I honestly enjoy nothing more than photographing a big massive house in the middle of the Irish country side. Drumcon House in Lisbellaw, Co. Fermanagh is around 80 miles from Belfast. In most countries that’s not very far away from the capital. Due to the lack of decent main roads once off the motorway it takes a while to get to this part of Northern Ireland. In total its around a 3.5 hour journey including a quick coffee stop!
Like most of the houses I visit, I usually don’t know what they look like or the size of the site. For Drumcon House I was warned well ahead of time about its size. Sitting on a site of over 7000 sq ft this would be one of the bigger houses this year that I’ve photographed.
The weather usually dictates what and when I photograph. Usually I would start on the inside and leave the outside photographs to last. On this occasion I opted to start outside first due to the changeable weather. It was fairly cloudy and the rain had been on and off whilst I was driving to the house. I got started with the exterior imagery straight away in case it started raining again.
The grounds wrapped right around the house which made it easy to keep the main building in the centre of the images. I decided as usual to shoot with my trusty 16-35mm lens, but despite this width you’re never able to fit everything in. The trick is to take a series of images from left to right then stitch them together during the post processing stage. You effectively create a panoramic image.
The interior of Drumcon House was beautiful. Quite often the bigger the house the crazier the decor can be. Money is no replacement for taste after all. Whilst the house had many rooms the style of decor was maintained throughout; I felt the decor really suited the house. It wasn’t ostentatious or pretentious at all which was nice for a change!
Sometimes in larger houses it can be hard to maintain the same level and quality of decor. This can because either money or time running out. Rooms towards the top of the house often get left out as they’re not used but this wasn’t the case here.
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