Member Monday Featuring Charana Jayasuriya

This KelbyOne member found a way to take a castle and give it a new perspective. Photography is all about using your surroundings to come up with different angles and effects. Who would’ve thought to use medieval punishment stocks as a frame for your photo?!

There are no rules, you can just try something new—Charana took a risk and it paid off!

About the Photo

Cardiff Castle has stood on the present site since Roman times currently comprising of the medieval Norman Keep (pictured) and a Victorian mansion designed by architect William Burges with gothic towers. Within the large castle ground, the Keep looks rather isolated therefore I decided to frame it in the stocks (a historic torture device) that are kept as an attraction for children.

Gear and Software

I use a Canon 5D Mark III with EF 16-35 f2.8L II USM lens. Post-processing in Lightroom.

Photography Preferences

I love to travel and photograph the beauty of the places I visit. With cityscapes which tend to be much-photographed, I look for abstract captures.

Photography Inspiration

The work of Ansel Adams is timeless. Henry Carroll’s “Read This” books are thought-provoking and easy to read.

Starting out Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Books were excellent primers.

Favorite KelbyOne Class

I strongly recommend Travel Photography: Capturing the Essence of a City and the individual guides to London/Paris/Venice. These are excellent introductions to the cities and provide new perspectives for regular visitors.

Connect with

You can connect with Charana on the web, Instagram, and Facebook. We hope you enjoyed getting to know featured KelbyOne member, Charana Jayasuriya.

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