Burghley House, April 2011

Burghley House, April 2011, Leica M8 Elmarit M 90/2.8

I recently visited an excellent free exhibition "Lenses On A Landscape Genius" which presents the work of the famous British landscape gardener, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, as seen through the eyes of contemporary photographers. The exhibition is free and it taking place at the Building Centre in Store Street in London (details here).

The quality of both the photography and the layout of the exhibition inspired me to look back through my archives to my visit to Burghley House in Lincolnshire back in 2011. I took two cameras with me which I owned at the time: my trusty Leica M8 digital rangefinder and a Hasselblad SWC/M - a film camera.

At the end of the day a magical moment occured when the deer herd took up position in front of the house. As I was photographing them a balloon lifted off in the distance.

In truth, the SWC was far too wide an angle for the shot but in the end, after the frame was developed and scanned I chose a 2:1 crop.

Deer, House and Balloon, Hasselblad SWC, Kodak Portra 160