelle vue et image superbe construction et architecture cette couleur rosée à la surface une construction tout en hauteur et quelle végétation luxuriante ce chemin de terre et le grillage sur la porte et les fenêtre la barrière de bois superbe.
Bravo et amitié

Hello John,

This looks like a very substantial and strongly built property. You would feel like the king of the castle, or the lord of the loch, if you stayed here! I see it is close to Dawyck Gardens, which we visited when we came to Peebles.

You have created a very well composed photograph, your walking friends giving immediate f/g interest and acting as very effective guides into the scene. Their shadows and lack of jackets inform us about the type of day you were experiencing.
The house has an undeniable, olde worlde charm, as it peers secretively from the security of the trees, its rough, textured surface, softened by its pink colouration.
It's a fine photograph!

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6297 W: 274 N: 12516] (95462)
  • [2019-06-03 7:35]

Hello John ,
What a beautiful old house ! The composition is excellent , too , with the walkers in the Fg . A splendid springtime capture .

Ciao John
non c'è niente di meglio di una buona passeggiata alla scoperta di luoghi diversi e affascinanti.
Bella foto, ben composta e ben presentata.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13428 W: 125 N: 24018] (120539)
  • [2019-06-03 8:34]

Hi John,not a "nothing special" for me,the style of this architechture is very interesting and curious. Useful post during your last trip in these beautiful days,i'm impressed by the wonderful quality of details and lights of the large version on betaTE,very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi John
you certainly like going on these long walks, good for you, gotta keep the body in shape right? I like how the two men are looking up at the tower, as if they've been walking for hours waiting to get to it and now they've seen it for the first time. Your scene is smartly framed with all the branches on the sides, as if protecting the main focal point. excellent lighting and exposure all the way through. Nicely textured walls of the tower too. I like this

Hello John, first question... do your friends follow your posts on TE? Second.... do they mind being models for your pictures?

Joking apart, this is a lovely 'nothing special' scene.
Perfectly composed, the lane and the two men leading us towards the building. It is a lovely tower, I just love the windows, and the colour and texture of its' walls. The fresh green of spring in the surrounding trees frame the scene beautifully.
Thanks for sharing, kind regards Jean.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 26146 W: 523 N: 44753] (190777)
  • [2019-06-04 5:37]

Hello John,

I can me imagine the walk, along nice old buildings and green oases and winding rivers.
This are the most best isolation buildings with the small windows.
Here was no air conditioner need.
Your picture is of high quality perfect of sharpness and lovely colours.
Excellent done, TFS.

Best regards,

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11574 W: 123 N: 29426] (138720)
  • [2019-06-04 15:16]

hello John, Lovely picture of your usual walking with your friends. Interesting information about this tower for rent. I checked the link, tried to rent but I didn't succeed. Most dates are unavailable. hahaha. It looks very cozy inside but our place in Lake District was better. (Can you believe it was 8 years ago?).
wonderful composition, nice natural colours and sharpness.
Kind regards MAlgo

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2804 W: 35 N: 5681] (30278)
  • [2019-06-05 3:02]

Great framing to capture the sturdy walkers approaching the old site. Nice one, John. Thanks for showing it.


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