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Dashwood Mausoleum

On top of West Wycombe Hill, above the Hell-Fire Caves and next to the church of Saint Lawrence with the famous golden ball (a small room) on the tower. The huge hexagonal mausoleum was built in 1765 and took its style from Constantine's Arch in Rome. Shot with my superwide 14mm Samyang manual lens on a full-frame Sony DSLR.

comments (8)

  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Feb 2012, 07:25
Fabulous wide angle, John. WOW!
John Prior: A lens that needs handling with care Ginnie, but what the heck.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 27 Feb 2012, 07:42
That is a might structure John, enhanced by your angle of attack.
John Prior: Good job they did a better job of building it smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Feb 2012, 08:46
Aha - this is where certain "goings on" happened in past times then John??
John Prior: An interesting and and colourful character much influenced by his European and Ottoman tour started when he was 18. He was too young to have been a member of the original hellfire club started in 1719, but formed a dining club called the Society of Dilettanti in 1732. In 1751 Dashwood leased Mednenham Abbey for meetings of the Brotherhood of St. Francis of Wycombe, this became the new Hellfire club in which in his day he was widely regarded as being involved in devil worship. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and as joint Postmaster General, during this time he met and befriended Benjamin Franklin, both agreeing that church services were too long, anonymously produced the 'Abridgement of the Book of Common Prayer'.
very good wide angle use
John Prior: Can produce some interesting pictures and is sharp as a razor.
The distortion from your lens is amazing John.
John Prior: Can produce excellent landscape images and is very sharp, makes it something of a bargain even if fully manual like the lenses we grew up with.
Dramatic use of wide angle John
John Prior: Thanks Bill
Fascinating image!!!
excellent wide angle view of this entrance.

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camera DSLR-A900
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 1/350s
aperture f/8.0
sensitivity ISO160
focal length 14.0mm
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