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For this week’s Thursday Doors I am continuing on with my recent trip to Hearst Castle, and sharing some exterior doors.

Outer door

Hearst Castle Exterior Door-Photography

Outer Door II- This door was quite plain compared to everything else there. Hearst Castle Exterior Door-Photography

Hearst Castle’s Front Door.

Hearst Castle Front Door-Photography

There are 3 Guest cottages on the property. Hearst lived in one of them while the Castle was being built.  This is a  back door to Casa del Monte; the view from those windows faces north.

That’s Hearst Castle with the Bell Towers on the left.  The inspiration for the Bell Towers was the tower of the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor in Ronda, Spain.

Casa del Monte-Hearst Castle Guest Cottage

There were many flowers and shrubs in bloom while I was there. I really wish I had taken my Lensbaby with me!

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Copyright © Deborah M. Zajac
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Copyright © Deborah M. Zajac
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and one last view today from the south side of the Castle with two balcony doors.

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Nikon Df| Nikkor 24-70mm| Delkin Digital Film| Hand-held| PS CC 2015

More to come…

 

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33 Comments

  1. Great doors. Have always wanted to visit this, now even more.

    • Thank you so much pbmgarden! I hope one day you’re able to make the trip. It’s a beautiful area, and the Castle is worth seeing.

  2. The second door seems so simple and plain when compared to the rest of the doors. Our older daughter and I went past the Castle on the Coast Highway last summer, but didn’t have time to stop as we were on our way to Napa and had only a few days. Looks like quite a place to visit.

    janet

    • Hi Janet! It was so striking because it was so plain. I wondered if it were a service entrance? I never found anyone to ask.
      I hope you get a chance to return to the area and put this on your list. Now that they’ve structured the tours so one must take them all or nearly all to see a little bit of everything I want to go back again too!

      Plus the grand Roman pool was drained to fix a leak and won’t be filled again for another 18 months. My old film images, and negatives of that are in the garage packed away somewhere. I’d love to go back with the camera I have today when it’s full of water again.

      • So many places, so little time. 😦

        • … and too little money to boot! 🙂
          My curse in this life is have been born under a wandering star, but have little time or money to go where ever or when ever the mood strikes me, and to have season after season of fashions in my head, but can’t draw or sew. Sigh. I solider on in spite of it! 🙂

  3. These doors are a real treat (if one likes historic doors), Deborah! Am surprised they look the European narrow:) I smiled at the elaborate door/gate of the “cottages”… which lens is your lensbaby? Can they they keep up the grounds – everything looks “taken care of,” also the flowers! Thanks for sharing.

    • Can’t they! And to think it’s a CA State Park!

      LensBaby is whole different lens system built with different mounts for different camera brands. I just love it, and they’re releasing a new lens the Twist 60 I want!
      I own the Composer Pro with the Soft Focus Optic, a Double Glass Optic, the Macro conversion kit, and a wide angle, and telephoto lenses. With the Composer Pro I can bend the plane of focus to create a sweet spot of focus and blur the rest of the image. It’s super fun and sparks my creativity.

      Here’s the link to LensBaby’s site so you can see the lenses, optics, and videos about what they do.

      http://store.lensbaby.com/brands/Lensbaby.html

      Youtube video on the Composer Pro and optics by Matt Granger

      • I can see you LIKE lenses:):) But I will together with hubby look at the sites you gave. As you know I’ve a Canon Rebel, and I thought one can do the focus and then blur the rest … have to check. Will get back to you on that in coming days (hopefully!)

        • You’re right you can open up your aperture and blur out the background but it might be less blur than you had in your head, and you might have wanted the sweet spot of focus to the right or left of center, or up or down left or right of center, and having the ability to bend the plane of focus gives you that. Your normal lens can’t bend the plane of focus.
          I hope you guys check it out. Since you’re an artist it just might appeal to you.

          • Oh anything appeals to me, it’s my pockets are too small for my wishes, lol:):)

            • I hear you! He-Man and I agreed when we married to have separate pocket money each month that we could use for what ever, however, when ever we wanted no questions asked. As our incomes increased our pocket money has amount has increased but it’s never enough. I still have to save, and save, and save for trips, lenses, cameras, and high end designer clothes. I thank God everyday that he gave me the foresight to insist on having pocket money each and every month! I wasn’t about to start hiding shoes, make-up, clothes, or hobby stuff, or ask for money and justify anything I bought from anyone I married after supporting myself for 4 years prior to marriage. This has been wonderful and a blessing for both of us. He was into Kung Fu and tournaments which required traveling when I met him, then he started running, and competing, then he went into Marathons, then Triathlons, and finally just Cycling and competing all over California. His pocket money bought custom bikes, clothes, and trips to compete.

              We’ve both been thankful for our money system, but we still have to save so, I know how you feel!

    • Another perhaps more comprehensive look at the LensBaby System and how it works. Fair warning. It’s not for everyone. I have friends that have purchased a Composer and Optic and don’t get it and have ended up selling it. Or they totally fall in love with it like I did. 🙂

  4. Wonderful photos Deborah, I am very glad I came to visit you today. Lynn from lynz real cooking sent me your way. I hope your day is a happy one. 🙂

    • Thank you so much spearfruit! I’m thrilled that you came by! I had a lovely day thank you! I hope you did too and have a fantastic week-end.

  5. Fabulous guest houses – I would rather live in one of those than the Big House. Much easier to keep clean. 🙂

    • You’re not kidding. Cheaper to heat and cool too, but the guest cottages aren’t too small. One is 5,000+ sq. ft, and the others in the 2,000 sq. foot range.

  6. Very nice. Haven’t been to HC in a log time so its good to see it thru another’s perspective.

  7. Hearst has great doors. We’ve worked on the Gothic sofa, and had the run of the place twice….

  8. The first photo is such a beautiful door … although I have a *thing* for corner doors 🙂
    Now – all I need is the right house to put that door on!

  9. All wonderful. I think I’ve posted a shot of that 3rd on myself back in one of my earliest doors posts, but I like your shot better because it shows a lot more of the ornate facade of the entire building.
    Great shots!

    • Thank you so much Norm. I was so focused on the door that I failed to get a good shot of the whole castle from the front! I need to go back! 🙂

  10. Love them all, especially the one fashioned with brass. Gorgeous doors.

  11. I like the simple panel double-door for it’s look and style, but I absolutely love when doors are set into a corner like in the top photo. The entrance and the door are really beautiful.

    • Thank you Dan! That corner door was neat, and I waited, and waited to make an image sans people! I’m not the only one who liked it. Scads of people thought it made a lovely backdrop for their loved ones picture or selfies. 🙂 I barely got the image taken and it was time to enter the castle for our tour!


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